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Anita Begnaud, serves as the senior vice president of government affairs and communications at One Acadiana and stopped by the News 15 studio Tuesday morning. Watch below to get details on what One Acadiana does and their upcoming events.

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The local and regional economy was the focus at the Petroleum Club over the lunch hour on Tuesday. Adrienne Slack, Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta drove a conversation among area business leaders.  Slack, brought in by One Acadiana for her national and southeast region perspective.

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1. Give me a brief history of your company.

We are a locally owned franchise that is part of a national franchise. Lawn Doctor is celebrating their 50 year anniversary.

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

Troy Wayman knows there are challenges facing the Acadiana area, but he’s willing to take on those challenges.

After all, he’s faced challenges before.

Wayman, recently named CEO of One Acadiana, a business-led, privately-funded economic development organization serving a nine-parish area in South Louisiana, addressed business leaders from across Acadia Parish Thursday morning at the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Business Over Breakfast event at The Rice Palace.

Long-time LUS Director Terry Huval announced this morning he plans to retire later this year.

Huval, who has served as director of Lafayette Utilities System since 1994, said his plans are to retire at the end of the current fiscal year, Oct. 31. That gives Mayor-President Joel Robideaux more than six months to find a replacement.

"I've been director here longer than anyone else," Huval told The Daily Advertiser. "I've worked with so many good employees and elected officials through the years. It's been a fun and interesting ride."

LHC Group and Almost Family finalized their merger, creating the second-largest home health provider in the country with 781 locations in 36 states, more than 31,000 employees and revenue of $1.8 billion.

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) - CGI has not been in Acadiana very long, but it is quickly growing by leaps and bounds in the tech world. 

CGI is a global IT process outsource provider that was started in 1976 in Canada.

Located off Cajundome Boulevard, the amount of hires CGI’s Lafayette location has made in a short amount of time is impressive.

“We now have over 400 employees,” said Will LaBar, CGI Vice President.

Louisiana House Bill 676 has captured the attention of One Acadiana and bipartisan support on both sides of the House and Senate. 

One Acadiana's Vice President of Governmental Affairs and Communications, Anita Begnaud says early childhood education is the most proven and impactful investment for long-term workforce development.  "When you start early with children early in their educational careers you have a better chance of them having successful outcomes in later grades and in their future jobs," says Begnaud.

The start of April means the start of festivals. From the Boudin Festival to Festival International people from all over venture to Acadiana to enjoy the Cajun culture. Ben Berthelot with the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission talks about what’s going on in April and how it’ll affect the economy here in Lafayette.

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 Troy Wayman has been named the new leader of One Acadiana and he intends to help improve economic development in Acadiana.

On the job less than 2 months, Wayman comes to Acadiana from Mobile, Alabama, where he was the Vice President of Economic Development for the Mobile Chamber of Commerce.

He says he immediately was attracted to the people of Acadiana and was impressed with of those associated with One Acadiana.  

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Click the play button above to watch a recording of the LOGA Gubernatorial Forum moderated by One Acadiana President & CEO Jason El Koubi. The Forum was held March 13, 2015 in Lake Charles.

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News Page Play Button.pngClick the icon to listen to VP, Urban Revitalization and Development Harry Weiss and Dr. Pearson Cross discussing importance of I-49 South and the I-49 Lafayette Connector project on KRVS Radio Acadie 88.7 FM

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 If interested in more information about news, contact Senior VP, Governmental Affairs & Communications Anita Begnaud at anita@oneacadiana.org

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