The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance/Chamber of Commerce SWLA recently welcomed two new additions to their sales and members services staff. Ana Denison and Ashley Register will assist new members, sharing the benefits of their membership.
“Replacing this bridge has been topic of concern and debate for decades,” said I-10 Bridge Task Force Chairperson Keith DuRousseau. “The bridge is vital to the economic fabric of our region and we cannot afford to wait while the state and federal government continue to delay and to allocate funds to projects in other areas. Our research was very eye-opening on the various delays and made us even more determined to find a solution.”
Recent news reports indicate that some LNG projects will be delayed due to world market conditions and potential tariffs on China.
Recently, Dan Groft has joined McNeese State University as director of the H.C. Drew Center for Business and Economic Analysis, assistant professor of economics, and economist for The Alliance. Groft, an economist with a Ph.D. in economics from LSU, has worked with Louisiana Economic Development and most recently with the La. Department of Revenue.
There are four designated Opportunity Zones in Southwest Louisiana. Each of these areas provides investors, property owners, government and business leaders a pathway to impact and improve struggling communities in our area realizing a tax benefit.
An Opportunity Zone is defined by the Internal Revenue Service as “an economically distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment.”