NEW ORLEANS – As one of the largest chambers in the state, the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce’s top priority is to foster opportunity and growth for local businesses. Building alliances and partnerships with likeminded organizations are a big part of our advocacy work.
In May, our President & CEO, Sandra Lombana Lindquist, joined a newly formed I-10 Gulf Coast Chamber Coalition which recently visited Washington, D.C. to advocate for solutions to issues impacting the region. Coalition members participating in the D.C. fly-in include the presidents/CEOs of five chambers along the I-10 corridor: the Mobile Chamber in Alabama, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber, the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance in Lake Charles, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber and the New Orleans Chamber.
The coalition has five main focus areas including Disaster Response & Recovery, Flood Insurance, Coastal Protection Issues, Fisheries and Public Safety. The coalition brought these topics of concern and ideas for change to the federal delegation of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
We were pleased to advocate for progress on these issues during a jammed packed agenda that included a breakfast with the House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, Congressman Troy Carter, and Congressman Clay Higgins of Louisiana, Congressman Mike Ezell of Mississippi and Congressman Jerry Carl of Alabama. The remainder of the day included individual meetings with Senator Bill Cassidy, Senators Katie Britt & Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, Senator Cindy Hyde Smith and Roger Wicker of Mississippi and their staff.
It was a productive visit to Washington, D.C. Here is a flyer that outlines the issues we discussed. Let us know if you are interested in finding out more about our visits.
*Editor’s Note: Photos can be found in this dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/snslugljyun7w7u/AACM62jBY-xfEb-5QQH9GqRca?dl=0
Photo 1: Sandra Lombana Lindquist and Rep. Troy Carter
Photo 2: Sandra Lombana Lindquist and Rep. Steve Scalise
Photo 3: Adam Knapp, Rep. Troy Carter, Sandra Lombana Lindquist and George Swift
Photo 4: Bradley Byrne, Adele Lyons, George Swift, Sen. Bill Cassidy, Sandra Lombana Lindquist and Adam Knapp
Photo 5: Bradley Byrne, Adam Knapp, Sen. Roger Wicker, Sandra Lombana Lindquist, George Swift
Photo 6: Rep. Jerry Carl, Bradley Byrne, Rep. Steve Scalise, Rep. Clay Higgins, George Swift, Rep. Mike Ezell, Adele Lyons, Sandra Lombana Lindquist and Adam Knapp.
About the New Orleans Chamber: The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization consisting of business and community leaders who work together to create a dynamic business climate that drives entrepreneurship and business success in the New Orleans community. The Chamber connects all businesses to foster development in the New Orleans community through networking, education and advocacy. With a network of more than 1,200 member businesses, the Chamber is a driving force in the Greater New Orleans business community.