Robideaux Report: Lafayette Mayor-President is looking to diversify Lafayette’s economy

Posted at 10:09 PM, Apr 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-12 23:09:43-04

In Thursday night’s Robideaux Report, he outlined a few ways to diversify the Lafayette economy.

People from across the parish packed the Heymann Center to listen to the state of Lafayette Parish.

Robideaux rolled out updates to plans in the city, llike the CREATE initiative, and announced new technology that can help citizens and better the government.

The biggest push from the mayor was making sure that Lafayette is a competitive place for technology and innovation.

"We have a top level university spitting out talented employees. We have this incredibly unique culture that people from all over the globe love or want to experience. We have the connectivity and infrastructure that businesses need to compete," he said in his speech.    

Robideaux even proposing Lafayette’s crypto-currency to help the parish grow.

"We should use that research to partner with innovation leaders nationally and worldwide to develop solutions targeting government inefficiencies," he said.

William Labar from CGI says the idea is exciting and is curious to see how the parish can capitalize on the initiative.

"I thought it was a really innovative idea that the mayor president is putting out there. And so I think there’s a lot of different ways that cities are engaging in this sort of technology. I’m not really sure exactly where he’s moving forward with this initiative but I’m excited to see where it’s going to go," said Labar.

"I envision that were going to continue down the entrepreneurial path because we’ve been given the foundation to lead," said Robideaux to the crowd.