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SWLA Business News & Events (10/30/18) – Presented by The SWLA Economic Development Alliance



Make sure to Vote!
Early voting ends tomorrow if you want to skip the lines on November 6th. Visit Geauxvote.org for sample ballots and voting locations.
The Chamber SWLA is endorsing taxes up for renewal: The Calcasieu Parish Public Library Tax Renewal and the Courthouse and Jail Maintenance Tax Renewal.
“These are not new, additional taxes. They are renewals of existing taxes which have been existence for 10 years. Renewing these taxes is vital to the vitality of our region. The Library is a quality of life touchstone for our community and provides resources for a large number of people. Our Calcasieu Parish Public Library has been on the cutting edge of programs and services for our community and it was would be detrimental to our community if this tax renewal did not pass,” said George Swift, President/CEO of the Chamber SWLA. “The Courthouse and Correctional Center are necessary parts of a growing community, which is why they are state mandated. For the safety and well-being of our community, we must have a correctional center and courthouse.”
These two renewals will be on your ballot like this:
·        PW Prop. (Library) – 5.99 Mills Renewal – PJ – 10 Yrs.
·        PW Prop. (Courthouse & Correctional Center) – 3.27 Mills Renewal – PJ – 10 Yrs.
The Library Tax Renewal provides funding for our regional library system which provides for the:
·        1,700 daily visitors to the branches
·        10,000 attendees of library programs, monthly
·        14,600 patrons who use public computers, monthly
·        66,370 library card holders who access the library both in person and online (24/7).
The library millage pays for the operation and maintenance expenses which include new books and other materials, online resources, public computers, internet, services and programs, staffing, utilities, and building maintenance and improvement. For a $100,000 home, this works out to 1.25 a month.
The Courthouse and Jail Maintenance (a.k.a. Correctional Center) Tax Renewal pays for the state-required operation of the Courthouse complex and Correctional Center (Jail). This millage covers courthouse complex costs such as maintenance, equipment, insurance, utilities, custodial services, supplies, and prisoner care. For a $100,000 home, this works out to .68 a month.


SEED Center After Hours
Save the date for the next SEED Center Business After Hours celebrating our Incubator clients. It will take place on Thursday, November 15, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the SEED Center on the 2nd Floor.


Ready for Small Business Saturday?
Will you be open for Small Business Saturday (November 24)? For the 2nd year, the Chamber SWLA and the Alliance’s Quality of Life Task Force is putting together a Directory for Small Business Saturday! Last year, our directory had over 3000 downloads! This year, we will be placing the directory and its exclusive deals on our SWLA Connected app!
Let us know if you are interested and we will follow up with you about your hours, specials, and information about your establishment.
To be a part of the directory, contact Amanda White at awhite@allianceswla.org.
20/20 Vision Clinic celebrated new owner Dr. Lindsey McCauley with a ribbon cutting on Tuesday, October 23. It is located at 4816 Nelson Road in Lake Charles. To help celebrate this milestone with the staff and family of 20/20 Vision Clinic, Paula Ramsey, Chamber SWLA Ambassadors, and Kimberly Delafosse with the City of Lake Charles, and City Councilman Mark Eckard.
Rouses opened its Moss Bluff location on Wednesday, October 24, with regional dignitaries from Calcasieu Parish, the Sam Houston Jones High School band, cheerleaders and more.
The Therapy Center celebrated its Grand Opening on Wednesday, October 24. This is the 6th location for the Jennings-based company. To help Center staff and family celebrate were Paula Ramsey & Brandon Martin with the Chamber SWLA, Aambassadors, and Katie Harrington with the City of Lake Charles.
Join us at our upcoming ribbon cuttings:
  • *Northwestern Mutual (Completion of Expansion & Remodel) and Johnson Funeral Home – Moss Bluff were scheduled this next week, but both have been postponed. We will share the new dates when finalized.
  • 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.


1,000 Trees in 1,000 Days – from the McNeese newsletter
The Harold and Pearl Dripps School of Agricultural Sciences, in partnership with Sasol and 11 other community organizations, is preparing for its fall tree planting as part of the 1,000 Trees in 1,000 Days program.
The program was developed to encourage community residents to restore local ecosystems and green spaces by planting various indigenous trees in locations across Calcasieu Parish. The project has provided hands-on learning for McNeese students with soil sampling and selecting tree species, and has provided environmental science and class gardens for multiple Calcasieu Parish elementary schools.
For more information or to volunteer, please call (337) 475-5690.

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