News | April 2021

Locally owned and operated, Stuller. Inc. will be hosting a job fair on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at the Cecil Picard Center to fill over 200 new job openings at its global headquarters in Lafayette.

The 51-year-old company, privately owned by Lafayette native Matthew Stuller, is North America’s largest manufacturer and distributor of jewelry and jewelry-related supplies, supplying jewelry professionals with everything they need to operate a business.

JENNINGS, La. - The Jeff Davis Parish Economic Development, Tourist Commission, and Chamber of Commerce announced Friday that Creed Romano has been named as the new CEO/President of the combined organizations.

“I was elated to be selected, but at the same time humbled because of the background and legacy left by the person who filled the position before me," said Creed Romano, CEO/President. "I am steadfast in my commitment to honor Marion’s legacy, build upon it, and continue our vision to make Jeff Davis Parish and Southwest Louisiana a great place to live and raise a family.

The Legislature completed its second week of the 2021 Regular Session with a major step forward on tax reform, as the House overwhelmingly supported legislation to establish a centralized sales tax collection system in Louisiana, one of 1A’s top priorities for the Session.

Here is an update on key legislation 1A is engaged on and monitoring:

Centralized Sales Tax Collection

LAFAYETTE, La. – Love Our Schools is at it again, doing what it does best – celebrating the Lafayette Parish School System teachers and staff! In a show of appreciation for all that they do for our children and our community, Love Our Schools is gifting ear buds/headphones to LPSS so that the district can give to all teachers and staff across the entire district.

LAFAYETTE, Louisiana, April 16 (TNSRep) -- The University of Louisiana's Lafayette Campus issued the following news story:

A public policy brief produced by the Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Public Policy Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette compares transportation infrastructure spending in the state to national trends.

The Blanco Public Policy Center's "Funding Infrastructure in Louisiana" also analyzes the long-term economic impact of increased investment in the state's highways, roads and bridges.

LAFAYETTE, La.– Leadership Institute of Acadiana (LIA) and One Acadiana (1A) today announced LIA Executive Director Ashley Mudd will leave the organization in April to pursue another opportunity. The Board of Directors has engaged a search committee to identify the organization’s next Executive Director, and LIA Board Chair Dr. Taniecea Mallery will lead that process.

The 2021 Regular Session convened last week with an action-packed schedule focused on legislative leadership’s top policy priority this year – tax reform. The House Ways and Means and Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs committees dove right into debate on measures spanning individual and corporate income tax, the franchise tax, centralized sales tax collection, and more.

Here is some of the priority legislation 1A is engaged on and monitoring:

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