MidSouth Bank and Dwight Andrus Insurance will once again join ABiz to produce the 9th annual Entrée to Business presentation, featuring Dr. Loren Scott and his economic forecast for Louisiana and Acadiana in 2013. Traditionally staged as a luncheon, a morning in the speaker’s tight schedule opened up, and ABiz publisher Cherry Fisher May says she seized the opportunity to turn Entrée into a breakfast event. “Contractually, Loren is committed to underwriters of the forecast to present his findings first in Baton Rouge each year with Lafayette slated later in the cue of presentations he makes around the state,” she explains. “The ink will barely be dry when we bring him to Lafayette on the morning of October 11.”
The popular professor emeritus of economics at LSU is known for interpreting complex data into useful, accessible numbers, and delivers his Louisiana Economic Outlook in Lafayette each fall as an ABiz exclusive. His analysis and projections provide local business leaders with valuable information as they adopt budgets and strategies for the upcoming year.
Dwight Andrus III, CEO of co-sponsor Andrus Insurance, says their company knows first-hand the importance of the presentation. “Year after year, Dr. Scott’s insight on Acadiana’s economy has been of great value to us and to our clients to help minimize some of the risk of doing business,” he says. “We hope that decision-makers across Acadiana will take advantage of the power of this information as they plan for the year ahead.”
MidSouth Bank’s first vice president of commercial lending, Kevin Latiolais agrees. “Insight into the local economy is critical for us as we work to help our customers understand where things are headed and to plan accordingly,” he says. MidSouth’s chief banking officer Troy Cloutier notes the depth of the research. “We particularly like that Scott’s model is supplemented with actual interviews with local executives to give him ear-to-the-ground intelligence,” he adds.
Supporting sponsors include Cane River Pecans, offering custom branded tins of the finest south Louisiana pecans for corporate giving, and The Acadiana Economic Development Council, comprised of economic development pros in Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, Iberia, Vermilion and Acadia parishes. A copy of Dr. Scott’s PowerPoint presentation will be posted on the ABiz website immediately following today’s luncheon, courtesy of Vidox Motion Imagery, the digital media sponsor.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, April 18, 2014:
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night’s contentious discussion over Northside High School’s teen mother program tops the list of dumb discussions.
C & C Technologies, HIT Fitness, R3 Sciences, the Acadiana Symphony Association and the United Way of Acadiana recognized for innovation.
“The accomplishment of this goal within the next ten years is not only critical for the region to effectively compete with other regions for residents and businesses, but also to provide an amenity for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy.”
Education Superintendent John White says a continued push to try to keep Louisiana from using tests associated with the Common Core education standards are creating "a state of chaos" for public school teachers.
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra has decided to end its traditional Independence Day spectacular known as Red White & Boom.
Under the deal, Teche shareholders would get 1.162 shares of IberiaBank for each share of Teche stock.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to use $210 million in surplus and one-time money to help balance next year's budget received the backing Thursday of the State Bond Commission, support that was needed for the maneuver to work.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish.
An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence.
Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce political meddling into state flood protection.
The must have pieces this season
Dave Perkins, LCG Comp Plan honored along with local architects and designers at the 2014 INDesign Awards
Greg Manuel’s Lafayette-based residential development company is taking advantage of exponential industrial growth in Lake Charles.
Longtime Lafayette retailer ventures online.
It’s not how aggressive or conservative you are — it’s planning for risk that matters most.
Thanks to cutting-edge digital technology, more and more consumers are banking on ATMs and mobile phones.
Regional bank bids farewell to Downtown May 30
ABiz takes a look back at the most noteworthy moments for the local banking industry over the last year.
Most experts say short-term interest rates will be unchanged through 2014, but long-term rates are inching up.
Largest recruitment event in Acadiana returns May 21 to the Cajundome Convention Center
A lawyer’s ad should only be a starting point, as there is much more to consider when seeking quality representation.
Thanks to the inaugural 2012 INNOV8, a design for lifting heavy objects was brought to market.
The annual juried competition recognizes excellence in architecture, interior design and historic preservation in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
Cypress Bayou GM hosts open house.
New hires, promotions, transfers in Acadiana business
The scion of a landmark Four Corners restaurant climbs back into Lafayette’s culinary scene as franchisee for a popular burger chain.
The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to help fund the construction of a new terminal at Lafayette Regional Airport.