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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.

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.  

Louisiana Officials Need to Consider All Interstate 210 Construction Impacts

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Excellent infrastructure is imperative to our region, state and country. What we ask is for government to respect the people and businesses who pay the taxes in order for the public structures to be built.

Impending Infrastructure Work In Southwest Louisiana Means Local Businesses Need to Prepare

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The word infrastructure is getting a lot of attention these days.

Now is the time for action!

Posted by: George Swift on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

With a strong local economy forecast, there is great potential for our region to prosper.

SWLA Crown Jewel of Louisiana Economic Growth

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Earlier this month Site Selection magazine released its Governor’s Cup rankings and Louisiana ranked eighth on a per capita basis for states with the most new and expanded facilities during 2017.

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