News | April 2020

LAFAYETTE, La. – As Governor Edwards prepares to announce what to expect once the state’s current stay-at-home order expires on April 30, One Acadiana (1A) released a user-friendly guide to the Louisiana business community’s “Safe at Work” framework – a starting point for businesses and elected officials to consider in developing reopening plans.

Regional economic groups are hosting a webinar on Louisiana's tourism economy post-COVID-19 on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The webinar is part of a series by groups such as One Acadiana, the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, Acadiana Planning Commission and Downtown Development Authority aimed at helping businesses during the coronavirus crisis.

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One Acadiana has reduced its staff in the wake of COVID-19’s impact on the local economy.

In a letter from president and CEO Troy Wayman to investors on Tuesday, the agency let go of two people and will review the positions’ roles within the organization. The moves, he noted, were not a reflection of the employees’ performances but a necessary move during the coronavirus pandemic.

The agency also let go of a part-time employee, he said. 

– The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), in partnership with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), today released an executive summary for restarting the state’s economy in a responsible and safety-oriented manner. The considerations were developed in partnership with executives from the health care, manufacturing, automotive, banking, small business, and engineering industries, among others, and with peer business organizations and associations from around the state.

LAFAYETTE, La. — One Acadiana announced on Friday that it will host a webinar on Louisiana’s tourism economy will look like after the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

One Acadiana says it has partnered with regional business resource including LEDA, Opportunity Machine, Downtown Development Authority, Louisiana Small Business Center at UL Lafayette, Acadiana Workforce Solutions, Acadiana Planning Commission, United Way of Acadiana, and other local chambers and economic development offices for the vent.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the global economy, local economic development groups have put together various tools to help Acadiana businesses and workers stay afloat and take advantage of state and federal resources.

Below is a collection of some of the resources. 

Louisiana Economic Development Help Desk

LED can be reached for questions relating to COVID-19 and business at LEDbiz@la.gov or through a toll-free hotline at (833) 457-0531. The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Nearly 15,000 unemployment claims were filed in Lafayette Parish since March 15, part of almost 33,000 filed in Acadiana since coronavirus measures began to shut down the local and national economy.
90% expect decrease in revenue; 70% expect major losses

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