News | February 2019

Acadiana's economy was the focus as economic development and business leaders joined The Acadiana Advocate for a discussion about the area's economic outlook Tuesday.

The overall tone for the 2019 Economic Outlook Summit was one of cautious optimism. According to Troy Wayman, president and chief operating officer of One Acadiana, and many other panelists, things are looking up for the Acadiana region's economy.

Lafayette celebrates Waitr Day to hail technology expansion that also will net 227 new indirect jobs

Hundreds of business-minded people gathered at the Cajundome for One Acadiana’s Regional Celebration.

The celebration is all about networking, and putting a spotlight on local economic development and what’s next for the region.

“it’s not just about attracting new companies to come to your area. it’s about taking care of the companies that are already here.” said One Acadiana CEO Troy Wayman.

Wayman says one of the organization’s proudest accomplishments are the efforts of the business retention and expansion program.

Economic impact and setting the groundwork for the future of Acadiana's economy were the themes for One Acadiana's 2019 Regional Celebration Wednesday night.

Acadiana, here are the facts.

More than six out of every ten Louisiana children under age five, live in homes where both parents, or their single parent, work outside the home. Sixteen percent of parents with young children quit their jobs because of child care issues. Two out of five working parents missed a day of work over the previous three months, one out of five went from full to part-time, and more than one out of ten turned down a promotion - all because of child care issues.

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As a member of the International & Regional Magazine Association (IRMA), Acadiana Profile is one among several regional magazines spread across the United States, Canada and now Bermuda. In addition to these following awards, Acadiana Profile has been a finalist for Magazine of the Year three years in a row:

2018 Gold Medals

  • Overall Art Direction
  • Magazine Photographer
  • Art Direction of a Single Story
  • Food Feature
  • Department

2018 Silver Medals

Local business and community leaders will discuss the economic forecast for Acadiana during the The Advocate’s Acadiana Economic Outlook Summit Feb. 19.

The roundtable discussion will include representatives from different areas of the community and will focus on issues expected to to affect the region in 2019.

The event will be held at the Picard Center, 200 E. Devalcourt St., with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and the panel discussion from 8-10 a.m.

One Acadiana examined the STEM programs at LPSS during a luncheon on Thursday.

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The group learned how the Lafayette Parish School System prepares its students for the workforce.

The principal of the W.D. Smith Career Center, Ralph Thibodeaux explained how STEM education at its campus.

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