Ports, Infrastructure & Coastal “PIC”:
Chair: Henri Boulet, LA 1 Coalition
Co-Chair: Simone Maloz, Restore or Retreat
This committee meets as needed, as does all of our committees. The focus is on issues that affect business and industry.
The success of projects needed in our region is vital to the growth of Business and Industry. The committee is designed to review and discuss issues and projects, then make recommendations to the SCIA Board so we may determine our view and/or direction, we should pursue. We normally back issues and projects by resolutions and letters of support.
South Louisiana faces many challenges that stand to shape our economic future, as well as threaten the environment and the livelihood of the people of the region. Our ability to overcome these challenges with sound policy will determine our success. We actively support the efforts of the regional ports and levees districts who are working to increase productivity and protection for the bayou region.
SCIA actively supports I-49, North South Corridor Evacuation Route, Morganza to Gulf Project, Houma Navigation Canal Deepening, LA 1 Coalition, as well as local projects that will enhance the productivity of industry and quality of life for the region. Financial contributions have been made to I-49, LA 1, Restore or Retreat and Morganza Action Coalition to assist with efforts in obtaining funding for these important projects. Through this committee, SCIA is involved in coastal restoration projects and regional levee projects interacting with the US Corps of Engineers and other entities when appropriate.
Governmental Affairs and Regulatory (GAR)
Chair: Joni Tuck, Greater Lafourche Port Commission – Port Fourchon
The purpose of this committee is to monitor regulatory issues that affect the oil, gas and marine industries that are indicative of our region. Through the Governmental Affairs component, we review legislation that affect our industries and communities. We work closely with and are members of groups such as LOGA, LMOGA, NOIA and GLAC who are focused on industry based needs within our state and nation.
Each year, we host an SCIA Bayou Region Legislative Luncheon with the regional elected state delegation, parish presidents, SCIA board of directors and major stakeholders. The meeting is designed for the stakeholders to express their interests and priorities to the delegation with the delegation giving informative feedback.
The SCIA Congressional Roundtable is part of US Congressman Steve Scalise’s Energy Tour, which takes place at Port Fourchon. The roundtable discussion is composed of experts on issues associated with the oil and gas industry, as well as the SCIA board of Directors and representatives of the Greater Lafourche Port Commission and tenants of the Port. Frequently, we also conduct these roundtables with NOIA, as well, under the leadership of the Congressman.
Chair: Nicol Blanchard, FTCC and LCTCS
Several years ago, SCIA developed a comprehensive program to address workforce issues within the bayou region. The highly acclaimed Work It! Louisiana is designed to educate students from Grade 6 to 12 on the available career paths that project the job market in south Louisiana, particularly the industrial based jobs for the skilled and unskilled labor force. The program is being implemented in Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary and Assumption parishes’ school systems. It is one of the models for the state education program called “Jump Start.”.
Work it! Louisiana is an awareness campaign, showing the value of getting a technical education that is readily available in our region through Fletcher Technical & Community College, Louisiana Technical College – Lafourche Campus and Young Memorial in Morgan City. It has been honored as a state champion by the Louisiana Department of Education, LCTCS and the BESE Board for its commitment to education.
We are also engaged with developing educational and training programs that are indicative of our region. We work closely with Fletcher, SCLTC and Nicholls State University to foster programs that will enhance the growth and development of the bayou region.
Another element of our workforce initiatives is our newly formed job exchange. The purpose of the job exchange is to assist our businesses who are placed in the position of laying off people. It is designed for SCIA member companies only to connect with other member companies who may possibly have job openings and are seeking employees. The program is totally confidential and must have the approval of the person seeking a job who has been laid off. This program is monitored through the SCIA office.
Industrial Committee on Education “ICE”:
Chair: Willard Robison, Seacor Marine
Co-Chair: Chad Hebert, Workforce Logistics
“ICE” is designed to identify and share resources, information, knowledge and experiences that assist companies in maintaining efficient and effective Health, Safety, Security and Environment processes which in turn protect employees, property, the environment and the communities in which we operate. It monitors the labor climate of the region, insurance requirements, maintains wage and labor supply information, as well as promotes better understanding of the laws that affect our ability to hire, maintain, and terminate employees.
“ICE” continually reviews related issues to disseminate to members. They provide quality workshops on human resources, health, OSHA regulations, safety and environment to member company employees.
Co - Chair: Jason Bergeron, Technology Professionals
Co – Chair: Tommy Guarisco, Downtown Jeaux Coffee Cafe
To maintain a healthy growth and retention of members in SCIA by offering a networking event for member company employees and guests to meet one another.
This committee is responsible for making sure SCIA has the best crawfish boil in town! SCIA is host to about 700 people each year, an event that serves as an excellent opportunity to network. It is usually held on the Thursday after Easter. The crawfish boil is a member event and is not open to the general public. However, extra tickets can be purchased by members for additional guests. Information and tickets are available through the SCIA office.
Chair: Lance Trotti, Paul’s Insurance Agency
It is the purpose of the golf tournament committee to provide a quality fundraising event that will unite our members and to provide financial assistance for projects that have been approved by the SCIA Board of Directors.
The annual golf tournament is held on the first Monday in October of each year at Ellendale Country Club in Houma, LA. We are host to both morning and afternoon flights of golf. Proceeds obtained from the golf tournament are used to fund projects such as: yearly high school scholarships, vocational technical school scholarships, recognizing outstanding teachers from the tri-parish area, assisting with LA 1 and I-49 projects, coastal restoration, economic development, and other projects that affect industry.
This committee has maintained the same people for years. Chair rotates each year.
It is the mission of the banquet committee to provide the organization with a quality fundraising event that will be well received by its members and guests.
The annual banquet and installation of officers is the culmination of activities for each year. It is held in June of each year. The committee hosts a celebration paying tribute to the SCIA membership and honoring leaders within industry and the organization.