Upper Lafayette On the MOve Letter from Jan Swift, Executive Director Upper Lafayette Awards LYS Scholarships A key area of focus for Upper Lafayette is to improve the educational climate for all of our students. We also believe that encouraging leadership qualities in our youth is an avenue to future success by enabling them to see the unlimited possibilities for their life potential.
Upcoming Events July 17, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. Oakbourne Country Club “What’s Up with Downtown?” Nathan Norris
Jan Swift Executive Director
One way in which we have chosen to further this goal is to underwrite $1,000 in scholarships to enable deserving students at Carencro High and Northside High Schools to participate in the Louisiana Youth Seminar this summer at LSU. Working with recommendations made by counselors Joey Mouton (Carencro High) and Winkie Roth (Northside High), several students were selected for this summer’s LYS July session.
Louisiana Youth Seminar is held every July for juniors and seniors throughout Louisiana. Students participate in many activities which focus on leadership skills, such as effective communication skills, setting and achieving goals, team building, understanding and accepting others, developing self-confidence, conducting effective meetings, and problem solving skills. For more information visit http://louisianayouthseminar.org Congratulations to Celeste Goudeau, Northside High, and Carencro High Students Tyler Gaspard, Lacy Ireland, Caitlin Smith and Harold Williams. Best wishes from Upper Lafayette!
ULEDF Board of Directors & Staff David Welch, Pres. Cherie Hebert, Vice Pres. Todd Citron, Sec./Treasurer Amos Batiste Adrian Baudoin Julie Dronet Don Dupuis Ed Krampe Donna Landry Kirk LaCour Beau Phares Dwight “Bo” Ramsay Herbert Schilling Bryan Tabor Jerry Vascocu Monty Warren Jan Swift, Director
Edward J. Krampe Honored as Business Laureate by Junior Achievement Edward J. Krampe, founder of McDonald’s of Acadiana, was honored as a Business Laureate for outstanding lifetime achievement at the Junior Achievement of Acadiana’s annual Business Hall of Fame gala on May 7, 2013. Quality and winning service are what we have come to expect from McDonald’s of Acadiana and the related companies which have been created since Ed opened his first McDonald’s on Evangeline Thruway in 1972. Involving all five of his children in the family business, the Krampes currently operate 22 McDonald’s restaurants throughout Acadiana, employing 1,200 area residents. Over the years, more than 70,000 Acadiana residents have been employed by McDonald’s of Acadiana at one time or another. Ed realized early on that it takes great people to build a great organization. Commitment to people is a hallmark of both Ed Krampe and McDonald’s of Acadiana.
Ed Krampe accepting the Laureate Award
Upper Lafayette proudly salutes Ed Krampe for this prestigious recognition as the best of the best in our community!
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Focus on Rotary Club of Lafayette North By Donna Landry, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center
Donna Landry recognized at Rotary North District Conference
Somewhere, across the world today, there’s a group of men and women gathered in a “peace hut” to teach young people how to peacefully resolve disputes. In another locale, volunteers are immunizing children against the ravages of polio. Across the country, a reforestation effort continues. On the other side of the state, supporting Louisiana’s oldest public high school, damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Across town, collecting supplies for the homeless, the battered, the illiterate or otherwise needy ... teaching kids to make good choices and stay in school ... supporting Faith House, the Horse Farm, Cite des Arts, St. Joseph’s Shelter for Men, Special Olympics … Project Graduation...Festival International … and in Upper Lafayette, all of that and more. Even helping fund a school and a refugee camp in Liberia.
It’s what we do in the Rotary Club of Lafayette North and in and with Rotary Clubs worldwide, convinced that the way to change the world starts with community service and, that, with a commitment to Service Above Self. If it sounds lofty, consider stopping in at the Holiday Inn off of Evangeline Thruway any Tuesday over the noon hour. You’ll find a weekly business meeting of probably no more than 15-20 professionals enjoying lunch and fellowship, hearing of some community effort and figuring out how to best use our skills and resources to help others, or learn new skills ourselves. The club was founded in 1984 along four “avenues of service” common among all 34,000 Rotary Clubs and 1.2 million members worldwide: Community Service, International Service, Vocational Service and Club Service. In more recent times, there’s a fifth focus called New Generations. It’s those anchors that have us sponsoring youth groups, activities and/or scholarships at Carencro, Northside and Teurlings High Schools, Sts. Leo-Seton and Carencro Catholic, ULL, the South Louisiana Communty College, and programs called Interact, Early Act, CHOICES and RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award), in addition to sending and hosting high school and college students for study years abroad. We participate in blood drives, food drives, book drives, sock, coat and blanket drives for the homeless, pajama and supply drives for Faith House, trash and park cleanups, support of TRAIL, of the Sugarman Triathlon, and more. Check out our club website at www.lafayetterotarynorth.org; our District website at www.rotary6200.org, for more on clubs throughout Lafayette and south and central Louisiana; or our international website at www.rotary.org. Donna Landry, Vice President of Corporate Development at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, serves on Upper Lafayette’s board of directors. She is long term resident of Lafayette North, past President of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and Rotary North, and has chaired Capital Campaigns for United Way, Sts. Leo Seton Elementary and St. Elizabeth Seton Church. We are grateful for Donna’s commitment to making our community the best it can be.
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May Meeting Recap: Dr. Natalie Harder, Chancellor of SLCC An overflowing crowd filled the auditorium at the beautiful campus of the South Louisiana Community College for Upper Lafayette’s May 15th member meeting. Addressing the crowd was Dr. Natalie Harder, SLCC’s Chancellor and head of Louisiana’s 4th largest Community College system.
Dr. Natalie Harder, Chancellor of SLCC
Dr. Harder is a passionate advocate for two year Associates Degrees offered by community colleges. She shared compelling evidence by comparing employment opportunities and salary levels of people who receive Associates Russell Richard, Dr. Natalie Harder, Degrees (2 year) versus the David Welch and Jan Swift traditional 4 year Bachelor’s Degrees. According to Department of Labor Statistics, graduates with a 2 year degree are more likely to obtain gainful employment in Louisiana in their chosen field and draw higher wages for these jobs. An example given by Dr. Harder was the stereotypical barista at Starbucks: many are graduates with a Liberal Arts four year degree unable to obtain jobs in their field.
SLCC continues to turn out highly trained RN’s, welders, auto mechanics and other skilled workers ready to meet the demands of today’s job market. Currently at capacity for healthcare slots, Dr. Harder indicated that there is a waiting list of 150 people for the RN program, predicted to be the #1 job needed in Louisiana in 2014.
Jan Swift, with Katy Matirne and Arlene LeBlanc of Advancial
The Early College Academy at SLCC is the only program of its type in Louisiana and offers students the opportunity to dual enroll in community college courses while in high school. The students take David Welch, Stone Energy courses from noon to 6:30 p.m. every day at SLCC, and ULEDF Board President graduate from High School with a 2 year Associate’s degree. SLCC hopes to reach a maximum of 1000 duel enrollment students, which would allow 225 per year to graduate and save about $1.5 million per year in tuition fees. For more information on the affordable options offered by SLCC, please visit www.southlouisiana.edu. Special Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors AT& T and Advancial, as well as our in-kind sponsors McDonald’s of Acadiana, Schilling Distribuing, SLCC and Social!
Scott Domingue, Jan Swift, Kirk LaCour, Monty Warren, Ken Kastner
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May Meeting Recap
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Spotlight on New Member: Breaux’s Mart Breaux’s Mart was opened in 1959 by Wallace Breaux and his father “Mac,” and was originally known as “Minute Mart.”With the name changed to Breaux’s Mart in 1980, the business has been continually operated for 53 successful years. Traditional values are the hallmark of Breaux’s Mart’s service. With the retirement of Wallace Breaux five years ago, his son Karl Breaux is Breaux’s Mart’s popular manager, who knows his customers personally and goes out of his way to please at all times. His brother, Wally, is the meat department manager, and the reason for the outstanding success of this department. Brother Phil also works at the store from 3 to 11 each day. The grandchildren now work at Breaux’s.
Karl Breaux Breaux’s Mart
With 60 employees, 20 to 25 are the average number of student workers employed. Each youth must maintain a 2.75 GPA, which is strictly enforced. The kids work their way through the Three generations of Breaux’s from left: Phillip, Wallace, ranks, eventually becoming cashiers when they turn 18. They are empowered Wally, Glenn, Karl, and, front: Chase and Chet Breaux. to learn business while working their way through school and through the Photo taken 1992. ranks of the store. Breaux’s morning work crew consists of the “widows,” whom Karl Breaux speaks of fondly, for their commitment to work excellence and the good feeling the store has. Cajun Karl Breaux is well known throughout Acadiana and beyond. The author of two cook books, Cooking in Cajun Country, and Cajun Karl’s Cook’n Adventures, he also had his popular cooking show on television for 7 years. He spends a great deal of time at his beloved farm on Sawmill Highway in Breaux Bridge where he raises 70 goats (Karl is called “Shepherd” by many), as well as chickens, ducks, rabbits, horses and turkeys. He even makes quill pens which he enjoys using as he is a writer too. Who can imagine a drive down Moss Street without seeing this business icon? Thanks to Breaux’s Mart for 53 years of tremendous service and dedication to it customers. Upper Lafayette is proud to welcome Breaux’s Mart as our newest member!
C. Paul Hilliard Honored as Louisiana Legend by LPB The Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge served as a beautiful setting for Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s (LPB) 23rd Annual Louisiana Legends Gala on May 9, 2013. Honoring “Louisiana’s sons and daughters who have made our state proud,” the gala serves as a fundraiser for Friends of LPB with proceeds going to support the quality programming and educational services provided by LPB C. Paul Hilliard, CEO of Badger Oil Corporation, was one of five recipients of this highly regarded award bestowed upon outstanding Louisianans who have distinguished themselves in a variety of disciplines. Paul’s fellow Louisiana Legends honored this year included Honorable Kitty Kimball (retired Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice), Ellis Marsalis (jazz artist), Glen Post (CEO of CenturyLink) and O. Delton Harrison (arts patron). Each honoree shared heartfelt words of gratitude and a love for what their life work meant to them. But only Paul Hilliard showcased his self-effacing wit for which he is so well-known and admired, and which brought roars of laughter from the appreciative crowd there to celebrate these five legends. C. Paul Hilliard, CEO Badger Oil Corporation
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The evening was truly an occasion to celebrate the lives of Louisiana’s most influential, visionary and successful citizens. Upper Lafayette proudly salutes C. Paul Hilliard for being selected as a Louisiana Legend!
Stone Energy Corporation’s Rig to Reef Program to Create Habitat If you have the pleasure of taking a fishing trip into the Gulf of Mexico, in all likelihood you or your guide will head to one of the 4000 oil and gas platforms that exist off of the Louisiana coast. The reason is that the platforms constructed, installed and maintained by the energy industry to produce oil and natural gas form the largest artificial reef complex in the world. As you can see from these pictures, these reef complexes are not only beautiful, they also form ecosystems where there otherwise would be none. Scientists have estimated that the average offshore platform attracts about 30,000 fish and 5 million invertebrates such as sponges, crabs and anemones. Thanks to a joint effort among the State of Louisiana’s Wildlife and Fisheries Department, the United States Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BESE) and offshore energy companies, such as Lafayette’s Stone Energy Corporation, many of these reefs will now be preserved even after the energy companies no longer need them for oil and gas production activities. In this outstanding joint program, the energy companies remove all of the depleted wells and typically the top deck, cut off the portion of the platform that could potentially interfere with navigation and drop the upper portion of the platform next to the lower portion which stays in place or tow the platform to an approved reef site. The energy companies then donate the platforms to the State of Louisiana who receives about half of any savings achieved by the energy company in not having to pick up the platform and take it to shore. The state receives the money and the platform and assumes any future liability which is minimal. BESE approves all applications that meet conservation, navigation and other safety criteria and grants the necessary permits once the state also approves the producer’s application. It is estimated that between 15 to 50 percent of the platforms in the Gulf of Mexico could be excellent candidates for this program that is endorsed by fishermen, the energy industry, the State of Louisiana and the U.S. Department of Interior. This will continue to make a huge positive difference to the environment in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Upper Lafayette On the Move Guest: Kevin Blanchard Kevin Blanchard was a recent guest on Upper Lafayette’s TV show, discussing with Jan Swift the need for our community to plan for our future. Lafayette Parish is projected to have 90,000 more residents by 2030. How is this growth going to be accommodated? Supporting development in undeveloped areas strains our parish’s budget. The old farm roads were not designed to move heavy traffic loads, much less walkers or bikers. Yet, while the need for public infrastructure is greatest in the unincorporated areas, there are relatively few public funds to spend there. The comprehensive plan offers a way out of this fiscally irresponsible cycle, by providing land use options that focus new development in areas where adequate public infrastructure is already in place, or provides taxpayers a better return on investment. The most expensive, fiscally irresponsible option is to continue the status quo of no plan.
Kevin Blanchard Onebane Law Firm
Our food, our music, and our culture are unique and attractive. But festivals and fais do-dos can only go so far. We have neglected our public infrastructure for so long that its negative effect threatens to overwhelm our way of life. The average commute time to work in Lafayette is 20.4 minutes — the same as Baton Rouge. Our major thoroughfares (Johnston St., Ambassador Caffery Pkwy., Verot School Rd., Pinhook Rd, U.S. 90, and Kaliste Saloom Rd.) have all been rated an “F” when it comes to traffic congestion. But if you hate sitting in traffic, there are not many alternatives. Only 30 percent of our road miles have sidewalks — and those are crumbling. Outside of downtown and River Ranch, our roads are not welcoming to pedestrians and bicyclists.
Lafayette has only 8 acres of park space for every 1,000 residents, far below the national average. Baton Rouge spends twice as much as us, per capita, on parks. Raleigh, N.C., one of the nation’s leaders in the quality of life race, spends three times more than us. And public buildings, like the parish courthouse, are unsightly, unsafe and under-funded. The comprehensive plan presents an opportunity. We can make public spaces that are more livable, walkable, and well-designed. With the right plan and priorities, our “place” can one day be as attractive as our way of life. The comprehensive plan is how we will finally address many of these issues — and that is why public input is so critical at this point in time. It is not too late to participate! You may read about the work being undertaken to develop the plan and vote online at http://www.lafayettela.gov/ComprehensivePlan/ ThePlan.asp
Jan Swift interviewing Kevin Blanchard on Upper Lafayette on the Move
Kevin Blanchard is an attorney at Onebane Law Firm in Lafayette and chair of the Comprehensive Plan Citizens’ Advisory Committee. Before law school, he spent nearly 10 years as a reporter in the Baton Rouge Advocate’s Acadiana bureau, covering Lafayette government and politics. Special thanks to Kevin and the Independent Weekly for content contained herein.
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Gregg Gothreaux Delivers Good News for Lafayette Parish At ABiz’s 2013 State of the Economy Luncheon, Gregg Gothreaux delivered news that 2012 was a banner year for Lafayette. Not only did Lafayette retailers reach an all-time high of $5.7 billion in sales in 2012, but Lafayette’s unemployment rate dropped below 4% for the first time since 2009. On the Milken Institute’s Best Performing Cities Index, Lafayette jumped 69 spots to number 24 out of the nation’s 200 largest metro areas. Lafayette ranked first for current job growth and second for five-year wage growth in the index. All of this good news is reflected in the Lafayette Economic Performance Index which continues to paint a picture of a community that is thriving. How is the local economy?” In two words-- still vibrant. As a community we’ve managed to harness the wildcatter mentality, creative culture and entrepreneurial spirit that the region is known for. It’s what got us to where we are today and it’s what will propel us into a successful future. The Lafayette Economic Performance Index tracks the pulse of the local economy. Like any index, its function combines multiple data points and creates a single score that can be compared over time. This particular index tracks 15 individual Gregg Gothreaux, President and CEO, LEDA local statistics, but together they illustrate a unified story about how the Lafayette economy is performing. The index is most accurate reflection of the economy, because it is seasonally and inflation adjusted, meaning movement in the index is based on actual changes in the economy. In December 2012, the Index totaled 122.54, up 5.93 points from December 2011. Although the index dipped 1.4% from November to December, it outperformed the 12-month moving average for the entirety of 2012. Since February 2011 the Index has beaten the 12-month moving average every month but one. When the Index is consistently above or below this average, it is a signal that the economy is headed in a particular direction. When the Index is steadily above the 12-month moving average, as it is now, it signals an upward turn in the economy. Gregg Gothreaux is President and CEO of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority. We thank Gregg and Stacey Strodtman Zawacki, Director of Communications and Public Relations for LEDA, for the content contained herein, as well as for all the support LEDA provides Upper Lafayette!
Inspiration of the Month: Steve Jobs Steve Jobs said in his exquisite commencement speech given at Stanford University in 2005: “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything - all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart…..” “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”
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Acadian Ambulance’s 13th Annual “Be a Heartstarter” Event Be a Heartstarter is an annual event that was founded to provide the public with hands on training that includes bystander CPR of an infant, child, and adult as well as what to do when faced with someone who is choking. Now in its 13th year, Be a Heartstarter has become a tradition that attracts all ages and demographics who take part in an interactive instructor lead course that has dramatically increased cardiac arrest survival rates by empowering the public to not only notice that an emergency is taking place, but to act swiftly by performing CPR while having someone call 911. More than 300 volunteers showed up this year comprised of various components of the local Heart Starters in Action community. The Lafayette Fire Department, Lafayette General Medical Center, Acadian Ambulance, and the National EMS Academy were but a few of the organizations that provided manpower, equipment, and expertise along with numerous other sponsors whose constant support has allowed this event to continue to be a success.
Dr. Charles Wyatt
Since its inception, Heartstarter has trained a minimum of a thousand bystanders each year which has brought the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest to as high as 30%. This is shocking contrast from the 1% survival rate that existed prior to the event taking place. Dr. Charles Wyatt announced this proudly to yet another large crowd on May 4th of this year, who then heard heartfelt testimonies of thanks from local survivors who were alive today because of this training. After hearing these powerful stories of second chances, participants eagerly took their places to complete the hands on portion that consisted of live demonstration of each skill that they would then practice. To help participants stay on track with the American Heart Association standard 100 chest compressions per minute, songs such as “Staying Alive” were played during the skills portion of the event. Since these songs were written at 100 beats per minute everyone listening could use this as a guide when performing chest compressions. In a few short hours another Heartstarter added more to their ranks with the goal of improving survival rates to greater than 30% next year.
Junior Achievement Honors Upper Lafayette Members! Upper Lafayette members honored at Junior Achievement of Acadiana’s annual Business Hall of Fame gala on May 7, 2013 gala included Coldwell Banker Pelican Real Estate Commercial Realtor Flo Meadows for Business Person of the Year and Excelerant for Small Business of the Year. Upper Lafayette salutes these outstanding members for this prestigious recognition as the best of the best in our community!
Pictured at left are Excelerant’s Christina Harper, Elise Bouchner, Jill Meaux, Phyllis Arceneaux and Jennifer Adcock, with Karmen Blanco of Cox. Pictured at right are Flo Meadows, Coldwell BankerPelican Real Estate, with Karen J. Lincoln of the Daily Advertiser.
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July Membership Meeting: “What’s Up With Downtown?” Please mark your calendar for our July 17 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. meeting to be held at Oakbourne Country Club where Upper Lafayette will focus on new developments in the downtown area. Our guest speaker, Nathan Norris, Director of the Downtown Development Authority, will address the latest news on “What’s Up with Downtown?” We are also honored to welcome Michele Ezell, owner of Tsunami and the Buchanan Lofts, as well as E.J. Krampe of Place de Lafayette, to our panel discussion. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased online at http://www.upperlafayette.com/events/whats-downtown or by mailing payment to ULEDF, P. O. Box 53107, Lafayette LA 70505. Call us at (337)769-7649 with any questions you may have. We are grateful to acknowledge our Presenting Sponsor, Fly Lafayette Club, and our Supporting Sponsor, Place de Lafayette, for their generosity in making this event possible!
Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation Mission Statement “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.”
For membership information or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jan Swift at firstname.lastname@example.org or 337-769-7649
Special Thanks to Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation Supporters Platinum Members
Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc. Acadiana Computer Systems, Inc. Aries Marine Corporation ASH/Badger Oil Company Couret Farms Cox Communications Delta Media Home Furniture Hub City Ford IberiaBank Lafayette General Medical Center McDonald’s of Acadiana MidSouth Bank Our Lady of Lourdes Republic National Distributing Company Schilling Distributing Company Stone Energy Corporation Whitney National Bank
Acadiana Rubber & Gasket Atmos Energy Beau Box Commercial Real Estate Dupre’ Logistics, LLC Fenstermaker & Associates Home Bank Honda of Lafayette Omni Energy Services Pixus Digital Printing The Southwest Group Tobacco Free Living
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Ace Plumbing, Inc. BBR Creative Coburn’s Edward Jones/Bob Crist Excelerant Guidry’s Uniforms Master Builders & Specialists, Inc. Oakbourne Country Club Opelousas General Health System Rader Solutions Shelf Energy, LLC SLEMCO Stella Maris Stirling Properties
Bronze Members Acadiana C.A.R.E.S. Acadiana Symphony Orchestra Advancial Federal Credit Union Aspen Clinic Associated Travel Jean C. Breaux, Jr. & Associates Breaux’s Mart Bridge Ministry of Acadiana, Inc. Community Foundation of Acadiana Crawdaddy’s On-Site Catering Dale Carnegie-The Winner Institute Derek Development Corp., LLC Joey Durel Lynn Guidry, Architect John Paul The Great Academy Jolie’s Louisiana Bistro Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic Lee Verret/State Farm Insurance Agency
Lowry’s Printing and Copying Flo Meadows, Coldwell Banker Melancon I-49 Storage Center Petroleum Club Ron J. Gaubert Realtors W. W. Rucks, III Schools of the Sacred Heart Second Harvest Food Bank Sylvan Learning Center Dr. Brent Jason Toups, LLC Terry J. Rogers, Ltd. WorldPay
IberiaBank Lafayette Airport Commission LEDA Schilling Distributing Company Stone Energy GOLD AT&T Beau Box Commercial Real Estate Hub City Ford LOGA Place de Lafayette Tobacco Free Living SILVER Acadian Companies Advancial Federal Credit Union McDonald’s of Acadiana BRONZE City of Carencro City of Scott Scott Police Department