Starting June 23, five two-person teams will set off from New York City to visit six small towns out of the 30. These are the top six finalists but no one can know which towns nor the route the judges are taking, so when they will arrive in Lafayette (if at all) is anyone’s guess. The routes chosen are known only to the teams themselves and there isn’t any way of knowing when they will touch down in any town, including our own. In fact, the teams comprise people Rand McNally selected, just "everyday citizens" who get the chance to explore the country and win $10,000 at the end of the trip.
Teams arrive in Los Angeles July 15 to turn in which which town is the winner after careful decision. On July 22 Rand McNally and USA Today announce the top five winners at the Destination Marketing Associates International (DMAI) which this year is being held in New Orleans. This is also when the winning team, chosen by a panel of travel experts, is awarded.
What does this mean for Lafayette? More national exposure and a chance for the city to truly expand and take advantage of all opportunities afforded, including more jobs in every type of field. The more business of any ilk hear about Lafayette and Acadiana’s all around awesomeness, the more move in, and et cetera.
Go to Best of the Road here to vote for Lafayette or write a review, or simply to get more information. You can even get info on how to be part of the teams traveling the country next year.
Grads and gridiron fans gear up for game day and paint the town red
Jindal describes the privatization as a cost-cutting move to save the state more than $100 million this year, while improving services and medical training.
A Baton Rouge judge is reconsidering his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws.
Ambassador François Delattre will also receive an honorary doctorate of francophone studies at the commencement at the Cajundome.
During the past seven games, the Saints have forced two turnovers — a league low during that span. Now they're trying to figure out what has changed since their first seven games, when they forced 15 turnovers.
Choice cuts from Acadiana’s news media for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013:
For many fans, it was their third consecutive year participating in French Quarter parade.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 20, 2013:
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Jaryd Lane channels Bob Seger and his inner modern cowboy on ‘78.’
Lafayette Parish School Board member Greg Awbrey deserves an attaboy for his unexpected vote during Wednesday’s meeting approving a mediation session between the board and Superintendent Pat Cooper.
The cable television network's suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson from the hit reality show has drawn criticism from the governor of Robertson's home state.
The State Bond Commission gave preliminary approval to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection.
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has upheld a district court ruling out of Opelousas that could have wide-ranging effects on the tax burden of the Louisiana oil and gas industry.
Eat your way through New Orleans over the bowl weekend with this guide to local dining. Go hungry, leave satisfied.
The Pediatric Clinic is housed in the same location previously closed by state budget cuts in June 2012.
Chitimacha Tribe celebrates humble beginnings to becoming Louisiana's first land-based casino.
Lafayette businessman Mike Moreno’s Green Field Energy Services announced Tuesday a plan to sell the business and assets as part of its bankruptcy reorganization effort.
Three-term Louisiana senator facing tough re-election battle is next in line for Energy Committee chairmanship.