News | December 2021

One Acadiana hosted CivicCon Acadiana: Quality of Life, welcoming Quint Studer back to Lafayette to release the results of a Quality-of-Life (QOL) Survey. Survey results and a full recording of the event are available at VibrantAcadiana.com, a newly launched platform for dialogue and data on improving quality of life in Acadiana.

Lafayette has a lot to feel good about, the results of One Acadiana’s quality of life survey seem to say. Of 600+ respondents, 52% believe the parish is heading in the right direction, and almost 73% rated the parish’s quality of life as good or excellent. That last number was the highest ever recorded by the firm behind the polling. 

1. Give us a brief history of your organization. 

Lafayette Shooters was founded in 1967 by Russell Jackson. He started reloading ammunition in his garage and eventually worked his way to a store front.

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

We have a well-trained staff along with an experienced management team. We are a company of outdoorsmen who are passionate about our business and industry.

LAFAYETTE PARISH — One Acadiana hosted CivicCon Acadiana: Quality of Life, welcoming Quint Studer back to Lafayette to release the results of a Quality-of-Life (QOL) Survey.

Vibrant Acadiana is a newly launched platform where they develop tools for data and dialogue on improving quality of life both civically and privately.

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Lafayette Parish's quality of life score was the highest ever recorded by Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy, quality of life expert Quint Studer said during a One Acadiana event Wednesday.

Around 73% of Lafayette Parish residents who responded to the survey, which was commissioned by One Acadiana, said they had a positive view of the parish's quality of life, which Studer said was the highest mark the polling firm had ever seen in one of its surveys.

Something Borrowed Blooms, a local company that rents silk flower arrangements for weddings, unveiled its expanded 15,000-square-foot facility Thursday, giving the business the capacity to serve the surge of weddings expected in 2022.

Based in Lafayette, Something Borrowed Blooms serves brides across the country, providing access to premium silk flower arrangements at a lower cost. Lauren Bercier, co-founder and CEO of Something Borrowed Blooms, said the company is expecting more than 100% growth in 2022.

The Leadership Institute of Acadiana, a nonprofit that runs Leadership Lafayette and other leadership programs, named Katrena King as executive director.

King will oversee and manage processes, programs and resources to support the mission of convening, building and activating leaders to build and strengthen their communities, the organization announced.

LAFAYETTE – The Leadership Institute of Acadiana (LIA), a non-profit that runs Leadership Lafayette and other leadership programs, announced today the appointment of Katrena King as Executive Director.

1. Give us a brief history of your organization. 

Dianna Rae Jewelry opened in August 2014, specializing in custom design, unique gemstones, and diamonds. Dianna Rae High began her jewelry design career in 1984 when she and her husband opened their first store in Bettendorf, Iowa after studying at the Gemological Institute of America in California.

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

A special ceremony was held today to recognize Dr. Ernest W. Kinchen Jr., a longtime Acadiana physician who was a pioneer in the medical field.

During the event, held at the Heymann Park Recreation Center, a resolution adopted by the Louisiana Legislature recognizing Kinchen and his many accomplishments was presented to the physician.

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