President Runey in the ProJo: How Food Shapes the RI Economy

How food has shaped Providence into a thriving city.Food is an essential part of RI’s — and Johnson & Wales University’s — identity. But it’s more than that, JWU Providence Campus President Mim Runey writes in the Providence Journal: Our state’s food economy spurs growth, innovation and urban renewal.

“It wasn’t long ago that Providence was a city in deep decline,” she writes.

Today, Providence is thriving. Runey attributes this to a number of factors: a more livable city center, a bustling student population, rising hotel occupancy.

As JWU established itself as a world-renowned culinary arts institute, Providence emerged as a major culinary player — in 2012, Travel + Leisure named Providence the number-one food city in the country.

“Now we look to the future,” she writes, laying out an integrated plan to spark greater statewide growth — specifically, how Providence can lead, shape and invest in its food economy.

Runey’s piece was adapted from a panel discussion she gave at the 2013 Inner City Ecomomic Summit.