As the State Legislature enters a Special Session to address the $1 billion “fiscal cliff” and prepares for a Regular Session to follow, 1A is aligned to support business and industry.

One of the key statewide organizations we partner with is the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry (LABI), whose President & CEO Stephen Waguespack recently joined us for a legislative outlook. The outlook covered topics ranging from Medicaid and pension reform, to the possibility of a Constitutional Convention, to supporting early childhood through higher education.

Give us a brief history of your company.

Clean Juice was founded in 2014 in Charlotte, NC by Kat and Landon Eckles when they saw a true need missing in the marketplace. When researching juice bars, there were no certified organic options. This was a non-negotiable, so they created Clean Juice. The juice bar has created a fast-casual, healthy concept that people can rely on when they need a quick healthy choice.

One Acadiana and the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry offered an outlook on upcoming legislative efforts.

LABI CEO Stephen Waguespack was joined by interim 1A President Jim Bourgeois in localizing the focus of this morning’s forecast.

Waguespack said, “Too often all we hear are the political perspectives or the people inside the capitals perspectives. We need to hear from business owners what are the issues they need to grow and expand in Louisiana.”

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Southside High School had their ribbon cutting on Friday.

Jeremy Hidalgo, District 9 School Board Member said, “We knew that the desire was here but to see it happening takes it to a different level. It's a beautiful facility but more importantly state of the art for the students.”

The nonprofit Mozilla has announced that it is providing $55,000 to support four projects in Lafayette.

Each project will receive a grant of between $10,000 and $15,000.

“We’re focusing on projects that leverage gigabit internet speeds — up to 250 (times) average speeds — to make a positive impact,” said Lindsey Frost, who directs the Mozilla Community Gigabit Fund.

The four projects receiving grants in Lafayette are:

1. Give us a brief history of your company. Our restaurant was named after Phil’s father, who was given the nickname “Fezzo”, the Cajun French word for wood spool, because of his love for making toys out of his mother’s left-over spools. Phil Faul and Pat Bordes opened their flagship restaurant in Crowley, in July of 1999, followed by their second store in Scott in October of 2000. Seeing the need for a larger establishment in Scott, they expanded to a new building in the fall of 2006....

LAFAYETTE — One Acadiana has announced new appointments to its regional board of directors.

The more than 80-member board of the economic development organization and chamber of commerce will focus on business development, policy, and investor and member engagement initiatives.

The election of 1A’s 2018 officers includes:

In Q4 of 2017, One Acadiana welcomed eighteen new members. 

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)- In 2016 One Acadiana launched a new event series that allows the community to engage and learn more about the CEO’s behind the big businesses. This year’s event featured Al Gonsoulin, CEO of  Petroleum Helicopter Incorporated.

The number of new businesses in Acadiana continues to grow. With this, comes an increase of fresh new faces ready to lead and expand their companies.

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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

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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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