LAGCO announced today it will host its next expo in New Orleans instead of Lafayette. 

Officials say the move allows strategic growth for the organization.  “The decision to host LAGCOE 2019 in New Orleans is rooted in our mission to cultivate economic growth in the energy industry by facilitating domestic and global business development,” says Greg Stutes, Chairman of LAGCOE’s Board of Directors. “A significantly larger venue will accommodate more exhibitors and an even larger attendee base. This promotes growth, diversity, and develops even more connections among Louisiana’s energy industry.”

LAGCOE officials say they remain committed to Lafayette and South Louisiana, specifically its volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors and partners throughout the region. LAGCOE offices and staff will remain in Lafayette and continue to develop new and innovative programming for members.

Late Thursday, Mayor-President Joel Robideaux said this in response to the expo moving, “Lafayette’s reputation as an innovative, entrepreneurial and wildcatter community took hold at the dawn of the oil and gas boom. Today, Lafayette maintains a strong service sector presence, produces an unequaled amount of petroleum engineering graduates and is home to an impressive number of oil and gas related innovations and patents. While LAGCOE will make its 2019 appearance in New Orleans, Lafayette will continue to serve as a hub for the oil and gas industry and an important partner for LAGCOE and its members.”