BREAKING: Swift stepping down at SWLA Alliance

Published 12:14 pm Wednesday, March 6, 2024

George Swift, the founding president/CEO of The Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, has announced his intention to leave his position.

Swift began his career in economic development in 2004 as head of the Southwest Louisiana Partnership, which was comprised of elected officials in the five parishes of southwest Louisiana. In 2006, he was instrumental in establishing the SWLA Economic Development Alliance which combined the Chamber SWLA, The Alliance Foundation, and the Partnership into one umbrella organization.

“I am very appreciative of the support from our Chamber Members and Alliance Foundation investors who have made our many accomplishments possible. The support from the Board of Directors, volunteers, and especially our outstanding staff has made this experience a labor of love. The elected officials in our five parishes who understand the need to work regionally also have been key to our success; however, after 20 years, it’s time for new leadership,” Swift said.

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Janie Fruge, CEO of The West Cal Cam Hospital and 2024 Board chair, expressed thanks to Swift for his contributions to the Alliance. He will continue in his role until a successor is named. A search committee will be formed to select a new President/CEO for the Alliance.