Some relevant headlines from around the Northeast: January 2014 edition

Posted: January 18, 2014

Maine's economic development programs are evaluated, Vermont's food and farm sector adds 2,200 new jobs, and locally sourced foods are among hottest restaurant trends for 2014.

Report reveals effectiveness of Maine's economic development programs

A report detailing the results of an independent analysis of Maine's economic development programs was released this month. The analysis included interviews with Maine business owners, elected officials, and other stakeholders, and the report provides insights into which of Maine's economic development programs yield the best returns on investment. Read a news story about the report here.

Vermont’s food and farm sector adds 2,200 new food system jobs since 2009

According to the 2013 Farm to Plate Annual Report, food entrepreneurs are responsible for 2,220 new jobs and 199 new businesses in the state of Vermont since 2009. “There are over 59,000 private sector jobs in our food system, and we expect this number to be even higher when the 2012 Census of Agriculture figures are released in March,” says Ellen Kahler, executive director at the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Farm to Plate’s backbone organization. Read the full press release from the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund here.

Locally sourced meats and produce predicted to lead this year's culinary trends 

The National Restaurant Association has released the results of its latest annual “What's Hot ” chef survey. The report, titled "What's Hot in 2014," predict that interest in locally sourced meat and produce will be among the top five culinary trends this year. “Today’s consumers are more interested than ever in what they eat and where their food comes from, and that is reflected in our menu trends research," said Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association’s research and knowledge group. Read the full report from the National Restaurant Association here.