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Louisiana Economic Development office Selects Two Area Businesses to Participate in Support Program

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, June 14, 2022

 “Rural businesses play a key role in Louisiana’s ongoing economic growth and diversification,” LED Secretary Don Pierson said. “Our commitment to rural revitalization remains a priority, and our partnership with the Edward Lowe Foundation is one of the many ways we leverage available resources. Today, the state can spur rural economic growth by providing rural entrepreneurs with state-of-the-art tools and more of the critical resources they need to be successful.”

Alliance/Chamber SWLA Sharing More Information about LNG on Website and Social Media

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, May 31, 2022

 Our side of the world, due to multi-billion dollar investments in LNG facilities development, was already garnering attention in energy magazines, trade journals, and business news.

Aviation is Flying High in SWLA

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Our five parish region has many valuable assets in the aviation sector.  There are airports throughout the area. The Allen Parish Airport, Beauregard Airport with its industrial mega-site, Jennings  Airport, Southland Field in Carlyss , and Dequincy all have facilities to handle various private aircraft. 

The Calcasieu Ship Channel is the Economic Heart of SWLA

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Over the next five years, there are $46 billion of planned projects that will use the Ship Channel — adding 90.8 million tons of cargo per year to the current cargo handled.

Ship Channel essential, and so is funding for its maintenance

Posted by: George Swift on Sunday, May 8, 2022

Just how important is the Calcasieu Ship Channel? A recent study found that it drives two-thirds of the gross domestic product of Calcasieu and Cameron parishes — and fully $39 billion of the national GDP.

Those statistics show that the Calcasieu Ship Channel is essential — and so is federal support and other funding for its maintenance.

More Economic Investment Means More Job Creation

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Witnessing economic development success is just one of the rewarding aspects of Chamber life.

     The reason for that is simple. Dreams that become plans, which are then converted into viable and strong enterprises, lead to jobs.

     In Southwest Louisiana, employment creation has been the hallmark of joint collaborations between state, parish and local entities, the Alliance/Chamber SWLA, business community and more importantly…our residents.

Natural Gas Can Be Good for the Environment and Economy

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Prior to the invasion of Ukraine, competition in the world market was fierce among LNG competitors. As well as it should be in a free market society. Once the war started and energy products from Russia became taboo, the economic and philosophical arguments to make America a clean energy-independent nation and provider to our allies have intensified.

We need a new bridge, not more talk

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, April 5, 2022

We are Southwest Louisiana Strong, comprised of resilient people who have been through natural disasters and well on the road to recovery. The I-10 Bridge over the Calcasieu River at Lake Charles, however, is not strong and needs to be replaced.

In recent days there have been developments in the legislature that might jeopardize this project. It’s the most important piece of concrete on Interstate 10 between California and Florida. We are comfortable competing with other projects because that’s what we do in economic development. However, we don’t think it necessary to have to compete for replacement of this long-outdated bridge.

Southwest Louisiana at the Forefront of America’s Clean Energy Revolution: LNG Leads the Way

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, March 29, 2022

The Alliance/Chamber SWLA is encouraging the Biden administration to “utilize resources in support of LNG facility projects by streamlining permitting processes and other means in order for the industry to grow and meet energy and national security demands.”

     Our federal government has announced an agreement to supply the European Union with 15 billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas by the end of 2022 in order to offset the natural gas supply from Russia as a result of that country’s aggressive actions against Ukraine.

     Southwest Louisiana sits in an economic strategic position due to current LNG expansion.

Small Business Owners: Prepare for Cyber Attacks

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, March 8, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Justice is encouraging small business owners to consider ways to protect themselves from malware, viruses, ransomware and phishing.

          According to the state, 88 percent of small business owners feel their operations are vulnerable to cyber-attack.


      Here are a few tips the agency recommends:

  • Create strong passwords that contain both lower and uppercase letters, symbols, and numbers for all networks and accounts that contain sensitive information.
  • Install and regularly update anti-virus, network firewalls, and information encryption tools to scan for and counteract viruses and harmful programs.
  • Establish basic security practices and policies for employees. Ensure they are implemented in ever part of your business.

American LNG Impacting SWLA and the World

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Current headlines in the business and geo-political realm should convince residents in Southwest Louisiana that this region’s expanding LNG  infrastructure is more important than we may think.

Before COVID and natural disasters impacted the five parish area, our economy was booming as a result was  of a number of multi-million and billion dollar construction projects directly related to the LNG industry.

SWLA’s Current Narrative Cannot Be Drive by Negative Perceptions Because Positive Press Abounds

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, February 22, 2022

 From an economic development standpoint, the downtrodden mindset is not acceptable. In a free market economy, a person or group is challenged with problems every day. In fact, some would say it is the business community that is best equipped to utilize innovation to find solutions to problems that solve some of society's issues while at the same time reaping financial benefits.

Business outlook sunny for 2022

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, February 15, 2022

This year, 2022, should be a good one for business in Southwest Louisiana — with much of the outcome dependent on the COVID impact, inflation, and supply issues. 

 Our Alliance in-house economist, Dr. Dan Groft of the McNeese H.C. Drew Center, reports that looking back to last year, the taxable sales in Calcasieu Parish increased by over $1.4 billion from 2020 to 2021. This represented a 24.2 percent increase. 

Infrastructure to the forefront

Posted by: George Swift on Tuesday, February 1, 2022

A prosperous economy, resilient coastline and homes, and updated infrastructure are vital to ensuring we maintain and grow our community. This requires a concerted effort by private and public partners and local, state, and federal governments to secure the future of Lake Charles. One key partner in our efforts has been Sen. Bill Cassidy.

Sulphur Marketing Piece, Part of Continued Place Branding

Posted by: Eric Cormier on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Sometimes we all take for granted what good aspects exist in our home towns. I am a big believer in the thought that the greatest public relations efforts for a city are based in the comments made by citizens when they leave for short term vacations or longer jaunts.

People who appreciate their town or city talk about them and share their passion in ways pictures and slogans do not always accomplish.

Takeaway from Chamber banquet is that area in good hands

Posted by: George Swift on Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Despite natural disasters and COVID, our region is poised for continued growth. The leadership exhibited at the Chamber SWLA Banquet demonstrates our region is in good hands.   

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