DLU is a private, non-profit corporation formed in November, 1983. Its general mission is the physical, economic and cultural revitalization of the downtown district – restoring and preserving its important place as the center of life in Acadiana. DLU strives to provide the private sector leadership and coordination needed in the revitalization effort, working hand in hand with the DDA to effect a strong public-private partnership in downtown improvements. Membership is comprised of individuals and business city-wide as well as downtown. DLU is governed by a 20 member Board of Directors and utilizes committees and task forces to conduct the revitalization activities. Activities are funded through membership dues, grants, and special event revenues.