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Alliance for Positive Growth Receives Positive Response at Launch
2/9/2017 3:49:10 PM

A standing-room-only crowd of over 200 developers, realtors, contractors, business professionals and community leaders attended the first meeting of the Alliance for Positive Growth (APG) last month at Majestic Hall at Walnut Grove to provide details on their mission and goals.

The organization, a product of four months of planning, will work with municipalities in Southwest Louisiana to "overcome longstanding obstacles to development and create ordinances in favor of and supporting growth,” said founding member Matt Redd, an associate broker at NAI Latter & Blum.

He says developers, landowners, and contractors frequently encounter city or parish ordinances that conflict with development projects, causing delays and increasing costs. "Our goal is to address concerns and craft favorable policies through collaboration between all professionals involved in local development. We’re here to unite – not fight – to make good things happen in our region.”

The group raised about $60,000 to support its launch from founding members, opened an office in the SEED Center, and hired a director, Jeannie Weise. Weise, a McNeese State University graduate with governmental affairs experience and a sales and marketing background, will attend municipal meetings across the five-parish region and provide updates to board members. APG will then use its planned $200,000 annual budget to employ attorneys and engineers to analyze municipal proposals and advocate for solutions that positively affect local development.

To sustain the group’s budget, members make five-year pledges at four different levels, which range from "500 to $5,000 annually. All are welcome, including large corporations and individual entrepreneurs. "Positive growth benefits us all – not just those of us involved in real estate and development,” added Redd.

While an initial board was chosen to guide the alliance through its launch, a new board will be elected in this year to represent APG’s full membership.

"The response we received at the launch meeting and since then confirms that our effort is needed and that our timing is right,” said Tim Flavin, president of Flavin Realty, and another founding member. "Southwest Louisiana is poised for unprecedented growth, but we all need to work together to ensure that this growth is good for our community today and in the long-term.”

For more information, visit apgrowth.org

or call Weise at 337-602-6789.


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