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 storm have had on the regional economy, specifically the Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne parishes. Key areas the strategic plan aims to assess include:

  • Identifying changes in the regional economy
  • Pinpointing the best approach to support emerging industries
  • Determining the approach to support operational changes within existing businesses
  • Conducting an overall analysis of economic activity in the region
  • Developing a focus on collaboration between EDO’s and key partners

The plan will also conduct a review of services, programs, and initiatives SLEC provides. This portion of the plan will allow SLEC to identify its organizational structure and funding needs moving forward. 

The research and development process will directly involve community leaders. More specifically, local economic development officials from each of the Bayou parishes will provide recent and real-time data in order to accurately portray the current state of regional economic conditions. 

In recognition of the individual needs of the parishes SLEC serves, the strategic plan will outline parish-specific solutions that ultimately advance the region as a whole.

The initiative began in October of 2021 and will be completed by Q1 2023. The finalized plan will follow a 12 month implementation phase in which SLEC welcomes full community involvement and feedback. 


The South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC) launched a digital survey to support the region’s strategic planning initiative. All stakeholders who live and/or work in the Bayou Region were encouraged to take the survey.

SLEC’s goals for the strategic plan include assessing the impacts both the pandemic and Hurricane Ida have had on the regional economy, specifically the Assumption, Lafourche, St. Mary, and Terrebonne parishes, identifying short- and long-term strategies to support economic recovery, and reviewing SLEC’s services and programming to develop initiatives that best support organizations and workforce in the region.