InternationalCenter

LAFAYETTE INTERNATIONAL CENTER

735 Jefferson Street
Lafayette LA 70501

Phone: 337-291-5474
Email: leCentre@LafayetteLA.gov

DIRECTOR: Dave Domingue

THE LAFAYETTE INTERNATIONAL CENTER

 

The Lafayette International Center  was created as a division of the City of Lafayette in October of 1989, and officially opened its doors to the public in April 1990, in Lafayette's former city hall. Through the efforts of the Lafayette International Center, Lafayette is moving forward with a solid commitment to international trade and tourism development. A variety of trade-related resources are located in Le Centre International, allowing optimal interaction with local and visiting foreign trade development officials and business people. With a strong commitment to trade, Lafayette stands to develop new markets for expanded production and enhanced relationships with our trade/tourism partners.
 

With the merger of the City and Parish (county) administrations in 1996, Le Centre International became a division of the Executive Office of the Lafayette Consolidated Government. It is supported by an advisory board incorporated as a non-profit organization called the Lafayette International Center Foundation.

VISION: Our vision is for the Lafayette area to be the most globally engaged region in the USA.

MISSION: To facilitate global awareness and engagement in our community and region.
 
GOALS:
  1. Enhance Lafayette’s global reputation and vibrancy through more international opportunities for the Lafayette City-Parish government, business community and citizenry.
  2. Strengthen our community by promoting our culture and heritage.
  3. Increase global knowledge and international trade and talent opportunities.
 OBJECTIVES:
  • Offer cost effective programs and events to educate businesses on import-export critical aspects : Export seminars, webinars, workshops and other public awareness activities.
  • Connect businesses with federal and state agencies’ international trade services.
  • Identify new markets and trade opportunities, provide one-on-one export counseling and export financing referrals, essentially in conjunction with the US Export Assistance Center of New Orleans
  • Organize incoming and outgoing trade missions and participate in trade shows
  • Pursue and enhance international education programs and related opportunities with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the South Louisiana Community College.
  • Attract and support international meetings and conventions and develop cultural tourism and eco-tourism in Acadiana.
  • Facilitate recruitment of international talent to improve our creative class in all sectors, including business and art.
  • Facilitate sister-city relations for Lafayette and other Acadiana towns.
  • Provide translation assistance and referrals.