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Greater Lafayette Commerce asks for input, support for Pledge to be Open

Greater Lafayette Commerce wants feedback on job search resources you may have used in the past. 

The Quality of Life Council is following up on one of the issues raised during an assessment of the area and how to make it more inviting.

Erin Nelson is heading up the effort. She says they want to know about the job opportunities in the Lafayette area. The Good to Great report last year showed young professionals aren’t satisfied with the positions available.

“So, we’re really looking to see if we do have a shortfall of the kinds of jobs new graduates are looking for, or if we do have those jobs, then we need to find a more meaningful way of connecting the position and the qualified candidates.”

Nelson says they want everyone to take the survey, but specifically young professionals. The survey is open through September 20th.

A bicycle benefits program also is being considered in the Lafayette area. The Hilltop to Hilltop team of the Quality of Life Council is surveying businesses to see if there’s any interest.

Nelson says the idea is to give a biker’s discount at area businesses, if they purchase a membership sticker for their helmet.

“We do know that we have some businesses that would be interested. We’re just trying to find that critical mass of businesses to participate and be a part of this program, so that there’s mutual benefit for both the business owner and the bicyclist.”

The suggestion for the bicycle benefits program also comes from the Quality of Life report. It’s designed to promote cleaner air, personal health and the use of a helmet. It also could lead to decreases in the demand for parking spots.

Another Quality of Life Council initiative is asking everyone to take a pledge to work together to make Greater Lafayette the place of choice.

Nelson says the Pledge to be Open is aimed at welcoming people from all different backgrounds to the area.

“Whether they’re looking to invest here, they’re going to school here, they’re starting a family here, or they just moved here for their job and they want to find a place they can call home. We want to make sure it’s the most welcoming and open society that we can provide for people.”

More than 100 people have already signed onto the pledge, including the mayors of Lafayette and West Lafayette.

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