How will you diversify the local economy and bring prosperity both parishwide and into the city’s urban core?

Nancy Marcotte
Nancy Marcotte
Candidate for Mayor-President

We must take advantage of President Trump’s tax cut and Secretary Carson’s opportunity zone initiative. Bringing jobs to economically depressed areas is a key component of the Marcotte Priorities.

Josh Guillory
Josh Guillory
Candidate for Mayor-President

Diversifying our economy is paramount to our long-term economic sustainability. To achieve this goal, Lafayette must be attractive to new businesses. The UDC stunts business growth in Lafayette, it is overly strenuous to existing businesses, and it is not welcoming to prospective new businesses. The more I learn about the UDC, the more I am convinced that the problems encountered also derive from the implementation of the UDC. After discussing this issue intensely with business owners, developers, and the general public, I would support a complete repeal and replace of the UDC. My position is made with the recognition that there are certainly some provisions in the UDC that are helpful. I acknowledge that we need rules and regulations. However, a fresh start from a regulatory standpoint that makes Lafayette the most inviting to businesses that we can be would go a long way with diversifying our economy.

Further, while diversifying our economy is important, we must not forget the importance of our oil and gas industry. There are plenty of policies coming out of Baton Rouge that hurt this vital industry that are outside of our control, but we cannot let that serve as an excuse to not pursue our oil and gas industry. As Mayor-President, I will diversity our economy, and I will also use this platform to partner with our Legislators in Baton Rouge to help return our oil and gas industry. Two areas of focus that I will advocate for is reforming our legal climate and reducing the standard severance tax rate on oil production so that we are competitive with states such as Texas. Again, our oil and gas industry has left due to the failed policies in Baton Rouge. I simply do not want to sit back and just accept that failure, and the Mayor of the 4th largest city in the state should be able to have a loud enough voice to make a difference in advocating policies that can better our city, parish, and state.

Carlee Alm-LaBar
Carlee Alm-LaBar
Candidate for Mayor-President

We spend too much time in Lafayette Parish worried about which part of the parish is competing with another part of the parish. We will only be able to prosper when we understand that we are all competing with other areas our size across the country. Only by banding together as a team will we be able to build a world-class economy. Every part of the parish has a role to play. As mayor-president, it will be my job to help coordinate economic development throughout the parish, focusing on each area’s unique opportunities and assets.

Carlos Harvin

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Simone Champagne

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