Chamber History

The Monroe Chamber of Commerce has a long and distinguished history in Ouachita Parish. The organization, which is over 100 years old, was founded in the early twentieth century. Business leaders in Monroe realized that if they wanted to have a strong impact, they would need to raise funds, hire a professional manager for the organization and develop an aggressive program of work. The Monroe Chamber was originally established to improve the economic and civic life of the community and serves much the same purpose as it does today.

Over the past century, the program of work has included marketing the community for manufacturing and industry, continuing to develop Monroe’s retail sector, supporting the establishment of the Northeast Junior College (now the University of Louisiana at Monroe), helping to secure funding for infrastructure development and supporting a master plan that included several new public facilities like the Civic Center, the Monroe Regional Airport and the Ouachita Parish Port.

Throughout the last century the chamber has led the way in creating a thriving business environment. The chamber works every day to create a thriving and vibrant community where we can raise our families with the assurance that our children will be well educated, have bright futures, and abundant job opportunities without ever leaving Northeast Louisiana. Working together, the Monroe Chamber of Commerce and our business members are building  a brighter future for all our citizens.