Administrative Director - Mike Blake
The Central Ohio Food Truck Association (COFTA) is the industry association advocating for food truck owners and operators serving central Ohio. We were established to provide a platform for advocacy, communication and education for our members and the community they serve.
The Central Ohio Food Truck Association was established in 2012 as the industry association for food trucks. We are a collective of entrepreneurs in an industry that has seen a tremendous amount of growth locally and nationally. The regulations that govern us are outdated. Our initial primary focus is to advocate for food truck friendly laws in the community we serve. We are currently working with state and local officials to make central Ohio a positive example nationwide.
ADVOCATE: Advocate on behalf of our members to ensure we are operating in the most food truck friendly environment possible.
COMMUNICATE: Serve as the single voice for our industry. Provide a source for information among our members and to the outside community which we serve.
EDUCATE: Create a standard of best practices for our members to follow that ensure we are operating at a high level.
THE NOW: Our short term goals are to advocate for more food truck friendly laws in Central Ohio. Specifically, we are focused on laws that would provide for the ability to work on public streets (including metered parking spaces) along with developing a more straight forward licensing process.
Like any industry, it is important to come together in a collective and professional manner. It is important to a have a voice, a seat at the table with local or state government so we can represent our position on matters that impact us the most. It is important to provide a central place to communicate with one another in a productive manner on issues that impact our business. It is important to educate ourselves to become better stewards for our industry.
Food truck owners and operators create jobs and contribute to our local economy. Many of our members have a focus on sourcing local. Our industry allows us to test market concepts before making the larger investment into a bricks and mortar restaurant. We have members that operate food trucks and restaurants both. We support our community from an economic standpoint and also from a charitable standpoint. Food trucks volunteer time and provide food for many worthy causes around central Ohio. We fundraise for your school or sports program and many other worthwhile causes. We have become an integral part of the community.
JOIN and SUPPORT:
• Properly licensed, open and operating food truck serving central Ohio.
• Commitment to abide by Central Ohio Food Truck Association Best Practices.
• Agreement to pay annual dues.
Please consider supporting the Central Ohio Food Truck Association if you are NOT a food truck owner or operator. We will kindly take your donation. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a non-food truck owner/operator member and/or advertising with us.