Rayne, Church Point waiting for approval of new cultural districts

Posted at 4:56 PM, Apr 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-16 17:56:26-04

New Cultural districts for the City of Rayne and the Town of Church Point are one step closer to approval. 

According to OneAcadia President and CEO Laurie Suire, the Acadia Parish Police Jury has moved forward on the creation of these cultural districts in the parish.  

The police jury’s approval was necessary because the cultural districts extend beyond the municipal boundaries of both Rayne and Church Point. Rayne and Church Point have approved the creation of their cultural districts creations. The applications for these two districts must still have state approval before they can be acted upon. 

If approved, according to the Office of Culture Development,  the Cultural Districts program was put in place in 2007 to spark community revitalization based on cultural activity through tax incentives.

"I am inspired every day by the people that are in the communities of Acadia parish.  The residents that love the place that they are and really want to be part of progress and celebration. It’s really remarkable to see people latching on to this cultural district and doing what they can to have their own," said Suire

For more on the program’s incentives and qualifications need to become a cultural district, click here.