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Lafayette, LA offers the essential elements needed to ensure the growth and development of its business community. Lafayette is set apart by its strategic location, a world-class workforce, a pro-business climate, and an unmatched quality of life. These attributes, complemented by a high-tech infrastructure and quality real estate, make Lafayette a unique place
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Foreign Direct Investment- FDI Magazine, a London-based publication, ranked Lafayette in the top 10 of small North American cities for Foreign Direct Investment Strategy in their American Cities of the Future rankings. FDI Magazine April 2017

Job Growth Leader- Lafayette was recognized as the 5th best city for job growth in the U.S. in the current issue of Business Facilities magazine. Source: Business Facilities July/August 2015

Foreign Direct Investment- FDI Magazine, a London-based publication, ranked Lafayette 2nd for Foreign Direct Investment Strategy for small cities with populations between 100 and 350 thousand in their American Cities of the Future rankings. Source: FDI Magazine April 2015

Top 10 in the South - Southern Business and Development recognized Lafayette in its annual Top 10 issue as a sizzling mid-market economy. The announcement of 1,000 technology jobs in 2014 further strengthens Lafayette’s economic diversification which has been driven by the healthcare, energy and entertainment sectors. Source: SB&D Winter 2015

Retail Sales Record-Breaker - With sales of more than $669 million in December, 2014 total retail sales reached $6.02 billion- the highest year on record. Through December, Lafayette Parish had 10 $500-million-plus months, up from five in 2013. Sales in nine of the 11 months reported are the highest on record for the month. The previous retail sales record was set in 2013 when sales topped $6.0 billion. Source: LPSS, February 2015

Best Performing Cities -For the sixth time in seven years, the Lafayette MSA is ranked in the top 25 metro areas in the Best Performing Cities Index . Lafayette gained five spots, coming in at 19 out of the 200 largest metros. Editors note that Lafayette has benefited from a strong energy sector. Recent announcements by Bell Helicopter, CGI, Perficient and Enquero point to the region's diversification efforts. Source: Milken Institute, January 2015

Fastest Internet - Lafayette was named as having the fastest home Internet in the world, according to Open Technology Institute’s report, “2014 Speed Leaders for Home Broadband .”  LUS Fiber’s Gig connection, with equal upload and download speeds, puts the Hub City on par with world cities like Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Lafayette is tied for first place for fastest Internet with only six other cities from around the world and only three cities in North America – Chattanooga, TN, Kansas City, KS and Kansas City, MO.

Happiest City - Lafayette residents are the happiest in the U.S. according to a study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research. Researchers measured life satisfaction of each city’s residents based on data collected from a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey, and ranked the cities after adjusting the results for income, age, race, gender and other research-backed factors that influence happiness levels. Source: National Bureau of Economic Research, July 2014

Industrial Boomtown - Lafayette ranks as the eighth best manufacturing city in the U.S. in an analysis completed by New Geography. Lafayette moved up 14 spots from its 2013 rank. Lafayette is also the number one mid-sized metro area in the nation, up two spots from 2013. Local manufacturing employment grew 7.4% between 2012 and 2013. Source: Forbes, June 2014

Leading Locations - Lafayette was ranked as the fifth best mid-sized city and the seventh best Southern city in Area Development's 2014 Leading Locations list for economic and job growth. Overall, Lafayette ranked 17th among the 379 metropolitan areas surveyed for the list. The rankings are based on 21 economic and workforce indicators. Source: Area Development, May 2014 

Best Cities for Jobs - Lafayette ranked as the 27th overall city in the 2014 Best Cities for Jobs list. Lafayette ranked fifth in mid-sized communities, those with 150,000 to 450,000 non-farm jobs, up one spot from 2013. Job growth in Lafayette between 2008 and 2013 was 5.9%. The index is calculated from recent growth trends, short-term growth, mid-term growth, and long-term momentum. Source: Forbes, April 2014 

Top 10 in the South - Lafayette was named one of the top 10 shining examples of economic development in the South by Southern Business and Development. New business announcements from Freeport McMoRan Oil and Gas, Newpark Resources and Bell Helicopter illustrate the community-wide economic development approach that is in place in Lafayette. Source: SB&D Winter 2014 

Retail Sales Record-Breaker - With sales of more than $596 million in December, 2013 total retail sales reached $6.02 billion- the highest year on record. Miscellaneous (+16.2%), services (+10.8%) and autos (+8.2%) were the best performing categories in 2013. All other categories showed increases, ranging from 4.9% to 2.1%. The previous retail sales record was set in 2012 when sales topped $5.7 billion. Source: LPSS, February 2014

Best Performing Cities - For the second year, the Lafayette MSA is ranked 24th out of the 200 largest metro areas in the Best Performing Cities Index compiled by the Milken Institute. Lafayette's low cost of doing business and our proximity to energy operations in the Gulf of Mexico were listed as assets to our continued success. Source: Milken Institute, December 2013 

Best College Town - Travel & Leisure magazine named Lafayette the 17th Best College Town in America. Towns were nominated via social media, then voted on in 55 categories. Lafayette beat out over 700 towns to secure its spot on the list. According to the magazine, if there was a "most well-rounded" category, Lafayette would've swept the competition citing its friendliness, cool souvenirs, burgers, local accent, cafes, bars, ice cream, and fairs as its top commodities. Source: Travel & Leisure, November 2013

Historic and Hip  - ConventionSouth magazine cited Lafayette, which is home to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in its "South's Historic College Towns with Hip Group Appeal" 2014 list. After researching news articles and talking with local tourism bureaus, the magazine editors picked one city in each of 15 states it covers. Source: ConventionSouth, September 2013

Best for Social Mobility - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is ranked the fourth-best university in the U.S. at helping lower-income students earn degrees. For the second consecutive year, the University landed in Washington Monthly magazine’s College Guide as a top 10 engine of social mobility. The rank is based on social mobility, research and service. Source: Washington Monthly, September/October 2013

Manufacturing Employment - Based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Lafayette was listed as the third best mid-sized MSA for Manufacturing Employment Leaders in the U.S. Source: Business Facilities, July/August 2013

Best for Animation and Game Design - UL Lafayette made Animation Career Review's list of top 15 schools for Animation and Game Design in the South. The University's Video Game Design program and Visual Arts programs were highlighted. Source: Animation Career Review, July 2013

Most Affordable University -  The U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency list shows that UL Lafayette is the most affordable university in the state, with the lowest net price to attend — $5,233.The average net price was determined by subtracting the average amount of grants and scholarships from the total cost of attendance, which includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and weighted average for room, board and other expenses. Source: U.S. Department of Education, July 2013

Leading MSA for Economic & Job Growth - Lafayette was ranked #1 overall, #1 regionally, and #1 within its population category when evaluating 380 MSAs across 21 economic and work force indicators for the annual Leading Locations listing. Lafayette also topped the lists for Economic Strength and Year-Over-Year Growth. Area Development, May 2013

City of the Future - Lafayette was named as a top 10 Small American City of Future and topped the list for Foreign Direct Investment Strategies for small cities. Source: fDi Magazine, April 2013

Top 10 in the South - Southern Business and Development recognized Lafayette in its annual Top 10 issue as an Oil and Gas Rich Market with Plenty to Offer Your Non-Oil Related Company. Lafayette’s position at the center of a multi-cultural and multi-industrial region was cited by the editors. Source: SB&D, Winter 2013

Top 10 Foodie City - Lafayette has been named one of the Top 10 Foodie Cities by Livability.com, a national website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America's small and mid-sized cities. Source: Livability, April 2013

Best Music Festival - For the second year in a row, Lafayette rallied behind Festival International de Louisiane in a Reader’s Choice contest hosted by About.com. FIL beat out music festivals from across the globe to be crowned the Best World Music Festival . Source: About.com, March 2013

Best GDP Growth - The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that in 2011 the Lafayette MSA had 5.5% growth in Real GDP which ranked 14th best in the U.S. Source: BEA, February 2013

Largest Employment Increase - Lafayette MSA experienced the largest increase in employment in the nation from December 2011 to December 2012 with an 8.6% gain. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, January 2013

Best Performing City - The Milken Institute released the 2012 Best Performing Cities list and Lafayette is up 69 spots to #24 (out of the 200 largest metros). As in recent years, we topped (or were near the top) on the job growth (1st) and wage growth (2nd) lists. Source: Milken Institute, January 2013 

Largest Employment Increase - Lafayette MSA experienced the largest increase in employment in the nation from September 2011 to September 2012 with an 8.7% gain. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 2012

Quality Education - The MBA program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette made The Princeton Review's "The Best 294 Business Schools" list. Source: Princeton Review, October 2012 

Best Job Market - Lafayette was named one of 25 counties in the nation that make it easier to find work and a great place to live. In a listing called "Where the Jobs are" CNN points out that Lafayette's access to interstates, oil and gas industry anchor and manufacturing, retail, medical, and technology services contribute to its success. Source: CNN Money, August 2012  

Fastest Growing Metros - According to a study by IHS Global, in 2012 Lafayette is projected to have the highest growth in employment (8.8%) and the second highest gross metropolitan product growth (7.5%) of 363 metro areas. Source: IHS Global, July 2012

Best Places for Business and Careers - Lafayette's cost of doing business ranks  53rd lowest and Lafayette ranks 10th for 5-year annualized job growth among the largest 200 US metro areas. Source: Forbes Magazine, June 2012  

Leading Location - Lafayette was named #1 among the Top 20 Southern Cities and #3 overall among Area Development's 100 Leading Locations. Lafayette topped the "Economic Strength" indicators among the Top-25 Mid-Size Cities, and was 3rd among this same group for its "Recession Busting" factors. Lafayette reportedly has "found a way to thrive in the midst of adversity, to prosper while so many places have struggled". Source: Area Development, Summer 2012

Best City for Job Growth - Lafayette was ranked #1 in the "Best Cities for Job Growth " listing among other medium-sized cities and 4th in the overall rank. The index is calculated based on Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data and takes into account recent growth trend, mid-term growth, long-term trend and momentum, and current year growth.  Source: New Geography, May 2012

Best Mid-Sized Cities for Jobs – Lafayette is ranked as the best mid-sized metro area for jobs citing year-on-year job growth of 5.2% over the past 12 years. Rankings are based on recent growth trends, mid-term growth, region's growth and the region’s momentum. Lafayette also ranked 4th among cities of all size in this listing. Source: Forbes Magazine, May 2012   

Best Music Festival - Festival International de Louisiane is the largest free Francophone music-focused festival in North America, and is, simply put, one of the best festivals in the world. Taking place over the course of five days in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana during the last full week of April each year, Festival (as it is succinctly known among its legions of fans) attracts attendees in the hundreds of thousands, but still has a rootsy, intimate feel. According to World Music's recent Readers' Choice contest, it's also the Best World Music Festival. Source, About.com, March 2012 

Tastiest Town - Earlier this year Southern Living asked readers to vote for the best food destinations in the South. With an astounding 194,502 votes Lafayette took the prize. According to the magazine, "a new batch of homegrown chefs is delving deep into the region's robust culinary roots, with stellar takes on Acadiana classics." Lafayette's own Deano's exemplified this success with a mention as one of America's Best Pizzerias! Source: Southern Living & Parade, March 2012

Most Optimistic City - According to a recent GALLUP Wellbeing poll, Lafayette residents are the 2nd most optimistic about our city "getting better as a place to live." Across 190 US Metro areas, Lafayette garnered the second-best ranking with 75.8% of respondents replying with positively. Source: GALLUP, March 2012

Most Increasing Household Income - According to a study released by Sentier Research , the Lafayette MSA saw the largest increase of all 297 metropolitan areas, 12.2%, in median annual household income between 2005 and 2010- $42,067 to $47,200. In the same time frame, the average annual income increased 6.8%- $60,690 to $64,794- which ranks fifth out of the 297 metropolitan areas. The study is based on data collected in the American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. Sentier Research utilized the three-year estimates for 2005-2007 and 2008-2010. Source: Sentier Research, February 2012

Airport of the Year - The FAA selected airports in their five-state Southwest Region (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas) to be honored. In each of the five states, the FAA named a 2011 Airport of the Year to recognize outstanding contributions airports make to enhance aviation in their state. In Lafayette Regional Airport's case, they cited how the airport is maintained; ongoing projects that promote safety, security and customer convenience; annual FAA certification inspections and tri-annual disaster drills; growth of the airport through new tenants and airlines; paperwork such as grant writing and closeouts; and communication and partnerships with the various aviation agencies, such as the FAA Southwest Region and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development - Aviation Division. Source: FAA, November 2011

Quality Education - The MBA program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette made The Princeton Review's "The Best 294 Business Schools" list. Source: Princeton Review, October 2011

Top Event in North America - Festival International (FIL) was named one of the American Bus Association's (ABA) Top 100 Events in North America for group travel in 2012. Winners are chosen from hundreds of celebrations, festivals, fairs, commemorative events, and more that have been nominated by ABA members. This is FIL's 7th time making the list. Source: ABA, September 2011

Best Chamber of Commerce - Lafayette is home to the National Chamber of the Year, an honor bestowed to the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce at the annual ACCE Convention in Los Angeles this August. The chamber was chosen for excellence in operations, member services, and community leadership.

Top Place to Live - Lafayette was one of America's "Top 100 Places to Live" in RelocateAmerica 14th edition of this annual list. This year, the firm focused on communities poised for recovery and future growth. For 2011, the team found the best communities that are well positioned for economic recovery, already experiencing strong economic recovery or have proven overall economic stability. Factors such as employment, education, community leadership and overall quality of life are strongly considered and all the data is examined to determine the Top 100. Source: RelocateAmerica, July 2011

Best Small Town in America
- Lafayette was named in "Best for Food" in Rand McNally/USA Today's Best of the Road competition. Hosted by a team of community advocates from tourism, the restaurant industry, and government, the judges selected Lafayette as the best over the other 5 finalists. Source: USA Today, July 2011  

Best Places for Business and Careers - Lafayette's cost of doing business ranks  54rd lowest and Lafayette ranks 9th for 5-year annualized job growth among the largest 200 US metro areas. Source: Forbes Magazine, July 2011 

Best Performing Metro - Headlight, LLC conducted an analysis of employment trends from June to September 2011 to identify the US metros that experienced the highest job growth rates. Headlight analyzed seasonally adjusted data from the BLS' Current Employment Statistics Program released this October. Lafayette was ranked 16th on the small metros list. Source: Headlight, Inc., October 2011

Fastest Economic Growth - A list compiled by the Bureau of Economic Analysis revealed the top 15 cities in the nation with the fastest economic growth. Lafayette - ranked 6th on the list - had a GDP of $16.4 billion dollars, up 8.3% over the previous year. Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, September 2011

Digital Media Cluster - Ten Places in the South were identified as cities where the digital media industry sector is successfully doing business. Based on workforce, public infrastructure, and business presence, Lafayette is among two other Louisiana cities that have earned this status. Source: Southern Business & Development, Winter (April) 2011

Best Places in LA - Three Lafayette Parish communities were ranked among the 20 Best Places to Live in Louisiana based on median household income (adjusted for cost of living); educational attainment (% of residents 25+ with a bachelor's degree or higher), and property crime rates per 1,000 residents (burglary and automobile thefts). The three communities were Youngsville (1st), Lafayette (9th), and Broussard (12th). Source: Yahoo AssociatedContent, March 2011 2010 

Quality Education - The MBA program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette made The Princeton Review's "The Best 300 Business Schools" list. Source: Princeton Review, October 2010 

Best Cities - The Lafayette MSA was ranked 11th "Best Performing (Large Metro) City in the nation citing 5-year job growth (ranked 6th), 5-year wage & salary growth (ranked 2nd), and 1-year relative high-tech GDP growth (ranked 4th) as key indicators. Lafayette was ranked 9th in 2009. Source: Milken Institute, October 2010

City to Restart Your Career - This article investigates cities that are a great place to transition into successful second careers based on how small business friendly they are, the ease of finding a job, their high income levels, low costs of living, nonprofit friendliness, and student friendliest. Lafayette is named 20th in this 30-city ranking. Source: The Daily Beast, October 2010

Recession-Proof Cities - This study named cities that are riding out the "Great Recession" and identified 20 metropolitan areas that since 2007 have shown positive growth across three economic categories: their overall employment, per capita personal income, and metropolitan area GDP.  Source: The Daily Beast, August 2010

Awesome Summer Vacation - Bing Travel names Lafayette as their top Louisiana recommendation for summer vacations in each state. Source: Bing Travel, July 2010

Best of the South - Several Lafayette & Acadiana businesses & attractions were named as the best places to visit, eat, shop, and more. Lafayette was named "Best small city for a weekend getaway," Lafayette's Aaah! T'freres was named "Best B&B," Lafayette's The Juliet won "Best small hotel," Louisiana Cajun Country (Acadiana) earned 3rd place for "Best summer family destination," Lafayette's Wetlands Golf Course placed 2nd for "Best golf course," Lake Fausse Pointe in St. Martinville won "Best state park," Lafayette chef Patrick Mould placed 3rd for "Best local chef," Acadiana's The Mamou Playboys won "Best local musicians," and Breaux Bridge shop owner Jennifer Casanova won "Best local shopkeeper" with her southern hospitality managing Lagniappe Antiques. Source: AAA Southern Traveler Magazine, Jul/Aug 2010 

America's Best Music Towns - In his Fourth of July article "High Notes: America's best music towns," Jim Harrington of The Oakland Tribune ranks Lafayette right alongside music meccas Austin, Seattle and New Orleans, and ahead of L.A., San Francisco, Nashville and New York. Source: Oakland Tribune, July 2010

Surviving the Recession - Lafayette was recently named one of "20 Cities Surviving the Recession" based on job availability and opportunity. Source: Mainstreet, May 2010

Best City for Job Growth - Lafayette was ranked #8 in the "Best Cities for Job Growth" listing among other medium-sized cities and 46th in the overall rank. The index is calculated based on Bureau of Labor Statistics employment data and takes into account recent growth trend, mid-term growth, long-term trend and momentum, and current year growth.  Source: New Geography, April 2010

Top Place to Live - Lafayette was one of America's "Top 100 Places to Live" in RelocateAmerica 13th edition of this annual list. This year, the firm focused on communities poised for recovery and future growth. The editorial team discovered communities with strong local leadership, employment opportunities, thriving community commitment, improving real estate markets, growing green initiatives, plentiful recreational options and an overall high quality of life. These are all communities moving in the right direction. Source: RelocateAmerica, April 2010

Strong Economy during Tough Times
- Lafayette was one of nine cities in the country to experience a growth in construction jobs during the time period from January 2009 - January 2010.  Lafayette gained roughly 100 jobs during that time period and was ranked ninth in job growth out of 337 metro areas. Source: Associated General Contractors of America, April 2010

Best Places for Business and Careers - Lafayette's cost of doing business ranks 58th lowest and Lafayette ranks 3rd for 5-year annualized job growth among the largest 200 US metro areas. Source: Forbes Magazine, April 2010

Best Housing Market - Lafayette ranked fifth on the Housing Predictor's list of the ten best markets in the US. Source: Housingpredictor.com, March 2010   

Happiest State - Louisiana ranks 1st in happiness ratings where a survey of 1.3 million people across the country collected data to gauge how satisfied people are with their lives. Source: Science Magazine, January 2010

Great Place to Train Your Workforce - Approximately $5.5 million was awarded in IWTP training funds to Acadiana businesses in the 2009/2010 fiscal year. In addition, Acadiana small businesses were awarded approximately 1/3 of the total state allocation for Small Business Employee Training (SBET) workforce program, approximately $950,000. Source: LA Workforce Commission, July 2010

Best Cities - The Lafayette MSA was ranked 9th "Best Performing (Large Metro) City in the nation citing job growth (ranked 22nd), salary growth (ranked 10th), and 5-year high-tech GDP growth (ranked 19th) as key indicators. Lafayette was ranked 14th in 2008. Source: Milken Institute, November 2009

Best Place to Launch a Business - Lafayette was ranked 2nd and one of only of 20 mid-sized markets in the nation for small business start ups based on factors like a growing economy, affordable workforce, stable housing market, and low crime. Source: Fortune Small Business, October 2009

Best Places to Find a Job – Lafayette is the 8th best city in the U.S for job growth in the fourth quarter of 2009 with a net employment outlook of 9%. Source: Forbes.com, September 2009

Best Places for Business – The Lafayette MSA is among the 15 metro areas in the U.S. with the fewest small business bankruptcy filings between June 2008 and 2009. Source: Equifax, August 2009

Hot Market in a Cold Economy - Lafayette is one of 18 markets in the south to make this list that identifies those locations doing well during the nation's economic downturn. Source: Southern Business & Development Magazine, May 2009 (Winter 2009) 

Smaller Markets for Foreign Investment - Because of Lafayette's international ties and foreign-based companies with local operations, Lafayette was named one of ten markets in the South that are most favored by major international companies. Source: Southern Business & Development, May 2009 (Winter 2009)

Best Places to Find a Job - Lafayette is one of the top six metro areas with population of 200,000-plus based on unemployment rates and proportion of professional jobs. Source: Money.com, April 2009

Best Mid-Sized Cities for Jobs – Lafayette is ranked as the 3rd best mid-sized metro area for jobs citing job growth of 16.3% over the past 12 years, low labor costs and a strong energy industry. Source: Forbes Magazine, April 2009

Business Start ups - Lafayette is named one of the top 50 small cities in the nation to start a small business based on the number of small businesses and start ups, workforce, universities and patents issued, among other measures. Source: BusinessWeek.com, March 2009

Best Places for Business and Careers - Lafayette's cost of doing business ranks 32nd lowest, income growth ranks 19th and job growth ranks 24th among the largest 200 US metro areas. Source: Forbes Magazine, March 2009 

Employment Outlook - The Lafayette MSA was reported to have the highest new employment outlook (25% net employment) in the nation based on local hiring plans and unemployment situation. Source: Manpower, December 2008

Best Cities - The Lafayette MSA was ranked 14th "Best Performing (Large Metro) City in the nation citing job growth (ranked 12th), salary growth (ranked 1st), and high-tech GDP growth (ranked 29th) as key indicators. Lafayette was ranked 24th in 2007. Source: Milken Institute/Greenstreet Real Estate Partners, September 2008 

To Live and Play - Lafayette ranks among the up and coming 50 as the best place in the south central region for paddlers (i.e. canoeing) in an article entitled "Where to Live and Play: the fifty next great adventure innovation towns." Source: National Geographic Adventure Magazine, August 2008

Best Places for Doing Business
– Lafayette was named the 42nd best city in the nation for doing business based on job creation, job center diversity, and other business concerns. Among other cities of its size, Lafayette ranked 10th.  Source: Inc. Magazine, July 2008 

Innovation Market - Lafayette was named one of the "Top 10 Great Innovation Markets in the South" for its efforts in nurturing and attracting innovation-driven industry and business. Source: Southern Business & Development Magazine, April 2008

Retail Sales On the Rise - For only the second time on record, Lafayette's total annual retail sales are more than $5 billion.  The 2007 total -  $532,207,035 - is 5.35% greater than 2006. And the year-ending December figure is the highest December on record (1997 is oldest recorded year).  Source: Lafayette Parish School Board, February 2008. 

Construction Boom - The construction total for the 2006-2007 fiscal year, ending October 31st, was a record-breaking $493,768,778! That is $176,490,117 more than the previous year.  The top 5 new commercial projects were all apartment complexes and some of the highlighted (permitted) projects include the south branch of the public library, LA Avenue's Target and JC Penney, new facilities for Cox Communications, Acadian Ambulance, and Atmos Energy, a new grocery store (Fresh Market), new industrial park (Hero's Point), surgical hospital, and car dealership (Giles Nissan). Source: LCG, Department of Planning, Zoning, and Codes. November 2007. 

Best Cities - The Lafayette MSA was ranked 24th "Best Performing (Large Metro) City in the nation citing job growth (ranked 10th), salary growth (ranked 16th), and high-tech GDP growth (ranked 15th) as key indicators. Lafayette also made the biggest jump in the index, from 143rd in 2005. Source: Milken Institute, September 2007  

Workforce Training - The Lafayette/Acadiana region ranked first in the state for Incumbent Worker Training Program grants. 64 contracts totaling $8.53 million were awarded over the course of the fiscal year. Source: Louisiana Department of Labor, August 2007.

Creative Class - Lafayette was named one of the top cities in the South for the "Creative Class," based on its commitment to technology, forward thinking, and cultural diversity. Source: Southern Business & Development Magazine, May 2007.

Best for Business and Careers - Lafayette's Cost of Doing Business ranks 37th lowest among the largest 200 US metros. Source: Forbes Magazine, May 2007.

Best Places for Doing Business – Lafayette was named the 127th best city in the nation for doing business based on job creation, job center diversity, and other business concerns. Among other cities of its size, Lafayette ranked 78th.  Source: Inc. Magazine, April 2007

Quality of Life - Lafayette was ranked as a top 5 small city for Quality of Life among all North American cities with populations less than 500,000 people. Source: fDi Magazine, April 2007.

High Per Capita Income - Lafayette's latest per capita income figure was $32,892 (for every man woman, and child).  This is the 2nd highest income in the state.  Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis, April 2007 

Retail Sales Boom - For the first time ever, Lafayette's total annual retail sales are more than $5 billion.  At $5,001,032,171, the 2006 total retail sales are 14.86% greater than 2005.  Source: Lafayette Parish School Board, February 2007.

Job Growth & Wage Growth - The US Department of Labor ranks Lafayette 2nd out of 325 large counties with a 7.0% increase in job growth from June 2005 - June 2006.  In the same report, Lafayette ranked 6th for wage growth with a 9.9% increase in weekly wages.  Source: US Department of Labor, January 2007

Low Unemployment - Lafayette Parish saw record-low unemployment numbers of less than 3%, eight times in 2006.  Lafayette Parish ended the year with the lowest unemployment rate in the State at 2.5%.  Source: Louisiana Department of Labor, January 2007

Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs – Lafayette was named the 22nd best mid-sized city in the nation for entrepreneurs. Lafayette Parish ranked 38th best county out of the 718 small counties surveyed.   Source: Entrepreneur Magazine, September 2006

The Forbes list of Best Places for Business and Careers - Lafayette's Cost of Doing Business ranks 35th in lowest cost among the top 150 metro areas.  Source: Forbes Magazine, May 2006

Best Cities for Relocating Families - Lafayette was named the 6th best city for 2006 according to Worldwide ERC.  The ranking was based on traditional factors such as commute times, tax rates and average home cost and appreciation.  Also taken into consideration were more diverse cost of living and quality of life variables.  Source: Worldwide ERC, May 2006

Top Supercomputers in the World - Lafayette's own Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) is home to the 371st best super computer in the world based on performance.  Source: Top500 Supercomputer Sites, November 2005

Tech-Intensive Population - Lafayette achieved a rank of 225 out of all 3000+ counties in the US for being one of the most tech-savvy areas in America.  Source: USA Today, October 2005

Best Places for Doing Business – Lafayette was named the 68th best city in the nation for doing business based on job creation, job center diversity, and other business concerns. Among other cities of its size, Lafayette ranked 22nd.  Source: Inc. Magazine, May 2005

Cities Rising Fast on the High-Tech Horizon – Lafayette was named the tech center in the South based on its appeal to and ability to attract high-tech companies.  Source: Entrepreneur Magazine, October 2004

Cool Cities – Lafayette was named one of the 10 “Coolest Cities in the South.”  Source: Southern Business & Development Magazine, Winter 2003/2004

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