A little less than 2,300 people live in Fowler. The town runs along U.S. 52, just northwest of Lafayette – but still, Town Council President Linda Brouillette says there’s not much outside investment.
“We’ve done a number of things in the past few years. Some have succeeded and some have not,” she says.
The town hosts regular events every year, including a wind turbine festival and a Fourth of July fair, and there are plenty of buildings in the downtown that could house businesses or people.
But many of those buildings sit empty. Brouillette says a few have even collapsed from neglect in recent years.