"Food deserts need to be eliminated in Columbus."

Future 50 Class of 2020

Matt Miller 

Partner, Municipal Finance Group, Ice Miller

About: A practicing attorney for more than 15 years in Columbus and Chicago before that, Matt Miller advises and counsels government entities with an aim to help others adopt innovative financing ideas such as social impact bond programs and integrating blockchain technology into government finance. He works primarily with economic development projects, public-private partnerships with residential and commercial development and other economic incentive programs.

Miller holds a law degree from Capital University and also attended the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School, receiving the FinTech Programme Certification. He is also part of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law Professionals Council, which is an organization focused on creating a government with political systems that don’t support racism and poverty. 

Outside of work: In addition to the Shriver Center on Poverty Law, Miller is involved with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, is a Tenant Advocacy Project volunteer, a Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus board member and is a past volunteer at the Special Olympics. Miller also owns an Airbnb rental property and invests in cryptocurrency.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “Reliable, accessible and affordable public transportation—especially as the city continues to grow. Columbus can solve this problem by becoming a model for the future of public transportation through the use of technology and partnering with the private sector.”

Miller’s idea: “Food deserts need to be eliminated in Columbus by providing affordable access to locally grown organic food to residents. The Future 50 project would involve partnering with local farmers, grocery stores and other organizations with similar focus to provide these services, which could be in the form of food trucks, pop-up grocery stands and community gardens, along with education for residents of all ages about the benefits of making healthy food choices.”

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