Joey Durel, City-Parish President
Joey Durel took office in January 2004 and is in his third and final term as Lafayette's City-Parish President. Lafayette's strong local economy, unique cultural heritage, and innovative technology have been frequently recognized nationwide under his leadership.
Under Durel's leadership, the city of Lafayette has been consistently recognized for its strong local economy. Lafayette's unemployment rate is currently at three percent, the lowest in the state of Louisiana and one of the lowest in the country. Lafayette's growing and diversifying economy has been recognized nationally. Lafayette has the sixth-fastest growing middle class (USA Today), is sixth-fastest in economic growth (Bureau of Economic Analysis), and has been recognized as the best mid-sized city for job growth in the country (Forbes).
Durel's influence has also helped unite Lafayette as a hub for technology. Most significantly, he was instrumental in spearheading LUS Fiber. In 2005, Lafayette voters approved the project by a 62% to 38% margin, allowing Lafayette Utilities System (the city-owned utility) to move forward in building a 100% fiber optic network that put Lafayette on the map as one of the only cities in the world with such a system. Today, Lafayette is a US Ignite partner and a "Gigabit City," delivering symmetrical gigabit internet speeds to the community.
Durel has embraced Lafayette as a center for culture and the arts since taking office. Under Durel's leadership, the arts and culture community has thrived and the city has made countless "best of" lists and received many accolades. In the last two years, Lafayette has been recognized for having the best world music festival (Festival International de Louisiane) by About.com and for being one of the top six cities in the United States for live music (Oakland Tribune). Lafayette's food has also been recognized as a reason to travel to the city, winning "Best for Food" (Rand McNally and USA Today) and "Tastiest Town in the South" (Southern Living) titles.
Mr. Durel has a background as a small businessman. Before holding political office, he served as the Chairman of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette and Leadership Louisiana. In 2010, he was named CEO of the Year by a local weekly newspaper for his leadership of Lafayette.
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