Cities of Lafayette and
West Lafayette (Pop. 96,736)
Similar to many other
Indiana cities and towns, the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette have
developed a number of strategic plans aimed at improving quality of life over
the years but have had difficulty in overcoming the challenges of sustained
This time, the cities
have banded together, along with Ivy Tech Lafayette, Tippecanoe County and Purdue University, to
create the Quality of Life Council to organize a sustainable structure for
consistent, continuous implementation of Lafayette/West Lafayette’s quality of
life plan, “Good to Great: Making Greater Lafayette a Community of
Choice.” The goals of the plan include
efforts in openness and diversity, downtown vitality, wellness and
sustainability, arts integration, economic development, transportation and university
& city relations.
The council reports to
the Greater Lafayette Commerce Board of Directors. Its seven council teams – one for each of the
plan goals – are empowered to establish themselves as knowledge leaders and
move forward with implementation. An
eighth team is dedicated to provide leadership and resources for plan implementation
The Quality of Life
Council has been careful not to duplicate existing efforts; rather, its members
are working to unite existing organizations and achieve common goals. Community members have also been a key
component of the planning and implementation process, providing feedback in
surveys, focus groups and other forums.
implementation will take years to complete, a number of initiatives have burst
through the gates and brought early success.
more information about Lafayette/West Lafayette’s placemaking efforts, visit http://www.greaterlafayettecommerce.com/quality-life or contact
Director of Greater Lafayette’s Chamber & Quality of Life Councils. Additional
best practice resources can be
found on Ball State’s Primacy of Place website.
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