Acadiana’s Economic Center
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. Historically, Lafayette has been a hub for energy production and services in the southeastern U.S. and the Gulf of Mexico.
A Strong Foundation for Growth
The resilience of Lafayette’s economy is attributed to our strategic growth, entrepreneurial spirit and skilled workforce. With this foundation, Lafayette is able to foster an economy that supports a growing population and diverse industry sectors. One quarter of the local workforce is employed in wealth creating industries— mining (energy), construction, manufacturing and information.
Add in the healthcare industry, Lafayette’s largest single employing industry, and almost 40% of the local workforce is employed in wealth creating or high valued industries. This existing base of wealth-creation is attractive to established businesses and entrepreneurs.
Lafayette’s unique entrepreneurial spirit is evident in the homegrown companies that have found great success in the Acadiana region. From manufacturing, to healthcare, to oil & gas, Lafayette’s innovative community breeds success.
Lafayette’s Top Employers:
- Lafayette Parish School System
- Lafayette General Health
- Wood Group Production Services
- Lafayette Consolidated Government
- University of Louisiana-Lafayette
- WHC, Inc.
- Walmart Stores
- Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center
- Stuller, Inc.
Lafayette Parish Partners
Lafayette Economic Development Authority
The Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) works with businesses as they make decisions to start, expand or relocate to Lafayette, Louisiana, and the surrounding communities. Through innovative collaborations with business, government and education, LEDA strives to grow the community’s business base for future development and diversification. Learn more at lafayette.org.
One Acadiana is a business-led, privately funded economic development organization serving a nine-parish area in South Louisiana. Representing over 1,200 businesses throughout the area, One Acadiana’s vision is to make our region one of the most sought-after places in the South for business and professional talent. One Acadiana also serves as the central business organization for Lafayette, providing leadership on local issues as well as the services and resources of a traditional business association.
Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission
As an accredited Destination Marketing Organization, the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission’s vision is to have the most progressive, efficient and creative destination marketing in the state of Louisiana. This includes innovative marketing efforts that will bring greater awareness of Lafayette as a visitation, meeting and sports destination.
Louisiana Small Business Development Center
The Louisiana Small Business Development Center is the state’s largest and most accessible source of assistance for entrepreneurs and the only statewide nationally accredited program that provides business consulting to entrepreneurs at no cost. Through a network of 10 centers, the LSBDC provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to help your business start, grow and succeed.
Lafayette International Center
The Lafayette International Center (also known as Le Centre International de Lafayette or El Centro International de Lafayette) is the international division of Lafayette Consolidated Government. Since its inception in April 1990, the mission of the Lafayette International Center has been to foster an increase in international commerce and tourism in the Lafayette area. Le Centre provides a variety of trade-related resources allowing optimal interaction with local and visiting foreign trade development officials and business people. With a strong commitment to trade, Lafayette stands to develop new markets for expanded production and enhanced relationships with our trade/tourism partners.