Let’s Meet in Cleveland!

Celebrating 25 years since our first gathering, the 8th International Public Markets Conference will set a new direction for the vital role markets play in transforming local economies and communities.


The conference will highlight the burgeoning local food scene in Cleveland and throughout Northeastern Ohio – a region that offers an abundance of markets to suit all interests.  The conference will also spotlight one of Cleveland’s greatest treasures – the West Side Market, which is celebrating its centennial in 2012, and is arguably the most architecturally significant market building in the US.  The West Side Market is the anchor for the vibrant market district of Ohio City, known as “Cleveland’s artisan neighborhood.” The market has a rich and storied history that has been key to its resilience, and a major driver in Cleveland’s resurgence. Cleveland is the perfect place to celebrate the economic and social power of public markets!



We are delighted to announce that Frank Jackson, Mayor of Cleveland; and Kathleen Merrigan, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Agriculture, will kick off the conference.   Also on hand will be over 30 outstanding speakers to deliver lectures and lead workshops and breakout sessions around topics critical to the success of today’s public markets and farmers markets. Local guides will lead full-day tours of Northeast Ohio’s best markets.

During the event, we will explore how markets can:

  • Develop into hubs for regional food economies

  • Spark the revitalization of cities and neighborhoods

  • Grow businesses and expand facilities to meet new consumer demands

  • Expand food access for low income communities

  • Promote healthy eating and lifestyle choices

  • Develop strategies for funding and financing in today’s challenging economic times