What is VEDA?

The Vermilion Economic Development Alliance is a legislatively created body with the autonomy and flexibility to meet the needs of business. We work in coordination with other local government entities and organizations to promote the economic growth and quality of life in Vermilion Parish.

Governed by a 15-member board of directors, the independent economic development district has strong representation from stakeholders and governmental entities from across the parish.

The organization focuses on four key priorities including: Business Development, Existing Business Retention & Expansion, Workforce & Education Initiatives, and New Business Attraction.


The mission of the Vermilion Economic Development Alliance is to facilitate business growth, retention and expansion, and serve as the contact for industry interested in relocating to Vermilion Parish.

Meet the VEDA Team

Board Executives

Patrick Duhon


Abbeville Harbor and Terminal

Anita Dupuis

Vice President

Town of Gueydan

Anne T. Falgout


Vermilion Parish Police Jury

Nikki Vidos


City of Abbeville

Board Members

Joshua Anderson

Vermilion Parish Police Jury

Claire Broussard

Vermilion Chamber of Commerce

Elliot Broussard

Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office

Kristy Doucet-Touchet

Vermilion Parish Police Jury

Richard Guilbeaux

Vermilion Parish School Board

Jacob Landry

Town of Erath

Megan Landry-Lalande

Town of Maurice

Ben Rivera

Vermilion Parish Police Jury

Linda Vincent

City of Kaplan

Kristin Vincent

Town of Delcambre


Shari Cormier

Executive Assistant

Kayla Link

Economic Development Liason

Board meeting Information

The Vermilion Economic Development Alliance Board of Directors meets at 5:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month in the Vermilion Parish Government Office Complex at 407 Charity Street in Abbeville, LA. All meetings are open to the public.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact the Vermilion Economic Development District at (337) 740-0433, to request a copy of our ADA Meeting Policy and our Disability Accommodation Form.

Board meeting documents

The Vermilion Economic Development Alliance aims to make access to our public records as easy as possible. We respect your right as a member of the community to have an understanding of our operations and efforts. Download this form to submit a public records request.


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  • Vermilion Parish Police Jury
  • Vermilion Parish School Board
  • Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office
  • Vermilion Chamber of Commerce
  • Abbeville Harbor & Terminal District
  • City of Abbeville
  • Town of Delcambre
  • Town of Erath
  • Town of Gueydan
  • City of Kaplan
  • Town of Maurice

Business Investors


Committee meetings are scheduled at the discretion of the committee and will be posted in accordance with state requirements.

  • Executive Committee
  • Transition Committee
  • Workforce Development Committee
  • Events Committee
  • Sustainable Funding Committee
  • Business and Industry Development Committee
  • Strategic Planning Committee
  • Communications and Promotions Committee
  • Hometown Revitalization Project Committee

Ready to get down to business?