One Acadiana is hosting a forum tonight for the seven candidates on the ballot for the Nov. 6 election to represent southwest Louisiana in Congress.

The event, set for 6 p.m. at The Picard Center, 200 E. Devalcourt St., will feature Democrat Rob Anderson, Libertarian Aaron Andrus, Republican Josh Guillory, Democrat Mimi Methvin, Democrat Larry Rader, Democrat Vernone Thomas and Republican incumbent Clay Higgins.

The National EMS Academy in Lafayette is celebrating 15 years of training first-responders, but it's not dwelling in the past.

"As EMS professionals become more valuable in more health care settings and industries, (like) oil and gas, the demand for them is going to grow exponentially," NEMSA Director Kirk Lacour said Thursday at an event marking the 15th anniversary of the academy.

Acadian Companies and South Louisiana Community College partnered in 2003 to open the Lafayette academy to meet the demands of a national paramedic shortage.

One Acadiana (1A) is here ahead of key elections to provide the Acadiana business community with facts and analysis on issues affecting our region’s economic vitality, quality of life, and regional competitiveness.

1. Give us a brief history of your company.

Dr. Gary Wagner has been named the University of Louisiana at Lafayette B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration Acadiana Business Economist/BORSF Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair in Economics. In this role, he will monitor the regional economic environment, conduct research and analysis, and disseminate results with the business community.

Lake Charles, La.- Sharon Mele, has been promoted to Consumer Credit Policy Manager after 17-years with Louisiana’s Community Bank. In this role Mele’s responsibilities include the development and implementation of credit and lending policies and working with the compliance team on fair lending practices.

Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center broke ground on the Our Lady of Lourdes Emergency Center, a $9 million community investment. Located in Scott, LA the center will be focused on providing quick access to emergency services along the I-10 corridor.
Harder is one of eight winners of the 2018 Women Who Mean Business Award For Natalie Harder, Ph.D, chancellor of South Louisiana Community College, being the first in her family to attend college gives her a special appreciation for learning.
Acadian Ambulance Service acquires Memphis-based Emergency Mobile Health Care (EMHC). The move expands Acadian Ambulance’s footprint into Tennessee.
1. Give us a brief history of your company. The Town Planner is a franchise that was started over 30 years ago.  Mandi Pooler is the local franchise over and publishes nine editions of the Town Planner Community Calendar.  The Town Planner is mailed to homes in Acadiana free of charge.  They feature local events, public school schedules and ads and coupons for local businesses.  The Lafayette Town Planner also publishes the officially licensed calendar of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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1A Sites Selection Investment Profile

Download our 2017 Annual Report and Business Directory.

1A Sites Selection Investment Profile

Check out our Investment Profile featured in Site Selection to learn about Acadiana’s target industries, regional assets, recent business recruitment wins, and business leaders’ perspective on finding success in Acadiana.

Southern Louisiana Economic Development Guide 2015-2016

Look for coverage of Acadiana throughout Vol. 1 of the 2015-2016 Southern Louisiana Economioc Development Guide. Click the image to view.

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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 Harry Weiss and Dr. Pearson Cross discussing the importance of I-49 South and the I-49 Lafayette Connector project on KRVS Radio Acadie 88.7 FM

News Page Play Button.pngClick the icon to listen to One Acadiana staff member André Breaux (VP, Policy Initiatives) give updates on One Acadiana's progress and initiatives on KRVS Radio Acadie 88.7 FM.

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