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.


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.


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.


Home Bancorp, Inc., the parent company for Home Bank, N.A., a national bank headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana, was recently named to investment banking firm Sandler O’Neill + Partner’s “Top Ideas for 2016.”


Business and industry leaders met Friday at The Daily Advertiser’s 2016 Economic Roundtable to discuss the outlook for the new year in Acadiana.


In 2015, Acadiana’s oil and gas workers might’ve drawn sympathy from their neighbors.

This year, we might all feel sorry for ourselves. The oil and gas industry, beset by an international oil glut and price war, lost thousands of jobs last year, more than 2,000 in Acadiana alone. More losses are expected.


EACH YEAR ABIZ ROUNDS UP A FEW EXECUTIVES who know the key to avoiding the boss burnout: staying fit. What’s more, recent studies suggest that being visibly out of shape can undermine others’ perceptions of your leadership ability and job stamina.

The following execs believe they have an obligation to stay both physically and mentally fit. And the only difference between them and you could simply be that they make time for it.


Every year we come up with a list of Louisianians of the Year, and every year it's difficult. There are so many worthy candidates. Our state is full of people who serve the greater good whether it's through art, philanthrophy, education, business, activism, health care, humanitarian efforts and many other fields that can enrich the Louisiana experience. Here, we've narrowed it down to eight individuals who have impressed us over the past year and make us look forward to seeing what they'll accomplish next.

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.”


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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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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