This report describes the first part of a two-part assessment conducted in Spring 2013 to focus the work of the Value Chain Cluster Initiative. “Value Chain Assessment Part I: Assessing Regional Needs & Building a Community Strategy” was designed to help us understand how VC2 could address regionally-specific needs of local food and farm businesses. It was based on a series of four participatory Value Chain Assessment meetings, one in each of the VC2’s four regional clusters, to which we invited a diverse group of stakeholders. The findings from the meetings were qualitative and were immediately useful for program implementation. Specifically, they helped identify local business owners who needed VC2’s assistance, regional business trends that could be accelerated, service gaps in local value chains that needed to be filled, and complementary regional efforts that could be leveraged. Results of the assessment are detailed in the report.
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