Design Director Geoff Dyer aims to help transform Lafayette's downtown into an urban center that will attract more residents, businesses and investment.
The former Super Taco Buffet on Johnston Street has been razed.
Louisiana's unemployment rate held steady at 7 percent in July.
The World Trade Center of New Orleans said Louisiana's principal export markets through the second quarter were Mexico, $3.26 billion; China, $2.58 billion; and Singapore, $1.53 billion.
As part of plea deal, company agrees to reimburse federal and state agencies for cleaning up an estimated 266 barrels of waste oil that leaked from a damaged tank near the mill.