Acadiana Briefs for October 3 | Business


The American Heart Association pays tribute to Acadians

Seven of the Acadian Ambulance service areas received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who have suffered severe heart attacks in 2020.

Acadian’s Houston service area received Silver Plus recognition.

Acadian capital (covering the parishes of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupée, Iberville, East Feliciana, Livingston and Ascension); Northeastern Louisiana (covering the parish of Ouachita); Southwest Louisiana (covering Calcasieu, Jeff Davis and Acadia parishes); Jackson County, Mississippi; The Southeast Texas and Central Texas service areas have each achieved Bronze Plus recognition.

“The Acadian Ambulance is dedicated to providing optimal care to patients with heart attacks, a commitment that has not wavered even in a year with a pandemic and multiple hurricanes,” said the doctor- Chief, Dr. Chuck Burnell. “It is an honor to continue to be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts through the Mission: Lifeline program.”

CVS Health to invest in housing in Opelousas

CVS Health will invest $ 25 million in affordable housing, including a planned 32-unit development at Opelousas.

The pharmaceutical company will build 224 affordable units in Louisiana for families and seniors as part of its commitment to tackle racial equity and underserved communities.

According to a recent report by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition in July, rent is out of reach for most low-wage workers in all states. In Louisiana, data compiled by the Louisiana Housing Corporation showed that 45% of renters spend more than 35% of their household income on rent, the fifth highest in the country.

It will work with Gulf Coast Housing Partnership to build the Country Ridge Estates, which will offer one, two and three bedroom apartments at a discounted rate, company officials said. More than 30% of housing will be reserved for single-parent families and people experiencing homelessness.

“Our investment in the Louisiana community will provide safe housing with direct access to care – a commitment that will have a direct impact on the Louisiana Medicaid community for years to come,” said Richard Born, CEO of Aetna Better Health of Louisiana.

The company will also partner with GCHP and a partner to build a 192-unit development in New Orleans on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard.

Registration open for the Lafayette Leadership class

Applications are accepted for the Lafayette 2022 XXXV Leadership class.

The program, which began in 1987, helped participants discover the history, critical challenges and current strengths of Lafayette Parish and consider the implications for the future while building relationships with intergenerational leaders and peers. . Topics include education, city and state government, economic development, arts and culture, health and wellness, and social services.

It is open to community leaders looking to broaden and further develop their leadership skills, explore different experiences and perspectives, and build relationships with others who are also engaged in their community. Applicants must be willing and able to commit to mandatory retirement and the time required to complete the program throughout 2022.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on November 19. To register, visit

3 certified Broussard sites

Three Broussard sites have been certified for economic development under the State’s certified sites program.

The sites, each over 30 acres, will bring the total to 21 certified Acadiana sites, said Troy Wayman, president and CEO of One Acadiana. The certification helps agencies connect businesses wishing to locate in Louisiana to find potential locations, resulting in job growth and investment in the region.

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The sites are:

  • Girouard Site, at US 90 and North Girouard Road, 31.42 acres
  • Martial Farms, along La. 182 just east of US Interchange 90, 32.55 acres
  • AC commercial site, on Ambassador Caffery Parkway just west of US 90, 44.94 acres.

“Having sites ready for development is essential to attracting business and expansion efforts to the parish of Lafayette,” said Greg Gothreaux, President and CEO of Lafayette Economic Development Authority. “The labeling of these sites places the city of Broussard in a position of reflection for a wider range of projects.

The Broussard Economic Development Corp., SLEMCO and One Acadiana worked to obtain certification for the Girouard and AC commercial sites, while Entergy worked with the BEDA and One Acadiana on the Martial Farms site.

The One Acadiana Site Development Program is designed to increase the region’s portfolio of marketable and development-ready sites by certifying land in the nine parish region.

LTA bus service starts for Amazon workers

A public bus service in Lafayette is available for employees to reach the Amazon distribution center in Carencro.

The Lafayette transit service began offering the service on Monday, extending its existing route that stopped in front of Lowe’s store on Gloria Switch Road to transport employees to and from the facility.

The extension of the route is made possible thanks to the coordination and cooperation between LTS, Carencro and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority.

The Amazon facility will have workers who will work days from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and nights from 6:30 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

Carencro town officials are in negotiations with LTS to fund a route through town and could have one by December, Mayor Glenn Brasseaux said. A route presented to city officials at a meeting earlier this year could point to Amazon and possibly Hector Connoly Road, then west into the city.

Amazon is expected to employ 500 people at its 1 million square foot facility, which is expected to be open by the end of the year.

The facility, the first of its kind in Louisiana, will be used to pick up, pack and ship bulky items such as patio furniture, outdoor equipment and rugs. It will cover at least 100 acres just north of Guidry Road.

Five businesses in downtown Opelousas win grants

Five businesses in downtown Opelousas will receive a total of $ 10,000 in grants for work related to building upgrades.

The city, along with the downtown development district of Opelousas and the main street of Opelousas, announced the recipients under the district-funded BIG program. The grant provides matching funds through reimbursement.

Recipients include:

  • Joaillerie Sébastien-Dupré, 822 S. Main St.
  • Wild Child Boutique, 123 W. Landry St.
  • Frank’s Po’boys, 603 E. Landry St.
  • Old Synagogue Temple Emanuel, 728 S. Main St.
  • La’Bellevue Petit Château, 122 E., Bellevue St.

Some of the work on this year’s project includes maintenance and repair of facades, such as installing gutters, repairing porches, painting, transferring historic tiles, and installing a patio awning.

“We are really excited about this program and how it will bring some relief to local businesses and property owners,” said Melanie LeBouef, Director of Opelousas Main Street. “This is also a victory for our city, as the total amount of investment for all grant projects is just over $ 100,000. “

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