Invest Acadiana — a joint initiative between the Acadiana Planning Commission and One Acadiana to promote Opportunity Zones — is hosting a "Shark Tank" style pitch competition for potential opportunity zone projects.

The competition, which will be April 22, the opening night of Festival International de Louisiane, is aimed at connecting local Opportunity Zone projects with local and national investors. There will be an interest meeting Dec. 11 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Jefferson Street Pub in Lafayette.

A company that develops, manufactures and distributes a wide range of authentic Cajun food products, Savoie’s Sausage and Food Products Inc. plans a $12.7 million expansion of its food production facility in St. Landry Parish near Opelousas, Louisiana.

Lafayette Mayor-President Joel Robideaux is in his last month as the parish’s chief executive, and on Wednesday he contemplated the challenges, lessons and regrets of his single term.

Robideaux said his toughest decision as mayor-president was opposing the changes to Lafayette’s Home Rule Charter that created two separate councils.

“Conceptually, it made all the sense in the world. I don’t think anybody felt like the city of Lafayette shouldn’t have its autonomy, the same as the other municipalities,” Robideaux said at a Wednesday discussion hosted by One Acadiana.

Expansion will result in 16 new jobs, retention of 100 jobs; company to expand distribution area

LAFAYETTE, La. - Invest Acadiana announced on Wednesday OZ Pitch Fest 2020-a "Shark Tank" style pitch competition focused on funding projects within Acadiana Opportunity Zones (OZ). This pitch competition will connect local OZ projects with local and national investors.

Join us to hear about Invest Acadiana's OZ Pitch Fest 2020 and how you can participate as a pitch team or an investor on December 11 from 8:00 -9:00 a.m. at Jefferson Street Pub.

1. Give us a brief history of your company.
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Entrepreneur's purpose is to 'impact the lives of others'

Corey Jack is manager of Lafayette chamber affairs for One Acadiana and also owns Jack & Associates, a consulting firm for entrepreneurs. 

LAFAYETTE, LA (NOV. 20, 2019) – The CAJUNDOME & Convention Center is pleased to announce that construction is underway on a brand new on-premise beverage outlet. “The Table Room” features a 500-person capacity venue that will provide additional entertainment space and bar service during major CAJUNDOME events. Construction is nearing completion expected to open in mid-January 2020. The renovated space will serve as a new beverage outlet, featuring a sports bar atmosphere.

Retail store set to move into former Fred’s building


Carencro, LA, Nov. 20, 2019--Goodwill Industries of Acadiana will be hosting a two-day grand opening event on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 to celebrate the relocation of its Carencro retail store. The event will take place at the new location in the former Fred’s building at 812 Veterans Drive.

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