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Lafayette Mayor-President Robideaux Hosts First Year-in-Review

By Carly Laing Published: March 30, 2017, 5:03 am|  Updated: March 30, 2017, 10:15 pm

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – Art, culture, and food are the very fibers that make up Lafayette Parish, and Mayor-President Joel Robideaux said it’s these characteristics that will make our future.

“We need to focus our vision going forward and say what can we do, what can we continue to do, and what can we do different,” said Robideaux.

It was a packed house at the Heymann Center Thursday Night as Mayor-President Joel Robideaux gave his parish-wide address.

2016 was a tough year for the parish, battling the budget and the historic flood.

Youngsville Mayor Ken Ritter said despite the struggles of last year, he is confident about the future.

“While I’m encouraged by a lot of the new sales tax reports that we’re getting, I hope that it’s going to be sustainable this year to where we can use some of that to promote our greatest strength, which are tourism.”

Robideaux said there were plenty of things to celebrate, like progress on I-49, the University Corridor, his “No Kill” Animal Shelter, and how well municipality worked together during the flood.

Now, Robideaux has his eyes set on the future.

His plans are based on the rich culture rooted here in the parish.

“We’re already this Acadiana, Cajun, Creole culture and people are intrigued by it.”

Robideaux said our thriving culture will be a key resource in propelling our future.

“To diversify our economy further, I think the obvious answer is we need to capitalize on this culture that we have. People around the world want to know about, they are interested in it, so we just need to figure out the best way to brand ourselves and market ourselves.”

Proceeds from tonight’s eventwill benefit the Lafayette Parish Strategic Initiatives Fund at the Community Foundation of Acadiana.

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