Ask The Mayor: West Lafayette's John Dennis On Development Versus Public Perception

Oct 1, 2015

West Lafayette's mayor chided a gas station that created new jobs locally, while lauding a Rolls-Royce plant that will import workers from Indianapolis to fill its ranks.
Credit City of West Lafayette

Economic development is tricky business.

Is it worthwhile to bring in a big-name company, but only create a few jobs, or is it better to create handfuls of jobs at a time at new supermarkets and gas stations? Just how much can one high-profile company improve a city’s chances of landing similar developments in the future?

We put those questions West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis this week on Ask The Mayor.

Also on this program, how does the waning success of Purdue’s football team hurt the bottom line of city businesses? And if the basketball teams are good this winter, can some of that lost revenue be recouped?