A high school degree is "no longer the ceiling, but the floor" for an education, a state official told a group of local and state business, education and charity leaders gathered Thursday at the University of Louisiana Lafayette to talk about the importance of secondary education for the future of Louisiana.

Acadiana Initiative to be First in Louisiana

Lafayette, LA – Today, One Acadiana (1A) joined partners from across the region to launch “55 by 25,” an initiative with a goal of increasing the proportion of working adults in Acadiana with postsecondary degrees, certificates, or other high-value credentials to 55 percent by 2025. As of the most recent Census data, Acadiana’s current rate is about 40 percent.

LAFAYETTE, La. – One Acadiana (1A), today announced the promotion of Trenton Leonards to the position of Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.

2018 was a busy year when it came to economic development in Acadiana. KLFY Anchor Jeff Horchak has a little recap of some of the big stories of the year.

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In 2018 a real push came together to develop a master plan to rebuild Lafayette's Oil Center.

The goal is to make the Oil Center much more user-friendly.

Lafayette, LA. - Zach Hager, Director, Business Development at One Acadiana, earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

Globally recognized as the leader in the customer relationship management (CRM) landscape, Salesforce is a powerful combination of disruption, innovation, evangelism, and marketing prowess that aids in delivering holistic solutions that fit every company’s need.

Lafayette, LA— The Acadiana Society for Human Resource Management (ASHRM) has named its Human Resource Professional of the Year— Randolph “Rudy” Comeaux, VP of Organizational Development & People at The Lemoine Company.

Comeaux joined the Lemoine Company in January 2008 as an Operations Intern while studying Construction Management at LSU. Upon graduation in May 2008 he was hired as an Office Engineer and moved into the Director of HR role in January of 2015.

Richard's Cajun Foods is expanding in the Town of Church Point. 

Governor John Bel Edwards and Richard's Cajun Foods Inc. President Ronnie Doucet announced that the company will invest $2.7 million to relocate some production and administrative functions and expand the company's operations there.

With the expansion, the food processing company will retain 38 new jobs and create 12 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of $35,000.

CHURCH POINT, La.(Louisiana Economic Development)- Richard's Cajun Foods will begin a major expansion into Acadia Parish.

Project to relocate administrative functions to Church Point; retain 38 jobs; result in 28 new jobs

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1A Sites Selection Investment Profile

Download our 2018 Annual Report and Business Directory.

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.

Southern Louisiana Economic Development Guide 2015-2016

Look for coverage of Acadiana throughout Vol. 1 of the 2015-2016 Southern Louisiana Economioc Development Guide. Click the image to view.

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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.

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