With less than one month to go in the 2022 Regular Session, several 1A priorities are nearing the finish line, including extension of key state economic development tools, including the Quality Jobs program, and streamlined sales tax collection. Senate Finance also convened over the weekend to consider the state’s operating budget. Committee members opted to boost transportation funding, including adding another $100 million for completion of I-49 South.

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Lafayette, LAMay, 9, 2022– Brett Broussard, APMA, CRPC, BFA a Private Wealth Advisor with Broussard, LeBlanc, and Associates a financial/private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC. In Lafayette, has qualified for the company’s Circle of Success annual recognition program and will be honored for this achievement in 2022.

As the organization approaches its eighth anniversary, the Board of Directors of the Vermilion Economic Development Alliance is happy to announce the hiring of Victoria Sagrera Bourque as Program Administrator, a position designed to lead the organization into its next phase.

When Anne Falgout, VEDA’s first Executive Director, announced her resignation from the local economic development agency, the leadership team set out to find a “passionate individual committed to moving the organization and community forward.”

Economic Development Priorities Advance in Week Eight of Regular Session

The House and Senate each had another busy week, advancing several 1A priorities, including protecting Louisiana's economic development toolkit, supporting small business innovation, and reforming the state's overly burdensome occupational licensing laws.

Read on for a breakdown of week eight of the Regular Session.

FlyGuys, the Lafayette-based drone service provider, landed a $2 million investment from a group of south Louisiana investors.

The group, many of whom earlier invested in Waitr, have closed out a $4 million Series A funding round by investing in FlyGuys, which last year landed a $2 million investment from New Orleans-based Advantage Capital in connection with the Louisiana New Markets Tax Credit program.

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Legislators Advance Economic Development Priorities in Busy Week Seven

The Lafayette Economic Development Authority unveiled a three-year strategic plan, one that new president and CEO Mandi Mitchell says will enhance existing and add new service lines to position Lafayette Parish for success over the next 50 years.

Legislators Make Money Moves in Week Six of Regular Session

Legislators filled committee schedules to the brim in week six of the Regular Session, but all eyes were on the House as representatives considered Louisiana’s annual budget and capital outlay bills, HB 1 and HB 2, including how to spend $2.8 billion in one-time money from federal pandemic aid and state budget surpluses. Read on for a breakdown of these bills as approved by the House.

Acadiana took incremental steps this year toward reaching its goal of 55% of working-age adults in the region holding a postsecondary degree, certificate or other high-value credential, One Acadiana reported Friday.

Speaking about its 2022 "55 by 25" annual report to area partners at South Louisiana Community College, the host group revealed that, according to 2020 Census data, 27.5% of adults in the region have an associate’s degree or higher level of formal education.

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Annual Report

Download our 2021 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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