How will you promote sustainable economic development that doesn’t add to consolidated government’s financial burden, and diversify the local economy?

Joyce Linde
Joyce Linde
Candidate for City Council District 4

It is important to create a business friendly environment that is welcoming to private investors. The Opportunity Zone created by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides investor access to capital gains tax incentives both immediately and long term. This will encourage private investors to go into undeveloped or low-income areas.

Nanette Cook
Nanette Cook
Candidate for City Council District 4

Having worked with investors and developers these past four years, I feel I have a better understanding of how we can encourage growth with private funding. With the help of LEDA and the Opportunity Machine, I have seen new businesses and companies invest in our community. As a council member we can work with planning and development to encourage developments that will positively affect and respect our community. There are so many factors that go into encouraging new companies to invest in Lafayette. Besides the basics of roads and drainage needs, there are the quality of life issues as well as our school system's strength, which companies consider before relocating their families here. All these contribute to a successful community, and they all need our attention.