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Balancing public health with economic recovery

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Balancing health and economic prosperity is difficult in the age of COVID-19.

As the disease continues its physical onslaught around the world, the virus’s tentacles have impacted the economy, like no other crisis.

Managing the circumstances related to COVID-19 has divided some citizens and leaders into two camps: Those who want to follow advice from medical professionals and health policymakers who caution against resuming normal life too quickly and those who believe the economy has to be re-engaged now in order to stave off collapse.

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Alliance Endorses Framework for State’s Economic Recovery

Friday, April 17, 2020

The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance and Chamber SWLA endorses Louisiana Association of Business and Industry's  (LABI) plan to restart the state's economy in a responsible and safety-oriented manner. LABI worked with executives from the health care, manufacturing, automotive, banking, small business, and engineering industries, among others, and with peer business organizations and associations from around the state to develop this plan.

 
The executive summary precedes the release of a fuller commentary that is still under review. This summary should be widely shared and reviewed. It includehealth and safety considerations, critical considerations for officials and employers prior to reopening, and three components to a gradual process for reopening the economy. 
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Government works despite divide

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

As we have just completed our nation’s 244th Fourth of July Celebration, this is a good time to pause and reflect on our nation’s system of government. In 2020, we are going through extremely difficult times. There’s the COVID-19 pandemic, the crash of our economy, the oil crisis, global issues, the Black Lives Matter movement, and a sharp political divide in our country.

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Historic Challenges Face Southwest Louisiana

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The mission of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance is to be the regional leader for business and workforce development resulting in improved quality of life for all residents in Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis parishes. The mission of the Chamber SWLA is to serve as the voice for the regional business community.

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