As interest in local food initiatives continues to grow, the main players in that economy want to make sure they are connected with other businesses and consumers. To that end, the Alton Area Business Development Association has teamed up with Lewis and Clark Community College to host the region’s first ever local foods conference later this month.

Event planner Ron Tanner of BiG iDEA Workshops tells The Big Z, nature based tourism has become a driver of the local economy.


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Tanner says those who attend the Opportunities in Local and Regional Foods Conference will learn what is happening, what could happen, how one can influence outcomes and where to get more information about the local foods economy.  The conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on March 31 at Lewis and Clark Community College. Tickets can be purchased online for $15 or bought at the door for $20. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit

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