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SWLA Business News & Events (11/20/18) – Presented by The SWLA Economic Development Alliance



Welcome New Members!
Century 21 Bessette Realty, Inc, invited all mortgage lenders, bankers and other industries affiliated with real estate to visit their offices on Wednesday, November 14 to check out their new brand. They are located 3025 Lake Street in Lake Charles. On hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting was City Councilman Mark Eckard.
Staybridge Suites Hotel celebrated their grand opening on Friday, November 16. They are located at 1100 West Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles. Katie Harrington with the City of Lake Charles was on hand to welcome this new business.
Join us at our upcoming ribbon cuttings:
  • Standard Mortgage on Tuesday, December 4, at 4 p.m. They are located at 949 Ryan Street, Suite #110, in Lake Charles. They are hosting an Open House until 7 p.m. and encourage everyone to bring a toy for a shelter pet!
  • Johnson Funeral Home- Moss Bluff on Thursday, December 6, at 4:30 p.m. They are located at 23171 Highway 171 in Moss Bluff and are hosting an Open House from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • CSE Federal Credit Union is celebrating its 75th Anniversary on Friday, December 7, at 10 a.m. The celebration will be at their 4321 Nelson Road location in Lake Charles.
  • The Guardian Healthcare and Rehabilitation on Friday, December 14, at 2 p.m. It is located at 1401 Country Club Rd in Lake Charles. They have new owners!


Kudos & Congratulations!
Alcoa donated $15,000 to the Southwest Louisiana Alliance Foundation to be used for a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program that began this year at Sulphur High School’s 9thGrade Campus. The school received 15 robots and additional sensors for each robot to expand its functions. Marielle Myers, Sulphur High’s Engineering Teacher, received online training through Carnegie Mellon Robotics Training Academy on the curriculum and hardware to effectively deliver this new program.
Stephen Ness (Plant Manager) from Alcoa and R.B. Smith (VP, Business Development) and Morgan Turpin (Foundation Director) from the SWLA Economic Development Alliance recently visited the classroom to see the program in action. PICTURED: Turpin, Ness, Myers with students in the Robotics Class
Coding and robotics are basic workforce skills needed to attract and sustain information technology businesses to our region. By having this program in the K-12 school system, our organizations are preparing our next generation of workers with foundational skills that will make them employable in careers with jobs that have yet to be developed.
Want to know more about the Chamber & Alliance, join us at our next Member Orientation and Meet with President/CEO George Swift.
November 29
8 a.m. to 9 a.m.
The SEED Center
4310 Ryan Street, Lake Charles
RSVP to Paula Ramsey at pramsey@allianceswla.org

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