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President and Chief Executive Off...

Local Address: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

Employment History

  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    SWLA Chamber-Economic Alliance
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Executive Director
    Southwest Louisiana Partnership for Economic Development
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Southwest Louisiana Partnership for Economic Development
  • President
    Chamber Southwest
  • Chairman
    Chamber Southwest

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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"It doesn't make sense when you ..., 3 Jan 2015 [cached]
"It doesn't make sense when you see all the things that are happening," said George Swift, president and CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.
Swift said the numbers also do not take into account the 2,000 workers hired at the Golden Nugget casino, which opened earlier this month.
"We're going to be leading the nation in job creation and growth; that's what I'm focused on," he said. "I think that anyone who wants a job will be able to find one, and the more skills they have, the better chance they are going to find one."
The rising unemployment rates could be an indication that more people are coming to the area quicker than they can find jobs. Swift said there's "no doubt" people who are coming to the Lake Area are looking for work.
"All you have to do is look at the license tags and notice people are coming here," he said.
Swift said people looking for work should make sure they have the skills and training necessary to get hired. He said job fields like construction, health care, accounting and technology will all need new hires.
"It's pretty much the entire range of workers," Swift said.
Southwest Louisiana Executive Board of the Chamber SWLA - Village Profile, 23 Sept 2014 [cached]
George Swift President/CEO The Chamber SWLA
The purpose of the campaign is ..., 4 Mar 2014 [cached]
The purpose of the campaign is to encourage residents to think ahead, said George Swift, president/CEO of the Alliance.
"We're hopeful that we will have made some significant quality-of-life improvements and have more recreational opportunities and more enhancements that will attract and keep our young people - that's the goal," Swift said.
"We will utilize existing committees and other organizations to assist us in developing these and other dreams," Swift has said.
LIDEA - Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, 21 Aug 2008 [cached]
George Swift
Director (2007 - 2008)
(337) 433-3632
The Rita Renaissance, 29 Nov 2010 [cached]
"We took an unfortunate situation and we planned for our future," said George Swift, the president and CEO of the Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) Partnership for Economic Development, and one of Roach's key partners in the economic renaissance under way in the region.
"I hate to say it takes a crisis to motivate people, but unfortunately it does," Swift added.
Reflecting on all of these steps forward in his Lake Charles office, Swift explained, "Rita brought us together as a region like never before."
In sharing his obvious civic pride for the work that the region had done and continue to do, Swift recounted a phone call he received during the summer of 2010 from a New York Times reporter. Calling to inquire about the news of the only newly chartered bank in the United States in 2010, Lakeside Bank, the reporter challenged Swift on the economic growth that had been occurring in the region. With a regional unemployment rate of 7.2 percent - far below the national average - and continued job creation going on at local employers like Aeroframe Services, Northrop Grumman, Shaw, and others, the reporter expressed surprise, if not disbelief, at the good fortunes that had taken root in the area.
"Maybe it's a stereotype of backwater Louisiana - but we're growing and building opportunities here like never before," Swift said.
Swift estimated that if the moratorium proceeds to the end of 2010, nearly 20,000 jobs could be lost. He noted that by the end of summer in 2010, at least three oil rigs had closed and the sponsoring oil companies had moved their operations elsewhere, thereby taking jobs and other economic growth opportunities with them. "We're all suffering for that decision [the moratorium]," Swift said.
In describing his frustration with the Obama administration's decision on this issue, Swift offered, "When you have a plane crash, you don't shut down the whole industry.
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