Monroe Chamber

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The race for Ouachita Parish Police Jurt District F will be between Donnie Bright, Roland W. Edwards, Lonnie Hudson, Verbon R. Muhammad, Sr., Sonja Smith-Schaffer, and Clifford "Cliff" Thomas.

Ouachita Parish residents had a chance to meet local candidates at the 90.3 KEDM Public Radio Candidate Forums. KEDM, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, the West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce and the University of Louisiana at Monroe Student Government Association hosted three Candidate Forums in September. 

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Senate candidates visited the University of Louisiana Monroe on Thursday night for the first of three KEDM political forums.  Jim Fannin, Jay Morris, and Matt Parker spoke with forum moderator Cory Crowe.

The forums are an opportunity for residents, business and community leaders to learn more about the candidates. Forums are broadcast live on 90.3 KEDM Public Radio, and Facebook Live; and archived at 

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20 area young professionals are recognized for their accomplishments in an awards reception Thursday at the Monroe Civic Center.

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce hosts the "Top 20 Under 40" event.  Chamber President Sue Nicholson explained that committee members looked at three criteria in the nominations.  "How they have performed professionally, personally, and in the community," she said.

Angelle Stresses Review of Tax Exemptions

Jul 31, 2015

Gubernatorial candidate Scott Angelle dismissed some criticism that Louisiana has too many universities. He believes the state must find a way to provide more funding to every one of them.  

Angelle, a Louisiana public service commissioner and one of three Republicans running for governor, addressed the Monroe Chamber of Commerce Thursday afternoon.  

Angelle says advocates could find more higher education funding by sifting through what he believes is a bloated roll of tax exemptions and credits. 

Ouachita 101: Connecting New Residents To Community

Jun 19, 2015

New residents of Ouachita Parish received a personal touch in learning more about what the community has to offer.

On Thursday, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce hosted "Ouachita 101", an expo of local organizations and service groups sharing their work with those who have recently moved to Ouachita Parish.

Chamber President Sue Nicholson says the event is a convenient way to connect new employees to a new environment.  "It helps them get plugged in.  It also can show what's available for their family," she said.

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce serves as an advocate organization for both large and small business.  The chamber is currently seeking new members to join in promoting business and the economy of the city of Monroe. 

"From supporting local initiatives that better the business community to meeting with the state's delegation, the chamber keeps members informed of what's taking place," says Wynn Lawrence, co-chair of the membership campaign.