Posted on May 11, 2022
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – One of Lake Charles’ largest economic components is calling for more federal dollars.
The Port of Lake Charles is asking the federal government to allocate more funding in the budget for projects they say are crucial for the port’s operations. Port officials say they need over $80 million for the Calcasieu Ship Channel to continue functioning properly.
The Port of Lake Charles generates an estimated $12 billion in economic activity between Calcasieu and Cameron parishes, equaling 67 percent of the local economy and supplying more than 42,000 direct and indirect jobs.
“The Calcasieu Ship Channel is the economic engine of Southwest Louisiana,” said Channing Hayden, director of navigation at the Port of Lake Charles.