News | May 2018

A room filled with 100 of Acadiana’s business leaders gathered to hear from Dr. Joseph Savoie, President of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. As he shared his Lessons from the Corner Office, it was clear – some of life’s best teachers are history, a keen sense of observation, and perseverance. His experiences have provided him with the wisdom he passed on to attendees over breakfast. A crucial piece of advice: “read.”

In Lafayette, global technology firm will create 400 new jobs and increase employment to 800

LAFAYETTE, La. — Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and CGI executive Dave Henderson announced the company will launch a significant expansion of its Lafayette IT Center of Excellence and create 400 new direct jobs, with CGI employment rising to 800 over the coming years at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Research Park, and at a second Lafayette Parish site to be determined. Statewide, CGI’s employment will reach 900.

As policymakers, funding organizations and citizen volunteer groups grapple with trying to prevent another disaster like the 2016 flood that engulfed Acadiana and much of south Louisiana, a new phrase has taken hold: water knows no boundaries.

In other words, replacing parochial, parish-by-parish flood-control initiatives with a regional approach to watershed management is now seen as critical to sustainability.

Partnership with One Acadiana will connect Department of Athletics staff members throughout region

1) Give me a brief history of your company?

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s newest research center is poised to become one of the state’s preeminent centers for interdisciplinary research and education of watershed-scale solutions for flood risk management and water resources sustainability.

Placed under the Institute for Coastal and Water Research’s canopy, the Louisiana Watershed Flood Center will operate through an interdisciplinary nexus to study watersheds, or the land that drains into a body of water such as a river, lake, stream or bay.

Donald Broussard is the volunteer board chairman of One Acadiana, which coordinates Acadiana Day at the Capitol.

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