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Diversity & Inclusion Plan

Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

Diversity & Inclusion Plan 


SWLA Alliance is interested in collaborating across industries and with government, civic agencies, educational institutions and community organizations to highlight the business case for diversity and inclusion.

  • Better understanding of your customers
  • Diverse teams work better together
  • Greater innovation and creativity
  • Boosts your employee brand
  • Companies in the top quartile for racial and ethnic diversity are 35% more like to have returns above the national median for their industry
  • Diverse teams have been shown to generate more than 30% of their revenues from innovative products and services 

Striving to be a more inclusive community creates a competitive advantage for business and supports attracting, developing and retaining skilled talent in the region. 



Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance will educate, lead and influence regional businesses to foster diverse and inclusive practices to grow the area economy’s competitive advantage locally and globally. 



Everyone feels at home in Lake Charles. 

Quality of Life



  • Welcoming 
  • Attraction
  • Attraction
  • Branding/Our Story
  • Engagement
  • Expansion
  • Advocacy
  • Retention
  • Retention

Goal 1:  The Southwest Louisiana region is known for its rich culturally diverse and inclusive leadership. 

Goal 2:  Southwest Louisiana is a vibrant and globally competitive region attracting and retaining skilled, educated and a diverse workforce to meet the needs of the area economy and community.

Goal 3:  Southwest Louisiana’s business community values small and diverse business owners as critical partners to meet their supply chain needs.

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