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With U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy present, the completion of Interstate 49 was touted as one of the state’s top infrastructure priorities at meeting hosted by One Acadiana, a nine-parish chamber of commerce.

Gregg Gothreaux, Lafayette Economic Development Authority president and CEO, said, “You are talking about the most important project we can do in the history of the community, second probably to creating the university, maybe.”

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The state faces a $487 million shortfall in its current budget and there is no single solution to the problem, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne said Friday at a meeting hosted by One Acadiana at the Picard Center.

In addition, a $1.9 billion deficit is projected for the next fiscal year. Dardenne will become commissioner of administration as John Bel Edwards is sworn into office as governor Monday.

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Louisiana’s fiscal state is much worse than calculated last year when lawmakers adopted Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget.

“We all agree that the numbers are accurate,” Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne told business officials Thursday at the Picard Center. “This is reality.”

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Lafayette native André Breaux has returned home to direct One Acadiana’s policy initiatives.

Breaux spent the past two years with the office of Mayor Kevin Johnson in Sacramento, Calif., as a policy adviser and special projects coordinator. He supported Johnson on major initiatives, including his national leadership as president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and his local leadership on downtown development and community-police relations.

One Acadiana has hired Lafayette native André Breaux to be the economic development agency’s director of policy initiatives.

Breaux will lead the agency’s team in developing and advancing policies on transportation infrastructure, pre-K education and workforce development, One Acadiana President Jason El Koubi said Tuesday.

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An engine doesn’t go without pistons. You don’t see them, but they’re essential for momentum.

The same can be said for a community: It must have individuals, visionaries and heavy-lifters, folks who create momentum and influence trajectory. Lafayette has them — in spades.

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The Interstate 49 Connector through Lafayette will either be the best economic spark the city has seen in decades or the biggest mistake since the Evangeline Thruway cut the city in half.

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Monday marks the close of a voter-approved one-cent sales tax to build a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.

The LRA Commission held a press conference Monday morning to celebrate the end of the eight-month sales tax and the community's support for airport expansion.

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One Acadiana announced its endorsement of a 7.27-mil property tax renewal on Saturday’s ballot that supports Lafayette Parish School System operations.

The millage has been on the rolls for more than 40 years and generates about $14 million a year for the school system.

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One Acadiana has expressed its strong support for a tax renewal for the Lafayette Parish School System.

The 7.27 millage renewal will be on the ballot Saturday. It has been in place for more than 40 years, and generates about $14 million each year for the district.

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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.

If interested in more information about news, contact EVP, Economic Development Jim Bourgeois at jim@oneacadiana.org

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