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Losing opportunity?

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, February 19, 2019

There are no certainties in the field of economic development.  

Pitch us your business concept

Posted by: Adrian Wallace on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

• Are you a small business owner who needs funding to grow your business?

• Do you have what you believe is a good business concept?

• Do you want an opportunity to promote your business?

Interstate 210 Bridge Construction Work in Lake Charles, Louisiana Will Impact the Community and Business Sector...the question is 'How Much?'

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

It has begun.

On January 7, 2019, private contractors started the highly anticipated Interstate 210 construction project that is desperately needed in order to make sure the structure is safe for motorist.

SW La. needs more STEAM

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Our region needs more S.T.E.A.M. in the New Year. That is, we need more emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. And the “A” stands for arts. Future jobs and the future of our region depend on education and training in these categories. 

A Sincere Thank You Is In Order to Business Owners who Started Or Grew In 2018

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Business is good in Southwest Louisiana. People who do not believe the latter need look no further than the daily growing list of businesses that are opening because owners want to make money in an area that possesses one of America’s fastest and consistently growing gross domestic products. 

Another Year of Economic Success Is the Result of Team Work

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, December 25, 2018

At this time of the year, we reflect on 2018 and plan for 2019.

Southwest Louisiana had another successful year with a growing economy and record employment.

Chamber SWLA Membership Means Being Part of a Family

Posted by: Paula Ramsey on Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Thank you to our Chamber Southwest Louisiana members. We wouldn’t be the organization we are today without each and every one of you!

Since 1903, the Chamber has been a long-standing institution in Southwest Louisiana.

SEED Center Business Incubator is “Where Opportunity is Growing”

Posted by: Adrian Wallace on Tuesday, December 25, 2018

As 2019 approaches, the SEED Incubator Center management team wants the public to know about the opportunities that will be available. We encourage start up business owners and longtime entrepreneurs to consider our services.

Incentives drive industrial growth

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The mission of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance is to improve the economy in our five-parish region and increase the quality of life for all residents.

Technology Provides Opportunity To Learn, Adjust and Profit Alliance 101

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, December 11, 2018

If you have not heard, the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in the business space is about to get into full gear in 2019.

On a Roll in 2018

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Our five-parish region continues to lead the state in job growth. In fact, The Lake Charles MSA has the fastest job growth for medium size markets in the United States, according to Business Facilities Magazine. Our region was named the Small Market of the Year for the eighth year in a row by Southern Business Development Magazine.

Lake Charles Area Hot Bed For Jobs 

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, November 13, 2018

 According to a study compiled by analysts with www.howmuch.com, the Lake Charles area is the number one market for job seekers in America.    

Future Southwest Louisiana jobs in the robot age

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Our region is in the midst of unprecedented growth and job creation. These jobs will provide the foundation for keeping our young people here and in attracting new residents for generations to come.

Inclusion and Diversity Does Not Have To Be Difficult

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Diversity in the workplace can be an uncomfortable discussion. It is a complicated topic because the word ‘diversity’ is defined by an individual’s cultural standards, values and perceptions.

Developing Sites in Southwest Louisiana

Posted by: Gus Fontenot on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Lake Charles Regional Airport landed Southwest Louisiana’s most recent Certified Site from Louisiana Economic Development (LED) in September. This new Certified Site is the 156-acre tract of property located north of Airport Boulevard and west of the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office location on Gulf Highway (La. Hwy. 385). A Certified Site designation indicates that the airport property for lease is primed and ready for development.

Lake Charles MSA is the Fastest Growing in the State

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Scott said in 40 years of monitoring the Louisiana economy, he has never seen back-to-back job performances like that in any MSA in the state. In fact, he says, few if any other MSAs in the country matched this record.

Prepare To Finish 2018 Strong Using Last Quarter Strategies

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Fall is here and that means it is time to make final preparations for the fourth business quarter during 2018.

No matter what your enterprise, thought needs to be given towards your overall business strategy.

The sports world provides some of the best examples of late game strategy because finishing strong is a key to overall success.

Here are some tips to consider from a 2017 article in Forbes magazine entitled “Five Tips To Win Your Fourth Quarter: Business Strategies From The Best In Sports.”

LegisGator brings focus on SW La.

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The 13th annual LegisGator Luncheon Aug. 24 at L’Auberge Casino Resort was a tremendous success. In addition to a packed house, there was a full complement of federal and state elected officials. Governor John Bel Edwards kicked off the program with optimism that the state’s financial condition has stabilized. As did most of the speakers, the Governor heaped praise on area businesses and elected leaders for the outstanding amount of industrial growth that is leading the state.

A letter to US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Built in 1952, The I-10 Bridge has outlived its structural capacity and usefulness in today’s fast paced national and international business climate. Studies by the National Bridge Inventory and Louisiana officials have established that the bridge does not meet traffic capacity standards which can impede commerce and create safety concerns.

Quality of Life in the forefront

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Several years ago when The Alliance was planning for the coming year, the incoming board chair, Ken Broussard, suggested a need to work on the quality of life in our area.

Creative solutions will keep our region on top

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Recent comments from visitors and economic development consultants are very encouraging about the current and future economy of our region.

We’ve heard repeatedly from sources outside our area that the dollar amount of current and future industrial projects is unprecedented and not something to take for granted, compared to other areas of our state and nation.

Our Regional Economic Development & Quality of Life Magazine

Posted by: Amanda White on Monday, July 16, 2018

Check out our regional economic development magazine!

Megasites Provide Mega Opportunities

Posted by: George Swift on Thursday, July 5, 2018

With the re-zoning of 12,000 acres of private property in West Calcasieu, our region is now in the process of planning for another potential gamechanger, a huge megasite. By definition and practice, a megasite is a large contiguous tract of land for big industrial operations. To remain competitive among industrial sites around the world, Southwest Louisiana needs these large properties.

Infrastructure progress in Southwest Louisiana

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Two recent developments have given encouragement to solving some of the infrastructure issues in Southwest Louisiana.

Stepping Up the Game for Growth

Posted by: George Swift on Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The city of Lake Charles is positioning itself for new economic development with a strategic targeted array of incentives for the Interstate 10 Corridor, Enterprise Boulevard, and the Lakefront.

Interstate 10 Calcasieu River Bridge Update

Posted by: Chamber SWLA Staff on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Chamber SWLA officials have announced the creation of a task force as part of its effort to facilitate the replacement of the Interstate 10/Calcasieu River Bridge. 

REGIONAL BUSINESS INCUBATOR GAINS NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Posted by: Unknown on Tuesday, May 22, 2018

SEED Center Business Incubator was Rural Incubator for May 2018

SWLA Is the Shining Economy in Bayou State

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, May 8, 2018
In 2017, Louisiana’s gross domestic product (GDP) was one of the least impressive of the 50 states. For observers in Southwest Louisiana, such news could lead to confusion. Last week, the Associated Press published a story stating, ...

Thinking about the Business Pitch Competition

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Monday, May 7, 2018

Education has always been the key to mobility. As technological advances change the workforce landscape, getting an education is the one task that will keep a person viable.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – Now and in the Future

Posted by: R.B. Smith on Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The widespread and constantly growing use of computer-based technology in our daily lives is creating new industries with new opportunities for careers.  

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