Big News: Two Events & City of NOLA

Please come to show your support for New Orleans Food Trucks at two public events:

On Tuesday, October, 9, 2012 at 10:00 am, the New Orleans City Council Economic Development & Special Projects Committee will meet for a presentation with the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition regarding a proposal for changes in the mobile vending ordinances. The meeting is held in the City Council Chamber on the 1st floor of City Hall. Please come show your support. More information HERE

Then, on Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 5:30-7:30 pm,  City Councilmember at Large Stacy Head and Good Work Network are organizing a Central City Food Truck Fest. The event will showcase local food truck favorites and music by local musicians at the 2000 block of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, on the corner of St. Andrew Street. More information can be found below or HERE

Background: After a year’s worth of organized and collaborative efforts, the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition (NOFTC) recently met with the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Economy to discuss details on particular mobile vending ordinances that need to be changed to support food trucks in the city. The Mayor’s office will then put together a set of recommendations based on this discussion and submit it to the Mayor. It’s been a very collaborative dialogue. The City is really supportive of the NOFTC and have worked with us along with their own research to demonstrate the need for better changes to the laws and what better laws might look like. We believe with the public’s continuing support and ongoing collaboration with the City that NOLA will transform to become a national model for fair and progressive mobile vending laws.

In other great news, NOLA City Councilmember Stacy Head has agreed to act as “Champion” for the New Orleans Food Trucks and NOFTC’s efforts. This is needed as part of city process to help guide proposed changes to the existing NOLA mobile vending ordinances through City Council. A big thank you to Councilmember Head, her office, the Mayor’s office, and other city staff  and elected officials for their openness, willingness to listen, and collaboration.

And a big thank you to our readers, eaters and other supporters, including several restaurant owners. There’s no way we would have gotten this far without you, and we appreciate your ongoing support moving forward.

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From the Office of New Orleans City Council:

October 4, 2012 – New Orleans, LA – City Councilmember at Large Stacy Head and Good Work Network are organizing a Central City Food Truck Fest on October 11 from 5:30-7:30 pm. The event, which will showcase several local food truck favorites and music by local musicians, will be on the 2000 block of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, on the corner of St. Andrew Street.

Dedicated to promoting small business development, both Councilmember Head and Good Work Network support food trucks, which are often the stepping stones to brick and mortar restaurants. The Councilmember and Good Work Network, in addition to the Food Truck Coalition and others, are studying mobile vending law best practices so that food trucks can thrive within New Orleans, a city internationally known for its diverse cuisine. Prior to the 5:30pm event, a meeting will take place in the Good Work Network offices on OC Haley with all interested parties in order to discuss needed mobile vending law reforms.

In addition, Councilmember Head and Good Work Network are united in their support for the development of OC Haley, a historically commercial thoroughfare. Good Work Network recently renovated the 100 year old Franz Building on OC Haley, from which they operate. The purchase and renovation of this building was designed to return commerce to the corridor in a way that engages and supports, rather than displaces, the community. Councilmember Head continues to encourage and assist business development on OC Haley, much like she did on Freret Street, and has realized success. Current investments on or near OC Haley are over $50 million and include the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority offices and retail spaces, the new site of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, the newly renovated Café Reconcile and the upcoming Maïs Arepas restaurant.

“This event celebrates food trucks for what they bring to the table – both literally as meals and more metaphorically in terms of small business development. Currently, the mobile vending laws, which were written in 1956, are not aligned with best practices. It is my goal to thoughtfully reform this set of laws in order to support food trucks and the overall restaurant industry of New Orleans, to whom we owe so much,” said Councilmember Head.

“Mobile vendors are an excellent way for small business owners to launch their businesses, in addition to bringing commerce back to neighborhoods as they redevelop,” said Phyllis Cassidy, the Executive Director of Good Work Network.

Contact:  Danielle A. Viguerie
Director, Communications and Community Outreach
Office of Councilmember-at-Large Stacy Head
Phone: (504) 658-1063
Email: daviguerie@nola.gov

 

NOLA City Council The NOLA City Council is the legislative branch of New Orleans City government. The Council considers and enacts all local laws that govern the City of New Orleans. The Council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City, as recommended by the mayor, and continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations. The City Council is also the regulatory body for public utilities. It reviews and has final say on many land use and zoning matters, as well as considers major economic development projects for the City. As a Board of Review for Orleans Parish, the Council examines appeals of property tax assessments for real estate taxes, and certifies tax rolls to the Louisiana Tax Commission. Other responsibilities of the Council include overseeing the operation of the public access television in Orleans Parish.The City Council is comprised of five districts and two councilmembers-at-large. Council President and Councilmember-at-Large Stacy Head; Council Vice President and Councilmember-at-Large Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson; District “A” Councilmember Susan G. Guidry; District “B” Councilmember Diana Bajoie; District “C” Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer; District “D” Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell; and District “E” Councilmember Ernest F. Charbonnet.

 

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