The West Cameron Port Commission was created in 1968 by R.S revised statute 34:2551, et. seq., and is a political subdivision of the State of Louisiana with all rights, privileges, and authority to provide police protection for its facilities. The governing body of the organization is composed of commissioners with six year terms having their monthly meetings scheduled the last Tuesday of each month, which are held on a rotating basis throughout the Parish. Regularly scheduled meetings are held at 6:00 p.m and notices are posted in accordance with legal notice requirements and are provided to the Lake Charles American Press and the Cameron Pilot. Please visit our website at http://portofwestcameron.com/.
West Cameron Port
148 Smith Circle
P.O. Box 1271
Cameron, LA 70631
Clifton Cabell, President
540 W. Main Street
Hackberry, LA 70645
Jimmy Brown, Vice President
170 Johnny Benoit
Hackberry, LA 70645
155 Oliver Road
Cameron, LA 70631
130 Thomas Street
Cameron, LA 70631
103 Cripple Creek Road
Lake Charles, LA 70607
690 Middle Ridge
Cameron, LA 70631
P.O. Box 252
Creole, LA 70632
2400 Highway 384
Bell City, LA 70630
Ernest Carol Trahan
1165 Smith Ridge Rd.
Cameron, LA 70631
The powers of the West Cameron Port Commission are varied. West Cameron Port has authority to regulate, construct, own, maintain, operate, acquire, expropriate, levy taxes and fees, receive funding, and to conduct general port harbor and terminal operations for the benefit of the District, Parish, and Southwest Louisiana Region.
The Port is a major support contributor with a direct link to the oil and gas exploration and service industry. It is also home to several fleets of shrimp, crab, and other seafood harvesting operations. Two major LNG interests are currently located on waterways within the Port with a third site permitted for construction. Primary cargo that flows through the Port, much of which arrives or departs from the Port's territorial jurisdiction are: Baroid, Coal, Sweet and Sour Crude, LNG (expected to start within the District this year at the Cameron LNG facility in Hackberry, LA), Bulk Grain, Rice, and other support products for the petrochemical and oil and gas industry.
Main Channel Depth:
55-60 foot within the Industrial Ship Channel
Cargo Terminals & Facilities Located within the District:
Cameron Fisheries Seafood Processing
Other port-owned businesses, services, and facilities:
The West Cameron Port Authority owns approximately 200 acres on Monkey Island and adjoining the Ship Channel. The Port offers assistance with applications for state incentives through Commerce and Industry, Louisiana Land Trust, State Department of Economic Development, Department of Natural Resources, and DEQ that assist with permitting, developmental review, economic development incentives, land-use controls, and others port related matters.
Quality Jobs Program
Louisiana's Quality Jobs Program grants businesses engaged in manufacturing or other basic industries cash rebate up to 6% of its annual gross payroll. Qualifying companies must have a minimum annual payroll of $500,000 ($250,000 for less than 50 employees), pay wages of 1.75 the minimum wage, and provide 85% insurance coverage. The program can be used in conjunction with the Industrial Property Tax Exemption Program. This program also rebates sales taxes paid on materials and equipment purchased during the construction phase of the project.
Industrial Property Tax Exemption Program
Louisiana's Industrial Property Tax Exemption Program exempts new manufacturing facilities and expansions from all property taxes for up to ten years. Program benefits can be combined with those of other programs, such as the Enterprise Zone or Quality Jobs programs.
Enterprise Zone Program
Louisiana's Enterprise Zone Program provides tax credits and other incentives to businesses locating in officially designated Enterprise Zones. EZs are urban or rural areas of high unemployment, low income, and/or where a large number of residents are receiving some form of public assistance. The program offers tax credits of $2,500 per new job and state sales tax rebates on purchases of materials and equipment during the construction phase.
Inventory Tax Credit
The Inventory Tax Credit provides a 100 percent refundable tax credit against state corporate income and franchise taxes, or a cash rebate if the tax liability is not that large, for inventory taxes paid to political subdivisions.
Corporate Jobs Tax Credit Program
The Corporate Jobs Tax Credit Program provides credits of up to $225 per new worker. The credits can be used to satisfy state corporate income taxes and are an alternative option to the benefits of the state's Industrial Property Tax Exemption program and Enterprise Zone program benefits.
Economic Development Assistance Program
(EDAP) This program, administered by the Department of Economic Development, provides grants for publicly-owned infrastructure to assist industrial or business development projects that promote economic development and that require state assistance.
Biotechnology Sales/Use Tax Exemption
Under the plan, equipment classified under the NAICS biotechnology category will be exempted from all state and local sales and use taxes.
Customized Software Tax Phaseout
Customized software developers in Louisiana are exempt from state sales and use taxes (local is optional.) The tax exemption will be phased in beginning with a 25% exemption in July 2002 through June 2003, with an additional 25% exemption added over the succeeding years until 100% is exempted beginning in July 2005.
Film and Video Production Tax Credit
Allows tax credits on percentage of production costs associated with motion picture production companies producing nationally distributed movies, videos, commercials, television series, etc. The credit is 10% for spending of $300,000 to $1,000,000, and 15% for spending over $1 million.
Film and Video Sales Tax Exemption
Allows exclusion of state sales taxes on items purchased for film projects investing more than $250,000 in the State during a twelve-month period with advance exemption. Does not include exclusion of local tax.
Rural Tax Increment Financing
The change in the TIF Program allows parishes or municipalities with a population of at least 250,000 the ability to offer tax increment financing on sales, use, property, and hotel occupancy taxes.
Cooperative Endeavor Agreements
Allows public funds to be used for cooperative endeavor agreements on privately owned land or buildings for economic development projects, instead of requiring public ownership.
Workforce Development & Training Program
This program provides funding for customized workforce training programs to improve the competitiveness and productivity of Louisiana's workforce and business community, and to assist
Louisiana businesses in promoting employment stability.
Incumbent Worker Training Program
Louisiana has a $50 million fund to upgrade the skills of existing workers or to train new employees of resident industry. Local workforce investment boards (WIBs), technical colleges and the LA Department of Labor work together to provide this benefit.
Restoration Tax Abatement Program
The program provides a ten year property tax abatement on the improvements made to commercial and residential properties in designated downtown development districts, economic development districts and historic districts.
Research & Development Tax Credit Program
Companies claiming Federal income tax credit for research activities will now be able to claim credit against state income and corporation franchise taxes up to 8% of the state's apportioned share of increased R & D expenses or 25% of its apportioned share of federal research credit claimed under 26 USCA §41 (alternative incremental tax credit) The Income Tax program will begin in 2003 and the Franchise Tax program will begin in 2004.
Technical Commercialization Credit Program
Companies partnering with Louisiana universities can claim an annual 15% credit against the costs of investment in machinery, equipment and expenditures associated with obtaining rights for the use of technology, including patents, copyrights, licenses, and the leasing of equipment for an initial 4 year program time. Businesses in identified traditional or seed clusters with no more than 225 employees, and not less than 75% of all employees residing in Louisiana, can sell tax credits for 75% of their value to another Louisiana taxpayer.
The state of Louisiana will match the tax rates of a competing state if necessary to retain or recruit a business in the state. Approval by the LA Legislature is required.
Industry Assistance Program
Financially distressed companies anticipated to close in the state might be eligible for tax relief from the state in order to retain jobs and investment. Approval by the LA Legislature is required.
Renewal Community (RC)
Designed to stimulate economic development in distressed communities, the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program provides federal tax credits of $1,500 per new or existing employee, in addition to other benefits such as low interest financing, capital gains and more. Louisiana has two rural RCs, in North Louisiana and Central Louisiana, and two urban RCs in Orleans and Ouachita Parishes. See the RC web site at http://www.renewallouisiana.com/. Benefits expire on December 31, 2009.