LAFAYETTE, La.— One Acadiana today announced that, in collaboration with the Regional Economic Alliance of Louisiana (REAL), it will host the fourth annual Statewide Economic Development Summit presented by Entergy on October 22-23, 2019.
“Each year, the Summit brings together economic development professionals and other stakeholders from across Louisiana to engage in dialogue designed to educate and broaden perspectives, share best practices, and build relationships,” said Troy Wayman, President and CEO of One Acadiana. “As regional leaders committed to the economic wellbeing of Acadiana and our state, we are excited to convene with our community, business, and economic development partners to discuss opportunities and challenges relating to the state’s economic growth.”
The two-day Summit will take place at L'Auberge Casino Hotel in Baton Rouge, featuring a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on the first evening and a keynote presentation by Bruce Katz, author of The New Localism, on the second day. The goal of the Statewide Economic Development Summit is to strengthen the state's economy through shared ideas and business practices.
The REAL organizations convening the Summit include:
· Baton Rouge Area Chamber
· Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
· Greater New Orleans, Inc.
· Lafayette Economic Development Authority
· One Acadiana
· North Louisiana Economic Partnership
· Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance
· South Louisiana Economic Council
· Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance
Event registration is available at brac.org/events. Early-bird registration for the two-day Summit, which includes the Gubernatorial Candidate Forum and the keynote presentation, is $180 for an individual ticket and $1,800 for a table of ten. Early-bird registration will be available through August 1, at which point prices will increase. Discounted room rates at L'Auberge Casino Hotel of $109 are available for event attendees on Tuesday, October 22; call 1-866-261-7777 and use the group code RBRC19. Additional event information, including the full event agenda, will be released at brac.org/events as available.
The event is presented by Entergy. Keynote sponsor is Central Louisiana Economic Development Authority. Premier sponsors include Taylor Porter, Neighbors FCU, and Louisiana Economic Development. Promotional sponsors include Louisiana Life Magazine and Biz Northwest Louisiana. Supporting sponsors include Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, EATEL, South Louisiana Economic Council, GNO, Inc., One Acadiana, Louisiana Economic Development Authority, and North Louisiana Economic Partnership.
About One Acadiana
One Acadiana is the leading economic development organization for the nine-parish Acadiana region located in south Louisiana. With more than 950 investors, members, and partners, One Acadiana serves as the voice of the regional business community. The organization is based in the city of Lafayette and serves a region of roughly 700,000 people with a vibrant culture and unique entrepreneurial spirit.