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What’s the best way to get involved in the Downtown Lafayette community?

Become a member today.

Downtown Lafayette Unlimited is a non-profit, membership organization

Downtown Lafayette Unlimited was founded in 1983 and has hosted locally cherished traditions like Downtown Alive!—celebrating the unique culture of Acadiana for over three decades. DLU’s events define Downtown as the center of Lafayette and the vital cultural heart of the region, but our efforts go beyond events and concerts.

As a member-based non-profit organization, we work to serve the Downtown community by promoting Downtown and its businesses, advocating for smart growth and investment in the Downtown area, hosting events that bring crowds to Downtown shops and restaurants, and keeping our members connected and informed on all matters relating to Downtown.

Our members are committed to the success of all of Downtown and due to their commitment, they benefit from the increased exposure, access to information, and networking opportunities provided by DLU.

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Here are some of the benefits of becoming a DLU member

Stand in the Spotlight

DLU provides marketing assistance and increased exposure for Downtown businesses and events, highlighting the shops and operators that make Downtown special. We here to help you stand out in a growing and changing environment and reach the people who want to be Downtown.

Stay Informed

We provide regular updates to keep our members informed on all matters Downtown; from new developments and unique events, to efforts our office has taken to work with the city to keep Downtown safe and beautiful.

Make Connections

The members of DLU are a network of individuals and businesses that care about the vitality of our city center. We provide opportunities to connect and engage at our member events and gatherings.

Get Involved

Being a DLU member means supporting all of the things you love about downtown Lafayette. By becoming a member of Downtown Lafayette you are helping us to keep the district vibrant and central to the success of Lafayette as a whole.

“I didn’t want to just be a bystander. I wanted to be able to make a difference to improve our downtown community.”

—Nathanael Johnson, owner of Rêve Coffee Roasters, DLU member since 2018.

Member Benefits

Once you join, you will have unlocked the benefits of being a part of the Downtown community

  • A meeting with us to discuss your business, its role Downtown, and how we can help you by utilizing our unique resources.
  • Networking/advertising opportunities through access to our member database, business listings, and marketing initiatives.
  • Invites to DLU’s special events and member-only opportunities.
  • A link to your business website or Facebook page from the Member Directory on our website.
  • Opportunity to serve on the Downtown Lafayette Unlimited board of directors.
  • Option to be included in our Member Spotlight program
  • DLU member newsletter featuring access to developing downtown stories and updates on our ongoing projects.
  • Plus you get the best benefit of all:
    The knowledge that you are contributing to creating the growing and vibrant Downtown that Lafayette deserves.

Member Dues

Membership dues range from $75-$450 annually, depending on business size and membership type.

Individual $75/year
Family $120/year
Business (1-10 employees) $150/year
Business (11-30 employees) $180/year
Business (31-100 employees) $255/year
Business (101-200 employees) $315/year
Business (201+ employees) $450/year

Sponsor Opportunities

Want to be more involved in Downtown activities? Consider becoming a sponsor of one of our events. Regular events like Downtown Lunch & Learn and Downtown Meet-Up provide unique opportunities for our members, and events like Downtown Alive! and Movies in the Parc provide our sponsors exposure to thousands of Acadiana residents. View our sponsor opportunities to learn more.

Learn More

Want to get to know more about DLU’s member program. Memberships are overseen by our Director, Maureen Dugas Foster. If you have any questions or ideas, you can send us a message or contact her directly.

Maureen Dugas Foster
Director, Downtown Lafayette Unlimited

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