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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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The state Department of Transportation and Development is extending the timeline for input on the proposed Interstate 49 Connector through Lafayette, in part to consider changes in the community in the years since plans for the road were last subject to public scrutiny.

DOTD in September launched an 18-month public outreach effort focused on such issues as the location of parks underneath the interstate, landscaping, pedestrian and bike paths, lighting and aesthetic design themes for the road.

LAFAYETTE – One Acadiana (1A) has hired a remarkable leader to direct the development and execution of 1A’s government relations strategy, including advocacy efforts, lobbying activities, and coalition building.

One Acadiana has hired Lafayette native Phyllis Mouton to direct the development and execution of the economic development organization’s government relations strategy, including advocacy efforts, lobbying activities and coalition building.

Mouton, who most recently worked as special assistant to the chancellor for government relations at Baton Rouge Community College, will serve as vice president of governmental affairs, a newly created position. She joins 1A Feb. 1.

Phyllis Mouton is leaving Baton Rouge Community College after 18 years to take on a new role with One Acadiana, the economic development organization for the nine-parish Acadiana area formerly known as the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

Effective Feb. 1, Mouton will be vice president of governmental affairs for One Acadiana, in charge of directing the development and execution of its government relations strategy, including advocacy efforts, lobbying and coalition building.

One Acadiana has a director to lead the development and execution of its government relations strategy, including advocacy efforts, lobbying activities, and coalition building.

Phyllis Mouton, currently special assistant to the Chancellor for Government Relations at Baton Rouge Community College, will serve as vice president of Governmental Affairs for One Acadiana, according to a press release from One Acadiana.

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Regional economic development agency One Acadiana on Thursday named Phyllis Mouton its vice president of government affairs.

Mouton, a former Louisiana secretary of labor, will start work at the Lafayette-based One Acadiana on Feb. 1.

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The new year will bring even more intense focus on what is set to be the region’s most extensive infrastructure project, which is planned to run through the heart of Lafayette.

Discussion on the proposed six-lane, 5.5-mile stretch through the Hub City's urban core, known at the Interstate 49 connector, will be the sole focus of a Saturday workshop hosted by the state Department of Transportation.

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NEW IBERIA — South Louisiana Community College announced plans Wednesday to offer helicopter pilot training as the first step in creating a new International School of Aviation Excellence, expanding an existing aircraft maintenance program in the hopes of meeting the local demand for a broad range of aviation workers.

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The world’s surplus of 1 billion barrels of oil, which grows by 2 million barrels every day and will get worse when Iran starts selling oil again, is not going away anytime soon, an industry advocate told a few hundred people Tuesday in Lafayette’s Oil Center.

“I don’t have to tell many of you how bad it is,” Louisiana Oil & Gas Association President Don Briggs said to a lunch crowd at the Petroleum Club.

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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

News Page Play Button.pngClick the icon to listen to One Acadiana staff members, Jeff Bashaw (COO) and 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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