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City of Allentown looking for food vendors

City of Allentown looking for food vendors

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - With the PPL Center just weeks away from its official opening, Alan Jennings with the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley sees big opportunities around the corner, in the form of mobile food vendors.

"I've been doing this work for 30 years and I don't know that there's ever been a bigger opportunity for economic growth in our urban communities as we have in the NIZ," said Jennings.

To help with the process, the committee is hosting a free seminar that covers all the bases, from costs to proper licensing.

"It's our intent to make sure that everybody who tries gets the best shot possible at that opportunity," Jennings said.

Michael Moore with the City of Allentown says it's $50 to apply and if that application is accepted there is an additional $250 annual license fee.

Regulations also stipulate how close the vendors can be to one another and to area restaurants.

"They want to make sure people aren't unfairly competing with the existing restaurants, that's all part of the effort," said Jennings.

The CACLV seminar that began Monday night is already full, but Jennings says there's been so much interest there more than likely will be another one in the near future.

For more information on obtaining a mobile vendor application, contact the City of Allentown Business Development Office located on the 3rd floor of City Hall, or call (610) 439-5964.

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