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OneAcadia Gets Regional Notice

Posted on: May 22nd, 2014 by Laurie Suire No Comments

Leaders of OneAcadia were extremely encouraged by the attendance of Wednesday’s OneCommittee Event held at “The Bank” in Rayne. Nearly forty members, potential members and leaders throughout Acadia and beyond were present at the gathering. The parish-wide business-alliance designed the event for all five committees of the organization to meet at the same time, but at individual tables. Participants got an overview of the focus for each group and then selected a committee on which to serve. After an hour of meeting roundtable-style the entire group reconvened for a briefing from each table. Specific goals and action plans for pro-business policies, education, and crime-enforcement were shared.

OneAcadia Interim Executive Director Laurie Suire felt the presence of three economic development agencies was among the event’s highlights.

Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jason El Koubi and Chairperson of the Board Julie Dronet were in attendance. The pair addressed OneCommittee attendees about their interest in the success of OneAcadia. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” said Dronet about the Lafayette Chamber’s vision of a “OneAcadiana Super Region.” El Koubi emphasized the theme of regionalism and offered to work “shoulder-to-shoulder” with OneAcadia on the journey to becoming a stronger, unified parish. Lafayette Economic Development Authority Director Gregg Gothreaux and Acadiana Economic Development Council Director Rebecca Shirley were also present to offer support and agency resources.

“Having their support puts some muscle behind our mission. They are very impressed with OneAcadia as it echoes their own vision, and they sincerely want to see and help us succeed,” says Suire.

Of OneCommitttee, Suire says the inaugural event surpassed expectations. “Each committee table was filled, some overflowing. Concerned residents and leaders in those areas alike sat side by side and shared honest dialogue about challenges and opportunities in the parish, and they began discussing ideas supported by concrete action.”

Chairman of the OneACadia Board Pat Bordes that appreciative for the community response. “We are very thankful to those who were able to join us or who reached out with a sincere interest to participate and support the initiative. It is only through the action of our membership that OneAcadia will accomplish meaningful achievements that impact us all,” says Bordes. “Talent abounds within our parish. Joining the forces of those talents and being an organization of action, OneAcadia can achieve remarkable things – one ‘win’ at a time.”

A focused marketing effort to increase OneAcadia membership was rolled out that includes four “get acquainted” socials in June and July. The organization’s next OneCOMMITTEE Event with be Thursday, June 26.

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OneAcadia to Hold First OneCOMMITTEE Event in Rayne

Posted on: May 16th, 2014 by Laurie Suire No Comments

The parish-wide business alliance OneAcadia has gone “live” opening for membership, launching a web page (with a full-service web site on the horizon), and hiring Interim Executive Director Laurie Suire. As a member-driven organization, OneAcadia depends on partners who share the vision of a vital region that attracts and retains industry and talent.

When becoming a partner or member of OneAcadia, applicants are asked to consider a committee of their choosing with which to work. Business Advocacy, Education, Economic Development, Quality of Life and Membership/Marketing are among those choices. Each committee is chaired by a OneAcadia Board member.

“Committees focused on high quality of life and a safe environment for residents who are educated and employable will have a remarkable effect on the future of Acadia Parish. Through committee service, members can directly impact the climate and culture of businesses and families here at home,” says Suire.

This Wednesday, May 21st OneAcadia members will have their first opportunity to be part of the action-oriented organization. The “OneCommittee” event is designed for members to come together for an overview then break into committees roundtable-style for an hour. The attendees will then reconvene for a briefing from each committee. “We want participants to be aware of the focus of each committee and to feel free to offer their ideas and resources to any project of interest to them,” says Board member Kim Bernard.

Suire shares that OneCommittee will be held from 4-6pm this Wednesday, May 21st at “The Bank” in Rayne (next to The Crossing at Mervine Kahn). In addition to its members, OneAcadia is extending an invitation to anyone interested in this parish-wide unified coalition to join the first meeting. “We want talent and leaders who represent the diversity of our parish and share a pro-business, solution-focused philosophy to ‘come to the table’ and partner with us to do great things for Acadia.”

To register or for more information on the event contact Laurie Suire at 337-789-5244 or email