Upper Lafayette is experiencing a renaissance, and the Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation is embracing and expanding its mission to continue to create structural support for stability and growth of the community. This purpose-driven organization is poised to ensure the positive cultural, historical and economic impact of Upper Lafayette in the heart of Acadiana. Recently appointed Executive Director Johnathan Williams has infused his entrepreneurial experience and organic passion for service into the mission.
A heartbeat away from downtown Lafayette, Upper Lafayette has been a hub of community, culture and commerce for the region. Herb Schilling, Ed Krampe, and Todd Citron — three businessmen with more than 150 years of service — formed the foundation in 2005 to create a network to nurture the growth of residents and businesses in the community. The founders, along with the aid of former director Jan Swift, and the board of directors, carried out that mission and now rededicate the foundational purpose.
Now the foundation will build on this standard of service and amplify that attitude by increasing its impact throughout the area. Part of this impact will be in championing the “#HireUpperLafayette,” program. This program will feature community events, like the popular “Blues & BBQ” series, held to foster and strengthen the communal bond and develop a sustainable network of individuals and businesses with skilled services to “help others, help others.” This community work will also identify those Reliable, Accountable and Dependable individuals primed for the workforce of businesses in the region. Events will also utilize and spotlight Upper Lafayette’s member businesses in the production of events and promotion of the community.
The foundation will also provide member services such as baseline business support services and provide people and businesses the opportunity to become engaged and involved in the community and beyond. The schedule of events to get involved with can be found in the “Community Calendar” portion under the Community Events tab on the foundation’s freshly reimagined website, provided by member business out of Grand Coteau, Electric Magnolia Studio. Make sure to get out and vote this Saturday, Oct. 12, check out the Trick and Trunk Open Car Show at Hub City Ford on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Blue Monday events like the Blackpot Festival Kickoff Tribute to the Zydeco Kings, Blues & BBQ and Blue Monday’s Veteran’s Day concert.
Williams and the board of directors have commenced their mission together to genuinely provide structural, infrastructural and organic means to grow the “cultural economy” of this culturally rich area. Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation intends to positively reflect and influence the history and growth of Upper Lafayette, and this blog is intended to keep you apprised and updated.