COMMUNITY

Lake Area Industry Alliance member companies are proud to participate and lead the way in many community endeavors. From a survey of plant managers in 2018, local industry and their employees contributed over $30 million to area organizations in the last five years. The survey also showed that employees of local industries volunteered over 80,000 hours with area organizations in the last five years. They are involved, making our community better.

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Philanthropy

Area industries and their employees are among the most generous corporate citizens in Southwest Louisiana, giving millions in donations. According to a survey of plant managers in 2018, local industries gave over $30 million to area organizations in the last five years. The United Way of Southwest Louisiana reports that Calcasieu Parish industrial employees gave $13.5 million in the last five years.

Consider these statistics:

  • $5.8 million in financial contributions by local industries to the McNeese State University Foundation
  • 10 endowed scholarships at McNeese State University
  • 11 endowed professorships at McNeese State University
  • $1 million donated for equipment and program support at SOWELA in the last five years
  • $1.4 million for capital projects at SOWELA in the last five years
  • $198,000 for scholarships to SOWELA in the last five years
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Community Advisory Panel

Being a good industrial neighbor means listening to ideas and feedback from residents in the area. Lake Area Industry Alliance and several member companies have voluntarily formed Community Advisory Panels, or CAP’s, to share information.

Industry representatives along with 12 to 15 community members meet regularly. The community members represent a wide cross-section of residents including business owners, educators, close neighbors to the industrial site, members of the clergy, senior citizens and volunteers. CAP members choose the topics of discussion based on interest voice by the group.

The panels serve as an advisory group to the industry, collecting the opinions and feedback from their centers of influence and relaying them back to other CAP members and industry representatives. The CAP’s do not operate as a decision-making body but the provide valuable feedback and many of the discussions help local industry officials.

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Partner in Education

The Partner in Education program has been a great success since it began decades ago through the Calcasieu Parish School Board. The program connects schools with area business, and local industries were quick to sign up to give back to area schools; they are some of the most generous in the Partner in Education program. From providing workshops for teachers, to volunteering time to improve school facilities, to eating lunch with students, area industries and their employees have contributed thousands of dollars and thousands of hours for many years.

Paint Recycling

Beginning in 2000, the Lake Area Industry Alliance sponsors an annual Paint Recycling Day, accepting paint cans from area residents to recycle. Proper disposal of paint is important as paint can be harmful to the environment. Although latex paint is less harmful to the environment than oil-based paint, all types of paint should be disposed of properly.

The recycled paint is packaged into 5-gallon buckets and donated to organizations such as Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, CARC, etc.

To date, over 20,000 gallons of paint have been recycled with the help of hundreds of volunteers. Their time adds up to more than 11,000 hours donated to this cause.

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Chem Expo

Chem Expo, sponsored by Lake Area Industry Alliance, brings sixth-graders from area schools to the Lake Charles Civic Center to showcase science in action. Over 3,000 students in Southwest Louisiana participate each year with over 650 volunteers from LAIA member companies, along with teachers and students from McNeese State University, SOWELA Technical Community College and area high school chemistry classes.

During Chem Expo, students move through various interactive stations where they see science and chemistry applied in everyday household products that are manufactured by LAIA member companies.

Chem Expo is held during National Chemistry Week each year, usually in the fall and was recognized nationally with the American Chemical Society Phoenix Award for the greatest industrial involvement and the ACS Chem Luminary Award for greatest reach of a target audience.

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Environmental Initiatives

LAIA member companies are consistently below EPA standards. During any incident, these companies self-report to the appropriate agency.

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