News | May 2016

Business leaders and representatives came together at the Clifton Chenier Center Thursday to discuss the state of Lafayette's economy and what can be done to improve it.

Part two of a series of town halls hosted by Lafayette civic organization 360 Collective, the forum hit on a multitude of different facets of the Hub City's economy and development, including economic development of north Lafayette, the Interstate 49 connector and the Moss Street lane reduction.

Accrinet – a design firm based out of Charlotte, North Carolina – builds websites for both the economic development and non-profit worlds. Each fall, President Jeff Kline seeks inspiration from around the web for economic development agencies planning to build or update their online presence. According to Kline, “It’s so important to present website visitors with a professional, informative web design that portrays the strength and credibility of your region’s economic development organization.”

Jennings American Legion Hospital has joined Lafayette General Health system as part of a clinical affiliation agreement. The two entities say in a press release that the clinical affiliation, signed May 10, is neither a purchase nor an acquisition. “While each organization’s ownership and governance structure will remain the same, the affiliation will enhance the economies of scale for both organizations and allow for sharing of best practices,” the release states.

Lafayette's Cajundome is undergoing a $22 million makeover. The renovations will bring new and expanded seating, new lights, upgrades for concession areas and restrooms, and a clean roof.

Multiple news outlets report the improvements, which were launched Monday, will be the most extensive work since the facility opened in 1985.

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In the community discussion around the I-49 Lafayette Connector, something that receives too little attention is the project’s substantial role in protecting our industry base and building a foundation for diversified economic growth in other sectors. Especially amid the current economic downturn, the Connector should be viewed as a central component of our area’s economic development strategy, supported by everyone who cares about a strong economic future for Lafayette and Acadiana.
Kathy Bobbs, Chris Rader and Donald Washington have joined the board of directors of Home Bancorp, parent company of Lafayette-based Home Bank. The appointments take effect June 1. Board Chairman Mike Maraist said in a press release that each new member brings to the bank “a unique set of experiences and knowledge to help us continue to broaden our success.”

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana's I-49 South Coalition may be focused on filling the remaining gaps between Lafayette and New Orleans, but advocates said the "Energy Corridor" and its significance stretches all the way to Canada.

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Infrastructure matters. It matters, in big ways and in small, to our country, our economy, our quality of life, our safety, and our communities. Roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, pipes, the power grid, broadband… infrastructure matters to companies that manufacture and ship goods. 

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Infrastructure matters. It matters, in big ways and in small, to our country, our economy, our quality of life, our safety, and our communities. Roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, pipes, the power grid, broadband… infrastructure matters to companies that manufacture and ship goods.

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Behind the Spanish moss, plantation facades and bayou fishing weekends, Acadiana’s nine parishes hold solid economic potential for serious entrepreneurs.

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