News Release

PlanLafayette Week closes with Oil Center event, hosted by Leadership Institute of Acadiana and Oil Center Association
Posted: 1/31/2014 5:00 PM

LAFAYETTE, La, January 31, 2014—Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) continues preparations for PlanLafayette Week.  PlanLafayette Week begins next week and will also be marked by the release of the draft comprehensive plan.


Officials have said that the draft plan will be organized into four “big ideas.”  The events that comprise PlanLafayette Week will be structured around educating the public about the action items recommended in those four big ideas.  Leading up to the week, LCG officials will give previews of the four big ideas and some of the bigger action items associated with each element.


Today, Lafayette Consolidated Government announced the PlanLafayette Week closing event, a Happy Hour about the future of the Oil Center, sponsored by Leadership Institute of Acadiana on Wednesday, February 12.


The Happy Hour will consist of a panel discussion with community leaders with interests in the Oil Center’s future.  David Callecod, CEO of Lafayette General Medical Center, Steve Oubre, Architects Southwest, Joey Durel, City-Parish President, Flo Meadows of Coldwell Banker, and Ruth Ann Menutis, Oil Center business owner, will serve on the panel.  Moderated by Chief Development Officer Kevin Blanchard, the discussion will be focused on the changes underway at the Oil Center and how to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the Comprehensive Plan and neighboring developments.


“We thought it was important to end the week with an event that talks about how specifics in the plan can impact an area in Lafayette.  Working with the Oil Center Association and Leadership Institute, we found a perfect opportunity,” said City-Parish President Joey Durel.


“Leadership Institute of Acadiana is proud to sponsor this event.  The organization has been located in the Oil Center within the Chamber of Commerce offices for years, and we thought partnering to talk about what is next was a great event to be involved in.  In addition, we felt sponsoring the event was a great challenge to our 26 classes of alumni, because we know it is going to take real community leadership to take the next steps that the Comprehensive Plan recommends,” said Rob Robison, President of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana.


“The Oil Center Association knows that our community is changing, and by collaborating with those around us, we know that our area will thrive.  We look forward to this discussion as a way to engage our stakeholders about the changes happening all around us and create a better future for the Oil Center,” said Chavanne Stine, Executive Director of the Oil Center Association.


Attendance is free, but due to limited space, pre-registration is required (  Leadership Institute of Acadiana will provide light snacks, and there will be a cash bar.


About the Oil Center Association

The mission of the Oil Center Association is to preserve, enhance and ensure the continued growth and viability of the Oil Center community through special projects, promotions, events and urban planning. 


About Leadership Institute of Acadiana

Leadership Institute of Acadiana is a nonprofit organization committed to building leaders for the Acadiana Region. The organization is comprised of three programs: Leadership Lafayette, Lafayette Junior Leadership, and the Leadership Alumni Organization. 


About the comprehensive plan and PlanLafayette



Lafayette Week will be a celebration of the draft comprehensive plan and its planning concepts. The public will have an opportunity to give feedback on the draft plan that has been developed after a two year long community-wide effort.


The draft plan will be presented at two events which conclude PlanLafayette week on Tuesday, February 11 at the LITE Center from 5-8 p.m. and Wednesday, February 12 at the Acadiana Center for the Arts from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.


LCG has partnered with several other community institutions to host activities around the plan’s big themes: Refine Government, Reinvent the Hub City, Revitalize Neighborhoods, and Reenvision Natural Resources. 


For more information about this release, please contact Carlee Alm-LaBar at 337-291-8307 or