Acadia Parish, LA – The Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce marks the week of May 9 to May 13, 2022, as the next Economic Development Week. During this week, communities across North America will celebrate and recognize the contributions made by professional economic developers to create more economically vibrant and livable communities.
Created in 2016 by International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the largest international professional trade association for economic developers, Economic Development Week aims to increase awareness for local programs that create jobs, advance career development opportunities, and improve the quality of life in communities everywhere.
“Economic developers play essential roles in promoting the economic health and vitality of their communities — a fact that has only been proven further by the events of the past two years,” says IEDC President & CEO Nathan Ohle. “The 2022 Economic Development Week will serve to recognize, honor and celebrate the ingenuity and leadership practitioners have shown in working to create a more equitable and prosperous future for everyone. I encourage everyone to begin planning their own celebrations that will lift up the important outcomes economic developers facilitate in their communities.”
The Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce (APCC) is a business-led, privately-funded organization serving Acadia Parish with the vision to make the parish one of the most sought-after places in the South for businesses and talent. As both a Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Organization, APCC has assumed the role of the Acadia Parish representative in the regional organization, One Acadiana, and serves as a point of contact for Louisiana Economic Development (LED). The Chamber works with LED for access to state programs and initiatives to assist in recruiting new businesses and helping existing ones flourish. Through its affiliation with One Acadiana, the Chamber has access to regional, parish and city level statistical data and information that are often sought by businesses.
APCC is a point of contact and information for business recruitment, retention and expansion above and beyond its membership. RFP’s from LED for business recruitment are also fielded by the Chamber office. Over the past 2 years, APCC has added two Louisiana Certified Sites to their available properties portfolio. One site, 536 acres, and another 18 acre tract, both along Interstate-10, position the community ahead of the rest when prospects are seeking land.
“Economic developers are catalysts. They are politically astute strategists who establish relationships, build networks and generate resources to meet the needs of landowners and entrepreneurs” says APCC President & CEO Megan Duhon. “As the leading economic development organization in Acadia Parish, It is our goal to increase economic viability in our community. We are thrilled to observe Economic Development Week alongside IEDC and celebrate the endless opportunities for growth here in Acadia Parish!”
About the Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce
Built on a strong history of passionate people doing passionate work, the Acadia Parish Chamber of Commerce exists to be a catalyst for business growth, a convener for leaders and influencers, and the champion for stronger communities. For 30 years, the chamber has been built by thoughtful, community minded leaders committed to economic development and improvement of business & life in Acadia Parish
About the International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,300 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. IEDC’s members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities and improve the quality of life in their regions.