VACHERIE — St. James Parish Council members have viewed two new marketing videos designed to attract businesses to the parish and promote the area’s quality of life.

The two videos were created at the request of parish government through its Economic Development Board and cost $32,000, parish spokeswoman Melissa Wilkins said in an email Wednesday.

Dave Weber, of New Orleans-based Digital Bayou HD Productions Inc., the company that created the videos, addressed the council during its meeting Wednesday.

The “signature video” answers the question, Weber said, “Why should corporations move or expand to St. James Parish?”

The video showed the Mississippi River, Christmas Eve levee bonfires and the State Capitol in Baton Rouge.

Weber said the four-minute “companion video” promotes the parish’s quality of life and would be of interest to people living outside of Louisiana who may know nothing about St. James Parish.

The quality-of-life video “really captured to a great extent who we are,” Steve Nosacka, a parish consultant on economic development, told the Parish Council.

The two videos should be available on the parish’s website soon, Weber said.

Other business conducted by the council included:

LEVEE BONFIRES: Council members unanimously approved a motion allowing Parish President Dale Hymel Jr. to enter into an agreement with the Pontchartrain and the Lafourche Basin levee districts on construction of Christmas Eve bonfires along the Mississippi River levees.

The agreement outlines the rules and regulations of the construction of the bonfires and also requires the parish to purchase $2 million worth of insurance coverage for the event, Hymel said.