Welcome to Broussard, Louisiana, where we are happy to share our history and hospitality with you all. Not only is Broussard a bustling business hub situated on the major north/south Highway 90 (Interstate 49), but it is also home to over 11,000 residents. Our rich history dates back to 1884 when Valsin Broussard, a prominent local merchant and descendant of exiled Acadians, settled the area. The construction of a railroad line, as well as the development of petroleum mining activity off the Louisiana gulf coast, spurred much growth in our area. Fast forward to 2018, and Broussard continues to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the region, drawing new businesses, tourists and families at an amazing rate.
The Broussard Chamber of Commerce is an active organization whose underlying mission is to “assist in the development and growth of business” in our area. We are, however, so much more than just a business resource. Of course we offer a wide variety of networking opportunities for local professionals, but we are also proud to serve the larger community by supporting various quality-of-life initiatives. Outside of our Chamber programming, which includes breakfast & lunch events and A Taste of Broussard, in 2018 the Chamber will host family-friendly events like the Broussard Independence Day Festival, Noel en Broussard and the Broussard Christmas Parade.
I should also mention our newest attraction, the Broussard Sports Complex at St. Julien Park. This state-of-the-art recreational facility opened in 2017, and has already begun welcoming local and visiting sports teams, as well as anyone looking to cool off at the splash pad. St. Julien Park is open to the public year-round, and will be home to St. Julien Jams, a free concert series that will take place during the spring and fall seasons.
As we look to the future, the Broussard Chamber of Commerce is eager to bring to fruition the Vision 2040 Plan recently outlined by a local focus group and adopted by our city government. This plan will serve as our guide as we work to create a better-connected city that offers opportunities for business development, a revitalized downtown area and dedicated spaces for entertainment.
We exist to support local businesses, as well as to provide high-quality, family-oriented activities that will draw our community together. Broussard is a SMALL TOWN, but we mean BIG BUSINESS!
Jeremy Hidalgo, President/CEO