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We are extraordinarily excited to share that we recently achieved our fundraising goal in The Campaign for One Acadiana. This accomplishment means we now have the funding and leadership in place to begin implementing our bold, new regional initiative for the businesses and families of Acadiana.
This initiative will deliver a new, highly professional, nationally competitive economic development program for the region, which will help manage Acadiana's current and long-term growth, retain and grow current business, and diversify the economic base by attracting new emerging growth industries and professional talent.
Our new Board of Directors represents a diverse group of businesses of all sizes, across every parish and every major industry sector in Acadiana. As their first order of business, they adopted a 2015 Business Plan focused on the priorities of our members and investors. In addition, they voted unanimously to adopt the new name "One Acadiana" as we embark on this regional transformation.
The Board of Directors will be supported by the guidance and vision of our CEO Advisory Council, comprised of the biggest investors in One Acadiana.
Everyone who is a current member of the Chamber is automatically a part of this new regional organization. We are not creating a separate organization. We are transforming into a regional organization. We will continue to represent our general membership and are excited to provide new regional engagement opportunities.
In addition to leading new regional activities, One Acadiana will continue to provide leadership and coordination for local business issues in Lafayette Parish. Local chambers in other Acadiana municipalities and parishes will continue to provide leadership over business issues in their areas, and One Acadiana will work together with them to help inform the planning and implementation of the new regional initiative.
We are humbled and thrilled by the tremendous support of our members, investors, and partners across the nine-parish area. We look forward to working with you to build a vibrant and prosperous future.
Chief Financial Officer
Jason El Koubi Zanco
President & CEO