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Iberia Industrial Development Foundation

The Iberia Industrial Development Foundation (IDF) was established in 1984 as a Quasi-Public Foundation and serves as the primary facilitator of Economic Development Activities for the Parish of Iberia, Louisiana. The IDF is a member-driven organization made up of both public entities and private business members. It is governed by a 20 member Board of Directors which is made up of representatives from all local governing bodies, and local business leaders. Helping local companies of all sizes grow and prosper, we offer free of charge comprehensive business planning services as well as information on programs designed to help in expanding your business.

Created for Success

Helping businesses improve their chances of success with good planning, preparation and insight, the IDF can help in alliances with communities and individuals that make new business happen. Serving communities of New Iberia, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre, Louisiana as well as the Port of Iberia, Acadiana Regional Airport and LeMaire Memorial Airport Industrial Park Complexes, the Iberia Industrial Development Foundation is your central location for dissemination of information of available resources that create business opportunities.

Understanding the unique needs of businesses within Iberia Parish, the IDF works with owners to steer them to the proper business incentives that fits their needs the best, from Louisiana small business grants to various Louisiana Economic Development incentives. The Iberia Industrial Development Foundation’s Small Business Advisory program provides information and services needed by entrepreneurs to create and operate business enterprises in Iberia Parish. All of these services are provided free of charge and are completely confidential.

IDF Leadership

  • Michael J. Tarantino
    President and CEO

  • Evelyn Ducote
    Administrative Assistant

Contact Us

You can reach the IDF staff by calling the IDF offices at (337) 367-0834 or by sending an email to [email protected].

IDF Partners

The IDF is very proud of our relationship with our network of important partners and allies.

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Louisiana Workforce Commission
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is recognized as the labor exchange for the state of Louisiana by serving as the link between employers, job seekers, and training entities to provide the skills training, employment services, and re-employment resources necessary to increase employment in Louisiana.

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Louisiana Economic Development
The Louisiana Department of Economic Development is the main economic development agency for the state of Louisiana. The State’s roster of business incentives is designed to retain and attract new industry; foremost among them are the tax credits and rebates, infrastructure assistance and workforce training.

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The LSU Agricultural Center
The value of agricultural research and extension to U.S. economic development and to the well-being of the American people has been recognized since the founding of this country. The LSU Agricultural Center, through its Extension Service, helps the people of Louisiana – both rural and urban – improve their lives through an educational process that uses research-based knowledge focused on issues and needs. You can view the many programs and services offered by this organization at their website.

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University of Louisiana at Lafayette New Iberia Research Center
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette New Iberia Research Center specializes in the breeding, management, and importation of a diverse range of nonhuman primate species and offers a broad range of diagnostic, laboratory, and human resources for the development and characterization of nonhuman primate models for applied and basic research aimed at promoting human quality of life.

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SLCC New Iberia Campus
The South Louisiana Community College System operates a campus located at the Acadiana Regional Airport. The SLCC New Iberia Campus location provides instructional programs with provide skilled employees for business and industry that contribute to the overall economic development and workforce for the needs of the state. With over 500 students enrolled in 16 different areas of instruction, the college is committed in providing post-secondary instruction in vocational and technical education to Acadiana students helping them prepare for career employment and advancement.

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The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau
We invite you to savor the difference in Iberia Parish where our blend of Cajun spices provides a unique taste of Louisiana’s Cajun Country. The Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official parish marketing agency promoting New Iberia, Avery Island, Jefferson Island, Jeanerette, Loreauville and Delcambre as a destination. Marketing programs target leisure travelers, business travelers, media, entertainment industry, and the travel trade including group tour planners, meeting planners, sports planners and special event planners. The bureau operates a parish welcome center located at 2513 Hwy. 14 in New Iberia. Please stop by.

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Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization not associated with any governmental agency. When you become a member of the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, you are hiring a full-time organization, which is working to improve business in Iberia Parish.

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One Acadiana
One Acadiana, formerly the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, is currently transforming into a national-caliber, regional economic development organization serving a nine-parish area in South Louisiana.

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Acadiana Economic Development
Iberia Parish is part of the larger Acadiana region. We are connected with commerce through the AEDC, a regional economic development organization.

IDF 2021 Board of Directors

  • City of New Iberia
    Freddie Decourt, Mayor

  • Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce
    Robert Cowan

  • Iberia Parish Airport Authority
    Maurice “Mo” Songy, Airport Director

  • Iberia Parish Council
    Paul Landry, Council Appointee

  • Iberia Parish Government
    M. Larry Richard, Parish President

  • Iberia Parish School Board
    Carey Laviolette, Superintendant

  • Iberia Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau
    Fran Thibodeaux, Director

  • New Iberia City Council
    Ricky Gonsoulin, Mayor Pro-Temp

  • Port of Iberia
    Craig Romero, Director

  • Past IDF Chair
    Fran Henderson

  • Kristie McMath Hebert
    Arceneaux Ford

  • Denise Broussard
    Avex

  • Korey Kimball
    Bayou Companies

  • Advantaged Assets
    Chad Courtois, Owner

  • Cleco
    Katie Chiasson, Senior Business Developer

  • Dixie Electric
    Mike Flash, Owner

  • Iberia Medical Center
    Dionne Viator, President/CEO

  • Sugarland Exterminating
    Reid Sellers, Co-Owner

  • Bret Berard
    Berard Transportation

  • Mickey Bellot
    Royal Security Solutions/Bayou Chateau and Chateau Royale

  • City of Jeanerette
    Carol Bourgeois, Mayor

  • Town of Delcambre
    Pam Blakely, Mayor

  • Village of Loreauville
    Todd Simon, Mayor Clifton’s Appointee

Join us in creating a stronger economic base for the community in which we live and work by becoming a member of IDF today!

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