Cleveland’s historic West Side Market is an incubator for over 100 locally-owned food businesses

The 8th International Public Markets Conference is coming to Cleveland next fall! Mark your calendars for September 21-23, 2012.

Celebrating 25 years since the 1st International Public Markets Conference, the 8th International Public Markets Conference will set a new direction for the vital role markets play in transforming local economies and communities. Outstanding speakers from around the country and the world will be on hand to deliver lectures, workshops, and breakout sessions, to share wisdom gained from their years dedicated to the movement, and to encourage participants to creatively respond to the emerging challenges of today and tomorrow.

PPS is organizing the conference and co-hosting it with Ohio City Incorporated and the City of Cleveland.

The conference will highlight Cleveland’s burgeoning local food scene and its commitment to sustainability. It will also recognize one of Cleveland’s greatest treasures – the West Side Market, which celebrates its centennial in 2012. The West Side Market has played a key role in advancing new and creative businesses in the Ohio City neighborhood, a part of the city that is now known as “Cleveland’s artisan neighborhood.” The market’s history and resilience make Cleveland a perfect place to celebrate the economic and social power of public markets.

Learn more about the conference and sign up to be notified when registration opens here.