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Here's one thing potential employers were doling out in abundance at Lafayette Economic Development Authority Job Fair on Tuesday: Hope.

"There have been some job offers made," said Ryan LaGrange, workforce manager at LEDA.

Some 2,050 job hopefuls passed through the Cajundome's doors and registered to meet some of the 90 companies that set up work stations. LaGrange said some companies were using interview booths to talk with prospective employees for jobs as varied as law enforcement officers, firefighters, welders, engineers and delivery personnel.

Fund will provide infrastructure improvements, other incentives to attract economic development projects in Cleco’s 23-parish territory

Today, Cleco executives Peggy Scott and Bill Fontenot presented Gov. John Bel Edwards with $7 million for a fund that will be administered by Louisiana Economic Development to attract significant job-creating projects across the electric utility’s 23-parish service area in Louisiana.

There were lessons aplenty for Acadiana leaders to reap from their recent visit to Lexington, Kentucky. The visit involved 70 Louisiana visitors encountering a mountain of Bluegrass Region evidence of success, some data-based, some anecdotal.

Know this: Lexington, Kentucky has good things going on. So do we.

The point of the One Acadiana-led Leadership Exchange was to mine their lessons and bring them home. Here were lessons worth packing into Acadiana’s southbound luggage:

State and Lafayette Parish officials are scheduled today to announce state certification of a nearly 22-acre site near Carencro suitable for business development, The Advertiser reports.

One Acadiana, the area’s economic development agency, says the Northpark site on Pont des Mouton Road will be formally revealed as Louisiana Economic Development’s first certified business site in the state, the product of a new program launched by the state agency in 2016. It is the eighth certified site in Acadiana, with the others being more suited for industry and manufacturing.

State and local officials Wednesday were scheduled to announce state certification of a nearly 22-acre site near Carencro suitable for business development.

In an issued statement, One Acadiana said the Northpark site on Pont des Mouton Road would be formally revealed as Louisiana Economic Development’s first certified business site in the state, the product of a new program launched by the state agency in 2016. It is the eighth certified site in Acadiana — the others are sites more suited for industry and manufacturing.

21.96-acre site is first Certified Business Site in the parish and state

Lenny Lemoine, president and CEO for The Lemoine Company, will deliver the keynote address to graduates during South Louisiana Community College’s Spring 2017 graduation on Thursday, May 11, in the Cajundome Convention Center starting at 6 p.m. 

More than 400 students are candidates for graduation. 

Community leader Bill Lear says IMB opening in Lexington signaled an era of success.

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LEXINGTON, Kentucky — When businesses are looking at relocating or expanding into a metro area, they’re not concerned about things such as what parish or county they are moving into. They’re looking more at the whole area and how various entities get along with each other.

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Picture a robust Southern region bisected by interstates, its core city blessed by the presence of a research university.

Listen to its music, distinctive to its people; taste fine food at myriad, superior restaurants.

Roots? Travel back a couple of centuries.

Downtown? It bustles at night. Standing sentry at its gateway, the statue of a Confederate general hovers.

Leadership? It comes from consolidated government.

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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.

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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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