Economic Development

The City of New Iberia has implemented an Economic Development Team, which consists of the Mayor, the City's Director of Public Works, the Fire Chief and Fire Inspector, the Certified Building Official & Flood Plain Administrator, Director of Planning & Zoning, Director of Wastewater and representatives from utility companies.

This innovative group of city leaders is "proactive" in the City's continued economic growth. The team meets with developers and investors prior to their initial commitment to develop property or prior to their relocation efforts. They respond to questions, offer alternatives and solutions, and assist in reducing the bureaucracy that typically faces a developer prior to and during the construction phases.

From our developer friendly City Plan Review Team meetings; the adoption of the completely revised Chapter 78, Subdivision Ordinance;  the recent City/IDF partnership with the Buxton Study which revealed retail sales potential, market opportunities and valuable retail marketing “leakage” data now available to all local businesses who are looking to expand their product lines; to our latest credit in being selected by the State of Louisiana’s Department of Economic Development as one of twelve cities to participate in the “Louisiana Development Ready Communities Pilot Program.”

Over the next six months, the Pilot Program Steering Committee members will complete intensive trainings to help prepare the city to effectively compete with out-of-state communities for good jobs; business development projects and capital investment.  A nationally recognized site selection expert will visit the City of New Iberia and help us to evaluate sites and buildings, in addition to a team from LED who will assist us with a community assessment and “Ready-to-Go” survey tools to assist in our community’s assessment of business and leadership attitudes and opinions.

The creation of the three (3) Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) districts within the City would allow the city the opportunity to implement development-ready elements, while incorporating the Buxton Study data into a strategic plan geared to market the city’s gateway locations to targeted nationally known companies. The advantages to existing businesses located within the TIF District may well include the addition of roadway and landscaping enhancements such as sidewalks, bike trails, road-way lighting, tree planting, pedestrian crosswalks, connector streets, roundabouts; as well as the construction of a public civic and convention building.

For further information, or to speak with a member of our Economic Development Team, contact us at (337) 369-2330.