In December 2019, cheers were heard around the state when the Louisiana Department of Education won a competitive federal Preschool Development Grant worth over $11 million a year for three years. In applying for the grant, Louisiana proposed to create 600 new seats in child care and education centers for children from birth to age three.

1. Give us a brief history of your company. 

I specialize in land and commercial development real estate working directly with investors from various professional industries who seek to grow in Lafayette, Louisiana, however, our company has a nationwide reach. I take pride in making deals happen for those who seek growth in their business and within my beloved Lafayette. 

LAFAYETTE, La. – Today, One Acadiana (1A) issued a statement congratulating legislators from the organization’s nine-parish region for being appointed to leadership positions within the State Senate and State House of Representatives.

Plan to focus on inclusive engagement and implementable actions to improve streetscapes and infrastructure.

One Acadiana is hosting the 2019 regional celebration on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. News 15 Today guests include Troy Wayman, President & CEO, and David D’Aquin, Public Affairs Manger at Cox.

The event will be held at the Cajundome Convention Center and is set to start at 5:30 p.m. and to last until 8 p.m.

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Manuel Commercial is a design-build commercial contracting firm located in Lafayette, serving South Louisiana. Our team has 100+ years of combined commercial construction and design experience. 

Guarded optimism prevailed at last week’s Economic Outlook Summit, an annual gathering of business leaders and community stakeholders presented by The Acadiana Advocate.

Optimism is justified.

Start with this, to the good:

Health care is driving local growth, with more high-pay jobs available.

Higher education is poised not only to educate today’s students, but to recover college careers of those who dropped out short of completion.

(LAFAYETTE, LA) CGI, the UL Lafayette’s Informatics Research Institute, CajunCodeFest and Waitr, with Congressman Clay Higgins, joined forces to host the Congressional App Challenge to encourage students in Louisiana’s Third District to explore STEM fields including computer science.

With funding from the National Science Foundation, US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities project is supporting the expanded deployment of successful applications covering virtual reality emergency response training, interactive bioscience education, and regional connectivity platform development

A delegation of Acadiana's top officials visited the White House on Thursday to celebrate the region's embrace of President Donald Trump's Opportunity Zone program and to discuss how the program can attract investment in disadvantaged areas.

Monique Boulet, president and CEO of the Acadiana Planning Commission, said Thursday's meeting with officials from the White House, the Treasury Department and the Department of Agriculture offered huge opportunity for dozens of Louisiana officials.

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1A Sites Selection Investment Profile

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1A Sites Selection Investment Profile

Check out our Investment Profile featured in Site Selection to learn about Acadiana’s target industries, regional assets, recent business recruitment wins, and business leaders’ perspective on finding success in Acadiana.

Southern Louisiana Economic Development Guide 2015-2016

Look for coverage of Acadiana throughout Vol. 1 of the 2015-2016 Southern Louisiana Economioc Development Guide. Click the image to view.

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Click the play button above to watch One Acadiana President & CEO Troy Wayman on the Louisiana Business & Industry Show.

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News Page Play Button.pngClick the icon to listen to One Acadiana staff member André Breaux (VP, Policy Initiatives & Governmental Affairs) and Dr. Pearson Cross discussing the 2019 election season on KRVS Radio Acadie 88.7 FM

News Page Play Button.pngClick the icon to listen to One Acadiana President & CEO Troy Wayman give updates on One Acadiana's progress and initiatives on OUT TO LUNCH.

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