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Explore Our Region
- Jeff Davis
- St. Landry
- St. Martin
- St. Mary
Vermilion Parish is known for its fresh seafood, bountiful agriculture, great access via road and waterways, and a rich history of cultural and eco tourism. This bilingual (English/French), coastal parish is large and diverse with wandering bayous and farmlands, authentic local cuisine, family-friendly festivals and Cajun towns connecting it all. Vermilion is centrally located in the southern part of Louisiana immediately adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico. This proximity to the Gulf makes the parish an ideal location for the numerous companies needed to serve this region’s oil and gas industry.
St. Mary Parish
In St. Mary Parish – or “The Cajun Coast” – the blending of French, Italian, Spanish, English, African, Native American, and Cajun traditions created a rich and flavorful “gumbo” of communities. The Atchafalaya River basin and the Gulf of Mexico serve as the lifeblood for the parish, which is composed of five municipalities: Morgan City, Berwick, Patterson, Franklin, and Baldwin, as well as the Chitimacha Nation in Charenton.
St. Martin Parish
With a population of approximately 53,000, St. Martin Parish is part of the Lafayette MSA and sits at the corridor of both Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 90. St. Martin Parish is the only parish to have non-contiguous parts, in that, there are three major geographical areas dividing the 740 square mile parish, including the Atchafalaya Basin, the prairie, and the Bayou Teche area, on which several noteworthy cities, including the parish seat of St. Martinville, are located.
St. Landry Parish
St. Landry Parish is moving forward. Located in the heart of Cajun and Creole heritage, this culturally diverse parish (county) in Southern Louisiana is a unique place both to live and do business – where hard-working people “live their culture” and are building a thriving economic base along with a high-quality trained workforce.
Jeff Davis Parish
People from all over the world visit Jefferson Davis Parish to enjoy and experience rich Cajun and Indian culture. Jeff Davis Parish’s location, natural beauty, climate and small-town atmosphere offer a unique place for your family or business. The parish’s economic base includes health care services, shipbuilding, construction, agriculture, and oil field services. The parish has many industrial sites including the Lacassine Industrial Park on I-10.
Iberia Parish, Louisiana and its progressive communities are the place for exciting opportunities. Iberia Parish offers a unique mix of southern fun and hospitality nestled in the heart of “Cajun Country.” Moss-draped Live Oak trees and beautiful antebellum homes serve as the backdrop for a hard-working labor force, cutting edge medical and industrial technology along with worldwide leaders in the exploration of oil and natural gas.
Perhaps no parish in Acadiana is more possessive of its heritage than Evangeline. Its citizens will tell you (seriously, but with a humorous touch, too) that they have the best gumbo, the best boudin (a sausage-like local favorite), and other Cajun delicacies. When it comes to Louisiana French country flavor, no parish surpasses this parish in the northwest corner of central Acadiana.
Perfectly located along the I-10 corridor with major US Highways, railways, waterways, a port and airports, Acadia Parish offers the transportation resources needed for productive commerce. Cost of living and sites for business are affordable. This humble community is home to a culturally diverse and devoted population whose work ethic is as strong now as it was when their Cajun forefathers first settled here. Acadia Parish’s quaint charm makes it a great place to live, work and retire.
Affectionately known as the "Hub-City" of Acadiana, Lafayette, LA offers the essential elements needed to ensure the growth and development of its business community. Lafayette is set apart by its strategic location, a world-class workforce, a pro-business climate, and an unmatched quality of life. These attributes, complemented by a high-tech infrastructure and quality real estate, make Lafayette a unique place to live, work, play and do business.
News & Updates
May 24, 2023Business Development Delta Biofuel Announces $100 Million Final Investment Decision for Renewable Fuel Facility in Jeanerette
Iberia Parish facility will convert sugarcane waste to fuel pellets. Delta Biofuel has announced a $100 million final investment decision for the construction and start up of a full-scale renewable fuel production facility in Iberia Parish that will convert sugarcane waste into feedstock for low-emissions energy generation.Read Full Story »
May 16, 2023One Acadiana Reaccredited by the International Economic Development Council
Washington, DC – The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) announces that One Acadiana has once agaiRead Full Story »
May 11, 2023Economic Development Acadiana Partners Announce 43-Acre Certified Site in St. Martin Parish
St. Martin Economic Development Authority (SMEDA) and the city of Breaux Bridge with One Acadiana (1A) and Cleco announced that a 43.10-acre site located in St. Martin Parish has been certified under the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Certified Sites program.Read Full Story »
Feb 28, 2023Business Development Lafayette Biotech Company Announces 40-Job Expansion
Tides Medical, a producer of skin graft products distributed nationwide for use in the treatment of chronic or difficult-to-heal wounds, announced it is investing $1.5 million to upgrade its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Lafayette.Read Full Story »
Bringing Acadiana Together
It’s a place with an economic landscape as rich as its cultural roots. Acadiana has become a beacon for businesses both large and small, due in no small measure to the support provided by One Acadiana. Formerly Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, One Acadiana was built to give businesses a voice and to cultivate economic growth throughout the region.
When you become a member of One Acadiana, you’re allying with an organization dedicated to helping your business succeed—and the entire community thrive.