On Lafayette Live today City-Parish President Joey Durel said earlier this week in Dallas he had accepted the Broadband Cornerstone Award presented "to communities that use technology to improve the lives of their citizens".  Durel said the award was presented to Lafayette primarily because of it's fiber-to-the-home project.

According to Durel the first round of meetings concerning the City-Parish's proposed comprehensive plan is over and he was impressed with the attendance.  Durel said turn-out for the meetings was impressive and many great ideas were presented.  He said ideas presented at these meetings will be used to develop the plan's vision statement.  Durel urged people to participate in a "meeting in a box" to offer more ideas for the plan.  Details and information for the "meeting in a box" for a civic group, business or neighborhood can be found at www.lafayettela.gov/comprehensiveplan.

Festival International gets underway today and Durel said it will be very beneficial economically to the area in the near future and in the long-run Lafayette and Acadiana will benefit because of Innov8, an idea event also beginning today.  Guests and speakers at Innov8 include the chief technology officer of the United States, the chief technology officer of Microsoft and the founder of Priceline.com.

Listen to "Lafayette Live" with Joey Durel: