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SWLA Business News & Events (10/16/18) – Presented by The SWLA Economic Development Alliance




Happy Alliance Anniversary!
Back on October 16, 2006, The Alliance was signed into existence by then Chamber Board Chair Bill Willis and SWLA Partnership for Economic Development Vice Chair Mayor Randy Roach. Here is the press release from that day:
“Three regional economic development organizations have combined resources under a new umbrella coalition to strengthen the business recruiting and retention efforts for Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jeff Davis parishes. The boards of The Chamber SWLA, The Chamber Foundation SWLA, and the Southwest Louisiana Partnership for Economic Development have approved the formation of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance. The “Alliance” will combine the staff and resources of the three groups at the Willis Noland Resource Center at 120 West Pujo Street in Lake Charles which is the current location of the Chamber and Foundation.
George Swift has been named the President/CEO of this new organization. Swift is the founding executive director of the Partnership and has served as Interim President/CEO of the Chamber and Foundation since May 2006.
Bill Willis, Chairman of the Chamber SWLA and Chamber Foundation Boards and CEO of Women & Children’s Hospital, said, “The combination of these public and private organizations is a major breakthrough in regional cooperation. Under this new arrangement, each board will remain intact and set its own policy. The Chamber and Foundation will be strengthened and the Chamber will retain our ability to take stands on public issues. We realize that there may be times when the Boards disagree, but we can work together a vast majority of the time.”
Mayor Randy Roach of Lake Charles and Vice-Chairman of the Partnership agrees, “This will help the five parishes in our region leverage these combined resources for economic development and comes at a crucial time when we are rebuilding Southwest Louisiana.”
Mike Heinen, Vice-Chair for Economic Development for the Chamber and Chamber Foundation Board of Directors & General Manager of the Jefferson Davis Electric Cooperative said: “The Foundation is a vehicle with which we raise private funds, and the Partnership will bring in public funding. The most successful economic development organizations in the nation have put public and private resources together for their programs and that is what we are doing. This is a winning enterprise and we are all encouraged by what Southwest Louisiana stands to gain from this alliance. We urge all businesses to join with us as Chamber members and as investors in the Chamber Foundation.”
 Swift commented: “The new SWLA Economic Development Alliance is part of an overall vision to build the best chamber in the state and the best economic development organization in the state. We have much work to do including the re-accreditation of the chamber, continuing to provide outstanding services for our members as well as increasing membership, and putting together the most aggressive marketing plan ever for the region. The Boards of these organizations are all committed to this regional vision and the outlook is great for Southwest Louisiana. If we work together and take advantage of our tremendous resources, Southwest Louisiana can be stronger than ever.”


Red River Bank celebrated its grand opening last week with Mayor Nic Hunter and City Councilman Mark Eckard. Red River Bank is located at 4112 Lake Street, Suite 200, in Lake Charles.
Join us at our upcoming ribbon cuttings:
  • 20/20 Vision Clinic is celebrating the new owner Dr. Lindsey McCauley on Tuesday, October 23, at 2:30 p.m. It is located at 4816 Nelson Road in Lake Charles. They are also hosting a Trunk Show until 6 p.m.
  • Rouses in Moss Bluff on Thursday, October 24, at 10 a.m.
  • Therapy Center on Wednesday, October 24, at 4:30 p.m. The ribbon cutting will be at 4451 Nelson Road in Lake Charles.
  • Northwestern Mutual (Completion of Expansion & Remodel) on Thursday, November 1 at 10 a.m. in the Chase Bank Building at 127 W. Broad, Suite 600, in Lake Charles.
  • Johnson Funeral Home- Moss Bluff on Wednesday, November 7 at 4:30 p.m. at 23171 Highway 171. There will be an open house from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Century 21 Bessette Realty, Inc on Wednesday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m. at 3025 Lake Street in Lake Charles. They are unveiling their new sign.
We are also hosting a Membership Orientation on October 25 at 8 a.m. at The SEED Center. If you are interested in learning more about the inner workings of the Chamber SWLA and the SWLA Economic Development Alliance, RSVP to Paula Ramsey at pramsey@allianceswla.org.

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