Local business and community leaders discussed the economic forecast for Acadiana during a summit held today at the Picard Center in Lafayette.
The Advocate’s Acadiana Economic Outlook Summit roundtable discussion included representatives from different areas of the community and focused on issues expected to affect the region this year.
The meeting comes after The Advocate hosted a similar event in Baton Rouge last month that was well-attended.
“Part of our mission at The Advocate is to shed light on local issues and create dialogue in the communities we serve,” Advocate president Judi Terzotis said. “This forum is an excellent opportunity to do both. Our summit in Baton Rouge sold out, and we expect to do the same in Acadiana.”
Panelists were Bill Fenstermaker, chairman and CEO of Fenstermaker; Troy Wayman, president and CEO of One Acadiana; Flo Meadows, commercial Realtor with Latter and Blum; Joe Zanco, chief financial officer with Home Bank; Natalie Harder, chancellor of South Louisiana Community College; Matt Sias, owner of MSJ Insurance Agency; Gregg Gothreaux, president and CEO of Lafayette Economic Development Authority; Don Pierson, secretary for Louisiana Economic Development; Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana; Will LaBar, vice president of consulting services at CGI; David Callecod, president of Lafayette General Health; and University of Louisiana at Lafayette President Joe Savoie.
The goal of the summit was to provide information that gives business leaders and the public a big-picture understanding of the Acadiana economy.