Opelousas, LA– St. Landry Parish Economic Development with One Acadiana (1A) announced that a 45.77-acre site along I-49 has been certified under the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Certified Sites program.
Working with partners across the region, One Acadiana’s site development efforts respond to the needs of site selectors and relocating businesses. Having a landing pad for businesses is a crucial ingredient to attracting jobs and investment to the Acadiana Region.
The Blue Andrus Property site is Acadiana’s eleventh certified site and is the first certified site in St. Landry Parish. As a certified site, it meets the state’s priority to certify large tracts of land, known as Industrial Sites.
St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot said: “I am very pleased to see this site certification process completed. I know it takes a strong team effort to make these things happen and I believe these kinds of team efforts will continue to make great things happen in our parish and the Acadiana Region.”
“Having an inventory of certified sites helps tremendously when we are communicating to decision-makers that South Louisiana is a great place to start, relocate, or expand their business,” said Troy Wayman, President & CEO of One Acadiana. “As we continue to work together as a region and certify sites we’re ensuring that our region is on site selectors’ radars when they are evaluating locations for development.”
A Louisiana Economic Development Certified Site is a development-ready industrial site that has completed a rigorous review process by Louisiana Economic Development and an independent, third-party engineering firm. Specific site details, such as zoning restrictions, title work, environmental studies, soil analysis and surveys, are assessed for compliance and authenticity.
St. Landry Economic Developmentand 1A worked together closely to secure the certification of this site. One Acadiana's Site Development program is designed to increase the region's portfolio of marketable, development-ready sites by certifying land within the nine-parish region. This is achieved through partnership between One Acadiana, local economic development partners, Louisiana Economic Development (LED), and land owners.
“The Blue Andrus Site is an excellent fit for the certified site program,” said Bill Rodier, St. Landry Economic Development, Executive Director. “It is in a visible and accessible location with very proactive support from local and area leaders. SLED looks forward to the continued partnership with the talented team at LED, 1A, and Entergy to bring some great companies onto this shovel ready property in the near future.”
If land owners are interested in learning more about the site certification process to make their property more marketable, contact Zach Hager at Zach@OneAcadiana.org
About St. Landry Parish Economic Development
St. Landry Economic Development (SLED), is committed to moving St. Landry Parish forward through exemplary leadership and a forward-looking strategy of economic and community development initiatives designed to bring growth and prosperity to St. Landry Parish businesses, communities, its clients and youth.
About One Acadiana
One Acadiana is the leading economic development organization for the nine-parish Acadiana region located in south Louisiana. With more than 850 investors, members, and partners, One Acadiana serves as the voice of the regional business community. The organization is located in the city of Lafayette and serves a region of nearly 700,000 people with a vibrant culture and unique entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more at OneAcadiana.org
About One Acadiana’s Site Development Program
One Acadiana's Site Development program is designed to increase the region's portfolio of marketable, development-ready sites by certifying land within our nine-parish region. This is achieved through partnership between One Acadiana, the local economic development partners, Louisiana Economic Development (LED), and land owner.