Lafayette

The season’s major juried arts event, the Round the Fountain Art Fair takes place on the grounds of the Tippecanoe County Courthouse on Saturday, May 24th.

The city of Lafayette has officially moved its parking enforcement services in-house.

Two full-time employees will issue tickets and operate the city’s parking garage.

The staff will also serve as Downtown Ambassadors to answer questions or address concerns from residents and visitors.

Officials say a GPS-based digital system will make the process more efficient, and moving away from using a third party vendor will be more cost-effective.

The city is also making changes to the fee structure for on-street parking violations.

The city of Lafayette has named a new superintendent for its Parks Department.

Claudine Laufman is taking over the position, effective immediately.

She has been with the city for more than two decades, most recently as the director of the Columbian Park Zoo.

Mayor Tony Roswarski says Laufman will be charged with implementing ideas from the Parks Department’s recently completed five year master plan.

Roswarski says the Parks Department will also have a new Operations Manager.

A leading developer of regenerative medicine products is expanding in Lafayette.

ACell Incorporated is headquartered in Maryland, but opened its site in Duncan Park on Sagamore Parkway in 2006.

Initially housed in a 2,500 square-foot facility, the company currently occupies 28,000 square feet. An additional 14,000 square feet of new space will be constructed by late 2014.

ACell president Rodney Bosley says the new facility is needed to help the company continue to grow. It's being paid for by the developer of Duncan Park, INOK Investments.

A new park in Lafayette provides access to the North 9th Street trail and loop which connects to the Wabash Heritage Corridor.

Officials celebrated the opening of Trailhead Park this morning.

The property was once a vacant lot.

Funding from the city’s Redevelopment Commission made the transformation possible.

The park contains picnic tables, a drinking fountain, an information kiosk and bike racks, along with a five acre native prairie with native trees and flowers.

Lafayette residents tapped for State roles

Dec 27, 2012

Governor Mitch Daniels is picking a pair of Lafayette residents to sit on a state commission and board.

Mark Wolfschlag will be part of the State Board of Health Facility Administrators.  His term ends July 1st, 2015.

The board establishes criteria and issues licenses for becoming a health facility administrator.

Wolfschlag is the president and owner of Mulberry Health and Retirement Community in Mulberry.

Patrick Richard will serve on the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission.

Greater Lafayette is looking to further establish a relationship with China.

Leaders from Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Tippecanoe County met with a group from the Shandong Province, Thursday.

The goal was to share culture and discuss business opportunities.

Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski calls the community’s relationship with China the best in the state.

Evonik slashes 45 jobs at Lafayette Lab

Dec 12, 2012

A Lafayette facility is losing 45 of its roughly 600 employees.

Evonick is cutting its workforce at its Tippecanoe Laboratories site.

The specialty chemical manufacturer is changing its business model and officials say the reductions are needed to increase flexibility and stay competitive in the market.

The Laboratory produces active pharmaceutical ingredients.

The employees losing their jobs will receive a severance package and Evonik is vowing to provide outplacement services.

Company officials says the reduction is not based on performance.

Fourth District Congressman Todd Rokita thinks a deal will get done to prevent the country from going off the so-called fiscal cliff.

He expects lawmakers to agree to terms by the December 31st deadline.

The Republican believes his party has presented an approach that reflects compromise.

“We've offered revenues if the President wanted revenues in cutting out deductions and loopholes and credits that we thought are unfair, in exchange for keeping tax rates low for all of us,” he said.

Ivy Tech prepares for disasters

Nov 27, 2012

More than 80 Ivy Tech students are preparing for a disaster situation.

Those in the nursing program participated in a mock factory acid-spill, Tuesday.

Ivy Tech is designated as an alternative care site in case of an emergency.

This is the first time the students have done a mock event on campus.  They usually go to off-campus sites.

Ivy Tech is designated as an alternative care location in case of a disaster.

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