A part of the Lafayette Consolidated Government and the Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) called the Le Centre International de Lafayette is inviting business owners in Acadiana to come to a meeting tomorrow where the mid-October trade mission to France will be discussed.

Leading the pack to France will be Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, along with the help of the World Trade Center, Committee of 100, Louisiana Economic Development, French-American Chamber of Commerce, and the Consulate General of France.

This is an opportunity for local businesses to do business with France and give Acadiana business owners the chance to meet with CEO's from some of the largest corporations in France.

The trip, which is set to last between October 16-23, will also give opportunities to visit historic sites, including the Normandy beaches where the D-Day invasion occurred. France was chosen for a multitude of reasons, including the fact that it has a GDP of $2.56 trillion and is the world's sixth-largest economy. (See map to see cities on agenda)

The briefing, which is being held at the LITE Center at 537 Cajundome Boulevard at 10 AM, will focus on the following industry sectors: Aerospace & Engineering, Digital Media & Technology, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Education, Oil, Gas, Energy, Tourism and Cultural Economy.

There are a limited number of seats available, and registration is required for this free event.

Mr. Jean-Claude Brunet, Consul General of France in New Orleans, and Mr. Leandro de Sa, President of the Chamber of Commerce in Midi-Pyrenees, France, will present the main highlights of the mission.

For more information or directions to the venue, please contact Christophe Pilut at Le Centre International de Lafayette at 337-291 5474 or email at LeCentre.Information@LafayetteLA.gov