Greater Lafayette Commerce

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On Saturday mornings between May and October, a crowd converges on downtown Lafayette to visit the Lafayette Farmer's Market.

Though it doesn’t take them yet, it’s one of 75 markets in Indiana officially authorized to accept benefits from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Manufacturing companies all over the state have open positions and can’t find qualified workers to fill them. These jobs require specialized training because the new world of manufacturing requires more technology-based skills. So companies are finding new opportunities to teach them.

THE PROBLEM IN ONE MANUFACTURING TOWN

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State leaders have pinned Indiana’s economic fortunes to regional economic development initiatives.  

Many programs have been created in the last few years to foster cooperation between nearby counties and cities.

But as WBAA’s Chris Morisse Vizza reports, at least two West Central Indiana mayors say the inherent instinct to compete for jobs and corporate investment is an obstacle.

Lafayette School Corporation

The Lafayette School Corporation on Wednesday announced plans to turn the former Lafayette Life Insurance building into a career academy for high school students.

Superintendent Les Huddle says next week the school board is slated to vote on a $2 million contract to buy the 94-thousand square foot building that has been vacant since the insurance company headquarters moved to Cincinnati, Ohio in 2011.

City of Frankfort

To complete a new vision for Frankfort’s downtown, the city and county will have to find $10-20 million .

But first, say some consultants who recently completed a report on that redesign, the city has a number of cosmetic challenges to overcome.

This week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor, we talk to Frankfort’s Chris McBarnes about where he hopes to get the money and what needs to be cleaned up first.

John Clare

WBAA’s John Clare talks with Erin Easter and Mark Molter, organizing members of the Uptown Jazz And Blues Festival in Lafayette. They’ll discuss this year's musical acts, what you can expect to eat and drink, and how it has grown over the last 11 years.

The Uptown Jazz & Blues Festival is Lafayette’s last summer festival of the year. There is "cool jazz, smoking hot blues, and the smell of barbecue" as festival goers meet at the Historic Fifth Street Market District.

WBAA’s Jan Simon talks with Kim Murray of Greater Lafayette Commerce about two events this weekend that will kick off the holiday season.

City of West Lafayette

Since he was unopposed in Tuesday’s election, West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis has had the luxury of spending the last several months working more on the State Street redesign than running for office.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we ask about a couple tangential issues – whether now is the right time for the city to get its own water utility and whether the failure of a plan to secure regional planning dollars hurts the city as it gets set to pay what could be a $50 million bill for the project.

Courtesy Crawfordsville Mayor's Office

Next week, Crawfordsville is set to celebrate the rebirth of the Hoosier State Amtrak line – assuming that comes to pass.

On this week’s Ask The Mayor, we talk with Todd Barton about how the city is preparing to embrace the trains – and whether their new operators still have work to do before residents can truly embrace mass transit.

Shortly after the new Amtrak service begins, site selectors from the lieutenant governor’s office will visit Crawfordsville to judge whether it’s worthy of a Stellar Communities grant.

Kristin Malavenda/WBAA News

Dozens of small businesses opened across Greater Lafayette on Saturday—but just for the day.

It’s the 5th year the Greater Lafayette area participated in Lemonade Day, and, local leaders say it’s a time to get the community thinking local, especially as Lafayette and West Lafayette ponder revisions to their downtowns.

“My name is Cade and I’m 9 years old. My name is Callie and I’m 7 ½.”

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