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LAGCOE is more than just show and tell

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The Louisiana and Gulf Coast Oil Exposition is one of the world's pioneer oil and gas expos and has been fueling global energy solutions since 1955. One of the largest oil and gas industry expos in the United States, LAGCOE is held biennially in the heart of America's energy corridor, Lafayette, LA. From October 22nd- 24th, thousands travel through the gates of the Cajundome Convention Center to see displays of the latest tools and technology.

Fourteen thousand are expected to attend 2013's event, with hundreds of exhibits, employees and volunteers from Acadiana and 37 countries worldwide.

Al Thomas, a 50 year veteran of the oil and gas industry, was named this year's LAGCOE LOOEY, an honor that is bestowed upon one person every event. Thomas remembered coming to LAGCOE in the early years of his business ventures and said south Louisiana was always a pioneer in the industry.

"We invented a lot of things and we were drilling here before other people drilled in most of the world. So, we took all the of things that we learned and we developed and the Cajuns went to a lot of countries overseas in the '50s and '60s and took the drilling techniques that they had developed."

He explained that it would takes months or ever a full year to reap the benefits of two days at LAGCOE.

"It's a place to show and tell what tools are available to any of the oilfield people instead of traveling all over to each company and saying 'let me see what you do.'"

The economic impact of the event reaches in the millions.

"We have a study that was done years ago that measures the economic impact during the show days at ten and a half million," said Communications Director Claire Tom.

Tom said that number does not include the indirect impact of people staying in hotels, eating at are restaurants and events held by businesses.

Something new to this year's LAGCOE event; a job fair for those wanting to start or expand their energy careers.

"We have companies in the Mardi Gras Ballroom and also marked in different spaces," said Tom. "Folks looking for hard workers that want to make a difference in the industry."

Thirty-two companies will be on hand for the event and so far, 1,000 people have already registered online. The job fair takes place Thursday from 9am to 2pm at the Cajundome Convention Center. To pre-register, go to www.lagcoe.com/energycareers and click 'register.' or register the day of onsite.

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