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What’s Upper Lafayette?

Mar 03, 2016 01:53PM ● By News Desk

Many of you have heard the term “Upper Lafayette” and may wonder what this means. Is it just an attempt to rename the “Northside” of Lafayette?  In fact, Upper Lafayette Parish includes not only North Lafayette, but Carencro, Duson, Scott and the unincorporated areas of our parish located north of Cameron Street.  

Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation (Upper Lafayette) was chartered in the 

fall of 2006 and works to positively affect our gateway into Lafayette which improves the quality of life for all in our community. It exists because our early founders understood that Upper Lafayette Parish is a wonderful place in which to live, work, and enjoy a meaningful way of life. Our founders included Herbert Schilling, Bo Ramsay, Ed Krampe, and Don Dupuis of Acadiana Computer Systems. Original community players supporting our mission and still actively involved include Acadian Companies, Hub City Ford, IberiaBank, MidSouth Bank, Republic National Distributing, and Whitney Bank, among many others. Our Board includes prominent business people, the oil and gas industry, longtime residents of North Lafayette, and pastors of local churches. You probably know someone on our board!  Upper Lafayette is a membership organization similar to a Chamber of Commerce and we are dependent on member dues and support of the community. We are not a government agency.

 Upper Lafayette’s meetings and social events are held every other month. We attract the best speakers addressing topics of interest to our entire community. The large crowds attending our events afford a great opportunity to make new connections and develop meaningful relationships. We really enjoy ourselves, and host a yearly crawfish boil in April and a Christmas Holiday Social to thank our supporters. Non-members are welcome to our business events and we invite you to join our upcoming luncheon on March 16, 2016, at the LITE Center, where we will focus on the importance of the I-49 Connector.  Registration may be made online at

Please check out our website where you can read all of our monthly newsletters and view our television shows, “Upper Lafayette, On the Move!” which also air on Acadiana Open Channel. Members’ benefits include being advertised in our monthly newsletter and all TV show credits. Members also receive benefits such as onsite consulting services and access to programs put on by the Opportunity Machine funded by LEDA. For additional information contact our office at (337)769-7649.

Jan Swift, Executive Director

Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation

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