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CAPCOG aggregates data for Sustainable Food Center study

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

When the Sustainable Food Center needed information to assist with drafting its “Planning for Central Texas Food Hub: Feasibility Study and Business Plan,” it turned to CAPCOG’s Planning and Economic Development Division. CAPCOG aggregated data from around the region based on three qualities — prime soil content, publicly owned parcels, and underutilized parcels — and presented that data to the center as a visual and interactive GIS planning tool, so the center could better evaluate the information.

“This is a core capability of our work,” said Chris Schreck, CAPCOG Planning and Economic Development director. “At the root of this project and many others, CAPCOG brings together local, district, state and national datasets so individuals, groups, cities and counties can identify the best use policies or make more informed decisions.”

The center’s study ultimately will determine the viability of a food hub for local food aggregation, minimal processing, storage, and distribution to existing and expanded intermediated markets serving the Greater Austin area. And, while CAPCOG’s involvement provided only research datasets, CAPCOG also can analyze data for planning purposes.

> Read about the Planning and Economic Division.
> Find CAPCOG's public GIS data.
 

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