Ranked at No. 7 for Certified Sites and Shovel-Ready Programs in the nation, South Louisiana is poised for business growth with its inventory of high-profile certified sites and low-cost land for development. If your company is looking to relocate or grow in our 6,200-square-mile region, we will help you navigate all available options to find the perfect home for your operations.
The Certified Business Site Program identifies sites best suited for business, industrial or mixed-used developments and prepares them for acquisition. What’s more, these sites are classified as 180-day development-ready, ensuring tight timelines remain on schedule.
A Certified Site listing indicates the land has undergone an extensive review process, which includes everything from environmental studies, soil analyses and surveys to zoning restrictions and authenticity documentation. This due diligence ensures that all aspects of the site meet compliance regulations, ultimately delivering a property primed for development.
Location Partner Tools
South Louisiana also offers other location analysis resources to assist in the site selection process. Links to our utility and economic development partners below provide access to these databases.
Success Story: SafeSource Direct Selects Certified Site for PPE Manufacturing Facility
In May of 2021, Gov. John Bel Edwards joined Ochsner Health President & CEO Warner Thomas and SafeSource Direct CEO Justin Hollingsworth to announce the development of two manufacturing facilities for personal protective equipment, or PPE. SafeSource is investing $150 million to develop the facilities, with $77 million dedicated to the development of a new 400,000-square-foot manufacturing facility located at the Spanish Trail Industrial Park Site – a site certified through Louisiana Economic Development in 2020.
South Louisiana is more than just a hub for agriculture and energy, and we have the numbers to prove it. From the region’s substantial workforce pipeline to its integrated network of public and private sector institutions, one thing is certain: Once your business lands here, the opportunities for growth are limited only by time and imagination.
Local tech, aviation, manufacturing, and maritime industries thrive thanks to a pipeline of more than 75,000 postsecondary students, hailing from area institutions such as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Louisiana State University, and South Louisiana Community College.
Private sector partnerships are also available with institutions to create professional-development tracks tailored to a business’ unique needs. Top employers in the region, including companies servicing the manufacturing, healthcare, and software development sectors, benefit directly from this.
These numbers only give a small snapshot of the economic potential South Louisiana’s nine-parish region has to offer. Regional assets coupled with the area’s robust business incentives have primed South Louisiana for significant growth in the coming years. For a complete report on these area demographics, economic projections, and statistics, download our economic vitals report below.