Gov. Edwards to be Keynote Speaker at Statewide Economic Development Summit

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LAFAYETTE, LA. —Gov. John Bel Edwards and Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development Don Pierson Jr. are scheduled as the keynote speakers at a first-of-its-kind in 10 years Statewide Economic Development Summit in Baton Rouge on April 18, One Acadiana announced Tuesday.

The summit, presented by Entergy, intended to strengthen the state’s economy through shared ideas and business practices.

The One Acadiana announcement stated the summit is being held in collaboration with economic development partners across Louisiana, including the Lafayette Economic Development Authority.

The summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at L’auberge Baton Rouge.

Additional content for the day includes a presentation by Matt S. Erskine, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of commerce for economic development and chief operating officer for the Economic Development Administration; a technology panel featuring technology companies from around the state; and a national site selection consultant.

Regional economic development organizations convening the Summit include: One Acadiana, Lafayette Economic Development Authority, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Greater New Orleans Inc., Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, North Louisiana Economic Partnership, Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance, South Louisiana Economic Council and Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.

The event is presented by Entergy, and Postlethwaite & Netterville is premier sponsor. L’auberge Baton Rouge is venue sponsor. Promotional support is provided by Cox Communications.

Event registration is available at Registration, which includes continental breakfast and lunch, is $85. Until April 1, L’auberge is offering a special room rate of $109 for event attendees. To reserve a room, call 1- 866-261-7777 and specify group code RBR55.

One Acadiana is the leading economic development organization for the nine-parish Acadiana region in south Louisiana. With more than 1,200 investors, members, and partners, One Acadiana serves as the voice of the regional business community. The organization is located in Lafayette and serves a region of about 700,000 people.

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