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Contact: Christine Payton June 2, 2009
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UL Lafayette officials, Acadiana leaders at state Capitol on June 2

On June 2, legislators and visitors to the state Capitol in Baton Rouge will be seeing red. University of Louisiana at Lafayette administrators along with officials from Lafayette and six of its surrounding parishes will be at the Capitol for the annual Acadiana Red and White Day.

The event is a collaborative effort between the university, city and parish governments, Acadiana area chambers of commerce, economic development councils, convention and visitors bureaus, South Louisiana Community College, Louisiana Technical College and Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise. The six Acadiana parishes participating include Acadia, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion.

“ Each year we travel to Baton Rouge to show what we have to offer here in Acadiana and specifically what we contribute to Louisiana’s economy,” said Ken Ardoin, UL Lafayette’s vice president for University Advancement. “The university alone has a $755 million economic impact in Louisiana. $726 million of that is right here in Acadiana. We want to highlight these areas.”

A recent economic impact report for the university indicates that if the university were a private business, it would be the largest private employer in Lafayette Parish. Also, the university has a total jobs impact of 7,783, which means that for every person who works for UL Lafayette, there are nearly four additional individuals in the community who have jobs as a direct result.

“ Acadiana Red and White Day provides a pragmatic opportunity to showcase the university to the rest of the state,” said Rob Guidry, CEO and president of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. “The Chamber is excited to join with our partners to celebrate the university’s critical role in the region.”

The group is scheduled to attend legislative committee meetings in the morning and then have lunch at the Louisiana State Museum. After a photo on the Capitol steps, the group will be recognized in the House chamber following by recognition in the Senate chamber. Afternoon meetings will be held with state officials in education, natural resources and transportation and development.

“ We are thrilled to join forces again this year to have a strong presence at the state Capitol for Acadiana Red and White Day,” said Joey Durel, Lafayette City-Parish president. “It’s important that our area mayors and parish presidents have a good working relationship and come together on issues that affect our region.”


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It ’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition. The campus is located in the heart of Acadiana – a rich cultural area known for its excellent food, music, festivals and quality of life.

Document last revised Tuesday, June 2, 2009 2:30 PM

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