May 16, 2016 11:12 AM

The 2016 ABiz State of the Economy Luncheon comes at a critical time for local business leaders.

Gregg Gothreaux
Photo by Robin May
Lafayette Economic Development Authority President and CEO Gregg Gothreaux will present the 2016 LEDAEconomic Performance Index at the fifth annual ABiz State of the Economy Luncheon Thursday, June 16, at noon. “This year’s State of the Economy presentation will answer some of the questions that persist about the local economy,” says Gothreaux. “We’ll take a closer look at how the downturn in the energy sector has affected the Economic Performance Index and other local indicators. Recent good news, diversification efforts and the community’s long-term outlook will round out the information shared this year.”

LEDA’s EPI is a dashboard summary that compiles 15,000 data points into 15 key statistics that provide instant insight and trends over time. Gothreaux’s analysis will provide a comprehensive view for business decision makers charting the future while also navigating an uncertain business climate.

Washington State Bank is the presenting sponsor for this year’s luncheon. “We’ve been working with business owners in Acadiana for 123 years as Acadiana’s economy has grown and become steadily more sophisticated,” says Sue Soileau Brignac, president and CEO of Washington State Bank. “The State of the Economy report represents that like no other, as LEDA’s work is first-rate. Its team tracks thousands of data points, analyzes the trends and then provides local leaders with the best real time data available.

We’re glad to play a role in bringing such invaluable information to the local business community.”

Supporting sponsors include The Acadiana Economic Development Council, a professional team of economic developers representing Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin and Vermilion parishes, and One Acadiana, the nine-parish membersupported juggernaut that provides professional services and political strength to economic efforts in the region.

This is a “don’t miss” event, but seating is limited. Individual tickets are $45; premium reserved tables for eight are $395.

Deadline for reservations is Thursday, June 9, at noon. Contact Sandi Williams at (337) 769-8603 or email events@theind. com for info.

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