- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An urban food hub - where locally grown produce could be processed, stored and distributed - is in the works for Louisville.

The Courier-Journal (https://cjky.it/1qiHFYm) reports Seed Capital Kentucky, which is the nonprofit developer of the hub, is seeking tax credits to fund a warehouse, commercial kitchen and officer space and well as negotiating final details with food and agriculture-related companies that may locate there.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer granted a 24-arce site in west Louisville this week to the developer. He says the move is to encourage more production and distribution of food that is locally grown, which will help the economy.

He called the Louisville Food Hub “a green job-generating machine for west Louisville.”

The location of the facility is a vacant parcel where National Tobacco Co. used to dry, cut and package tobacco from farmers across the state.



“We are looking at ways to do just what the tobacco economy did, take the produce from hundreds of Kentucky farmers and bring it here to west Louisville, process it, and create hundreds of jobs,” Seed Capital founder Stephen Reily said.

“This is a transformational project based on local food,” said Seed Capital project manager Caroline Heine.

Fischer said it would not only create hundreds of jobs, but it would help fill a gap between consumers and commercial buyers who want more local food and farmers who don’t have the trucking, storage, processing and marketing support to get it to them.

“This is all about the local food scene, healthy living, reducing our carbon footprint and promoting our farm economy,” Fischer said.

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Information from: The Courier-Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com

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