Technology and Culture Fuse
Technology and culture lead the way in one of the country's top places to live and do business. A vibrant, amenity-filled town center and innovative high-tech infrastructure have made Lafayette, Louisiana a launching pad for entrepreneurs of all stripes.
The city is the center of a multi-cultural and multi-industrial region, and is surrounded by a unique, publicly- owned fiber optic loop. "From oil and gas extraction to crawfish farming, we've created unique industries while developing technologies that are now the global standard," states Gregg Gothreaux, President and CEO of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority.
Wireless technology was pioneered right here, as a way for oil and gas companies to communicate with their production rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. Lafayette's entrepreneurs drive our economy, and as we move into a technology-driven economy, our local technology leaders and the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise stand to continue our growth far into the future. This ability to embrace and apply technology became clearly evident in 2005, when Lafayette voters approved the financing needed to extend fiber connectivity to every home and business within the city.
The city boasts a full complement of traditional economic development incentives, but its real selling point is its workforce and quality of life. The region's Cajun and Creole music and culture are known around the globe, and Lafayette's cuisine and joie de vivre are legendary. No matter how you look at it, this cool city is home to an atmosphere of warm collaboration.
Advancements in Infrastructure
LUS Fiber - Lafayette is home to one of the nation’s largest municipally-owned Fiber-to-the-Premises networks. LUS Fiber reaches local businesses and homes with speeds up to 1 Gig both up and downstream. LUS Fiber has one of the lowest customer rates in the country and has speeds unmatched by any of the major broadband companies. All LUS Fiber internet subscribers, including residential subscribers, receive access to a 1 Gig Peer-to-Peer Intranet at no additional charge. This means that employees have the potential to work from home or telecommute at the speed of business.
LITE - Lafayette is home to the 70,000 square-foot Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise which is one of only a handful of facilities in the world that combine high-performance computing capabilities with advanced visualization, available for use by both the private and public sector. LITE’s staff includes visualization and high-performance computing experts, technical artists and developers who can guide your project from concept to fruition. LITE’s fiber optic connectivity allows data to be sent around the corner or around the globe at the speed of fiber.
Education - Lafayette educators have designed contiguous technology- focused curriculum that extends across various levels of education. The Academy of Information Technology at Carencro High School prepares interested students for a professional career in information technology. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and South Louisiana Community College offer studies in concentrations such as Informatics, Video Game Development and Design, Cognitive Science, Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Media Arts and Scientific Computing.