As Lafayette Parish embarks on its first-ever comprehensive land use plan, The Independent Weekly Lecture Series presents one of the world’s top experts on urban issues for the sixth annual Smart Growth Lecture. Keynote speaker will be Carol Coletta, president and CEO of CEOs for Cities and host/producer of the nationally syndicated public radio show Smart City. “We’ve had Carol on our ‘wish list’ for many years,” says Ind Co-Publisher Cherry Fisher May. “The timing for her message couldn’t be better. Her formula is simple: courage plus creativity and connectivity yields success. Lafayette’s strength is creativity, and we are making progress on connectivity. As we develop a blueprint for growth, the courage part may be the toughest for us.”
Carol’s impressive résumé begins in Memphis, where she was president of the urban design consulting firm Coletta & Company. She later served as executive director of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the American Architectural Foundation. Additionally, she is a former Knight Fellow in Community Building at the University of Miami School of Architecture, received the Lambda Alpha International 2009 International Journalism Award, was named one of the world’s 50 most important urban experts by a leading European think tank and was recognized last year as one of the top 50 urban thinkers of all time by readers of PLANetizen.com.
Presenting sponsor for the lecture series is IberiaBank. Van Eaton & Romero Real Estate has been a supporting sponsor for the Smart Growth Lecture each year, and CEO Bill Bacqué says the company is committed to a continuing role in the discussion about Lafayette’s growth. “We are supportive of both the economic and physical expansion of Acadiana,” says Bacqué. “We are also mindful of our responsibility to be wise stewards in both the preservation and expansion of all things that make living here so wonderful. That only underscores the importance of having this continuing dialogue.”
VER teams up again this year with two other professional firms that share its prestigious address in Camellia Towers near River Ranch, Allen & Gooch law firm and Darnall, Sikes, Gardes & Frederick’s accounting and wealth management divisions. “We’re pleased to join our colleagues in continued support of enlightened community dialogue regarding Lafayette’s growth and future development,” says founding partner Clayton Darnall. “Our firm celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and we are always looking forward.”
Robert Daigle, developer of mixed-use developments River Ranch in Lafayette and Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville, is a returning sponsor as well. “The continued success of our traditional neighborhood developments is based on many of the key tenets of Smart Growth,” notes Daigle. “We support the idea of livable communities at the ground level, literally.” And because good planning makes for communities attractive for business development, Lafayette Economic Development Authority CEO Gregg Gothreaux says LEDA also has a stake in the discussion. “Lafayette has a tradition of being a close-knit community, and LEDA seeks to enhance that feeling with our business retention and attraction efforts,” he says. “Carol has first-hand insight into building the cities of tomorrow. She knows what works and what doesn’t, and she will undoubtedly provide inspiration and guidance as Lafayette moves into the next decade.”
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
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The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
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Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.
Easy crafts in time for Easter
The Cane Fire Film Series presents “The Great Flood” on Monday, April 14, at the AcA.