Remembering David Conner

A statement from George Swift, 
President and CEO
SWLA Economic Development Alliance

It is with deep regret that the SWLA Alliance announces the passing of David Conner, Vice President of Economic Development and International Services. After a gallant fight against leukemia, David passed away January 26 at M.D. Anderson Medical Center in Houston. 

The courage he exhibited throughout his illness stands as a tribute to his strong faith in God and love for his family.

David played a key role in the growth of the Alliance in the recruitment and facilitation of most of the large industrial projects in our region. He was passionate about international trade and business, leading several international trade missions.

He led the Alliance's efforts to develop a comprehensive housing strategy of which he was very proud. His work has helped create thousands of jobs and much opportunity for our region.

We thank the thousands of friends who supported him and his family during his illness, the number of which humbled him. 

We extend our deepest sympathy to David's wife ,Mary Beth, his daughter Mariet Bernard, son Clint, his father, Herbert, siblings, and the Conner family.

Though he left us way too soon, David will always be remembered for his love of family, love of his McNeese University, and love and dedication to the people of his beloved Southwest Louisiana.