The Southwest Louisiana Region (SWLA) is currently undergoing a prolonged period of economic growth, with the announcement of over $65 billion in capital projects. The projects are expected to bring over 18,000 permanent jobs to the area. This economic growth has the potential to enhance overall prosperity and quality of life throughout the region. However, it brings both opportunities and challenges. As a result, Sasol North America retained CSRS to conduct a Regional Impact Study (RIS).
The impact study included comprehensive socioeconomic modeling and an analysis of the growth impact on community systems. Our team’s goal was to predict the effects of rapid growth on public services, education, housing and other key areas that comprise overall quality of life. We then developed strategies to mitigate risks and capitalize on opportunities.
We conducted interviews across broad cross sections of the community and collected feedback from elected officials, governmental employees, civic leaders, religious leaders, and many others.
CSRS managed a team of 10 multi-disciplinary Louisiana firms – leaders in the fields of infrastructure analysis, planning, economic modeling, demographics, transportation, and community outreach. CSRS provided oversight during the analysis of vital community systems, including workforce development, education, public safety and welfare, housing, small business development, transportation, utilities, health and medical, environmental, and planning for growth. The conclusion of these analyses resulted in a compilation of recommendations for future planning and resilience of the community systems. These recommendations served to improve the quality of life for those who live and work within the Southwest Louisiana Region.
After the completion of the initial study, CSRS was engaged to serve as strategic advisors to the community to assist in the implementation of our recommendations.
As Principal at CSRS, Travis Woodard is a licensed Civil Engineer with ten years of experience in leading our most challenging programs. He lead the project effort for our SWLA planning work including the Regional Impact Study. In this role, he was responsible for coordinating a team of 10 firms operating in three major practice areas to deliver the RIS in under six months. As part of the effort, the results of the RIS were presented at a series of public meetings to local officials. Mr. Woodard then worked closely with officials from multiple agencies to implement the recommendations to improve the SWLA Region.Contact