Partners

A United Region

To reach our fullest potential, we need to think of Acadiana not just as a collection of communities but as a deeply connected regional economy.

Strength in Numbers

In order to improve the quality and long-term sustainability of our regional community and economy, we believe business needs to lead. We know achieving our region’s full potential will require a collaborative approach, which is why we built an inclusive organization that welcomes all members, investors, and partners to work with us in making Acadiana a place that defies social and political fragmentation by forming alliances and developing solutions.

What are we doing to build and strengthen regional relationships?

  1. Every parish represented on 1A Board of Directors
  2. Bi-monthly meetings of local chambers, EDOs, and tourism offices (“Acadiana Regional Alliance”)
  3. Bi-monthly meetings with business development allies incl. local EDOs and utility partners (“Acadiana Allies”)
  4. Monthly written updates to local partners, including chambers, EDOs, tourism offices, and elected officials
  5. Staff liaison assigned to each parish (and each municipality within Lafayette) with regular outreach goals
  6. Expanding events and activities to include regional audience (i.e., Held first annual “Building the Region Conference,” highlighting the coastal parishes (Iberia, St. Mary, Vermilion))

Acadiana Economic Development Council

The Acadiana Economic Development Council, Inc. (AEDC) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded by local economic developers and incorporated in 2004. AEDC represents the primary economic development organizations in the Acadiana Parishes of Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, and Vermilion.

Contact AEDC

Jennifer Stelly

Chair, AEDC

Executive Director, St. Martin Parish Economic Development Authority

With a shared interest in preserving and growing the Acadiana economy, this council’s members leverage their individual expertise into insight that shapes the region’s plans and programming. This collaborative initiative also provides member organizations with the knowledge and tools needed to foster economic sustainability in the own communities. AEDC is an active member of the One Acadiana family, with each parish represented on the board by its respective council member. The AEDC Chair also holds a seat on the Executive Committee to ensure continuity between the organizations. Together, these organizations ensure adequate time and resources are spent on regional marketing, advocacy, and efforts that collectively promote and enhance the business climate in the region.

Member Organizations

Acadia Chamber of Commerce

Iberia Industrial Development Foundation

Evangeline Industrial Development Board No. 1

Lafayette Economic Development Authority

St. Landry Parish Economic Development

St. Martin Economic Development Authority

Vermilion Economic Development Alliance

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