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Lafayette Metro Region

Powerful Support Across Industries

Unhindered Access to Specialized Talent and World-Class Infrastructure

Consisting of six parishes (counties) and two major cities, Lafayette and New Iberia, the Lafayette Metro Region is ripe for economic opportunity.

With established regional infrastructure — like the Lafayette Regional Airport, Port of Iberia and major interstates I-10 and I-49 — and a large pool of 50-200+ acre industrial sites available for development, the groundwork has been laid for major operations. Like, this region’s booming food processing and metal production industries. Need talent? Lafayette has one of the largest talent pools in targeted industries such as engineering, computer & information sciences and manufacturing & production. Each year, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette graduates thousands of students in the state’s most targeted industries.

Fast Facts

Food For Thought

37 Median Age In the Lafayette Metro Region GIS Planning, 2022
13% Of U.S. Population Within an 8-hour Drive From the Lafayette Metro Region Newmark Report, 2022
Lafayette Metro Region

Your Power Source for Hardworking Talent

  • The Lafayette metro region has a median age of 37 with a workforce of 284,985. One quarter of the workforce in Lafayette Parish is employed in the manufacturing, energy, construction and information industries. And organizations like the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation help businesses acquire the talent they need through the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Incumbent Worker Training Program and customized training at colleges and universities.

  • As the premier economic development organization for the nine-parish region in South Louisiana, One Acadiana represents more than 600 businesses and assists them with development, strategy and growth. Whether in Iberia, Acadia, Lafayette, St. Martin or Vermilion, the agency helps companies of all sizes and varieties — from small or minority businesses looking for help managing their operations to longstanding enterprises seeking information about federal, state and regional resources.

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  • With the highest number of degrees earned in engineering and related technologies, and computer sciences and support, and as the second largest university in the state, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is one of the top higher education institutions in the Cleco service territory. South Louisiana Community College is also a strong source for companies on the lookout for manufacturing and production related talent and leads the entire Cleco service region for degrees in manufacturing & production related programs.

If you're looking for help, you're in luck.

Amy S. Thibodeaux

Economic Development Project Manager