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One Acadiana has reduced its staff in the wake of COVID-19’s impact on the local economy.

In a letter from president and CEO Troy Wayman to investors on Tuesday, the agency let go of two people and will review the positions’ roles within the organization. The moves, he noted, were not a reflection of the employees’ performances but a necessary move during the coronavirus pandemic.

The agency also let go of a part-time employee, he said. 

– The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC), in partnership with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), today released an executive summary for restarting the state’s economy in a responsible and safety-oriented manner. The considerations were developed in partnership with executives from the health care, manufacturing, automotive, banking, small business, and engineering industries, among others, and with peer business organizations and associations from around the state.

LAFAYETTE, La. — One Acadiana announced on Friday that it will host a webinar on Louisiana’s tourism economy will look like after the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

One Acadiana says it has partnered with regional business resource including LEDA, Opportunity Machine, Downtown Development Authority, Louisiana Small Business Center at UL Lafayette, Acadiana Workforce Solutions, Acadiana Planning Commission, United Way of Acadiana, and other local chambers and economic development offices for the vent.

As the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated the global economy, local economic development groups have put together various tools to help Acadiana businesses and workers stay afloat and take advantage of state and federal resources.

Below is a collection of some of the resources. 

Louisiana Economic Development Help Desk

LED can be reached for questions relating to COVID-19 and business at LEDbiz@la.gov or through a toll-free hotline at (833) 457-0531. The hotline is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Nearly 15,000 unemployment claims were filed in Lafayette Parish since March 15, part of almost 33,000 filed in Acadiana since coronavirus measures began to shut down the local and national economy.
90% expect decrease in revenue; 70% expect major losses
Louisiana's two U.S. senators — Republicans Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy — want President Donald Trump to provide relief to the offshore oil and gas industry, which has been ravaged in recent weeks.
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A survey of Louisiana oil and gas business found more than 23,000 jobs in the industry are at immediate risk because of the back-to-back blows caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the oil glut generated by Saudi Arabia and Russia.
LAFAYETTE, La. – In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and the significant economic impact it is having on our regional economy, One Acadiana and partners including Eat Lafayette, LEDA, DDA, United Way of Acadiana, and other local chambers and economic development offices, launched “Acadiana To Geaux,” a social media campaign designed to rally support for local restaurants throughout the nine-parish region of Acadiana.

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Annual Report

Download our 2019 Annual Report and Business Directory.

Economic Recovery Toolkit

Check out 1A’s quick reference guides to key COVID-19 business assistance programs. Click the image to view.

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.

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Click the play button above to watch One Acadiana President & CEO Troy Wayman on the Louisiana Business & Industry Show.

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News Page Play Button.pngClick the icon to listen to One Acadiana staff member André Breaux (VP, Policy Initiatives & Governmental Affairs) and Dr. Pearson Cross discussing the 2019 election season on KRVS Radio Acadie 88.7 FM

News Page Play Button.pngClick the icon to listen to One Acadiana President & CEO Troy Wayman give updates on One Acadiana's progress and initiatives on OUT TO LUNCH.

If interested in more information about news, contact Senior Director, Marketing & Communications Shannon Gierhart at shannon@oneacadiana.org

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