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Economic Council Participates In Largest-Ever U.S. Trade Delegation To Guyana
GEORGETOWN, GUYANA — The South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC) recently returned from a trade mission in Guyana with the Louisiana District Export Council. Located in the northeastern corner of South America, Guyana has become an energy production focus since 2015 with the first of a raft of rich deepwater oil field discoveries in their offshore Stabroek Block. From Read More
John Deer Thibodaux Plan Expansion To Create 70 Bayou Region Jobs
As originally reported by LED $29.8 million project will shift cotton harvester production from China to Lafourche Parish THIBODAUX, LA — Deere & Company, the global corporation that manufactures the iconic John Deere brand of agricultural, construction and forestry equipment, is investing $29.8 million to expand operations at its Thibodaux facility. The company will create 70 new Read More
SLEC Submits Comments to Federal Docket
In response to the BOEM Wind Energy Areas in the Gulf of Mexico, SLEC has submitted the following comments to the federal docket. September 2, 2022 Amanda Lefton, DirectorTershara Matthews, Chief, Office of Emerging ProgramsBureau of Ocean Energy ManagementU.S. Department of the Interior Re: Comments on Draft Gulf of Mexico Wind Energy Areas and Read More
Guyana Trade Mission
The South Louisiana Economic Council is working with the Louisiana District Export Council, US Embassy Guyana, AmCham Guyana, and other partners to facilitate a Trade Mission to Georgetown, Guyana on November 15-17, 2022.
Arranged with the U.S. Commercial Service New Orleans, participants will enjoy gaining the latest business intelligence, site visits, market entry guidance and networking with Guyana government officials, companies, and key economic organizations to learn about new and developing opportunities in this market for energy, infrastructure, marine, renewables, healthcare, tourism and agribusiness.
Regional Partnership Awarded $50M Federal Grant to Create Clean Hydrogen Cluster in South Louisiana
Statement from Vic Lafont, SLEC President/CEO: “The South Louisiana Economic Council is excited to join our regional economic development partners, educational institutions such as Nicholls State University, and other key organizations across Louisiana as we expand our focus on new energy opportunities. This opportunity allows our state and region to continue to be at the forefront of providing Read More
Economic Council Commissions Emerging Energy Task Force
The South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC) hosted the first meeting of their newly established Emerging Energy Task Force (Task Force) in late June. This Task Force was formed to evaluate and discuss emerging energy opportunities and to provide guidance to SLEC on how best to represent and advocate on behalf of Louisiana’s Bayou Region. The Read More
Economic Council Launches Regional Strategic Planning Initiative
THIBODAUX, LA — The South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC) has contracted Emergent Method, a Louisiana-based management consulting firm, to develop a strategic plan which will assist SLEC in accelerating the economic recovery of Louisiana’s Bayou Region post COVID-19 and Hurricane Ida. SLEC’s goal for the strategic plan reflects an understanding of the impact the pandemic and Read More
South Louisiana Economic Council Extends Recruitment Agreement
THIBODAUX, LA — The South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC), in partnership with Entergy Louisiana (Entergy), has renewed their agreement with a third-party consultant firm to identify potential companies looking to locate new facilities and expand within Louisiana’s Bayou Region. In 2022, the firm and Entergy Louisiana’s business and economic development team will work with SLEC to Read More
FEMA Temporary Disaster Recovery Center Opens in Houma
As originally reported by the Office of Mayor Tommy Eschete: THIBODAUX, La. – On September 22, 2021, FEMA published a press release informing the public of a FEMA temporary disaster recovery center opening at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center. For more information, please see the media advisory below.
SBA to Open Business Recovery Centers in Hammond and Thibodaux to Help Businesses Impacted by Hurricane Ida
As originally reported by the U.S. Small Business Administration: SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center today announced the opening of SBA Business Recovery Centers in Hammond and Thibodaux on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by Hurricane Ida that Read More