Welcome to Lafayette – the heart of Cajun Country and the cultural center of Louisiana’s heritage. This is a region rich in tradition and full of the energy and spirit that has made South Louisiana famous worldwide. Lafayette is a hub of business, technology, medicine and the arts in the state of Louisiana. Topics, including fiber optics, downtown development and expanding the bounds of the city, enter into conversation just as much as making a good gumbo or rice and gravy and who’s put out the latest zydeco album.
Acadiana is anything but beige – it is colorful in so many ways. With the aroma of delicious Cajun cuisine, unique musical sounds, thriving arts community and jovial festivals, Lafayette has proved many times over to be a place many generations have called home.
Our culture in Cajun country is as mixed as any in the world. This region is unique unto itself because many things here are accented by French and Spanish history and heritage. Lafayette is located between New Orleans and Houston, Texas, and is a focal point for the eight-parish region known as Acadiana. Many people, after briefly stopping on the way to another place, end up staying. Once you’ve attended one of our annual festivals, been invited to a family dinner or conducted a business deal with a cutting-edge company over a seafood platter, it’s hard not to want to call Lafayette home.
In this directory and resource guide, you’ll find everything you need to know about living, doing business and experiencing the unique culture of Lafayette. From basic facts about taxes, population and government to articles on dining, oil and gas to the communities surrounding Acadiana, we’ll get you started on your new life in Lafayette. We’ve got all the amenities of a big city and the charm of a small town. The Chamber office has an abundance of information and resources to help make your time in Lafayette one you won’t forget. Also check out the Chamber’s website, www.lafchamber.org. We hope your stay in Lafayette will be a long one.
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