Scott, professor emeritus of economics at LSU and co-developer of the Louisiana econometric model — used to provide annual forecasts of the Louisiana economy — delivers his Economic Outlook report in Lafayette each fall as an ABiz exclusive. Scott provides analysis and data-driven projections catered specifically to this area — a valuable informational tool for local business leaders preparing budgets and strategies for next year.
A testament to the value of Scott’s insights for the local business community is the longtime commitment from co-sponsors Andrus Insurance and MidSouth Bank, as both companies have assisted ABiz in producing the annual event every year since its launch in 2003.
“Through the years, Dr. Scott’s in-depth assessment of Acadiana’s economy has become an invaluable tool for us, as well as clients who are looking to mitigate their business risks,” says Dwight
|Andrus Insurance's Dwight Andrus IV, Andy Andrus, David Andrus, Reed Andrus and Adam Andrus|
Andrus III, CEO of Andrus Insurance. “I would encourage all decision-makers in the Acadiana area to take advantage of his insight as they plan for the future of their business.”
Jennifer Fontenot, MidSouth Bank’s regional retail manager, says Scott’s prognostications help the bank’s customers decide whether the timing is right for a number of key decisions they make about their businesses, particularly whether they should invest in hiring and expansion. “Scott also interviews local execs from bellwether companies, and we’re always interested in hearing what these successful companies have planned and how they view the economy down the road,” Fontenot says.
“With every monthly update that comes out about how our economy is faring, whether it’s retail sales, home sales, rig counts, unemployment or the price of oil, people can get a general sense of the direction we’re moving in,” says Kevin Latiolais, regional president of MidSouth Bank’s Lafayette and Opelousas markets. “But those indicators are only a monthly snapshot of the economy. What we get every year from Dr. Scott is an overview of how the overall economy is doing now and where it’s headed over the next several years.”
|MidSouth Bank's Kevin Latiolais, Carolyn Lay and Troy Cloutier|
Supporting sponsors include Cane River Pecans, which specializes in custom branded tins of choice Louisiana-picked pecans for corporate giving, and The Acadiana Economic Foundation, comprised of economic development experts from 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 the breakfast, courtesy of Vidox Motion Imagery, the digital media sponsor.
Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.
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:
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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.
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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.