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Introduction from this RFP
A. Introduction The Southern Tier West Regional Planning and Development Board (hereinafter referred to as "STW") is inviting responses from qualified Consultants to provide services related to conducting a feasibility study concerning a Food Aggregation Facility in the southern tier region of New York State namely, within Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties.
B. Background of the STW local food project relating to a regional Food Aggregation Facility STW has been working closely with the local food producers, schools, not for profit organizations and county agencies across our three county service area for just over a year. During this time, as part of a project funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), STW has conducted a survey of farmers, growers, food producers, and other local food entities (including farmers markets and other relevant entities). The survey captured several areas of information including food producer profiles, production methods and capacities, processing and sales/distribution networks, business growth needs, and level of interest in participating in a local food branding program.