One Acadiana Receives 2023 Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award from the International Economic Development Council

by | Oct 2, 2023 | One Acadiana News

Lafayette, LA – One Acadiana received a 2023 Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The award was bestowed specifically for the organization’s work in the Innovation Program & Initiatives category that impacted 685,000 residents. Troy Wayman, President & CEO of One Acadiana was acknowledged and honored at the IEDC 2023 Annual Conference during the inaugural Recognition Night event in Dallas, TX, September 19.

“One Acadiana has raised the bar for excellence in economic development with its Resources for Developing Minds program. This award is a testament to One Acadiana’s dedication to its residents and serves as a great example of how economic development can help transform a community for the better,” said Nathan Ohle, IEDC President and CEO. “It is IEDC’s honor and privilege to present One Acadiana with this award and recognize its leadership and innovation in the field of economic development!”

Every year IEDC looks specifically for economic development organizations, government entities, initiatives, and programs that have demonstrated consistent, exemplary performance in the economic development profession, leading the execution of projects that have a significant impact on revitalizing communities, and playing a major role in shaping and improving the practice of economic development.

“Thanks largely to the strength of our collaboration in the Acadiana region, the Resources for Developing Minds Program has grown from an idea inspired by One Acadiana’s Leadership Exchange trip to a program led by United Way of Acadiana, Ochsner Lafayette General, and Our Lady or Lourdes. The work of our local hospitals and community organization to promote early childhood development is vital to our community, and this award is a testament to our region’s ability to implement initiatives in an innovative way.”

About One Acadiana
One Acadiana is the leading economic development organization for the nine-parish Acadiana region located in south Louisiana. With more than 700 investors, members, and partners, One Acadiana serves as the voice of the regional business community. The organization is located in the city of Lafayette and serves a region of nearly 700,000 people with a vibrant culture and unique entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more at

About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,300 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities by creating, retaining, and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth, and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members engage in the full range of economic development practices. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in various settings, including local, state, provincial, and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities, and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions. Learn more at