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City Awards

Lafayette A Top-Ranked, Award-Winning Community

Under Tony Roswarski’s leadership, the City of Lafayette has been continuously recognized by independent organizations for its available jobs, economic health, quality of life and other achievements.

Some of these awards and recognitions include:

GREAT FOR JOBS, CAREERS
Rising Star for Employment
Employment always ranks well in Lafayette, named in 2009 by Newgeography.com as a No. 1 Rising Star for Employment. That followed a July 2007 No. 1 spot for jobs available in relation to overall population, determined by CareerBuilder.com.
Top Career Spot
Those looking for a place with great career opportunities can count on Lafayette. In 2010, Forbes magazine named Lafayette No. 12 Best Small City for Business and Careers, up from 16th in 2008.
Attracting More Jobs
Our community was also ranked No. 6 in 2007 in Top Small Metros for Recruitment and Attraction by Expansion Magazine—another sign of good and plentiful jobs.

GREAT PLACE TO LIVE
Five Stars. How good is life in Lafayette? Five-Stars, the highest rank possible, according to Expansion Magazine in 2007. Our community was one of just 72 in the nation to achieve the highest rating for Quality of Life Quotient. And in 2008, America’s Promise Alliance named us One of  the Best Communities for Young People. And in 2010, Money Magazine recognized us for being 2nd in most affordable homes.
No. 25 in the Nation. Frommers’ Cities Ranked & Rated, published in 2007, says our community is No. 25 out of 400 metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada. It bases that superior ranking on our economy, jobs, cost of living, climate, education, health, healthcare, crime, transportation, leisure, arts and culture, and overall quality of life.
Smart City to Live In. Lafayette placed 30th in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the 50 smartest cities to live in 2006. That was based on economic vitality, good place to start or expand a business, value in home prices and reasonable cost of living.
More Accolades. In 2005, Forbes magazine ranked Lafayette 23 out of 168 communities for business climate, based on workforce education levels, job and income growth, migration patterns the last five years, low crime rate, culture and leisure. And Lafayette was cited as one of the “150 Cheapest (and Greatest) Places to Live” in the U.S. in Life 2.0: How People Across America Are Transforming Their Lives by Finding the Where of Their Happiness, by Rick Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine. 

AWARD-WINNING ENVIRONMENT, PARKS
Green, Green, Green. Lafayette has been named a Tree City USA for years. In May 2007, Country Home magazine named Lafayette 2nd in Indiana and 60th out of 397 U.S. cities in its list of Best Green Cities for air and water shed quality, miles of mass transit, green power, farmers markets and more. In 2006 the Lafayette Water Pollution Control Department earned a Collection System Award from the Indiana Water Environment Association. The same year, our Nominate Your Neighbor program that salutes well-kept properties was recognized nationally by MuniNetGuide.com.
Hats Off for New, Refurbished Parks. Lafayette’s commitment to first-rate parks and recreation shows in these recent awards: Outstanding Park Development Award for Shamrock Dog Park, Indiana Park & Recreation Association, January 2007; Pride of Centennial Award from Historic Centennial Neighborhood Association for Centennial Park renovation, May 2007;
Columbian Park Top Rated. Families love Columbian Park. So do those who give awards. Among our recent accolades:  Best Park and Best Place to Entertain Kids Under 12, Journal and Courier, April 2006. In 2005: QBS Award for Columbian Park Lagoon Revitalization, Indiana QBS Coalition; Tree Preservation Award for Columbian Park Zoo, Lafayette Tree Fund; and Spirit of the Season Award, Chamber of Commerce Community Appearance Task Force.

AN ENVIABLE DOWNTOWN
Main Street a Winner. Our new streetscape design on Columbia Street earned the city the Gold Leaf Award from the Indiana Arborist Association in 2007; the previous fall the project landed the Indiana Main Street Design of Downtown Public Improvement Award from Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. The Lafayette Main Street Program earned the highest designation possible—“Nationally Accredited Community” from Indiana Main Street in April 2007, which followed our receiving the distinctive Indiana Main Street Award in October 2006.
Hats Off for Historic Preservation. Lafayette earned the prestigious Preserve America designation in 2007 for our efforts to preserve and restore historic sites in our community.

GREAT FOR ENTREPRENEURS, BUSINESS GROWTH
Growing the Economy. Trade & Industry Development, a site selection magazine, gave Lafayette and Subaru of Indiana Automotive one of just 15 Corporate Investment Awards nationwide in 2007, for the expansion and new jobs to produce Toyota Camrys.
Good Business Location. Lafayette was rated tops—Five Stars—in Best Places in the U.S. to Locate a Company, by Expansion Management magazine in 2006. The same year, Forbes ranked our community 23rd out of 168 cities for positive business climate.
Start Your Own Business. In 2009, Forbes named Lafayette 8th Best Metro for the Cost of Doing Business. Entrepreneur Magazine and the National Policy Research Council ranked our community the 98th hottest city for entrepreneurs in the U.S. in 2005. 
Shovel Ready. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. certified Park 350 as “Shovel Ready,” a program to expedite development approvals, in 2006.
Independent recognitions like these confirm what local residents know well—Lafayette is a great community. And our leaders are working hard to keep it at the top of the charts.


Paid for by Roswarski for Lafayette, Dave Zimmerman, Treasurer.