Five Businessmen came together to discuss common problems along the Harvey Canal. Their main philosophy was to look out for the betterment of the businesses and the community as a whole.
Richard McGinity, President, Wallace Taylor, First VP, William Spranley, Second VP, Gene Stumpf, Secretary, Philip DeAmore, Treasurer, Melton Garrett, Joseph Boudreaux, Gene Hooper, and George Frierson, Jr became the first official board for the Westbank Business & Industry Association. A nonpolitical corporation organized to represent the men and women of the business and professional interest of the community of Harvey. To promote friendly relations and a spirit of cooperation in the solutions of all problems of mutual concern, the exchange of ideas and opinions on matters of common interest and the advancement of those things which make for a better government. To cooperate and advise with Parish and State Government toward the civic betterment of the community as a whole.
Expansion of Lapalco Boulevard, including the Harvey Canal Bridge.
Elevated Westbank Expressway
Unemployment and Workers Comp Task force was catalyst for change and the beginning of LWCC today.
Flood Protection Project of businesses East of the Harvey Canal.
Flood Control (SELA funding) and Hurricane protection projects.
The widening of Peters Road.
The Devastation of Hurricane Katrina brought the association together daily. JEDCO helped to get businesses back up and running. Worked with parish and state, USCG, and Corps of Engineers.
Huey P Long Bridge widening project.
Peters Road Extension Project.
West Closure Complex flood protection project.
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
Crescent City Connection Task Force to evaluate all operations under the jurisdiction of the CCCD and determine, if the tolls are NOT renewed, what resources or funding is in place to maintain and police the bridge.
Occupational License tax modifications to protect the manufacturers along the HC Corridor
Coast Guard Hurricane Evacuation Regulations.
2013: Belle Chasse Tunnel & Bridge alternatives with DOTD, RPC, Plaquemines Parish
Continued work with Peters Road Extension to eliminate the traffic back-ups at both Manhattan and Barataria Boulevard.
Harvey Canal Revitalization task force.
Workforce initiatives to provide Louisiana’s Workforce with industry based certification.
Today, WBIA is an association consisting of companies beyond the Harvey Canal corridor and the energy related industry. Our members are located in several parishes on the west and east banks of the Mississippi River throughout the metropolitan area.
"My involvement in the WBIA provided me with a wealth of understanding the business and governmental interrelationships in the South Louisiana region. It also greatly provided me with incredible networking opportunities with the members and guests. The best part of being a member of WBIA was the long lasting relationships with the individuals that I worked with during my time there."
"WBIA has always represented the industry along the Canal.” “As an active member I developed a number of working relationships that I can trust and count on. They are the best group of people to get things done.”