WBIA installs officers, honors exemplary members at May 18 ceremony

MAy 2017

Charlie Frederick, president Westbank Business and Industry Association, First Legacy Award recipient, State Senator John A. Alario, Jr. and Wayne Crochet, DeAmore' Award recipient, celebrate at the installation and award event on May 18. (Rosalie Simmons)

The Westbank Business and Industry Association (WBIA) welcomed hundreds of business and industry leaders, hospital administrators, government and legislative officials, and others for its "Awards Celebration and Installation" ceremony on May 18.

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WBIA Newsletter is Here!

April 2017

WBIA's quarterly newsletter "The Communique" will go out electronically to all members and posted here on our web page for your convenience. We encourage you to send us your ideas for future articles to share with the membership.

Articles Include:

  • WBIA Celebration & Installation
  • President Message
  • WBIA Committees
  • Upcoming Event Dates
  • New WBIA Membership Info
  • WBIA Executive Board 2016-2017
  • ...and Much More!


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State Senate President John Alario, Jr. set to receive WBIA Legacy Award


State Senate President John Alario, Jr. will be the first in the 70-year history of the Westbank Business and Industry Association (WBIA) to be honored with the Legacy Award. Alario will be recognized for his outstanding service to the West Bank business community and its citizens. He will be honored for his overall advancement of economic development and work to improve the quality of life for all citizens.






Delgado vice chancellor of institutional advancement talks workforce development

Monday, APRIL 25

Stanton McNeely, vice chancellor of Delgado Community College, shares new workforce development information with the Westbank Business and Industry Association at the monthly luncheon at Boomtown. (Rosalie Simmons)

Charlie Frederick, president of the Westbank Business and Industry Association (WBIA), welcomed members to the monthly luncheon...



Win A Scholarship!


We will have two scholarships this year!
· Jean Schliem Scholarship
· Gunter Smart Skills Scholarship

$1,000 each. Must be WBIA immediate family member to apply.

WBIA recognizes that education is THE KEY to a well-developed workforce.  Our first Executive Director, Jean Schliem, understood that connection.

For more information call Lisa Jennings, 367-1721.


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DOWNLOAD PDF: Gunter Smart Skills Scholarship

Photos: Governor's Westbank Lunch with Governor John Bel Edwards

Friday, March 10

Lunch with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards

Hosted by, WBIA, PABI, Jefferson Chamber, AEDF, State Representative Pat Connick, District 84.

Advance Sales Only
Request a reservation form now.

For more information call Lisa Jennings, 367-1721.




West Bank business association welcomes 'Louisiane' to Gretna Ferry Terminal

December 09, 2016

Westbank Business and Industry Association (WBIA) President Charlie Frederick and its members joined Gretna Mayor Belinda Constant in welcoming French America Line to Gretna and metropolitan New Orleans in a November luncheon.The line will be offering a "Deluxe Voyage" out of the Gretna Ferry Terminal on the 150-capacity "Louisiane."

French America Line representative Kendal Grigsby was the keynote speaker at the luncheon in Harvey. Grigsby said that French America Line approached many cities officials and economic developers of Ohio, Mississippi and others before closing the deal with the city of Gretna.

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WBIA Golf Tournament Photos


The golf tournament was a huge success, thank you for everyone who participated and supported the WBIA.

4801 General DeGaulle Drive, N.O., LA 70131

THANK YOU: WBIA Golf EAGLE Sponsors: (Download List)
· Harvey Canal Limited Partnership
· Allfax Specialties
· Boomtown Casino
· Optimist Club of the Westbank
· Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company
· Ochsner Westbank
· Dean Equipment
· Wayne Crochet, Attorney
· First Bank & Trust


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WBIA HELPFUL Links - Have a question?

Renewals of Expiring Millages and 1% Sales Tax

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Preparing for Storms in Louisiana

UNO-CHART is a research center at the University of New Orleans. Our purpose is to help communities lower their risk to disasters, like hurricanes. Additional Information


Louisiana Calling

Industry, business and government leaders are working together to create the skilled workforce our state needs. High value, high-income jobs are available and increasing steadily in Louisiana. Get a Jump Start, find your pathway today. Additional Information

The Communique

WBIA Newsletter: Quarterly WBIA Communique’s to all members and posted here on our web page for your convenience. Want to learn more about what is happening with WBIA? Download the WBIA Newsletter


Who is the "mover and shaker" in your business?

Here is an opportunity to honor one of your employees. That one person in your office who always stands out and makes a positive impact can be given an opportunity to lead. A Call for Nominations is being made for positions on the 2016-2017 WBIA Executive Board.
A veteran leader, a future leader, a team player, take a minute and send us the Nominee Name and company name. Self-nominations are accepted. Lets get started today

Report: Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO)

Many opportunities exist for development on the Harvey Canal on various sized parcels of waterfront property. In addition to water transportation, the canal is situated near Interstate 10 and on US Hwy 90 and boasts rail connections from all six (6) class one rail carriers. read full article