The 2017 ABiz Top 50 Luncheon, held Aug. 16 at the Cajundome Convention Center, not only honored Acadiana’s largest privately held companies but also served as a benefit for Moncus Park, the Johnston Street passive park set to get underway later this year.
Lafayette Central Park Chairman Lenny Lemoine gave an impassioned speech about the importance of the park, emphasizing what it represents for livability measures and analyses and how that impacts economic development in the region.
Respected political pollster, analyst and blogger Dr. Ron Fauchaux was the keynote speaker.
Top 50 legacy sponsors Allen & Gooch law firm and Whitney Bank returned this year, and additional sponsor support came from LHC Group, Moss Motors and the Event Solutions group of companies, including Party Central and Deep South Containers. The Pinnacle Group returned as the VIP parking sponsor, and Vidox Motion Imagery was the digital media partner again for 2017. One Acadiana was also a community partner.
The future of the event is uncertain. In June, ABiz parent company IND Media announced that it was suspending current print operations (its website and social media platforms remain semi-active for now) and researching new models to fund the in-depth business reporting and investigative journalism that are its stock-in-trade.