There were plenty of lessons to be learned last week for Acadiana leaders visiting Greenville, South Carolina, but perhaps the biggest surprise was what one city taught them about working as a region.

The 70 business and community leaders from Southwest Louisiana toured the city to study economic development growth, which has been evident in Greenville's dynamic metro core.

MORGAN CITY – The Board of Directors of M C Bank has announced that long-time employee Jeremy Callais has been elected President of the Morgan City-based bank. In doing so, Kenneth Nelkin, Chairman of the Board stated: “I am extremely proud of Jeremy and the remarkable accomplishments he has achieved. The M C Bank Board of Directors looks forward to a very bright future with Jeremy leading the bank. I would also like to thank Larry Callais for many years of outstanding service and dedication to our M C Bank Family!”

On the second day of One Acadiana's leadership exchange in Greenville, South Carolina, discussions revolved around regionalism, collaboration and entrepreneurship.

A group of about 70 business, government and tourism leaders from Acadiana are visiting Greenville for three days to ask questions and glean lessons that could be applied back home. Here are some takeaways from day two.

More than 50 people from Lafayette are in Greenville, South Carolina, this week, to see if there's anything they can learn from that city's growth that might apply here.

It marks the third time One Acadiana, the regional chamber of commerce, has hosted a trip to another state for folks who have an interest in the growth and economic development of Acadiana. Previously, they have led visits to Lexington, Kentucky, and Charleston, South Carolina.

GREENVILLE, South Carolina - Acadiana leaders walked through this city's downtown on a bright and windy Sunday afternoon. They walked by shops and restaurants, crossed a pedestrian bridge over waterfalls, and snapped photos of a picturesque park.

Greenville officials call their downtown the heart of the city.

"That's what I look at, what our downtown could and should be," said Anita Begnaud, CEO of Lafayette's Downtown Development Authority. 

LHC Group broke ground on the home health company’s $46 million operations center in Lafayette, Louisiana. The project is expected to create 500 direct jobs.

Acadiana business leaders met Friday morning to look ahead at the 2019 legislative session and discuss Louisiana's business climate.

Several big issues will be decided in the upcoming session, issues that could have a big impact on local business people, according to Stephen Waguespack, president and CEO of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.

Waguespack spoke to about 50 people gathered at the Cecil Picard Center in Lafayette for the annual legislative breakfast conducted by One Acadiana.

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards and LHC Group Chairman and CEO Keith Myers joined state, local and federal officials to break ground on the home health company’s $46 million Lafayette home office expansion.

On Thursday, Sarah Berthelot was the guest speaker at the Acadiana Women’s Network luncheon, sponsored by One Acadiana.

Berthelot is president and chief executive officer of the Louisiana Association of United Ways.

When the late Charles Fenstermaker Jr. founded C.H. Fenstermaker & Associates LLC in 1950, he established a culture of family within his own family unit and his fledgling surveying company.

The company began its life in New Iberia and moved several times before settling in its current compound at 135 Regency Square in the early 1980s. When his grandson, Charles Fenstermaker, was named president in February, it marked the third generation of the family to lead the surveying company that has been a mainstay in Lafayette’s business community for almost 70 years.

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