Eunice Economic Development Board

Board meets on the first and third Thursday of each month.

The Eunice Economic Development Board was created in November 2007 by city appointment. The original board consisted of 12 members. The original members included: Anthony Baltakis, Clifton Clause, Andre Soileau, David Lance Pitre, Margaretta Frey, LeeEdwards, Johnny Reed, David Papillion, Fred Landry, John Guillory, James Bergeron, Jr., and Tom Dischler.


Created and presented an economic devolopment plan before the mayor and city council seeking the city's directive as to which aspects of the plan needed attention.


Since inception, it has been the goal of the board, with the assistance of the City and the Chamber of Commerce, to promote our City for economic growth and to retain the wonderful businesses that have made Eunice home. This goal is to be acheived while keeping in mind our desire to maintain our unique identity as a superb small town in Acadiana.

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  • Timeline PhotosThe 30th Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook Off winners: (Cooking Division): Club/Organization: 3rd Place- Progressive Tractor 2nd Place- St. Landry Homestead 1st Place- Rotary Club of Eunice Amateur: 3rd Place- Devillier House Movers 2nd Place- The Eunice News 1st Place- Double Action Sports Professional: 2nd Place- Cleco 1st Place- LAS Fire & Safety People's Choice Award: Charles Jagneaux, Clerk of Court — with Graham Hillman and 3 others at Northwest Community Center.

  • 30th Annual World Championship Crawfish Etouffee Cook Off2015

  • Timeline PhotosIn honor of the founders of the Crawfish Cookoff, here is a picture from the 1980s [possible the inaugural year]. Feel free to name the peeps, I know that Joann Derouen is center and Lois Miller is to far right. Marthe Guemple (sp?) is second from left.

  • Parish development paired with regional approach By Harlan Kirgan harlan.kirgan @eunicetoday.com OPELOUSAS — The newly-formed One Acadiana was greeted as another development path for St. Landry Parish at a meeting of the St. Landry Parish Economic Development District Tuesday. Bill Rodier, the district’s executive director, said, “This is a collaborative effort. This isn’t an adversarial type of situation.” Jim Bourgeois, recently named executive director of business development at One Acadiana, and Rebecca Shirley, director of Acadiana Economic Development Council, spoke during the district’s board meeting in Opelousas. One Acadiana will support local economic developers such as Rodier, Bourgeois said. “It is going to work with Bill to identify what is it that we can add more resources to,” he said. “The business community in Acadiana has come together to recognize the importance of all the regions being able to get their fair share of the pie,” Bourgeois said. “We are really going to get together with them to identify the assets, identify the opportunities, identify the weaknesses and see what we can to improve the situations. We are going to continue the great work that AEDC has done marketing the region on the national and international level.” One Acadiana was formed from the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and announced in February as an umbrella agency to lead economic development in nine parishes. The regional includes the parishes of Lafayette, Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion. Existing business, economic development and chamber of commerce organizations will continue to work independently, but most have indicated they will work with One Acadiana. Also announced in February was that a fundraising effort met a goal of $15 million to operate One Acadiana for five years. Jason El Koubi is the president and chief executive of One Acadiana. Bourgeois is the first business development professional hired by One Acadiana. “We are really going to build the program from the ground up,” he said. Shirley praised the St. Landry Parish economic development effort. “People around the region are talking about the great things happening in St. Landry Parish,” she said. “The exciting thing about One Acadiana coming about is to have this full-force staff where previously you had two people doing marketing, recruitment, business retention visits, site development and that whole host of things,” Shirley said. “Now, it is going to be a much larger better funded team to be able to do so much in the region.” Outside the meeting, Bourgeois said completion of Interstate 49 is One Acadiana’s top transportation priority. Shirley said, “We can make it all day, but we have to take it where it is going to be sold. That’s what is key for us.” One of the U.S. 90 choke points is the Lafayette area. “The competition we have to deal with nationally may not have a Highway 90 going through Lafayette with multiple traffic lights,” she said. Patterson to Morgan City on U.S. 90 also needs to be upgraded, she said. Other business included announcing a March 31 deadline for applications and nominees to the Crowne Parc Joint Commission, a development off I-49 at the Harry Guilbeau exit. There are seven commission seats open. Three are to be appointed by the mayor of Opelouas, two by the St. Landry Parish president and two by the St. Landry Parish Council. “No matter what happens in this district it is going to affect all of St. Landry Parish and north Acadiana,” Rodier said. Applications are available at www.opportunitystlandry.com.St. Landry Parish Economic Developmentwww.opportunitystlandry.comwww.opportunitystlandry.com

  • City panel moving toward master plan EUNICE, LA. -- The Eunice Board of Aldermen by April may have a contract before them that would launch an 18-month process and provide a map to the city’s development. The Eunice Economic Development Committee, a volunteer group of citizens, were presented a proposed agreement for the city with South Central Planning and Development Commission. Mayor Rusty Moody, said, “I think it is needed if are going to continue to grow. Eunice already has a lot of positive things going for it. I think this would just put the icing on the -- matter of fact it would put another layer on the cake and the icing to boot. It is needed. We are sort of like the flag flopping in the wind.” Don Reber, chairman of the committee, presented the proposed agreement, which outlines the process for developing a comprehensive plan. The plan would include infrastructure, public safety, utilities, neighborhoods and business development. “All of this stuff needs to be tempered with the $85 billion and growing that is being invested in southwest Louisiana and down the Mississippi River,” he said. Other factors for consideration include the completion of Interstate 49 from Lafayette to New Orleans and changes of La. 13. Reber stressed it is a plan that will, in part, spring from citizens. “It really needs to be a plan put together by the citizens in the city of Eunice and community of Eunice, which would go beyond the city limits,” Reber said. The proposed agreement has a $95,000 price tag, but that would be spread over the 18-month production period. Reber said a steering committee of up to 18 months would be needed for the project. Bill Rodier, executive director of St. Landry Parish Economic Development, said Sunset is paying $225,000 for a master plan, but he said South Central Planning and Development is hungry for success stories. “I feel like the timing is really good,” he said of Eunice’s effort. “In a year or two they may not need this win.” Rodier cautioned, “One of the ironies in economic development is everybody wants growth and everybody wants progress, and everybody wants jobs, but only as long as there is no impact to them.” Rodier said one focus of the newly formed One Acadiana, a regional chamber of commerce, is to push for shovel-ready, certified development site. Some sites have been identified, including in Eunice, and the state has money to pay for certification work, he said nclude Reber, Celeste Gomez, David Pulling, Francine Hughes, Dr. J. D. Miller, Kenneth Elliott, Lance Pitre, Launey Griffith, Lloyd Antoine, Missy Grimmett and Tony Baltakis. Courtesy Eunice News

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  • http://www.folkstreams.net/film,168Dance for a Chickenwww.folkstreams.netThis award-winning film brims over with stunning images of carnival play and a rich soundtrack of hot Cajun music. Cajun filmmaker Pat Mire gives us an inside look at the colorful, rural Cajun Mardi Gras.

  • A state review of 2014.LED Highlights Economic Momentum For Louisiana In 2014www.opportunitylouisiana.comBATON ROUGE, La. — Today, Louisiana Economic Development released a report with selected economic highlights for calendar year 2014.

  • Timeline PhotosJust in time for Thanksgiving and family gatherings. Top 10 reasons to come back home to Louisiana. Do you agree? #comehomela http://www.comehomelouisiana.com/

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