Regional Indicator Report: Local Food, 2017

A Benchmarking Study by Green Umbrella 

Executive Summary

Purpose: 

To measure Greater Cincinnati's commitment to local food in comparison to our peer regions by creating a regional indicator index (using this Locavore Index as a model) to help Green Umbrella measure progress in the area of local food, and benchmark among other peer regions, on a metro area (MSA) scale. 

Selection of Peer Regions: 

Cities/Metro Areas included came from three sources: 

  • Metro areas considered peers in Regional Indicators Reports published by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber (previously in partnership with Agenda 360 and Skyward); and
  • Metro areas considered peers by Source Cincinnati (via their reputation index research); and 
  • Metro areas that appeared alongside Cincinnati in "Top 10" sustainability recognition scores, indices and articles (as tracked by Green Umbrella since 2015) AND that had accessible "green" plans.


Cities/Metro Areas Included in Dataset (15), in addition to Cincinnati, OH: 

  • Austin, TX 
  • Boston, MA 
  • Charlotte, NC 
  • Cleveland, OH 
  • Columbus, OH 
  • Denver, CO 
  • Duluth, MN 
  • Indianapolis, IN 
  • Louisville, KY 
  • Madison, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Nashville, TN
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Portland, OR


Key Findings:

  • Greater Cincinnati ranked #5 of its peer regions in its commitment to local food.
  • Greater Cincinnati ranked #1 of its peer regions in food hubs per capita.
  • The MSA with the highest overall ranking - Madison, WI - had 39 comprehensive sustainability goals directly related to local food in its city sustainability plan, which was the most of all the peer regions. 

See the Local Food Regional Indicator Report here, along with sources and methodology

See a PowerPoint presentation that dives deeper into the index here.

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