Walker loses $83M annually, residents spend money elsewhere
WALKER- A new Southeastern Louisiana University study finds the city of Walker is missing out on $83 million in retail sales every year.
Researchers met with city officials and Livingston Parish business leaders last week to discuss their findings and begin talking about ways to lure businesses and shoppers to Walker.
The study finds people who live in and around Walker spend substantially more money than what is coming into the city's businesses.
Larry Collins, president of the Livingston Economic Development Council, says the city should work with the parish chamber of commerce to see if any local companies would like to open a new branch in Walker.