Public session to discuss findings from Herkimer County food study


HERKIMER — The Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency, in partnership with KK&P, a NY-based food systems consultancy, will host a public participation session to discuss the findings from a recently administered food processing study.

The session will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday in the Sarkus-Bush Theater at Herkimer County Community College.

The Herkimer County IDA has been working with KK&P to complete a food processing study to assess and target opportunities for growth in the food manufacturing sector in Herkimer County.

“The results of this food processing study are critical for Herkimer County and will aid in targeting and recruiting industries and businesses within the food manufacturing sector that could benefit from Herkimer County’s many assets,” the announcement by the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency.

These results will aid in the decision-making throughout the county moving forward and will have an impact on the overall growth in the food manufacturing market, the HCIDA added.

Importance of the study

In 2020, Herkimer County received a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) award. This award was to be used to conduct a study assessing economic development opportunities related to food processing and manufacturing within the county.

The Herkimer County IDA used this CDBG grant to fund a food processing market study, in order to address the growing need for programs that support the agricultural industry.

This study will aid in the development and implementation of strategies that will help in the growth and expansion of food and agriculture businesses in Herkimer County.

Participation encouraged

The public session is not just a way to present the findings of the study to the community but it is also a way for local residents to share their opinions on the future of food

“The main purpose of this study is to better equip the county to succeed in the
future, and we need your support and opinions on the food processing study in order to plan for future development,” the IDA announcement said.

To find out more about the public participation session and the study, contact Victoria Adams at 315-866-3000 or email


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