News | July 2016


Local Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Agency Work Nationally Recognized


One Acadiana received an Award of Communication Excellence: Class One Award of Excellence in Advertising and Marketing from the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).


There is always something to celebrate at the Grouse Room and Matt Chiasson and team are happy to keep the party going. On June 14, the local music venue held a special ribbon cutting to mark the club's one year anniversary, as well as the start of its Hony Tonk Music Series.


July 26 marked a turning point in Louisiana public education with the start of a series of regional public meetings about ESSA -  the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces No Child Left Behind.

In the meeting, attended by 1A, and hosted by Educate Louisiana, State Superintendent of Education, John White highlighted how the public, including parents, teachers and community members have been charged with helping to build the state’s ESSA compliance plan.

Acadiana's ports, their current capabilities, and future investments made a splash in this month's Business Xpansion Journal.

In the article, 1A partner Mike Tarantino, President of the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation, spoke about the important role the gulf region will continue to play in American business growth stating, "all the gulf coast ports are going to be key in developing trade to South America and beyond."





After a record 19-week session, Louisiana lawmakers can now focus on the future. One Acadiana hosted a legislative recap on July 26 to discuss the outcomes from that session. 

Seven legislatures took the panel for a Q&A session with Acadiana business and more, to look towards next year's session with a focus on economic development, I-49, k-12 education, and workforce development.


Louisiana House Speaker Taylor Barras has a ready one-word answer for most new revenue requests next year: No.

Barras and other area lawmakers said in a meeting with One Acadiana leaders that lawmakers who spent a record-breaking 19 weeks in session this year want reform next. And reform means cutting back to protect taxpayers.


It was quite an experience for two of Acadiana's newest lawmakers, who were thrust into a budget crisis in early 2016 that took 19 weeks at the state Capitol to fix — temporarily.

New House members Jean-Paul Coussan and Blake Miguez, both Republicans, are now preparing for 2017. Next spring the legislators and their colleagues will consider politically unpopular moves such as income tax increases and permanently doing away with some corporate and sales tax exemptions, measures that could stabilize a budget propped up currently by temporary fixes...

Ann Barilleaux has joined Jennings-based JD Bank as vice president and marketing director. For the past three years, Barilleaux was marketing consultant for CenterPoint Energy in Lake Charles, representing the company in several parishes across southwest Louisiana.


After Vermilion’s first parish-wide job fair in March of 2016, local civic leaders and workforce partners wanted to create a dedicated pathway to employers and job seekers. Using funds earmarked for workforce development, the Vermilion at Work initiative was designed and crafted. Vermilion at Work is an over-arching brand for employment services of all kinds, assisting those seeking career opportunities or employees in Vermilion Parish.

When Elliot Green found an office that was too large for his experiential marketing firm in Lafayette, he saw it as an opportunity to create the area's first co-working space, The Yard.

The building, which formerly housed Lafayette Lumber Company, was developed by Green with the help of the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority (LPTFA).



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