JDP projects deserve public support
The next few years may see great progress in Jeff Davis Parish (JDP).
A lifeline in JDP is Interstate 10 and that roadway will play a big part in progress.
The City of Jennings is currently working with the state on expanding La. 97 into three lanes, paving the way for new opportunities. This week, Jennings Mayor Terry Duhon spoke with the Jennings Daily News about long term plans, which includes expanding Virginia Street past Jennings High School, cutting through undeveloped land near the Southwest Louisiana War Veterans Home.
With Jennings situated right along interstate, the land that will become accessible through these projects has the potential to draw in new business and homes. Opening that land for development has been a goal of the city, property owners and JDP Economic Development for several years. Major retail businesses are drawn to land along major roadways and the property available in Jennings has the power to attract a number of new companies, which means more jobs, sales tax revenues and business options to us all.
Just down the road in Welsh, officials there are working on a five-year project that will expand its airport in order to welcome small commercial flights. A lot of buzz has been going on about the project, since officials would like to use land near the airport for small industrial businesses, as well. In October of last year, the Welsh mayor also confirmed that McDonald’s is looking to open a franchise in that town, though location is a concern in the project.
Lacassine is also poised for two great additions, as Louisiana Spirits prepares to open its rum distillery (complete with a bar and tours) and a water park moves closer to becoming a reality.
All of these projects will benefit local residents. JDP will have more job opportunities; shoppers and tourists; local activities; and construction projects, all of which will jolt the economies of our towns and entire parish thanks to increased sales tax revenues. And when the revenues are up, our local officials have the opportunity to make improvements in infrastructure, schools and more, meaning life in JDP gets a facelift.
Sure, projects and construction might mean traffic delays or loud noise throughout the day, but the end result will help us all. The projects taking place around the parish are worthy of our support because, ultimately, the residents of JDP will reap the most benefits.
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