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2020 vision: Acadiana business leaders see gains in healthcare, struggles in energy

The oil and gas industry languishes in this area, but healthcare may be curing what ails Lafayette’s economy.

Eleven business leaders and stakeholders from Acadiana and beyond, gathered for The Acadiana Advocate’s 2020 Economic Outlook Summit on Wednesday, expressed some optimism for the coming year.

“I think there was more optimism than in previous years,” said economist Gary A. Wagner, who holds the BORSF endowed chair in economics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, said after the meeting. “Growth in healthcare has been a major shift for the region.”

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