News | October 2015

Although it’s not that big a surprise that communities thrive better when thinking regionally, there’s another lesson built into the experience of Charleston: Hard times focus the mind amazingly.

The South Carolina port city unified after a serious economic and social blow to the community and its surrounding counties.

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After 61 of its members returned from a trip to research fellow southern city Charleston, South Carolina, regional chamber One Acadiana is touting its political support from political hopefuls.

On Monday, One Acadiana officials held a press conference to announce that all four “major” gubernatorial candidates and others running in state and local races have expressed support for all or portions of the organization’s “Priorities for a Better Acadiana” initiative.

The four major contenders for governor and 31 legislative candidates in the region are backing all or some of the economic development group One Acadiana’s regional priorities, the organization announced Monday.

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This week, approximately 60 Acadiana business and civic leaders traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to meet with their counterparts on One Acadiana’s inaugural Leadership Exchange trip. We returned home inspired by Charleston’s capacity to address challenges and pursue opportunities similar to those in our nine-parish Acadiana region and other metro areas across Louisiana. We have an immediate opportunity to apply one of the lessons of that trip by voting “yes” on Constitutional Amendment No. 2.

This week approximately 60 Acadiana business and civic leaders traveled to Charleston, South Carolina, to meet with their counterparts on One Acadiana’s inaugural Leadership Exchange trip. We returned home inspired by Charleston’s capacity to address challenges and pursue opportunities similar to those in our nine-parish Acadiana region and other metro areas across Louisiana. We have an immediate opportunity to apply one of the lessons of that trip by voting “yes” on Constitutional Amendment No. 2.

Tears streaming down his face,  Lafayette Consolidated Government councilman Kenneth Boudreaux openly grieved at the altar of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina.

On Tuesday, day two of the One Acadiana Leadership Exchange to the city, Boudreaux and others visited the church where, on June 17, a gunman with extreme racist views walked in on an evening Bible study and shot 10 people, killing nine.

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A veteran technical college president told a group of Acadiana residents Tuesday that creating a vibrant regional economy involves acknowledging the deep-rooted problems of society that keep a hefty percentage of people in poverty and finding effective ways to address them.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. One Acadiana officials, board members, business leaders and government officials on Monday gathered in Charleston, South Carolina, for a Leadership Exchange aimed at learning from the historic city.

Charleston has become an economic powerhouse, tourism mecca and leader in urban revitalization and workforce development.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — In the mid-1990s, this Atlantic Coast city was dealt a harsh blow when Congress decided to close Charleston Naval Base, which employed tens of thousands of civilian workers.

“Business and political leaders found themselves scrambling,” David Ginn, president and CEO of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, told 60 members of Lafayette-based One Acadiana on Monday.

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Acadiana economic development officials, bankers, business executives, political leaders and others will fly to Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday for a three-day look-and-learn at what is described as one of America’s most dynamic cities.

The trip — called the 2015 Leadership Exchange — is spearheaded by One Acadiana, an economic development agency that covers nine parishes, including the organization’s base in Lafayette.

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