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LA: Iriapak To Open $7M Plant In New Orleans, Creating 25 Jobs

March 12, 2020

Iriapak will make a $7 million capital investment to establish a packaging film manufacturing facility in eastern New Orleans. more >>


LA: Raistone Capital Launches Financial Tech Hub In NOLA, to Hire 50

March 11, 2020

Raistone Capital is expanding to New Orleans with the establishment of an office in the city’s Central Business District. more >>


LA: Crafty Apes Expands VFX Production To Louisiana, to Create 14+ Jobs

March 6, 2020

Visual effects and post-production industry leader Crafty Apes has expanded to Baton Rouge under Louisiana’s Entertainment Job Creation Program. more >>


LA: Expansion at Southland Steel Means 70 New Manufacturing Jobs to Fill

March 3, 2020

Southland Steel Fabricators Inc., supported by LED FastStart, will conduct a job fair on Wednesday, March 18, to identify potential employees. more >>


LA: Base Craft Creating Entertainment Jobs In Jefferson Parish

February 26, 2020

Base Craft, a motion picture equipment leasing company, will expand its operations in Harahan, La., under Louisiana’s Entertainment Job Creation... 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

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>>


blank Article | March 16, 2020
‘Made in Texas’ is a Powerful Brand

By: Governor Greg Abbott

The nation’s leading CEOs have consistently ranked Texas as the “Best State for Business” because of the Lone Star State’s pro-growth...   More>>


blank Article | March 16, 2020
Ports Move Goods—And the Economy

By: Jennifer Alten

Ports are responsible for more than moving goods. They are also major engines that drive the influx of business development, which in turn has a...   More>>


blank Article | August 22, 2019
Light Manufacturing Provides a Heavy Lift for Economic Development

By: Jennifer Alten

Light manufacturing’s impact throughout the U.S. is anything but featherweight. To attract and retain businesses in light manufacturing,...   More>>