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Lafayette, La. --Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development Don Pierson Jr. are scheduled as the keynote speakers at a first-of-its-kind in 10 years Statewide Economic Development Summit in Baton Rouge on April 18, One Acadiana announced Tuesday. The summit, presented by Entergy, intended to strengthen the state’s economy through shared ideas and business practices.

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Gov. John Bel Edwards and the state economic development department secretary head the list of speakers for the Statewide Economic Development Summit set for April 18 at L’Auberge Baton Rouge.

The event is the first of its kind in 10 years, according to organizers. The summit’s goal is to strengthen the economy through shared ideas and business practices.

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The first commercial passenger flights out of the Acadiana Regional Airport in New Iberia could be lifting off by fall.

Iberia Parish officials broke ground Thursday on a new 1,200-square-foot passenger terminal, a key component in a plan to offer round-trip flights to George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston for oil and gas business trips.

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Just like professional baseball and football, and rock ‘n’ roll, there’s a hall of fame for Louisiana’s politicians. It’s located in Winnfield, which gave the state three different governors, most notably the Brothers Long, and the new crop of inductees have been announced.

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Evidently, conversations within the team charged with designing the proposed I-49 Connector got serious over the holidays. Based on statements at a Jan. 26 presentation to the Connector's Community Working Group, the DOTD and their partners have seen the light when it comes to the public and institutional resistance they've faced since re-opening the near 30-year-old project to design last October.

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Since it launched its planning campaign in October, the state Department of Transportation and Development has had to pause and rethink how it introduces the Interstate 49 South plan back into a community that looks much different than it did nearly 20 years ago.

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Louisiana's new secretary of economic development has launched an 11-stop tour of the state with a single purpose in mind: boosting local economies around Louisiana.

Secretary Don Pierson was in Lafayette on Tuesday to assure business and community leaders that LED will continue building on partnerships it has forged with business and community leaders in landing such prized companies as CGI and Bell Helicopters.

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Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson began a statewide tour this week to meet with regional economic development organizations, like One Acadiana, as the administration of Gov. John Bel Edwards launches a new emphasis on fostering small business success in the state.

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DOTD is extending their public outreach effort for the I-49 connector project by five months. 

The project will extend I-49 from I-10 to Highway 90 and has been years in the making.

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One year after becoming a multiparish economic development agency, and well into an economic downturn, One Acadiana’s leader says there is a “sense of urgency” to recruit businesses and jobs in the agency’s nine south Louisiana parishes.

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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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