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OK: Major Hotel to Open in Downtown OKC, Hiring 250+ Employees

September 30, 2020

The $241 million, 605-room Omni Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City is on track to open in January. more >>


TX: Construction Begins on New Johns Manville Plant, to Employ 50+

September 25, 2020

Dirt started moving recently on the new Johns Manville (JM) plant being constructed in the Hillsboro, Texas, industrial park. more >>


TX: Retailer Five Below Opens New Store, Distribution Center in Texas

September 24, 2020

Retailer Five Below recently opened its 1,000th store in Houston, marking the company's 111th store in Texas and 15th in the Houston metro area. more >>


TX: Dollar Tree Opens 25th Distribution Center, Creating 400 Jobs

September 8, 2020

Dollar Tree recently held a grand-opening for its 25th U.S. distribution center, this one in Rosenberg, Texas. more >>


LA: Stewart Enterprises to Add 115 Jobs in Jefferson Parish

September 4, 2020

Stewart Enterprises will create 115 new direct jobs based at the Stewart offices in the Elmwood area of Jefferson Parish. more >>


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LA: Governor Recognizes Mentor-Protégé Program Participants

September 25, 2019

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards recognized the inaugural class of companies participating in Louisiana’s Mentor-Protégé Recognition Program. more >>


TX: Univ. Texas-San Antonio to Hold Coding Boot Camp Sept. 9

July 29, 2019

The University of Texas at San Antonio announced the launch of its first coding boot camp, in partnership with workforce accelerator Trilogy... more >>


LED FastStart Ranks No.1 In Workforce Training For 10th Straight Year

July 25, 2019

Landmark Louisiana LED FastStart program is best in nation for past decade; Louisiana also ranks high for foreign direct investment, and more. more >>


Louisiana Economic Development

LED FastStart Tops Workforce Training Program Rankings for 8th Year

December 13, 2017

Since launching in 2008, LED FastStart® has raised the bar and elevated expectations for what a best-in-class workforce program should look like.... more >>


Case Studies

blank Case study | April 30, 2018
The Key to Central Louisiana’s Success: A Strong Workforce   

By: Jennifer Alten

Central Louisiana is thriving. One major reason is the area’s strong workforce, which is driving regional growth and productivity. More>>


blank Case study | May 24, 2016
Lubbock, Texas: A Hub City of Powerful Industries   

By: Michael Popke

Check out this appealing city in the northwest quadrant of TX, population of ~245,000 — local business leaders are pleased with its progress. More>>


Lawton-Fort Sill, Oklahoma: The City with a Plan Case study | April 30, 2012
Lawton-Fort Sill, Oklahoma: The City with a Plan   

By: Juli Anne Patty

Creating a strategic plan for economic growth can be done in many ways. The new Lawton-Fort Sill Economic Development Corporation is leading the... More>>


Case study | November 11, 2010
Southwest Louisiana Port Network   

By: Jennifer Alten

Flanking the western Gulf Coast and the Texas border, the five-parish region known as Southwest Louisiana is entrenched in the maritime industry. Six... More>>


White Papers

White Paper | September 24, 2013
Advanced Manufacturing in the American South: An Economic Analysis Supporting Regional Development   

MAPI (Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation) Provides "An Economic Analysis Supporting Regional Development" in the report "Advanced... More>>


White Paper | April 24, 2013
Bioscience Economic Development Report 2013   

Bioscience Economic Development Report 2013 highlights legislative priorities, best practices and return on investment. The Report shows the bio... More>>


White Paper | April 16, 2012
NAIOP: How Fuel Costs Affect Logistics Strategies   

Today's high oil and fuel prices are spurring companies to reevaluate their supply chains and distribution networks in a quest to find offsetting... More>>


Articles

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Workforce and Quality of Life

By: Trade & Industry Development

One of the most critical factors a company needs to succeed is a location that will support the business, its workers, and their families. This...   More>>


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Ports and Depots Keep the U.S. Economy Humming with Access to Markets

By: Tracey Schelmetic

In 2019, the United States imported goods valued at about $2.5 trillion from its international trading partners and exported $1.65 trillion abroad....   More>>


blank Article | July 29, 2020
Arkansas is Ready for Business

By: Governor Asa Hutchinson

In Arkansas, every business is essential. Arkansas is a business-friendly state with an abundance of resources to help businesses succeed,...   More>>


blank Article | March 18, 2020
Paths to Success

By: Peter Francesconi

Whether it’s at the crossroads of major highways and rail lines, or along a waterway with easy access to a key port, or close to a major airport...   More>>


blank Article | March 18, 2020
Louisiana Hits New Heights

By: Governor John Bel Edwards

Louisiana’s industrial growth strikes a recurring theme, with strong performance in foreign direct investment. In the past decade, Louisiana is one...   More>>