STATE COLLEGE, PA – When caterer Michael Marx moved to Ferguson Township after a successful career as a restaurateur in Baltimore, he was surprised by the lack of food trucks in the State College area.

But on Monday night, the Ferguson Township planning commission took a major step toward changing that fact by reviewing a rough draft of a brand new ordinance to allow this new kind of mobile restaurant.

Marx, owner of the State College-based World’s Fare Catering, says he’s received an “absolutely incredible” amount of support for his idea. He says a number of companies based in Ferguson Township have reached out to tell him how much their employees would enjoy having a new option for grabbing grub on the job.

Marx says food trucks would benefit people who work in the township who don’t have many lunch options near them, while also benefiting the township by bringing additional business into the area.

“If anyone’s ever traveled outside Centre County, not even necessarily to a big city, they’ll see that food trucks are alive and kicking,” Marx says. “They exist in a very symbiotic, healthy relationship with restaurants. They fill in the gaps.”

At the planning commission meeting on Monday, Ferguson Township planner Lindsay Schoch said there are many businesses in the township’s industrial and research districts that don’t have easy access to nearby restaurants.

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