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Volume 12

November 2009


Upcoming Events Meetings for 2010 January 13, noon March 17, noon May 19, noon July 21, noon September 15, noon November 17, noon


For many of us, working out is not at the top of our priority list. Well, now there are no more legitimate excuses to laze around! With the opening of Upper Lafayette‟s newest upscale workout facility, exercise is truly something to look forward to and treasure. Anytime Fitness of Upper Lafayette officially opened its doors October 19, 2009. Conveniently located at 1915 Moss Street (near the former Northgate Cinema), the facility boasts high-quality fitness equipment which includes state-of-the-art Precor machines and 10 treadmills outfitted with televisions. Offering an inviting, serene setting with lovely stained concrete floors, this new club is definitely impressive.

Owner Bobby Hines and Manager Luke Andrus

Anytime Fitness is an international chain of fitness clubs with approximately 2000 locations worldwide. Open 24/7, a membership affords access to any of the clubs throughout the world, which includes another location right here in Lafayette! Members are given a security key which allows them to work out at a time convenient to their needs, no matter the hour or day. Owner Bobby Hines and Manager Luke Andrus are dedicated to helping people achieve their best level of fitness. Please check out this wonderful new addition to Upper Lafayette! ULEDF members enjoy a 10% discount off monthly membership dues. Bobby or Luke may be reached at (337)706-8385 or Please support this exciting new endeavor from one of our newest members. Best wishes from ULEDF to Bobby and Christina Hines for the best of success!

Letter from the President of ULEDF: Todd Citron, Hub City Ford

ULEDF Board of Directors & Staff Todd Citron, President Ed Krampe, V. President Adrian Baudoin, Sec/Treas. Herb Schilling, Past Pres. Mona Burris Don Dupuis Dr. Ross Judice John Milton Beau Phares Dwight “Bo” Ramsay Monty Warren Jan Swift, Director

I have learned that in life, as well as in business, that what you don't say is just as important as what you do say. Dale Carnegie teaches its students about the danger of the three C's. The three C's are never to Criticize, Complain, or Condemn. When Upper Lafayette began as an organization, there were other North Lafayette groups and individuals who did a lot of the three C's. Our group took the opposite approach and our goal was to make a positive impact on our community. We wanted to bury the past and look to the future with great hope, optimism, and enthusiasm. I challenge all of you to assist ULEDF in being the "best version of ourselves". What accomplishments would you like to see become a reality for Upper Lafayette? I know that I have not always given my best effort to create solutions to the many problems that we face. However, I believe that the members of the Upper Lafayette Foundation have done our community a great service in not criticizing, condemning, or complaining about the ways of the past. We can all do more. In the words of Mr. Carnegie, "If you can't sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It's the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep." *************************************************************************************** Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation is an association of proactive individuals and business leaders, joined together to be a catalyst for change. The Foundation’s mission is to enhance and direct the positive, planned growth of Upper Lafayette, focusing on quality of life, while participating in the overall development of the Greater Lafayette Metropolitan Area. Contact for more information.

UPPER LAFAYETTE ON THE MOVE…. APACHE CORPORATION AWARDS ULEDF 100 CREPE MYRTLES FOR I-10 PROJECT! Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation has been selected to receive 100 red and white crepe myrtles through a grant from the Apache Foundation, a non-profit group under the umbrella of Apache Corporation. The Apache Foundation Tree Program was launched by Apache Founder Raymond Plank in 2006 with the goal of planting 1 million trees in the communities in which Apache operates, which includes Lafayette Parish. “As a company that makes its living producing natural resources, Apache takes its responsibilities to the environment seriously by continually assessing the company‟s „footprint‟ on the planet and implementing appropriate actions to reduce that impact,” said Obie O‟Brien, director of Government Relations and Corporate Outreach. Planting trees is an effective way to better communities by reducing sound, producing oxygen, storing carbon, providing shade, reducing erosion, and increasing property values, O‟Brien explained. Through the program, the foundation purchases and donates native seedlings or young trees for beautification projects coordinated by counties, municipalities, schools, churches, parks or other non-profits. The organizations receiving the trees are responsible for planting and caring for the young trees after Apache has delivered them. “The mission of the Apache Foundation is to leave the world a better place – through scientific study, practical application of environmentally sound principles of land use, planning and tree-planting as a method of carbon sequestration, and other activities that will improve the human condition around the world, particularly in the areas in which Apache operates. As reported throughout the last year, ULEDF is working to revitalize the I-10/University Ave. exit. The success of this project would not be possible without the generosity of Apache Foundation. Please watch our progress as the trees are planted in early January 2010! Many thanks to Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel for passing along word of this program and Mr. Obie O‟Brien, Apache Corporation, for your support of our grant application.

LINC Designated Neighborhood No. 4 Holds Meeting at Dupuis Recreation Center Over 100 people filled the LINC Neighborhood Committee meeting led by Lafayette City-Parish Planning Manager Mike Hollier and staff on October 26, 2009. Residents were asked to identify what was important to them in their neighborhoods and surrounding areas: drainage, traffic congestion, etc. The government held the meeting to give concerned citizens an opportunity to participate in the plans for future development of their LINC Designated Neighborhood, which encompasses the Northeast Quadrant of I-10 and I-49 bordered by I-10, I-49, Bayou Vermilion and Gloria Switch Road. It is hoped that by involving residents as “Coterie and Neighborhood Advisors,” people with vested interests in how their neighborhood is maintained and developed will stay involved and ensure that sound decisions are made. Safety concerns for increased traffic as the area is developing was one of the most pressing topics raised. ULEDF‟s own Michelle Leder, who serves as a member of the Lafayette City-Parish Planning Commission, was present at the meeting to answer questions and share knowledge of the planning process. Interested persons wanting more information may call Cathie Gilbert at (337)291-8454 or

Special Thanks To Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation Members: PLATINUM



Acadian Ambulance Service Acadiana Computer Systems, Inc. Acadiana Rubber & Gasket Aries Marine Corporation ASH/Badger Oil Company Bizzuka Home Furniture Hub City Ford, Inc. IberiaBank McDonald‟s of Acadiana MidSouth Bank Our Lady of Lourdes Republic Beverage Company Schilling Distributing Company Stevens RV Center Whitney Bank

Atmos Energy Home Bank

Acadiana C.A.R.E.S Acadian Hills Country Club Joey Durel Horace Guidry Lafayette Convention & Visitors LeBlanc‟s Auto Wholesale/Richard LeBlanc Michelle Leder The Lolley Group Lowry‟s Printing and Copying Flo Meadows Melancon I-49 Storage Center Poche Prouet & Associates Ron J. Gaubert Realtors Ken Simeral SLEMCO Monty Warren/Valor Commercial Buddy Webb/Rayne State Bank

Volume 12

SILVER Accel Protection & Technologies Allstates Building Systems Anytime Fitness Aspen Clinic Associated Travel Group BBR Creative Hallmark Jewelers Dr. and Mrs. Don McConnell Stirling Properties Terry J. Rogers, LTD Walters Funeral Home

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