Food production can be an important part of a city’s economic development strategy, strengthening the regional economy while expanding access to healthy, locally-grown food for residents. Cities can evaluate their food cluster, which includes all the businesses involved in growing, processing, transporting, and selling food in the city and surrounding areas. A city’s food cluster is often host to a range of small businesses, from farms and other food producers to the retailers who sell their products. These small businesses are essential to the creation and maintenance of jobs in the community, and cities should prioritize assistance for those businesses providing good wages and benefits. A city’s economic development strategy should include attention to localizing the food cluster, increasing its market share, and filling the growing demand for healthy, locally-produced food.