Cleveland to Host 8th International Public Markets Conference in 2012

Project for Public Spaces (PPS) has selected Cleveland to host the 8th International Public Markets Conference to align with the Centennial year of the historic West Side Market. “2012 marks PPS’s 25th anniversary of our first International Public Markets Conference and we are excited to bring market enthusiasts from around the world to Cleveland;” said PPS Senior Vice President Steve Davies. “Cleveland should be proud of the longevity of the West Side Market – one of the few remaining historic public markets in the U.S. - and conference participants will also learn a great deal from the region’s expanding farmers markets which are sparking revitalization, job growth and healthy living.” Cleveland has been selected from a group of five finalists that included, London, England; Toronto, Ontario; Seattle, Washington and Charleston, South Carolina.

“Cleveland’s selection to host the 8th International Public Markets Conference again solidifies our city has a leader in urban agriculture and our direction toward building a healthy and sustainable city,” said Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman. “Jointly, Mayor Jackson’s administration and Cleveland City Council have taken bold steps to embrace the city’s changing landscape, challenge our notions of healthy living and embrace our cultural past while redefining our city. The Westside Market is more than a center of commerce; it stands as a symbol of the diversity and strength that makes Cleveland unique. I am glad we will be able to share our story with those who will attend the conference in 2012.”

To highlight the vital role of markets in revitalizing communities, New York-based PPS is joining forces with the City of Cleveland, Ohio City Near West Development Corporation and Positively Cleveland for its 8th International Public Market Conference. Over three hundred participants are expected for the 3-day event which will bring together noted planners and designers, accomplished market managers, and visionary leaders in a unique opportunity to focus together on the past, present and future of markets worldwide. Dates for the conference are to be determined and will be announced this fall.