Session Wrap 2019, Regular Session Louisiana Legislature Was A Success!

JUNE 2019

House Legislative Services
Louisiana House of Representatives
June 10, 2019

• 2019 Regular Session
• Odd years are limited,“fiscal” sessions
• Legislators could file:
• Unlimited fiscal bills
• Unlimited local bills
• Only 5 general bills
• Session convened April 8
• Session adjourned June 6


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WBIA recognizes the demand for skilled workers in the state of Louisiana. Past president and lifetime member, Lucien Gunter, worked endlessly toward the betterment of K-12 education. Part of that task meant keeping up with the demands of businesses; jobs that are in demand and how we prepare (our future employees) for those jobs. Career Tech can give every student a jump start into the area of interest they plan to move into. “Find what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life”, was a common suggestion made by Gunter. Gunter had the ability to identify the needs and make the connections. We hope this scholarship gives a student an opportunity to advance his/her skills.


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WBIA recognizes that education is THE KEY to a well-developed workforce. Our first Executive Director, Jean Schliem, understood that connection. It is because of her strong conviction and belief in education that this scholarship is in her honor. The Jean Schliem Scholarship Award is given to a student whose parent or guardian works for a member company of WBIA.

The Jean Schliem scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 to the school/university/training facility on behalf of the student. Scholarship award must be used to assist with the cost of tuition, fees, books, tools, and/or other expenses connected to schooling/training.


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WBIA Newsletter is Here!


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 Member Driven
  • Nominations sought for WBIA 2019 Invest West Companies
  • Past WBIA Legacy Award Recipients
  • WBIA Monthly Luncheon
  • West Bank Luncheon, John Bel Edwards
    Governor April 12, 2019 (SAVE the DATE)
  • ...and Much More!


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Westbank Business Association supports education system

Updated Sep 19Posted Sep 19 -

Jefferson Parish Public School System executive team accompanies Dr. Cade Brumley as he speaks at the Westbank Business and Industry Association's monthly Luncheon/General Membership meeting. Gabriel Misfeldt, Ted Beasley, LaDinah Carter, Lucy Lejeune, Germaine Gilson, Dr. James Gray and Mark Morgan, Jefferson Parish Public School Board president.  (Rosalie Simmons)

One outstanding feature necessary for a thriving economy is a strong educational system. The Westbank Business and Industry Association has worked for over 70 years to support such a system. They have promoted legislation that continues to improve the quality of life for citizens throughout the region.


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Session Wrap for the 2018 1st Extraordinary, Regular, 2nd Extraordinary, and 3rd Extraordinary Sessions of the Louisiana Legislature*

July 2018

House Legislative Services
Louisiana House of Representatives
June 27, 2018

2018 Regular Session
•Convened March 4
•A “general” session; no matters involving state taxes or tax credits could be heard
•Adjourned May 18

Instruments filed
•1465 Bills
•901 House Bills
•564 Senate Bills

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WBIA Scholarship Applications Now Available

Deadline is JULY 1, 2018

·         Jean Schliem Scholarship

·         Gunter Smart Skills Scholarship




SLFPA-W Flood Protection Update. Westbank Business and Industry Association August 17, 2017

AUG 2017

Topics: SLFPAW Flood Protection Features

WJLD Obligations- Levee Lifts Prior to Armoring

WJLD Obligations- Major Structures (RR&R)

WJLD Project Needs- 10 year forecast


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2017 Regular and 2nd Extraordinary Sessions of the Louisiana Legislature

AUG 2017

Topics: Appropriation Bills
•The General Appropriations Bill, HB 1, contains $28.2B for the ordinary operating expenditures of the executive branch for FY 2017-2018, a 6.2% increase over FY 2016-2017.

Solar Energy Tax Credit
Changes the amount of the credit for systems installed between January 2014 and July 2015, from 38% of the first $20,000 of the cost of purchase to 38% of the first $25,000 of the cost of purchase.

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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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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...



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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