How will you promote sustainable economic development that doesn’t add to consolidated government’s financial burden, and diversify the local economy?

Liz Hebert
Liz Hebert
Candidate for City Council District 3

We have to work to make Lafayette a place that leaders will want to bring their businesses — this includes a business-friendly environment that provides support and incentives. This does not mean a one-size-fits-all approach to incentives, but we must look at the return on investment that we will see as a community. We have recently approved Cultural Districts in Lafayette, state historic tax credits for revitalization projects and local sales tax exemptions for original artwork sold within districts’ boundaries. Cultural Districts throughout the state benefit from increased commerce, improved occupancy, a greater sense of community identity, and more artistic and cultural production. We also have to help lift up our current local businesses and provide support so they can thrive. Lafayette has done a good job of expanding outside of oil and gas to healthcare and technology, and we should continue our efforts in these fields but also continue to explore other opportunities that can offer a wider variety of jobs.

James Noriega Jr.
James Noriega Jr.
Candidate for City Council District 3

Economic development needs solid infrastructure to work. We must improve our roads and address drainage and flooding issues. When these issues are addressed, we can actively pursue businesses to relocate or come back to Lafayette. Our culture of good hard working people definitely is a catalyst for economic development. We have lost so many oil-related jobs because of the decisions of our governor. Hopefully with a change in state leadership we may be able to have some of these jobs return.