Formerly known as Vermilionville, named after the river on whose banks the original settlement was established, Lafayette changed its name in 1884 in honor of the "Hero of Two Worlds," General and Marquis de La fayette.
The city of Lafayette is the hub of a 50-mile area known as Acadiana that boasts a population of a half-million persons. It is a focal point for the region because of its advanced medical facilities, numerous retail shopping centers, the Cajundome and other convention facilities, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It is the parish seat for Lafayette Parish (county), which has a population of 210,000.
Lafayette is situated 35 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles west of Baton Rouge, the state capital, 129 miles west of New Orleans and 229 miles east of Houston, Texas.
For more information visit:
OneAcadiana (formerly, Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce)
One Acadiana, formerly the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, is currently transforming into a national-caliber regional economic development organization serving a nine-parish (county) area in south Louisiana, with a long-term vision of making Acadiana one of the most high quality, sought after regions in the South for business and talent.
Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA)
Contains a very detailed demographics section, as well as "resources to answer your business needs," where businesses can search a large database of companies, obtain technical business assistance, find help with government procurement, receive tax incentive counseling and search for available properties.
Lafayette Convention and Visitor’s Center (LCVC)
Lafayette convention, visitor and tourism information center. Listings, links and information about Lafayette and surrounding area Festivals, Arts and Entertaining, Sports and Outdoor Events, Cultural and Historical Information, Tour Itineraries, Maps, Meeting and Convention Planning Assistance, Sports Facilities and Locations are just some of the many informational resources available on this site.