34% Increase in Lafayette metro’s foreclosure rate in third quarter 2010 vs. third quarter 2009. Lafayette is one of four metros in state to experience a jump; New Orleans was highest, with a 56.4% increase. Baton Rouge had a 29.7% increase and Houma-Thibodaux had an 18.6% increase. Shreveport-Bossier was down 13.1%, and data was not released for Lake Charles, Monroe or Alexandria.
290 Number of Lafayette metro foreclosure actions in third quarter (one of every 388 properties)
$42 million Shortfall in funding formula for school districts, the result of the state budget underestimating the number of students attending public schools this school year. Lawmakers and the governor’s office will need to find the money before the fiscal year ends June 30.
9,000 Number of additional students who were in state public schools on Oct. 1 versus eight months earlier.
9 La.’s position in Site Selection magazine’s 2010 Top Business Climate Rankings, its highest ever
16 No. of spots Louisiana jumped in the rankings, the largest improvement of any state
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.