The HNA team supports the planning, design and deployment of public-private partnerships dedicated to financing healthy, green, fair and affordable food economies. HNA has the expertise to help organizations make diversified agriculture economies an enduring asset in metropolitan regions nationwide. HNA’s strategic services draw on the team’s wealth of experience, knowledge and relationships. We help communities grow healthy and productive food economies through work products inspired by such cross-cutting disciplines as sustainable development financing, agricultural law, public policy, soil health investment, agribusiness marketing/management, and farming.
Origins and Objectives
Heuer has worked on multiple fronts since 1989 to to make reinvestment in cities, suburbs and country towns more attractive than new construction on farm fields.
HNA Products and Services
HNA’s strategic consulting services focus on facilitating public-private partnerships to support the growth and development of regional-scale, regenerative agri-food economies.
HNA Network team members:
- Bob Heuer: IL-based public policy and marketing strategist specializing in sustainable development finance and regional agri-food economics
- Kevin McCullough: MA-based management consultant in livestock processing, trucking, refrigeration, feed/food stuff logistics and plant construction
- John Rademacher: IL-based attorney; previously served for 28 years as General Counsel at American Farm Bureau Federation
- John Steven Bianucci: IL-based Director of Conservation, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT & founder of value-chain innovator Earth’s New Ways LLC
- Stephen Cerny: VA-based public policy attorney; previously worked 28 years in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and on Capitol Hill
HNA Networks received seed funds from Will County Farm Bureau and Will-South Cook Soil Water Conservation District (SWCD) to work with Will County board member Judy Ogalla to launch the Will County Agricultural Sustainability and Conservation Initiative.
Will CASCI’s founding partners—in addition to the local Farm Bureau and SWCD—are South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium, and three Will County community groups.
Will CASCI’s initial effort was to apply for a Rockefeller Foundation Food System Vision Prize 2050
The proposal introduced the strategy to build a cross-sector, metro Chicago coalition dedicated to the growth and development of a healthy, green, fair and affordable food and farm economy for the Lake Michigan Basin region.
Will CASCI was pleased to see Chicagoland represented among the 79 Prize semi-finalists. The Chicago-based start up KitcheNet was selected for its founder Trista Li’s vision to create this experience-oriented, data-driven subscription delivery model.
Will CASCI was not selected as a semi-finalist, but the relevance of our vision is reflected in the following letters of support.