Looking back on the year 2022, I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished together through our commitment to Downtown Lafayette. Despite the difficulties of the past few years, last year’s record-breaking fundraising efforts and attendance at events are proof that downtown is a place where people are eager to invest their time, energy, and money.
As we look to the future, we invite you to think of Downtown Lafayette as a canvas on which you can imagine and paint the energetic, authentic, and inspiring urban lifestyle that you hope to live. Each investment made downtown has the potential to shape and inspire our city center’s visual landscape and built environment.
Please come along with us on the journey ahead to continue the transformation of downtown into a convenient, vibrant, eclectic, and charming urban center — a place for everyone in Acadiana to enjoy!
See you downtown,
Anita Begnaud, DDA / DLU CEO
+ Downtown Lafayette Staff
LCG’s 2022-23 budget includes significant capital spending for downtown infrastructure, including stormwater management/drainage systems, parking structures, sidewalks, parks, and public restroom renovations. Additionally, the budget supports downtown cultural investments to enhance quality of life and improve Lafayette’s ability to recruit companies, talent, and jobs.
The Lafayette Police Department established a fifth precinct downtown after a decade-long discussion with downtown stakeholders. This investment in public safety resources, and LPD's now permanent home in the Rosa Parks Transportation Center, is especially critical as the downtown residential population continues to grow.
Local entrepreneurs opened Amis Grocery and Pippi’s Purpose to meet small-scale grocery and deli needs as efforts continue to attract a full-service grocery store downtown.
In addition to carrying on traditions like Downtown Alive! and Bach Lunch, DLU has expanded its program offerings and now produces more than 35 events annually to ensure a constant array of activities to do downtown.
Our team is constantly talking among ourselves and with the public about how we would like to see downtown continue growing as a place of business, culture, and vibrant urban residency.
Downtown Lafayette consists of two organizations, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Downtown Lafayette Unlimited (DLU), who work together to preserve and enhance Downtown Lafayette’s place as the heart of Acadiana.
The Downtown Development Authority is a public entity dedicated to the physical, economic, and cultural development of the district. Downtown Lafayette Unlimited is a private, non-profit corporation that aims to create cohesion amongst downtown business leaders, advocate for their success, and market the district’s assets. Together, these two organizations work to preserve and enhance Downtown Lafayette as a unique destination that is thriving and successful for all.
Greg Walls (Chairman)
Miles Matt (Secretary-Treasurer)
William LaBar (President)
Matthew Thibodeaux (Past President)
Jessica Hauerwas (Incoming President)
John Morris IV
Rev. Jessica Lowe