Projects submitted for consideration must be completed by the application deadline of April 2, 2018, and must be located within the five-parish Imperial Calcasieu region. Winners will be recognized at the 2018 "Growing SWLA Strong" Awards Program. The guest speaker for the awards event is Governor John Bel Edwards. The exact date of the event is pending the governor's schedule as it will have to be after the spring legislative session, which could include a special session. The date will be announced as soon as his schedule is confirmed.  

There are several categories, with winning projects demonstrating one or more of the following attributes:

  • A developer's vision for filling a market niche or bringing a new and innovative product to market
  • Has curb appeal that enhances an area
  • Incorporates innovative design and/or construction techniques (technology, energy, environment)
  • Applies Smart Growth principles

Project/Award categories are:

  • Subdivision
  • Multifamily (Apartments, Townhomes, Condominiums)
  • Mixed-Use Development
  • Commercial (Retail, Office, Lodging)
  • Industrial
  • Institutional (Education, Place of Worship, Civic)
  • Rehabilitation (Commercial or Residential)
  • Landscape
  • Public Servant - Elected; Public Servant - Employee