Zone Bounty Program: 13 new businesses, more
than 71 jobs
Machine Tool Training Program: 39 participants,
17 zone residents. Seven placed in zone businesses, ten zone residents
placed in area businesses and three zone residents placed in zone
Downtown Child Care Center: 12 new jobs, child
care for 23 children of zone employees’, two Ivy Tech students’ children,
25 childrenof zone resident
families, and six zone residents’ children working for zone businesses
(first year of operation)
Sky Alland marketing: A $30,000 training grant
resulting in more than 75 zone residents hired in a two year period
Siemens Corporation: Zone inclusion retained 220
Investment Cost Credits:
AO Quality Stamping - 15 new jobs
Huth Thompson - 70 jobs retained
Holiday Inn Select Center City - 65 new jobs and
a first source agreement
Small Business Training: Entrepreneurship
Academy training has assisted 17 zone businesses and residents
Since 1993, the mission of the Lafayette Urban
Enterprise Association is to enhance, revitalize, and encourage the
businesses and neighborhoods of the enterprise zone through partnerships,
incentives, and cooperation.
Kim Branson purchased her first home ever in
2000 after participating in LUEA’s Individual Development Account program,
in partnership with Lafayette Neighborhood Housing Services Inc. “Buying
this house is like living in the country in a big city,” she says of her
spacious yard and flower gardens.
LUEA has made such an impact on my home, my
family and my neighborhood,” says Pat Wilkerson, homeowner, co-chair of the
Historic Jefferson Neighborhood Association, Leadership Lafayette graduate
and winner of the 2001 Harold Fannon Award for Leadership.
Karyl Traeger operates The Green Door, a Main
Street retail shop launched in 1998 and today known for its fine gifts,
antiques and interior décor items. “I want people to come in and sit down
so I can get to know them,” she says. “I’m always glad for that.”
While national acts often come to the stage of
the Long Center for the Performing Arts, local youth, too, such as these
gymnasts from Dance Moves and Gymnastics, showcase their talents here. LUEA
supported the Long Center’s recent renovation with a $75,000 contribution;
the theatre’s mezzanine was named for LUEA in thanks for the gift.
“All of the opportunities came together at the
right time,” Gregg Murphy, co-owner of the $15.8 million Holiday Inn
Select-City Centre says of the decision to build the eight-story, 142-room
hotel in downtown Lafayette that opens in late 2002.
Those opportunities included investment cost
credits facilitated by LUEA and assistance recruiting and training the
hotel’s 65 employees.
Opened in 1998, LUEA stepped in to help raise
more than $83,000 with the help of Neighborhood Assistance Tax credits from
the Indiana Department of Commerce for furnishings. We also helped land a
$50,000 grant for pre-opening training and staffing. “Without LUEA’s
dollars, we couldn’t have done it,” says Marilyn Redmon, director
Tippecanoe County Child Care.
“Downtown is where the heartbeat of Lafayette
pounds hard,” Gerard Benner of Huth Thompson LLP says of his firm’s desire
to operate downtown. “LUEA was instrumental in providing the credibility
and support so our firm could establish roots downtown,” Benner says.