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At the beginning of this year, WBAA held a public forum in Frankfort asking residents what amenities they wanted to see in town, and also asking this question: is there a single signature feature around which an identity could be built?

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we ask Chris McBarnes whether he might be able to turn recent difficulties with recycling into an opportunity as the waste disposal industry tries to re-evaluate its future. In a manufacturing-heavy city such as Frankfort, it might make sense.

City of West Lafayette

West Lafayette developers are making progress on plans for Chauncey Hill Mall development. As new construction begins, local officials are going over comments received during last month’s public comment period.

Area Plan Commission member Ryan O’Gara, who is in charge of the plan, says they received some proposals for high-rises and other housing options.

He says the plan can provide a solution for Purdue University’s housing shortage.

Officials in Indianapolis announced they will be launching a plan to be more economically inclusive. The city hopes to reduce income inequality by creating more high-wage jobs.

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This coming weekend is the biggest of the year in terms of visitors to Crawfordsville. With the annual Taste of Montgomery County overlapping with a big, nationally-televised motocross race, many more eyes than usual will be on the city.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we attempt to suss out what kind of opportunity that presents. Can it help Mayor Todd Barton lure more young professionals to live in the city, or does he have to be happy with just the once-a-year influx of cash into the local economy?

Waelz Sustainable Products Project In Muncie Is Dead

Aug 20, 2019

An electric arc kiln furnace project slated for Muncie is dead.  As IPR’s Stephanie Wiechmann reports, the city says immense community opposition played a major part in cancelling the to-be-built plant.

City officials say the Muncie Redevelopment Commission will buy back a brownfield on Kilgore Avenue now owned by Waelz Sustainable Products and say they are working through “an exit strategy.”

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A rebirth of the late Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival will make its debut this weekend in downtown Lafayette. Friends of Downtown’s development of the Star City Blues and Jazz Festival could fill a void in the Lafayette festival scene.

Two years have passed since Greater Lafayette Commerce’s decision to retire two summer staples -- Dancing and Cruising in the Streets and the Uptown Jazz and Blues Festival.

The decision, still confusing to many, was not forgotten by members of the community.

Indiana Health Goals Fall Short In Economic Report

Jun 12, 2019

Indiana has made strides in a plan to improve the state’s economic outlook but a number of health measures could be holding back progress.

A recent Brookings Institute study on growing cities across the nation highlighted South Bend, Indiana, alongside Nashville, St. Louis, and Boise, Idaho.

The shell building helped market the region to potential employers, according to Horan.

She says the city's proximity to major transportation routes also makes the Evansville area competitive for new investment. 

New Data Tool Arms Indiana Leaders With Statistics

May 31, 2019

The Indiana Office of Career Connections and Talent released a data tool Wednesday aimed at helping community organizations and policymakers understand trends in their region. It combines information from state and national sources.

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