News | December 2020

Casey Hoyt and Michael Moore, founders of VieMed Healthcare, Inc., the largest independent non-invasive ventilation therapy provider in the U S., joined Jan Swift of Discover Lafayette to discuss their journey. They were joined by Casey’s dad, Max Hoyt, who has been a mentor, investor, and V. P. of Governmental Relations for VieMed until recently. They shared their journey in building a highly successful organization based upon mutual respect of their partner’s talents as well as having each other’s back at all times.

Amazon will build a new 1-million-square-foot, fulfillment center in Lafayette Parish, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Tuesday, a move that could bring about 500 jobs to the north side of the parish.

The $100 million facility, which will be in Carencro, will be the first Amazon fulfillment center in Louisiana.

Edwards called it a "tremendous project win for the State of Louisiana."

"This facility signals a new milestone for Carencro, which has seen significant growth over the past few years," Edwards said.

Despite seeing low sales activity in parts of 2020, Lafayette Parish could break retail sales records this year, owing in large part to significant gains in areas like food sales, home furniture sales and building material stores.

In April, Lafayette Parish's retail sales figures looked dire. Compared to 2019, sales dropped $72 million, or 16.2%, for the month and were down $89.8 million, or 4.5%, on the year. 

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Baba Kabab has been a dream for our family. We've always wanted to bring a true Kabab House to Southern Louisiana, that infused the flavors and spices of traditional Turkish cuisine.

2. What would you tell the rest of Acadiana makes you special?

Our unique dishes made in our Old World Clay Pot Oven. Dishes are crafted in a clay pot, sealed, then cooked to perfection in our clay pot oven!  

The Acadiana Advocate will hold a virtual economic summit Jan. 13, tapping several business and community leaders for a big-picture understanding of the Lafayette area economy going into 2021.

Vincent June has been named chancellor of South Louisiana Community College, following a Wednesday vote by the Louisiana Community & Technical College System’s board of supervisors.

The vote came in executive session during the supervisors’ regular scheduled December meeting.

The new chancellor replaces former Chancellor Natalie Harder, who left SLCC on June 30 to become president at Coker University in South Carolina. She had been SLCC’s chancellor for eight years.

Law Firm Continues Lafayette Growth with the Addition of Leading Healthcare Partner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Kean Miller is pleased to announce the addition of leading Lafayette business, healthcare, and medical malpractice defense attorney Charles J. “Chuck” Boudreaux, Jr. as a partner in its Lafayette office. The addition continues the firm’s strategic expansion in the Acadiana region.

The Acadiana Advocate will hold its 2021 Economic Outlook Summit online at 9 a.m. Jan. 13 with a panel of state and local business leaders in a virtual discussion on the area's economy.

Hosted by managing editor Kristin Askelson and business editor Adam Daigle, Outlook 2021 will be live-streamed on TheAdvocate.com, YouTube, Facebook and Periscope. A rebroadcast will be at later that day at 8 p.m.

With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, One Acadiana (1A) is encouraging the community to shop locally and support the small businesses that keep the regional economy thriving, which is more important than ever during this tumultuous year.

LAFAYETTE, La. – With the holiday shopping season fast approaching, One Acadiana (1A) is encouraging the community to shop locally and support the small businesses that keep the regional economy thriving, which is more important than ever during this tumultuous year.

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