Our recent Building the Region Conference gave attendees a glimpse of the prairies and industrial parks of Acadiana’s northern parishes. The aim: to highlight the economic drivers of these two parishes. Just as important as building awareness was building connections between partners. The theme of “building” continued at each stop during the full-day conference.

Evangeline Parish

Last week, the Louisiana Department of Education released the annual performance scores for schools and districts around the state. Eight of the nine school districts within the 1A region maintained their District Performance Score (DPS) letter grade, with Jeff Davis Parish becoming Acadiana’s second ‘A’-rated district, along with Vermilion Parish.

2016-17 District Performance Scores and Letter Grades

1. Give me a brief history of your company.

Our founders, Jack and Ruth Eckerd, were philanthropists with tremendous vision, leadership, and commitment to creating better futures for children and families.  They believed every child is valuable and deserves the opportunity to succeed, in need of a second chance.

Join us on November 15, between 2 - 7 p.m.

Name: Alexander Lazard

Occupation:  One Acadiana, Director of Event & Special Projects

Hometown: Lafayette, LA

Current city: Lafayette, LA

Name: Anita Begnaud

Occupation: One Acadiana, Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Communications

Hometown: Church Point, LA

Current city: Lafayette, LA for the past 10 years. 

Greatest Achievement:  I’m proud to be a member of the team who created and launched One Acadiana, a regional economic development group focused on bringing jobs and talent to our region, as well as improving policies to make Acadiana more attractive and competitive.

Across Acadiana, companies are using “Smart City” technology to power new projects and grow their business. In Acadiana, Smart City projects include real-time air quality monitoring and telehealth systems. We’re proud to showcase the 1A investors and partners who are making Smart City technology a reality in the region.
Tailgate with 1A and community partners. Saturday, November 18, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
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1A Sites Selection Investment Profile

Download our 2017 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.

Watch Now

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.

Listen Now

News Page Play Button.pngClick the icon to listen to VP, Urban Revitalization and Development Harry Weiss and Dr. Pearson Cross discussing 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 members, Jeff Bashaw (COO) and 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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