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“Local Foods, Local Places”

Posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 10:10 am

GUEST COLUMNIST

emily partin

Recently the Town of Tracy City hosted a two-day community workshop to generate ideas for how to help residents lead healthier lives through local foods, walkability, and the transformation of the old Grundy County High School into a learning and development center with a health and wellness focus. The workshop was part of the new “Local Foods, Local” program.Strategic collage

Tracy City was one of 26 communities nationwide chosen to participate in “ Foods, Local Places” which is sponsored by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US Department of Transportation (DOT), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Delta Regional Authority (DRA), and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The program provides planning assistance to communities that are looking to boost economic opportunities, improve access to healthy local foods, and revitalize their downtowns.

Over 60 people convened to discuss the health related goals of the Tracy community. The group was made up of Grundy County residents, local farmers, business owners, public officials, and community leaders on the plateau, as well as representatives from the state, regional and federal offices sponsoring the program. Senator Janice Bowling and County Mayor Michael Brady showed their support to Tracy City Mayor Larry Phipps and Alderperson Nadine Fultz by participating in the event. County Commissioners John Hargis and Mike Cordell also attended.lflppicture

In addition to mapping out goals for future development, some of Tracy City’s current assets such as the South Cumberland State Park System, The Mountain Goat Trail, the Grundy County Heritage , and historic businesses like Dutch Maid Bakery were also recognized and applauded as part of the overall effort to revitalize the downtown area.

By the close of the workshop, an action plan was developed by all participants in an effort to move toward the goal of greater health and well-being in Tracy City and the surrounding communities.

If you would like to be involved in any of these projects or learn more about the process please contact epartin1@k12tn.net