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Enviro-Mich message from "Beth Ellis" <ellisb@michigan.gov>

Notification of Public Listening Session

The Michigan Food Policy Council (MFPC) will hold its first regional Public Listening Session to solicit comments and recommendations relating to the Council's mission.  Created by Executive Order 2005-13, the MFPC brings diverse food-related stakeholders together to recommend programs and policies to the Governor that cultivate a safe, healthy and available food supply for all of Michigan's residents while building on the state's agricultural diversity to enhance economic growth.   

The Public Listening Session is on Wednesday, December 7, 2005 in Grand Rapids, MI in conjunction with the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO.  The session is scheduled from 4:15pm - 6:15pm at DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Gallery Room C. All interested parties are welcome to attend the listening session.

MFPC Council Members are seeking public comments and recommendations relating to the Council's charge as organized by Task Forces.  The Task Forces are: 
·	Task Force A: Expanding Food-Related Businesses and Jobs will recommend programs and policies that increase economic activity resulting in new and expanded businesses and jobs across all food-related sectors in the state.
·	Task Force B: Improving Access to Fresh and Healthy Foods will recommend programs and policies that increase access to fresh and healthy foods to all Michigan residents especially school children, low-income and/or at-risk seniors and families, and urban residents.
·	Task Force C: Promoting Michigan Foods will recommend programs and policies that promote institutional and public purchase and consumption of Michigan grown and processed foods.
·	Task Force D: Enhancing Agricultural Viability will recommend programs and policies that economically and environmentally strengthen the state's agricultural system and expand upon the state's agricultural diversity.

At the listening session please describe your priority issues, how they relate to the work of the Council and Task Forces, and identify any policy options or recommendations that address your issues.  You may submit your comments either orally or in writing. 

The DeVos Place Convention Center is located at 303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.  Driving directions and parking information is available on the Great Lakes EXPO website at www.glexpo.com/direct.php?ex=1162.  

For more information about the Michigan Food Policy Council please visit www.mda.state.mi.us/mfpc.

There will be additional listening sessions in other regions of Michigan * dates and times to be announced.

Feel free to forward this information to other groups and networks that might be interested in attending.

Beth Ellis
Policy Assistant
Michigan Food Policy Council
525 W. Allegan, 6th Floor
Lansing, MI 48909

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