Today’s Acadia Parish was settled by exiled Acadians who received land grants from the Spanish Government, grants that included tracts of land, cattle and agricultural implements. They quickly learned the surrounding fertile ground was excellent for growing rice. Today the City of Crowley, Acadia Parish’s parish seat, is recognized as the Rice Capital of America, and is home to rice mills and the LSU AgCenter’s Rice Research Station.
Mostly rural in nature, the parish economy is largely comprised of agricultural based industry producing rice, soybeans and crawfish. While farming is a way of life for many, the parish has approached the growth of new industry with open arms. The communities of Acadia continue to prosper with many new businesses, along with those that have been around for decades.
In conjunction with Acadiana Economic Development and the Acadia Parish Police Jury, the Crowley Chamber of Commerce has been a catalyst for economic development in the Acadia Parish area. The Chamber is currently serving as a contact for those interested in business expansion and start-up.
For more Information on Acadia Parish please contact the Crowley Chamber of Commerce.