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.
Do you want to strengthen the local economy? Support local jobs? Embrace the uniqueness of our community?  Those are among the goals of The Daily Advertiser's "Shop Where Your Heart Is" campaign, launching today. At its heart, the campaign supports and celebrates local businesses in a variety of ways.
Since 1980, Metro Communications, Inc. has been providing superior solutions in the audio and visual industry to a wide array of businesses throughout the Southeast.

Nearly 30 companies were on hand at South Louisiana Community College’s Ville Platte campus yesterday for a job fair. The event was hosted by the City of Ville Platte, One Acadiana, LEDA, and the Louisiana Workforce Commission.

“South Louisiana Community College here in the Ville Platte area are very excited about this event.” said Ville Platte Campus Director, Carleen Jones. “This was our way of partnering with the City of Ville Platte and we wanted to give back to the community, and try to get everybody back to work.”

Acadiana business leaders are getting more insight on the future of Louisiana's economy.
One Acadiana hosted the 2017 Entree to Business Breakfast with Doctor Loren Scott.

"We are looking back at 2017 and seeing where the economy has come from,"  said Anita Begnaud, VP of Gov. Affairs & Comm. "We are also looking ahead to see where the economy is going.  Dr. Loren Scott gives a very witty performance on the economy, but a very informative one."

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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.

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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.

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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