Sustainable Foods Business Cluster Roadmap - Final Report

The City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Ohio State University Extension, and the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition have developed a sustainable food cluster roadmap for Cuyahoga County, with a core objective to increase regional jobs, revenue, and sustainability by supporting local food and beverage businesses. 

This roadmap is a five-year plan, centered on competitively advantaged clusters, or  “geographic concentrations of interconnected businesses, suppliers, service providers, and associated institutions in a  particular sector.” A dedicated Advisory Committee and Industry Working Group helped to narrow focus to specific industries within the food sector where potential advantage was deemed the greatest, based on a deep understanding of regional assets, regional and national market dynamics, and Northeast Ohio’s competitive standing relative to other regions.  

Bush Consulting Group, specialists in industry driven economic development strategies, was engaged to determine exactly what Cuyahoga County and Northeast Ohio’s food businesses need to be more competitive. The targeted actions recommended are based in financial analysis and have been heavily vetted with regional experts and industry leaders. This report contains analysis and findings from the assessment and detailed interventions developed from the assessment with guidance from the Advisory Committee and Industry Working Group.

Working Group(s): 
Local Purchasing