We have so much going on in St. Tammany Parish … a sign of thriving times! Last week we received three invitations/requests to attend significantly large nonprofit events that support important causes, from protecting battered women and abused children to funding a children’s museum. Our own Chamber events this month have included what we are calling a Pop-Up Happy Hour for young professionals. The event was not so much a happy hour as a business-to-business networking for our community’s future leaders. They have so much to look forward to building here in St. Tammany and our Northshore region.
To contrast that, we have also received feedback regarding the Mandeville City Council‘s vote to end the prospective development of the pre-stressed concrete site on the Mandeville lakefront. As the voice of business for St. Tammany, including the cities of Mandeville and Covington, yes, we did support the conceptual plan. Several of our Advocacy and Public Policy committee members were present to testify in favor of the proposed Port Marigny development. Coincidentally, the City Council rejected the plan the same day the new Mandeville lakefront beach was announced.
To affirm what has been said in this column and other media sources over the years, our Chamber is proud of our role as the voice of business. A majority of our members look to us, to the volunteers that study and research, to learn the facts regarding issues or candidates that we speak out in favor of or in opposition to. The result is that sometimes we take the heat from those that disagree. Phone calls from residents, opposed to any new development, as well as phone calls from young professionals looking forward to the growth opportunities that will help them to feed their future families with jobs or entrepreneurship opportunities.
Another coincidence: Niche website has ranked the best places for millennials to live and raise their families in Louisiana and Covington is ranked #3! Young professionals are the future of our area. They are the people who are going to retain and attract the talent to the north shore and provide economic development success for years to come. The Northshore Young Professionals group is looking to be that younger voice of the community to talk about the issues and how they can continue to make this region a great place to live, work, play and raise a family.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan, former U.S Senator and sociologist once said, “Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not to his own facts.” We value the opinions of our younger generation, as they are willing to take the torch and continue with what so many of our current business owners and community leaders have created here on the Northshore. We hope that they will have plenty of opportunities to grow even more in the future.