Mission: To improve communication, networking and civic and civil engagement across the communities of the North Shore, in order to identify opportunities for economic growth from within the region and promote community-driven solutions that blend our traditional strengths in agriculture, manufacturing and hospitality and integrates new opportunities to build a strong and resilient economic foundation for the region.
Vision: We envision a healthy and vibrant community based on an integrated economy of local businesses that leverage our core strengths in agriculture, manufacturing and hospitality to sustain our economy, create new jobs and improve our quality of life while protecting the environment and preserving the overall rural character and cultural significance of the region.
The North Shore Economic Vitality Partnership (North Shore EVP) was formed in 2015 as a result of a comprehensive, community-based economic analysis focused on creating new jobs and economic opportunities from existing regional resources especially at the intersection of agriculture and tourism, the two largest economic drivers in the region. Our initial project was to build a regional food hub facility that would purchase produce from small farms in the region and then aggregate, pack, market and distribute those products to larger commercial and institutional customers thereby opening new market opportunities for these small farms. To prepare farmers for these new markets North Shore EVP started the state’s only USDA GroupGAP food safety training and certification program in 2016. Although the vast majority of Hawaii farms remain uncertified, farmers now have the opportunity to attain their Harmonized GAP certification, the most common standard required by commercial and institutional buyers.
North Shore EVP GroupGAP is now responsible for 12% of certified farms on Oahu. Now that farmers are being trained, farms are getting certified and plans are underway for the food hub facility, North Shore EVP is leading the effort to document and improve the region’s entire food system in an effort to maintain agriculture as an economic pillar in the region’s economy