C100 Louisiana

The Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc., formed in 1992,  is Louisiana’s Business Roundtable of corporate executives and university presidents seeking to influence public policy affecting business and industry to make Louisiana more competitive. 

According to Michael Olivier, Chief Executive of C100 and formerly Louisiana’s secretary of economic development from 2004 to 2008, the organization’s mission is to impact public policy to create a better Louisiana, a more competitive Louisiana. The Committee is composed of CEO’s throughout the state representing private sector companies and institutions of higher learning. 

“Combined with our resources, both natural and people, we can do better, so we focus on issues that impact economic and business development like transportation, fiscal reform, education and public security,” said Olivier.  

The Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc., formed in 1992,  is Louisiana’s Business Roundtable of corporate executives and university presidents seeking to influence public policy affecting business and industry to make Louisiana more competitive. 
Michael Olivier
C100 Chief Executive

“Military and federal installations in our state are tremendous economic generators and job creators,” he said. “This is why C100 has supported Fort Polk for many years, including funding the economic impact study in 2010. We hope to continue our support through our engagement with Fort Polk Progress.”

C100 has done much to improve Louisiana, including Reset Louisiana, a partnership initiative with Council for a Better Louisiana and the Public Affairs Research Council. 

“You’re about to vote on two constitutional amendments that were items included in our legislative package,” said Olivier, referring to the upcoming election. 

 Amendment #2 lowers corporate and individual sales tax. Amendment #1 involves the internet sales tax and streamlining local sales tax collections, he said. 

Aside from tax reform, C100 is also focused on education. “Education is the number one way to gain a level of success over poverty,” said Olivier. “That means funding early childhood education adequately, improving K-12 education and funding higher education.”

“We have over 40 percent poverty; the only way we’re going to make that poverty disappear is by educating people, giving them access to education at an early age, improving their education K-12, and on into college and secondary education.” 

C100 is operated by a 15-member executive committee

“Obviously our members are very busy. They don’t need another meeting,” said Olivier. “What they want is to use their influence statewide to cause public policy changes to be made that will improve the economic and commercial circumstances in Louisiana to eliminate poverty.” 

And being a member of Fort Polk Progress is one effort  that will help accomplish that goal, he added. 

“We want to demonstrate our partnership, our support for military and federal installations that are huge economic drivers in our state. Fort Polk radiates throughout the state. Some of the best employees in the world are people who retire or leave military service. Ultimately, this improves our workforce, and that’s what our members hope to achieve.” 

9.17.21 Executive Insight Brief

Here’s a peek at The Roosevelt Group’s weekly Executive Insight Briefing, which shows what’s happened in the past week and what to expect: 

DoD wants your feedback: Tell Us Why Small Businesses Can’t Get Contracts

Prepare yourselves: Climate Change May Halve Sugar and Coffee Output By 2099

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Progress of the Biden Administration’s confirmation process. For a more detailed breakdown, click to the Washington Post’s confirmation tracker.

House Homeland Security Committee Approves $865 Million for CISA (NextGov)

The House Homeland Security Committee Tuesday approved an additional $865 million in funding for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. Should the bill pass the House and Senate, CISA would receive a funding influx across numerous programs after numerous high-profile cyberattacks on U.S. critical infrastructure and federal agencies.The largest chunk of money—$400 million—would be obligated to help CISA meet President Joe Biden’s May executive order on improving the nation’s cybersecurity. 

DOD Has Adopted Practices to Manage Within the Constraints of Continuing Resolutions (GAO)

The Department of Defense started 11 of the last 12 fiscal years under a continuing resolution, which provides temporary funding for federal agencies when Congress hasn’t enacted regular appropriations by the start of the fiscal year. DOD officials said continuing resolutions can delay their ability to pay for goods or services and can lead to repetitive administrative tasks or incremental planning. We found DOD has practices to minimize the effects of this kind of funding. For example, the military services may postpone contracts or nonessential training early in the year—when they’re more likely to be under a continuing resolution. GAO found that the Department of Defense (DOD) and the military services’ obligations and acquisitions are limited during a Continuing Resolution (CR), but they have some practices in place to minimize the effects. 

Temporary hike in BAH imminent for some troops, families caught in housing crunch (Marine Corps Times)

Military members and families affected by surging housing costs in 56 areas around the country may soon get relief through a temporary hike in their Basic Allowance for Housing. DoD officials had not officially confirmed the initiative to Military Times by publication time, but the start is imminent, according to a Pentagon source with knowledge of the discussions. The temporary BAH hike has been approved by DoD personnel officials and is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, the source said. A partial copy of an “action memo” within the Defense Department, which has been circulating on social media, requests temporary BAH increases of between 10 to 20 percent for 56 specific areas. The memo from J.B. Busch, DoD’s director of military compensation policy, to Leonard Litton, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military personnel policy, asks for Litton’s approval of the temporary BAH hikes and states the temporary rates would remain in effect through December 2021.

The Road Ahead For 5G Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (Newswire)

As fifth generation (“5G”) wireless cellular networks gain prominence globally, mobile connectivity for vehicles is increasingly gaining influence. Today, 5G Americas, the voice of 5G and LTE for the Americas announced the publication of a new white paper entitled “Vehicular Connectivity: C-V2X and 5G,” which covers the impacts of 5G-based cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technologies on vehicles, embedded infrastructure, and intelligent transportation networks.

Executive Insight Brief for 9.10.21

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The folks at The Roosevelt Group provide us with a weekly Executive Insight Brief, a summary and links to noteworthy news items on a number of relevant topics, including budget and appropriations, military installations and communities and so much more.

Here’s a sampling for you: 

Joe Biden has picked 353 nominees to fill key roles in his administration so far

Biden wants to force Republicans to vote on the debt ceiling, sensing they’ll cave

Army Chief Calls for Afghanistan Review: ‘Let the Cards Fall Where They Fall’

Infographic: US military presence around the world

Pentagon Asks Public for Suggestions on Renaming Bases That Honor Confederate Soldiers

A day that forced change to military bases worldwide

Congratulations Educators!

Fort Polk Progress extends congratulations to area educators who were named winners in the elementary school division of the Louisiana Department of Education state-level Teacher and Principal of the Year process. The winners were announced during a virtual ceremony July 16. 
Kaitlyn Richard, who teaches at South Beauregard in Beauregard Parish was named the elementary teacher division winner, while Karen Robertson, principal at West Leesville Elementary in Vernon Parish, was named the elementary principal division winner. 

Kaitlyn Richard

Being able to invest into the community that built me, is one of the greatest honors that I have had as a teacher.

“As a former military dependent, I understand the concerns and issues that military families have in regards to their child’s education. I look forward to sharing my platform of creating a positive school culture and building leadership skills in my students and teachers across the state of Louisiana.”

Karen Robertson

Fort Polk Housing options: Where will I live?

If you’re about to be stationed at Fort Polk, your biggest question might be, where will I live?

And that question can only be answered depending on your wants and needs. 

How close do you want to be to the base? 

Do you like rural areas or do you prefer being in town? 

Do you have kids? 

Which schools do you want them to attend? What types of activities do you want them to be involved in?

If you choose to live on base, click here and here for a breakdown of your options and more guidance. 

Many soldiers, especially those with families, choose to live off post in one of several communities surrounding Fort Polk. 

The nearest towns to Fort Polk headed north on U.S. Highway 171 are New Llano (5.1 miles away) and Leesville (6.8 milies). 

A little further north on U.S. 171 are Anacoco (21 miles) and Hornbeck (30 miles). Many Fort Polk families enjoy the quiet country living these communities offer. 

The North entrance to Fort Polk on Louisiana Highway 28 is close to Hicks (16 miles) and Simpson (19.3 miles) which are also good choices for military families, especially if you’d like the option of being closer to Alexandria for short trips that include more restaurant and shopping options. 

To the south of Fort Polk  on U.S. 171 there is Pickering (4.1 miles from Entrance Road) and Rosepine (12.1 miles), and further south is DeRidder (16.1 miles). From DeRidder it is only another hour to Lake Charles, where the restaurant and shopping options are much expanded.

The following real estate companies have a long history of helping soldiers and their families with their real estate needs. (If you represent a real estate company and would like to be listed here, let us know in the comments below). 

ERA Sarver Real Estate, Inc.

Century 21 Delia Realty Group

Morris Team Realty

Candice Skinner Real Estate

American Dream Real Estate

Fertitta Real Estate

Which housing options sound most appealing to you as you plan your move? 

Let us know what issues you’re facing by joining one of our social media groups and engaging with us there or send us your questions about Fort Polk and the surrounding communities by commenting below! 

We’ll be happy to answer, and if we don’t know, we’ll find out for you. We can’t wait to see you!

Contact Us:
Fort Polk Progress | PO Box 1191 | Leesville, LA 71496

Fort Polk: Where the heck?

Answer: The short, kinda boring answer is that Fort Polk is located in West Central Louisiana, or west Cenla (we’re big on abbreviating place names) or just Cenla. 

The nearest towns are New Llano (5.1 miles away), Leesville (6.8 milies) and DeRidder (16.1 miles), all relatively rural. 

Larger towns that feature more shopping and dining options within an hour and fifteen minutes are Alexandria (we abbreviate it to Alex. No offense, but you’re probably saying it wrong); Natchitoches (we can help you with these place names, I promise), and Lake Charles (one of our larger cities).

Shreveport is located about two hours away from Fort Polk, while Baton Rouge (our capitol) is a good three hours, and New Orleans is about four hours.

Do not fear. Fort Polk is surrounded by lots of interesting culture, great food and very friendly (okay, maybe a little strange, but it’s a good kinda strange) people, if you give it half a chance.

No, the base does not have a bunch of chain (predictable) restaurants right around the corner. No, we do not have a bunch of places to shop (isn’t that what Amazon is for?), and no, we don’t have the most hopping night life you’ve ever experienced. 

At Fort Polk you’ll discover a different kind of cool. We’re a jump in the lake, go fishing, boating, hiking, biking, muddin’, or just sit on the front porch and watch the world go by kinda cool. We are Sunday dinner cool. We are spontaneous get together cool. Crawfish boils, fish fries and backyard barbeques are our specialty. 

If you’re a history buff, at Fort Polk you’ll find that we’re Louisiana Purchase and oldest permanent settlement cool. We are longest-lived socialist utopian colony in the country cool. 

And if partying is your thing, you’ll see that Louisiana has more festivals than you can shake a stick at. And a lot of them are just a day trip away.

Like music? Not to brag, we’re located in the actual birthplace of a LOT of music genres. No kidding.

If you don’t expect what you’re used to, there’s no telling what you’ll discover exploring the food, festivals, historic sites, creeks, bayous, lakes, woods and mom and pop kind of shops surrounding Fort Polk.

Finally, if you’re ready to contemplate housing, let us help you. We’ve compiled some useful information here. 

Let us know what you think by joining one of our social media groups and engaging with us there or send us your questions about Fort Polk and the surrounding communities by commenting below! 

We’ll be happy to answer, and if we don’t know, we’ll find out for you. In the meantime, start planning, because there is so much to do around Fort Polk! We can’t wait to see you!

Contact Us:
Fort Polk Progress | PO Box 1191 | Leesville, LA 71496