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Site Selection Made Simple in South Louisiana

May 14, 2024


Choosing the right location for your business expansion or relocation is a cumbersome and lengthy process, but in South Louisiana, we’ve developed a streamlined site selection program to make it your easiest decision yet. Nestled in Cajun Country, South Louisiana offers an array of advantages for businesses looking to thrive, and a one-of-a-kind quality of life that caters to just about any lifestyle. Couple that with our development-ready site selection tools and programs, and you’ve found the perfect destination for your next business venture.


Benefits of Relocating to South Louisiana


South Louisiana has long been an ideal destination for industries ranging from manufacturing to aviation and beyond. With low-cost land and competitive industrial utility rates, it’s no wonder why our area is recognized as a cost-effective environment for businesses. We harness a low cost-of-living, a high quality of life, and a skilled workforce to meet the demands of any company. So much so, our robust workforce training programs were ranked 1st in the U.S for 13 of the last 14 years, according to Business Facilities Magazine. 


Our nine-parish region is also home to numerous resources that businesses can tap into to supply all of their operations from a single spot. We’re supported by a high-speed fiber optic internet network and a comprehensive infrastructure with prime access to shipping and transportation routes to local, national, and international destinations. 


And because we know that making big moves is scary, we make sure you don’t have to do it alone. At South Louisiana Economic Development, we work closely with employers to build customized incentive packages and provide you with invaluable business resources so you can hit the ground running.


Certified Sites and Shovel-Ready Programs


Ranked at No. 7 for Certified Sites and Shovel-Ready Programs in the nation, according to Area Development Magazine, South Louisiana’s site selection programs are designed with efficiency and financial security in mind. Our portfolio of development-ready sites is state-certified, offering businesses peace of mind during the site selection process. These sites undergo a rigorous review process, including zoning restrictions, environmental studies, title work, soil analyses, and surveys. As a result, they are classified as 180-day development-ready. By performing this level of due diligence before an industrial or mixed-use development hits the market, it gravely reduces the purchaser’s construction timelines and expedites the acquisition process to minimize downtime. 


Development-Ready Site Selection Tool


Navigating site selection in South Louisiana is made simple with the Development-Ready Sites Tool. This user-friendly tool allows businesses to compare available properties, search for sites and buildings by location and size, and access demographics, wetlands analyses, and community profiles. Additionally, businesses can tap into utility and economic development databases through South Louisiana Economic Development’s location partners to inform their decision-making process. 


Beyond our site selection tool, employers can leverage Louisiana’s expedited environmental permit-processing program, which allows applicants to reimburse the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) or contract workers for overtime costs. This program expedites permits, modifications, licenses, registrations, and more to further support your construction schedule. 


Setting Sights on South Louisiana


Ready to explore the endless opportunities awaiting your business in South Louisiana? Whether you’re a startup entrepreneur or an established company, South Louisiana offers the resources and support you need to succeed. Connect with us to learn more about how South Louisiana Economic Development can help you navigate growth like we’ve done for so many other major players that call our region home.


Contact us today to put down roots in The Boot!

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