Crossroads Resource Center
Ken Meter is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the U.S., integrating market analysis, business development, systems thinking, and social concerns. Meter holds 46 years of experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building, including several tribal organizations. His local economic analyses have promoted local food networks in 129 regions in 39 states and Manitoba. He developed a $9.85-milllion plan for local food investment for the state of South Carolina, and has completed similar studies for Hawai’i, Alaska, Mississippi, Indiana, Ohio, and Minnesota. He has developed strategic regional food plans for the ArkLaTex, Northeast Indiana, suburban Denver, rural North Dakota, the Rappahannock-Rapidan Region of Virginia, the Lakes Region and Lewiston-Auburn in Maine, and Spokane. Meter consulted with USDA Agricultural Marketing Service and Colorado State University to help write a toolkit for measuring economic impacts of local food development, and served as an advisor to the USDA Community Food Projects. He researched the economic impacts of institutional food purchasing for the CDC and the Illinois Public Health Institute, and helped develop measurements for holding the integrity of local food. Meter taught economics at the University of Minnesota, and at the Harvard Kennedy School.