Lake Charles: America's strongest building market

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - According to Business Week, construction is up and Lake Charles is on top.

"It really indicates that we have done the right thing, post hurricane, in order to encourage development and to work together across the region," said Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach.

Construction in Lake Charles has gone up 122% this year, proving, once again, that Southwest Louisiana escaped the full brunt of the economic downturn.

While this is positive news for Southwest Louisiana, with hopes of developing the area and growing the economy, Louisiana Secretary of Economic Development, Stephen Moret said he is excited but not surprised.

"Business Week named Baton Rouge and New Orleans two of the top ten most recession proof cities in America. U.S News and World Report said the Shreveport, Bossier area is in the top ten places for jobs in the country. Now, we have Lake Charles ranked as one of the top places for construction," said Secretary Moret.

Secretary Moret, made a stop in Lake Charles to show his support for small businesses in the area. Sarah Ehlers, owner of Jon Margeaux said she is happy to be a part of the growth in Southwest Louisiana.

"Very happy, very excited. I am very happy to be able to participate in the arts community. I'm looking forward to reinitializing the area," said Sarah Ehlers.

Mayor Roach said hurricane recovery is not the only reason we are doing so well, developments like Sugarcane Bay, Sempra LNG, and the new Shaw manufacturing facility will all bring growth to the area.

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