Acadia Parish development discussed
Economic development was on the forefront as the Acadia Parish Industrial Inducement Board, the Acadia Parish Police Jury, elected officials and community leaders met Monday night at the LSU AgCenter to discuss ways to build and retain business and industry in Acadia Parish.
“I think this is a good step in the right direction,” Crowley Mayor Greg Jones.
“We have good representation of public and private sector individuals from our parish and I look forward to the follow-up meetings in helping to establish goals for our parish.”
Rayne Mayor Jimbo Petitjean, Estherwood Mayor Bill Maples, and Church Point Mayor Roger Boudreaux were in attendance along with Jones to voice their support for “bringing everyone together” to work for the common good of the parish.
Beth Guidry of the St. Martin Economic Development Authority and Greg Gauthreaux of the Lafayette Development Authority spoke to the group about ways they could retain businesses in the parish as well as ideas for drawing in new business. One of the ideas that seemed to draw the interest of the group was the development of commercial parks that would provide ready opportunity for potential businesses interested in coming to Acadia Parish.
“We are really looking hard at how St. Martin parish operates,” said Industry Inducement Board Chairperson Kayla Link. “The three commercial parks that they have in their parish have really helped them to expand their business sector.”
It seemed that the overwhelming consensus of the group was that everyone was “on board.” Much of the conversation was directed towards business retention and helping the businesses that already in Acadia Parish to expand.
Rayne Mayor Jimbo Petitjean was quick to point out that unless everyone works united in support of parish progress then the efforts of the group would be pointless.
“We definitely support the efforts of the group,” said Petitjean. “The only way this will work is if all the individual governmental entities of the parish get out of the way and allow the people to do their job for the collective good of the parish. We’re all territorial by nature but I think that if we approach this with a non-territorial mindset than we can do some good.”