As the organization approaches its eighth anniversary, the Board of Directors of the Vermilion Economic Development Alliance is happy to announce the hiring of Victoria Sagrera Bourque as Program Administrator, a position designed to lead the organization into its next phase.

Victoria Sagrera Bourque
Victoria Bourque signs new hire paperwork

When Anne Falgout, VEDA’s first Executive Director, announced her resignation from the local economic development agency, the leadership team set out to find a “passionate individual committed to moving the organization and community forward.”

Victoria Bourque was selected to work alongside a 15-member board, in coordination with other local, regional, and state economic development agencies to sustain and grow economic development efforts in Vermilion Parish.

Board President Ben Rivera is excited about the transition. “We were delighted to find someone from Vermilion Parish that can continue the success we have worked so hard to achieve. Lightning apparently does strike twice!”

Bourque has a wide array of skills that make her well-suited for the position which will officially begin in June. She has served in various capacities with coastal advocacy entities and is an active member of the Vermilion Parish community, serving on the Vermilion Parish Tourist Commission and Louisiana Cattle Festival boards. She understands and values the recognition our community deserves, and has demonstrated experience in promoting our area, during her reign as Miss Louisiana United States in 2017.

“In addition to thoroughly enjoying networking to develop and maintain business relationships,” Bourque says, “I have an immense passion for the food, entertainment, and joie de vivre that is encompassed in our unique Louisiana culture, especially in my hometown of Abbeville and Vermilion Parish!”

Hiring Committee with Bourque
L to R: Richard Guilbeaux, Anne Falgout, Victoria Bourque, Ben Rivera, and Megan Landry-Lalande

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