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Acadiana students have a new pathway to an education in computer science thanks to a new articulation agreement between local schools.

A "2+2" articulation agreement signed Tuesday connects South Louisiana Community College’s application software development program and University of Louisiana at Lafayette's informatics program.

As he's done many times over the past few months, Department of Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc got up in front of a crowd last week to talk about criminal justice overhaul. 

LeBlanc has been going around the state for most of the past year talking about what can be done to bring down Louisiana's prison population. He headed the corrections department for Gov. Bobby Jindal and is now working for Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Offering customized incentive packages and aligning its post-secondary educational programs with local industries, Acadiana has created a choice location for growth. A recent tech boom – sparked by public and private investments – gives a glimpse into the bright future of this region.

Board and Officers Chosen for 2017

BATON ROUGE -- The Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA) has elected its board and officers for 2017. The Board of Directors includes representatives ranging from parish level economic developers, regional economic development organizations, state economic development officials, and industry consultants. In addition to its Board of Directors, LIDEA's membership has elected its officers to help guide and prioritize the association's 2017 activities. The 2017 slate includes:


The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry presented its Free Enterprise Award for dedication in moving Louisiana forward to recipients, naming two Lafayette companies. 

The awards presented were the Free Enterprise Champions awards to Andree Begneaud, of Begneaud Manufacturing Inc., and Companies of the Year with more than 100 employees to CGI.


1. Give me a brief history of your company. Now in our 24th year, Engel & Völkers Lafayette-Lake Charles began as PAR Realty. The name reflected founder Peggy Grace’s maiden initials and simultaneously alluded to Le Triomphe Golf and Country Club, where she launched her independent brokerage.

The Louisiana Department of Education released the 2015-2016 school and district performance score reports, showing a continued increase in student achievement in nearly every measure of academic progress in Louisiana's public schools.

Recent performance scores illustrate the great strides that our regional educational systems are taking to improve education across the region. We congratulate our students, teachers, staff, administration, and school boards for the hard work they have done over the last year.

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Readers of the October-November issue of ABiz received news and views from 1A in this month's INFORUM.

The piece, "Turning the Corner in 2017," tackles the question: will 2017 be the year Louisiana turns the corner, or will we keep heading down an unsustainable path?

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The St. Mary Parish School District now ranks 17th in the state with a B grade and a state accountability score of 99.2, according to information released Thursday by the Louisiana Department of Education. St. Mary missed the A mark by .8 points.

St. Mary was ranked 22nd in the state last year.

Seven schools also scored an A for performance, which is a record high for the school district. Schools with school performance scores of 100 to 150 earned the A grade.

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1A Sites Selection Investment Profile

Download our 2016 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 of 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 (Director of Policy Initiatives) give updates on One Acadiana's progess and initiatives on KRVS Radio Acadie 88.7 FM.


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