Monroe Chamber of Commerce

J.Curtis / KEDM

KEDM Public Radio and the Monroe Chamber of Commerce held a Meet the Candidates Forum for Monroe City Council, Monday, February 17 at 6 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center Convention Center. 

Candidates for City Districts 2, 3, 4, and 5 answered a variety of questions before an audience of over 100 people. Questions covered topics relating to Monroe government, including crime, infrastructure, a new casino in Monroe, and more.

All the candidates in each district were in attendance,  and the forum was broadcast live on 90.3 KEDM Public Radio.

KEDM / Cindy Barnes

The candidates running for mayor of Monroe faced off at the Monroe Chamber of Commerce / KEDM Meet The Candidates Forum. The event was held on February 10 at the Monroe Convention Center. A standing room only crowd was in attendance and the event was aired on 90.3 KEDM Public Radio. 

A second Candidate Forum for candidates who have qualified for Monroe City Council seats will be held on Monday, February 17 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center.

The forums are free and open to the public and media.

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce is holding a membership drive that will last from Oct. 22-24. Businesses joining the chamber receive so many different business oppurtunities and gain access to a vast networking system.

In order to join the group, the cost is $325 but during the drive the $35 processing fee will be waived. Schools and individuals can join at a lower cost: $100. 

Jay Curtis / KEDM

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. 

The Louisiana Senate Candidate Forum took place Thursday, September 5 at 6 p.m. for Senate Districts 32, 33, and 35 at “The Terrace” 7th Floor Conference Center at the University of Louisiana at Monroe Library.

Monroe Chamber of Commerce Seeks New Members

Aug 22, 2018
Monroe Chamber of Commerce Facebook /

Monroe Chamber of Commerce is seeking new members. Membership applications are available here.

According to Chairman of the Board Billy Haddad, the goal of the Chamber is to serve the needs of the business community throughout Northeast Louisiana. "Our mission is to lead in the creation of a thriving business environment," says Haddad. "We pride ourselves in getting new businesses."

Drax Moves Headquarters To Monroe

Feb 9, 2018
GotCredit / /

Drax Biomass is relocating its headquarters from Atlanta to Monroe, in what Governor John Bel Edwards is hailing as another big win for Louisiana’s economy. Drax already operates two wood pellet manufacturing facilities and a shipping operation in the state. Monroe Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Sue Nicholson says that means 150 good paying jobs are on the way.


Nicholson says Monroe’s economy is booming, and having ULM, Grambling, and Louisiana Tech all within 45 minutes provides companies with a highly educated pool of workers to choose from.


Ouachita 101 Welcomes New Residents

Jun 8, 2016
Monroe Chamber of Commerce

Relocating to a new city can be difficult for both individuals and families.

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce hosts an event to help new residents settle into the area, called "Ouachita 101," Thursday, June 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Century Link Auditorium.

Over 100 local businesses and organizations host booths with a chance to meet representatives from local news agencies, the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council, volunteer groups, the University of Louisiana Monroe and local governments.