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Where should a new bridge be built across the Vermilion River? Is there more money in the budget for the police department? What can be done to alleviate traffic congestion in Lafayette Parish?

Those are some of the issues addressed by the Lafayette city-parish president candidates Wednesday during a debate hosted by One Acadiana and the Leadership Institute of Acadiana.

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Some time in the next few years, more of Lafayette Parish could be hooked into the superfast LUS Fiber network, and Lafayette’s downtown could be a vibrant residential community with food markets and plenty of entertainment.

That was the scenario the two candidates for city-parish president painted at a forum Wednesday.

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Gov. Bobby Jindal and Bob Edmundson, president of Hazelwood Energy Hub, announced Wednesday the company will develop a $400 million crude oil storage and blending complex in St. Landry Parish.

When the goal is successful developing the economy in an area, it’s best when the people vested in that success see the area.

One Acadiana, an economic development organization that serves the nine-parish region of Acadiana, allowed an opportunity for a close-up view of Iberia, St. Mary and Vermilion Parishes during its 2015 Building the Region Conference. The two-day event wrapped up Friday afternoon with a luncheon at Magdalen Place in Abbeville.

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OneAcadiana’s Building the Region Conference’s first day included a luncheon in Antique Rose Ville near New Iberia, where economic leaders from St. Mary and Iberia parishes dined and with representatives from the other parishes represented in OneAcadiana and emphasized strength in numbers.

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One Acadiana, the regional chamber of commerce, is looking at solutions for a problem we all know too well, traffic.

The group has come up with research that said Lafayette needs to address three main areas: making investments to relief traffic congestion, securing adequate funding for current roads and developing infrastructure based on technical analysis.

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 One Acadiana, the regional economic development group that replaced Lafayette's chamber of commerce, on Tuesday unveiled two priorities it would like the next Lafayette city-parish president and council to "support, articulate and advance."

They include executing a prioritized road and bridge infrastructure program and amending the home rule charter and consolidated government.

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Ahead of the upcoming local elections the group “One Acadiana” on Tuesday presented its final ‘Priorities for a Better Lafayette’.

Members of the economic development group talked about the need for better roads and fixing the charter. They announced a set of action items for the region. Business leaders talked about the importance of these priorities.

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One Acadiana held a press conference Tuesday at the South Regional Library in Lafayette to discuss a prioritized infrastructure program and amending the city-parish charter. 

The discussion centered around making smarter investments in roads and bridges based on technical analysis and public input.

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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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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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