Lafayette isn’t just called the “Hub City” for its culture. The business arena has diversified from its history in oil and gas to include information technology, manufacturing, finance, construction, retail trade, transportation, distribution, medical and healthcare. From major corporations to small businesses, Lafayette and the Acadiana region have great representation in all areas of industry. Acadiana’s top 10 businesses bring in almost $1 billion annually, and oil and gas is still a major player in the industry. Acadiana is known for its entrepreneurial spirit, and new businesses are popping up and succeeding every day.
Top Event in North America – Festival International de Louisiane (FIL) was named one of the American Bus Association's (ABA) Top 100 Events in North America for group travel in 2012. Winners are chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs, commemorative events, and more that have been nominated by ABA members. This is FIL's 7th time making the list. Source: ABA, September 2011
Fastest Economic Growth – A list compiled by the Bureau of Economic Analysis revealed the top 15 cities in the nation with the fastest economic growth. Lafayette – ranked 6th on the list – had a GDP of $16.4 billion, up 8.3 percent over the previous year. Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, September 2011
Best Chamber of Commerce – Lafayette is home to the National Chamber of the Year, an honor bestowed to the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce at the annual ACCE Convention which was held in Los Angeles in August 2011. The Chamber was chosen for excellence in operations, member services and community leadership.
Top Place to Live – Lafayette was one of America's "Top 100 Places to Live" in RelocateAmerica’s 14th edition of this annual list. This year, the firm focused on communities poised for recovery and future growth. For 2011, the team found the best communities that are well positioned for economic recovery, already experiencing strong economic recovery or have proven overall economic stability. Factors such as employment, education, community, leadership and overall quality of life are strongly considered and all the data is examined to determine the Top 100. Source: RelocateAmerica, July 2011Best Small Town in America – Lafayette was named "Best for Food" in Rand McNally/USA Today's Best of the Road competition. Hosted by a team of community advocates from tourism, the restaurant industry and government, the judges selected Lafayette as the best over the other five finalists. Source: USA Today, July 2011
Digital Media Cluster – Ten Places in the South were identified as cities where the digital media industry sector is successfully doing business. Based on workforce, public infrastructure and business presence, Lafayette is among two other Louisiana cities that have earned this status. Source: Southern Business and Development, Winter (April) 2011
Best Places in LA – Three Lafayette Parish communities were ranked among the 20 Best Places to Live in Louisiana based on median household income (adjusted for cost of living), educational attainment (percentage of residents 25+ with a bachelor's degree or higher) and property crime rates per 1,000 residents (burglary and automobile thefts). The three communities were Youngsville (1st), Lafayette (9th) and Broussard (12th). Source: Yahoo AssociatedContent, March 2011
Lafayette Economic Development Authority, created by the state legislature, exists to facilitate economic growth in Lafayette Parish. LEDA and its board of 12 commissioners work together with a full-time staff to provide answers, information and assistance to businesses. LEDA’s mission is to help local companies grow, in addition to market development and workforce development. The organization also works to recruit companies to the area and assists in the development of new companies in order to diversify the economy within Lafayette Parish.
For more information on LEDA, call 337.593.1400 or visit www.lafayette.org. Also on hand to assist businesses in Lafayette is the Small Business Development Center at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The SBDC provides counseling, seminars and resource information to small businesses. For more information on the SBDC, call 337.262.5344 or visit www.louisiana.edu/Research/SBDC.
Giving back to the community is an act of kindness with no instant guarantees, but a giving spirit always rewards a guarantee in some form or other. While Lafayette is large enough to provide all the cultural, recreational and economic opportunities that any resident or visitor can want, it is still a city with a small-town heart. The compassion and leadership in Lafayette is evident in its many service organizations. One of the best assets of Lafayette is its residents’ ability to volunteer and help out one another.
A Pregnancy Center and Clinic
Acadiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Acadiana Center for the Arts
Acadiana Outreach Center
Acadiana Society of Human Resource Management
Acadiana Youth Inc.
Affiliated Blind of Louisiana
Alpha Omega #4929
Associated with Epsilon Sigma Alpha
American Advertising Federation – Acadiana
American Cancer Society
American Red Cross
Arc of Iberia- Lafayette Division
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana
Boys and Girls Clubs of Acadiana
CASA of SoLA (South Louisiana)
Coastal Vision Foundation
Community Foundation of Acadiana
Evangeline Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
Families Helping Families of Acadiana
Girl Scouts of Louisiana Pines to the Gulf
Gulf Coast Teaching Family Services
Hearts of Hope
HomeCare Association of Louisiana
Junior Achievement of Acadiana
Junior League of Lafayette, Inc.
Kiwanis of Acadiana
Krewe of Acadiana, Inc.
Lafayette Association For Retarded Citizens
Lafayette Bar Association
Lafayette Education Foundation
Lafayette Parish Association of Educators
Lafayette Public Library Foundation
Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation (LCEF)
Louisiana Golf Association
Louisiana Rehabilitation Services
March of Dimes-Acadiana Division
Optimist Club of Lafayette
Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana
Smile Community Action Agency
Southwest Louisiana AHEC
Southwest Louisiana Education and Referral Center Inc.
Southwest Louisiana Independence Center Inc.
Teche-Vermilion Fresh Water District
The ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter
UL Lafayette Alumni Association
UL Lafayette Foundation
United Way of Acadiana Inc.
Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation
Volunteers of America Greater Baton Rouge- Acadiana Programs
Woman's Foundation Inc.
Women's Business Center
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana
The Graham Group