One Acadiana President and CEO Jason El Koubi said the trip has room for 60 members and it’s filling up fast. Registration closes Sept. 3 for the Oct. 12-14 trip.
The cost to attend the “Leadership Exchange” is $2,400 per member and covers the flight, all meals, other transportation and lodging. The money is due upon registration.
“The Leadership Exchange visit will provide our business and civic community the opportunity to engage with Charleston-area leaders in discussions on issues and opportunities we have in common …,” he said. Those common areas include regionalism, downtown revitalization, transportation infrastructure and workforce development.
Charleston leaders four decades ago started efforts to revitalize the city’s urban and other areas. The city is considered a model in urban renewal.
El Koubi said the trip will give One Acadiana members “a great personal and professional experience” that will “help establish a stronger vision among our business and civic leadership.”
While in Charleston, One Acadiana members also will learn how the South Carolina community is learning to heal in the wake a deadly church shooting recently.
“In addition to the other benefits of this exchange, we also have a special opportunity to learn from the recent tragedy about how Charleston’s community resiliency was leveraged and strengthened during a crisis,” El Koubi said. “We’ve already begun talking with leaders in Charleston about making that experience a focal point of our visit with them.”
One Acadiana — formerly the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce — is a regional economic development organization covering the south Louisiana parishes of Lafayette, Acadia, St. Mary, St. Martin, Evangeline, St. Landry, Iberia, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion.