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Survey Identifies Wants of Greater Lafayette Residents

Retirees and families with young children have a mostly favorable impression of Greater Lafayette.  Young professionals say there is much to be desired.

Those are some of the findings in a survey by the Chamber of Commerce and Next Generation Consulting.

It shows the area compares favorably in cost, safety, and diversity to similar cities, but lags behind when it comes to socializing after work, healthy living, and transit options.

Chamber council member Mike Piggott hopes the report can spark some positive change locally.

Next Generation Consulting Founder Rebecca Ryan says one of the initial efforts must be breaking down certain stigmas that may hinder catering to younger people.

Officials with Next Generation Consulting plan to come back in April or May to start working with community members on implementing strategies for making improvements.

The survey compared Greater Lafayette to six similar communities, including Ann Arbor, Michigan; Madison, Wisconsin; and Iowa City, Iowa.