West Lafayette

Local, state unemployment rates drop

May 18, 2012

Tippecanoe County’s unemployment rate for April is almost one-percent better than the previous month.

It dropped from 7.2-percent in March to 6.4 last month.

The city of Lafayette improved to 7.3-percent in April.

West Lafayette’s rate fell six-tenths to 4.2.

That falls in line with what’s happening throughout the state.

Indiana’s unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in three years at 7.9-percent.

WL unveils new feature in the Village

May 11, 2012
Beverly Shaw / City of West Lafayette

A sculpture from a local artist has a new home in West Lafayette.

Ben Sutter’s Point of Departure has been installed outside Greyhouse Coffee on the corner of Northwestern and State Streets.

Greyhouse owner Jason Tennenhouse helped the project along from its early stages. He says it represents the experience of many Purdue students.

Purdue Research Park Attracts Illinois Business

Apr 11, 2012

A Peoria, Illinois company is opening a new facility in the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette.

Automotive Robotics Proving Labs Incorporated plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot building for testing engine designs, specifically for Caterpillar.

The project will bring 30 new permanent jobs to the area.

The facility is expected to cost about $10-million and ground is scheduled to break this spring.

Officials hope to have it complete by sometime next year.

West Lafayette officials are supporting two major developments planned for the city.

Council members approved rezoning requests for a residential building at Grant and Harrison streets and a new Faith Ministries project on Northwestern Avenue.

Plans for the “Faith West” complex include a recreation and worship area, a fitness center, and space for retail and food service.

Mayor John Dennis says the development will benefit the community in many ways.

Italy-Based Company Coming to WL

Mar 30, 2012

An Italy-based company is investing $2-million to locate in the Purdue Research Park.

Genport SRL will base its North American Headquarters at the site.

The company develops high-energy electric generators and batteries for military, emergency and medical industries.

Officials plan to hire 20 high-wage employees by 2015.

Tippecanoe County and West Lafayette, along with The Indiana Economic Development Corporation, are offering incentives to Genport.

WL WWTU increasing its green efforts

Mar 6, 2012

January was a record month for processing food waste at West Lafayette's waste water treatment plant.

Utility director Dave Henderson says 36-tons was collected from the Purdue Memorial Union and dining courts on campus.

He says along with the 26,000 pounds of fats, oils, and grease that were processed in January, the plant was able to generate 20% of the electricity needed for its operation.

Henderson says that saved the city more than $5,000.

He says the utility will continue to look for ways to increase the amount of power the plant produces in-house.

WL to Consider Parking Ticket Increase

Feb 27, 2012

Those hit with parking tickets in West Lafayette soon may have to pay more.

The City Council is considering raising fines for time violations.

Council President Ann Hunt says, if approved, this would be the first parking fines increase in West Lafayette since 2005.

Fines would change from $15 to $35 which is the same as Purdue’s penalties.

The proposed ordinance must pass twice and will go in front of the council for a first vote Monday.

A local animal rescue and adoption shelter is looking for new sources of revenue.

The Almost Home Humane Society in Lafayette is running at a deficit of nearly $300,000.

Executive Director Michelle Warren says part of the reason is an increase in animal intake. 

She says it costs the shelter more to house these pets and believes the economy is the primary factor for the recent spike.

Almost Home Humane Society took in more than 2,000 animals last year.

Warren says it’s the first year the shelter has seen an intake increase since 2006.

WL Hires New IT Manager

Jan 31, 2012

A former Lafayette city employee has the task of improving West Lafayette’s technology.

The city hired Anthony Newman as its new IT Manager.

He will oversee technology in the departments of emergency services, utilities, and the website outreach programs.

Newman also was a service manager for Roeing Corporation for the past two years.

He says those positions helped him become familiar with the technology needs of local government.

Newman’s position is a new one in the city.

It was created to enhance technology systems.

WL's online effort to get a boost

Jan 23, 2012

West Lafayette is close to filling its new Information Technology Director position.

Mayor John Dennis says the job was created to identify and improve some of the city’s technological deficiencies. He says it's taken three years to coordinate what needs to be done and move to writing a job description for someone who can achieve the city's goals.

The position includes overseeing technology with emergency services, utilities, and the website outreach programs.