To provide a voice for the West Calcasieu area on matters of economic, educational, social and public concerns, and to promote actions that develop pride and recognition for the West Calcasieu area.
Message from the 2017 WCCC Chairman - Ethan Miller
Southwest Louisiana continues to experience unprecedented economic growth and expansion never seen by the current generation of workers. Family and friends who visit from out of town tell me they notice many positive changes the area has experienced. The residents and guest workers who live in West Calcasieu are enjoying new restaurants, retail spaces, and grocery store options. Large worldwide construction companies and support companies will continue to be our guests in the coming years. Many small businesses have benefited from this growth, whether selling supplies, providing services, or both.
The following is according to Dr. Loren Scott of Loren C Scott & Associates Inc:
The Lake Charles MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area), with a remarkable $126 billion in industrial announcements since 2012 ($55.9 billion underway or completed) has been one of the fastest growing MSAs in the country for the past four years. We are projecting a pullback in the region's 4-5% growth pace to about 1.6% in 2018 as construction of many projects comes to an end. However, in the latter part of 2018 or early 2019, we are expecting construction starts on 2-3 huge LNG projects to create a new spark of growth in 2019 (+4%).
It is clear that opportunity is plentiful for local small businesses. With these great opportunities, also come great responsibilities. It is our responsibility as business owners and leaders to help one another in securing contracts, network to identify leads for opportunities, and train our workforce. It is my goal, as the 2018 chair, to assist our small local businesses to interface with these large worldwide companies and the construction projects in our area. I believe if we work together, we can accomplish great things. As I continue to serve in the role of chair, I realize that I am standing on the shoulders of giants. The leaders before me have paved a smooth and wide path for those after them. Their hard and persistent work has paid off. It is up to me, the board of directors, and the membership to continue the great progress they have begun.
When we opened our current business location, I asked friends, family, and customers to let us know what their favorite Bible verse is. Those verses were typed, printed, and cut into thin strips of paper and placed under the baseboards in our building. In doing this, our business is now surrounded by scripture. Of all those scriptures, my favorite is from Philippians 3:14. It reads: "I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Welcome to West Calcasieu an exciting time in our area. This is a time of change and tremendous amount of new opportunities. There is an excitement in the air about the West Cal Chamber of Commerce (WCCC), New Business, New People, and a New Energy is evident in our area.
The West Cal Chamber of Commerce (WCCC) represents the interest of area businesses at the federal, state and local levels of government. Our Chamber also helps to create economic development and improve community quality of life. WCCC is comprised of Sulphur, Vinton, and Westlake, 3 small cities working together to develop an attractive, powerful force in the area's economy.
The West Cal Chamber of Commerce is part of Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance with Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Allen and Jeff Davis Parishes. West Calcasieu is the 2nd largest city in the parish. We invite you to enjoy our community, whether you are a visitor, new comer, business prospect or resident.
Our location, natural beauty, climate and small-town atmosphere offer a unique place for your family or business. We are extremely proud of our locally owned businesses, restaurants and specialty shops where people know their regular customers by name and are always ready to welcome a new face with a warm and friendly Southwest Louisiana smile or a handshake.
With all the new development in our area truly "All Roads Lead to West Calcasieu" come join this exciting time with us and be a part of our wonderful community.
West Cal Chamber of Commerce