Committees & Networking

The Chamber Southwest achieves its objectives through the volunteers who participate within our committees and other initiatives. It is our belief that only through active involvement will members truly receive a return on their investment.
We are dedicated to improving our community, developing our economy and workforce, and cultivating opportunity through a variety of programs and initiatives including Ready. Set. Work., SWLA Alliance Foundation, Fusion Five, Leadership SWLA, The Leader In Me, and more!
All committees are organized into one of four councils, and are designed to support and implement our strategic plans. Committees may form coalitions and sub-committees as deemed necessary to meet their goals. Explore below to learn more about the different committees that make-up the Southwest Louisiana Chamber.

Governmental Affairs Council

Governmental Affairs Committee

Responsible for working with professional public policy staff to monitor legislation and administrative policy and recommending Chamber action as necessary to the Board of Directors. May also engage in the development of policy positions for the consideration of the Board of Directors and the membership of the Chamber SWLA. Will provide foundation of grassroots advocacy network. Also responsible for monitoring and promoting the development of infrastructure necessary to sustain and improve the health of the business climate in Southwest Louisiana including but not limited to highway, rail, aviation, port, water/sewer, and telecommunications.

Committee Chair:
Bart Yakupzack
Jack Lawton Companies

Staff Contact:
George Swift