West Lafayette Mayor weighs in on impact of GE investment

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Although the future site of the new GE plant is in Lafayette, surrounding areas will also see an impact from the investment. West Lafayette Mayor John Dennis says the new jobs will bring more people to the area, boosting the city’s housing market.

Dennis said the plant will also make West Lafayette more appealing to companies wanting to make future investments.

“They’re going to be looking at what type of opportunities they have for growth, development and investment. With something like GE having such a strong physical presence, all of those components are going to be very attractive to those outside of our area,” said Dennis.

Dennis said the new jobs could also lead to a boost for small businesses.

“A small business will have a greater propensity towards generating revenue for itself, because there will be more people here,” said Dennis. “They will be more inclined to economically engage in our community, and that’s always a positive thing.”

Dennis said the positive impact GE will have on Purdue will also benefit West Lafayette, now that the university has been annexed as part of the city.

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