Acadiana Partners Announce 33-Acre Certified Site in Lafayette Parish

Maxie & Vida

LAFAYETTE, La. Today, Broussard Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) with One Acadiana (1A), and SLEMCO announced that a 33.4-acre site located in Lafayette Parish has been certified under the Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Certified Sites program.

The Maxie & Vida Girouard Site is Acadiana’s twenty fourth certified site and is the eighth certified site in Lafayette Parish.

Working with partners across the region, One Acadiana’s site development efforts respond to the needs of site selectors' and relocating businesses. Establishing a landing pad for businesses is crucial to attracting jobs and investment to the Acadiana Region.

"We are pleased to announce Broussard’s sixth certified site to attract manufacturing facilities and jobs to our great city," said Broussard Mayor Ray Bourque. "Having another certified site location, in addition to the sites we already have prepared for shovel-ready projects, amplifies Broussard's power to attract businesses. Outstanding teamwork between the City of Broussard, LEDA, One Acadiana, and the Broussard Economic Development Corporation is shaping the growth of our region."

BEDC, SLEMCO, LEDA, and One Acadiana worked together closely to secure the certification of Maxie & Vida Girouard Site. One Acadiana's Site Development program is designed to increase the region's portfolio of marketable, development-ready sites by certifying land within the nine-parish region. This is achieved through partnership between One Acadiana, local economic development partners, Louisiana Economic Development, and landowners.

“We congratulate our partners in Broussard on the certification of the Maxie & Vida Girouard Site,” said Troy Wayman, President & CEO of One Acadiana. “The site certification program ensures that businesses looking to start, relocate, or expand in our region have a place to land, which is key to improving Acadiana’s economic competitiveness.”

“Certified sites play a vital role in increasing community competitiveness to advance business development and investment. The City of Broussard and the Broussard Economic Development Corporation have worked diligently with landowners to deliver six Certified Sites in the city that are primed for development. These sites allow businesses to efficiently launch operationshiring residents and contributing to the tax base and doing so more quickly because of the extensive review and due diligence process conducted on these sites.” Mandi D. Mitchell, President and CEO of Lafayette Economic Development Authority

“Shovel-ready Certified Sites are a key component of a community’s economic development arsenal that set them apart from competing locales.  SLEMCO congratulates One Acadiana and the City of Broussard on yet another Certified Site that is sure to offer a competitive advantage for new businesses looking to move into the Acadiana area. When a community provides opportunities for job growth, quality of life for its citizens closely follows. We appreciate our long-standing community partnership and stand ready to provide reliable and affordable electric power to new and expanding businesses at the new Maxie and Vida Girouard Certified Site in Broussard.”

Landowners interested in learning more about how the site certification process can make their property more marketable can contact 1A Business Development Coordinator Emile Lege at

About Lafayette Economic Development Authority
The Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) works with businesses as they make decisions to start, expand or relocate to Lafayette, Louisiana, and the surrounding communities. Through innovative collaborations with business, government and education, LEDA strives to grow the community’s business base for future development and diversification.

About Broussard Economic Development Corporation
The mission of the Broussard Economic Development Board is to serve the community of Broussard and its elected governing entity by identifying opportunities for long-term economic growth, financial sustainability, and a meaningful quality of life.

About One Acadiana
One Acadiana is the leading economic development organization for the nine-parish Acadiana region located in south Louisiana. Representing more than 600 businesses and individuals, One Acadiana serves as the voice of the regional business community. The organization is located in the city of Lafayette and serves a region of nearly 700,000 people with a vibrant culture and unique entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more at

About One Acadiana’s Site Development Program
One Acadiana's Site Development program is designed to increase the region's portfolio of marketable, development-ready sites by certifying land within our nine-parish region. This is achieved through partnership between One Acadiana, the local economic development partners, Louisiana Economic Development (LED), and landowner.


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