THE POST-SIGNAL / Desiray Seaux
Troy Wayman, president and CEO of One Acadiana, was guest speaker for this week’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Crowley. Wayman explained the function of the nine-parish business development group.
One Acadiana CEO addresses Rotary Club
Troy Wayman, president and CEO of One Acadiana, spoke recently to the Rotary Club of Crowley.
“One Acadiana is a bolder, re-energized version of the former Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce,” Wayman explained. “We are a business-led, privately funded economic development organization serving a nine-parish area in South Louisiana.”
The nine parishes in the region include Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Jeff Davis, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermillion.
Wayman, new to the area, discussed that the people of Acadiana are what made him decide to relocate his family and accept the job as CEO of One Acadiana less than a year ago.
According to Wayman, the main focus of the regional chamber of commerce is traditional economic development such as the creation and preservation of jobs in the region served. And, furthermore, the regional chamber of commerce is not in competition with local chambers of commerce.
The regional chamber acts as a vehicle of providing resources and representation in Baton Rouge.
One Acadiana represents about 1,200 businesses in the region. They consist of a team of passionate, goal-oriented professionals working to grow local economy, tackle pressing challenges such as business development, public policy and urban revitalization.
According to its web site, One Acadiana has developed a three-pronged approach to advance the region in a five year plan.
After active dialogue with business and community leaders, the three-pronged approach was coined. It includes: (1) Developing and implementing strategies to improve regional assests, infrastructure and policy; (2) launching a national marketing and sales effort to secure new business investment and professional talent; and (3) revitalizing the regional core.
Wayman also reported on the current status of the economy in the region.
The oil and gas sector is seeing small increases with hopes of more increases in the near future.
Recently a diversification of jobs in the area included pipeline, food service, I.T. and transportation.
Home sales have been good in the area as cost per square foot is higher than other Southern regions.
Also, decreasing unemployment rates are being reported in the region.
The newly formed regional Chamber of Commerce “knows achieving the region’s full potential will require a collaborative approach. An inclusive organization that welcomes all members, investors and partners to work together to make Acadiana a place that defies social and political fragmentation by forming alliances and developing solutions.”