We wish to express the strong support of Dickinson College students for a borough ordinance that begins to allows food trucks here in Carlisle.
Expanding the number of food options in Carlisle is good for everyone. It helps local businesses be the best they can be — prompting them to be more competitive and creative. It helps people by creating new opportunities for entrepreneurship — lifting up families and our local economy. It helps the community by introducing new culture and cuisine — promoting the valuable exchange of ideas, perspectives, and of course, great food.
In other communities - from Portland, Maine to Portland, Oregon - food trucks have long helped spur the local economy, create jobs, and improve quality of life for local people. Student Senate stands ready to work with you to support a similarly beneficial undertaking here in Carlisle — and we’ll happily bring 2,300 of our friends.
The Borough Council needs to consider a number of factors in reviewing this ordinance, and we respect the time and diligence this effort demands. We wish to add, however, that much of the opposition to this change seems to lose sight of what is most important here: the support and growth of the entire community.
Please be in touch with any questions. We look forward to continuing this conversation with the people of Carlisle.