In the community discussion around the I-49 Lafayette Connector, something that receives too little attention is the project’s substantial role in protecting our industry base and building a foundation for diversified economic growth in other sectors. Especially amid the current economic downturn, the Connector should be viewed as a central component of our area’s economic development strategy, supported by everyone who cares about a strong economic future for Lafayette and Acadiana.
Why is the Connector so important?
First, high-quality infrastructure is one of the most important factors for economic growth and competitiveness. Site selection consultants — the professionals who guide location decisions for many businesses looking to expand — consistently rank highway accessibility as a top site selection factor for business investment and job creation.