The Lafayette International Center Foundation, which serves as the Lafayette International Center’s advisory board, is pleased to announce the 22nd International Achievement Award (IAA) was bestowed upon the Louisiana Rice Industry during a ceremony at the Lafayette International Center in downtown Lafayette on Thursday, April 28, 2022, in front of a gathering of City-Parish officials, representatives of the Louisiana Rice Industry, past honorees of the Award, and members and past members of the Foundation.
The International Achievement Award, established in 1998, honors an outstanding individual, company, or organization that has significantly enhanced the international reputation of Lafayette and Acadiana through international commerce, tourism, art, music, or goodwill ambassadorship.
The award was accepted by Sam Wright, President and CEO of the Wright Group and the fourth generation of his family in the rice business.
Lafayette International Center Director Dave Domingue said to the crowd of city-parish officials, rice industry representatives, past award honorees, and members and past members of the Foundation, “Louisiana is America’s third-largest rice producing state, with most of our rice production taking place in and around Acadiana. Rice production and processing are estimated to generate about $380 million in revenue each year and account for thousands of jobs. It is no surprise that rice represents a vital part of Louisiana’s –and Acadiana’s—economy, and a major export.”
Lafayette Consolidated Government Chief Administrative Officer, Cydra Wingerter, recognized the International Center as the international trade arm of LCG, bringing more than $107 million dollars into the local economy. “The Lafayette International Center works to increase global knowledge, international trade and talent opportunities, and to promote our culture and heritage. The center and the Lafayette Consolidated Government are deeply committed to a robust Lafayette economy and to strengthening Lafayette’s ties to the rest of the world,” she said.