Two WV Cities Chosen For Federal Food Initiative

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Two West Virginia cities have been selected to participate in a federal initiative designed to integrate local food systems and economic development.

Wheeling and Williamson are among 26 nationwide, including eight others in Appalachia, that will receive technical support from the Local Foods, Local Places initiative.

The Appalachian Regional Commission and five other federal agencies announced the winners on Wednesday in a news release.

ARC co-chair Earl F. Gohl says Appalachian communities recognize that food systems can plan a role in the development and revitalization of downtowns.

Gohl says the initiative will provide technical resources to help communities integrate food systems into economic development plans.