Louisiana Economic Development

Doing Business in Louisiana

Susan B. Bourgeois, Secretary,
Louisiana Economic Development
Doing Business in Louisiana
Baton Rouge is the capital city in Louisiana with a population of nearly 225,000. (Photo: Adobe Stock / Felix Mizioznikov)


Energy: Many Louisiana attributes that helped the oil and gas industry thrive are now spurring investments in solar and wind power, carbon capture and sequestration, and alternative fuels.

Manufacturing: Decades of expertise and an available, highly skilled workforce put Louisiana at the epicenter of the nation’s manufacturing renaissance.

Technology: Strategic investments in higher education and a comprehensive portfolio of targeted incentives have created an ideal environment for IT, software development, and bioscience business expansion.


Clean Hydrogen Works
$7.5 billion 
St. Charles Clean Fuels
St. Rose
$4.6 billion
DG Fuels
St. James Parish
$3.1 billion
CF Industries
Ascension Parish
$2 billion
SunGas Renewables
$1.83 billion


Lafayette Economic Development Authority
See why companies like SchoolMint, Amazon and CGI have chosen to locate and expand their operations in Lafayette, LA.


Louisiana Economic Development

The pace and scale of Louisiana’s economic growth and diversification are testaments to the state’s skilled workforce, competitive incentives, transportation infrastructure and logistics superiority. A longtime national leader in customized training and recruitment, Louisiana supports companies with a pro-business climate that puts all the ingredients for success within reach.

SWLA, SWLA Economic Development Alliance

Southwest Louisiana: We are equipped for opportunity! We have six ports, two major airports, and numerous shovel-ready sites, buildings, plants and petrochem facilities available for development.


Population (July 2022 est.): 4,590,241¹
Largest Cities (2020): New Orleans (383,282); Baton Rouge (224,480); Shreveport (187,338); Lafayette (121,996); Lake Charles (85,352)¹
Real GDP (2022): $217.1 billion²

¹U.S. Census Bureau
²Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Dept. of Commerce


Customized Workforce: For 13 of the last 14 years, LED FastStart has been recognized by Business Facilities as the No. 1 customized workforce training program in America. FastStart’s patented Recruit-Train-Sustain approach to talent pipeline development is available at no cost to participating employers.


#1 Tech Talent Pipeline
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#2 Manufacturing Output (% of GDP)
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#2 Customized Workforce Training
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#2 Film & Television
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#3 FTZ Activity (Exports): Gramercy (FTZ 124)
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#2 Logistics Leaders: New Orleans
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Top 5 FTZ Activity (Imports): Gramercy (FTZ 124)
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Top 5 Manufacturing Hubs (Small): Lake Charles
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Top 10 Top Performing Container Ports: Port of New Orleans
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From the July / August 2023 issue of Business Facilities


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