More evidence that Lafayette will continue to ward off the bad economy still plaguing much of the nation: The Hub City comes in at No. 8 on Forbes Magazine’s list of the 10 best cities for new jobs.
To arrive at its list, Forbes enlisted Manpower, an employment services company, to survey 28,000 employers in the nation’s 201 metropolitan statistical areas as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. Manpower measured the percentage of companies that expect to hire in the fourth quarter of 2009 as well as those that expect to fire workers to arrive at a net employment outlook. In Lafayette’s case, 16 percent of employers expect to hire new workers in the last three months of ’09 versus 9 percent that anticipate layoffs, giving Lafayette a net employment outlook of +9 percent.
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.