Developing Healthy Food Retail in Greater Kansas City

Developing Healthy Food Retail in Greater Kansas City
June 9, 2011 

Learn how to bring to your community healthy food retail options, such as farmer’s markets, CSAs, healthy corner stores, and grocery stores. Join us at the Kauffman Foundation on Thursday, June 9, for this important neighborhood development event.
The session in the morning will provide an overview of how to develop healthy food retail opportunities in your local communities, including best practices and successful examples from across the country. The afternoon workshop is a focused training to help participants understand the realities of launching and operating small-scale stores in underserved neighborhoods and what it takes to successfully market healthier foods through these stores.
Registration is available for one or both sessions. Lunch will be provided only to those who register for the entire day.
8:00 a.m.Registration
8:30 a.m.Welcome/Introductions
9:00 a.m.Keynote: Developing Healthy Food Retail in Our Communities
James Johnson-Piett, Principal/CEO, Urbane Development
10:15 a.m.Break
10:30 a.m.Break-out Discussions
11:45 a.m.Wrap-up
NoonAdjourn (lunch for those who are registered for the entire day)

12:30 p.m.Registration
1:00 p.m.Healthy Food Retail Workshop (focusing on healthy corner and grocery stores)
3:45 p.m.Next Steps
4:00 p.m.Adjourn

Registration is free and available online at,, and

About our keynote speaker:

James Johnson-Piett is the Principal and CEO of Urbane Development, a community and economic development firm based in Philadelphia. He specializes in neighborhood scale development and revitalization of urban commercial and retail amenities, particularly in underserved communities. His past clients have included:

  • Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, where he developed the Green Grocer Project, a comprehensive grocery attraction and financing program valued at over $30M
  • Brick City Development Corporation (Newark), where he launched the Small Grocers Program to provide local grocers with financing and technical assistance to sell healthy, fresh food items
  • The Lantern Group, a New York City-based affordable housing developer, where he designed a food-based entrepreneurship and workforce program for Lantern’s tenants and supportive service clients

Prior to his tenure at Urbane, Johnson-Piett served as a program manager for The Food Trust’s Fresh Food Financing Initiative, a $120M public-private loan fund. He also managed the Healthy Corner Store Initiative and Green Supermarkets Initiative, which worked to integrate sustainable design and development practices into supermarket development.

This event is sponsored and funding is provided by:


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