Regional economic development group One Acadiana and the Crowley Chamber of Commerce announced in mid-March that a 536-acre site has been certified under the Louisiana Economic Development certified-sites program.
The two organizations worked closely with LED, the Acadia Parish Police Jury, SLEMCO and the land owner, Joe Freeland, to obtain the required documentation for certification. The first to be LED-certified in Acadia Parish, Freeeland is the largest such development-ready site in the region, which has three additional certified sites — Williams Memorial in St. Mary Parish, Deere Park in Vermilion Parish and Evangeline Ward 1 in Evangeline Parish. Freeland has completed a rigorous review process to answer as many development questions as possible and is ready to be used as a marketing tool when companies are looking for opportunities to relocate to Acadiana or for existing companies expanding their local operations.
“This 536-acre site brings the total certified acreage in our region from approximately 219 to 755 acres, a 245 percent increase,” Crowley Chamber President and CEO Amy Thibodeaux said in a prepared statement.