West-South Central


LA: Waitr Holdings to Expand Lafayette HQ, Delivering 200 New Jobs

February 19, 2019

Waitr Holdings announced the rapidly growing technology firm will locate its Lafayette headquarters in the city’s downtown district. more >>


LA: Southland Steel To Expand in St. Helena Parish, Create 70 New Jobs

February 15, 2019

Southland Steel Fabricators Inc. will expand to a second Louisiana site, creating new fabrication and coating lines through an $18 million capital... more >>


TX: Niagara Bottling Selects Temple for $90 Million Facility, With 21 New Jobs

February 13, 2019

The Temple EDC, City of Temple, Bell County and Niagara Bottling announced a $90 million capital investment for a new bottling facility. more >>


LA: US Food Breaks Ground on Distribution Facility; Will Create 83 Jobs

February 11, 2019

US Foods for the company’s expansion of its F. Christiana distribution facility in Marrero will triple the size of the facility to 200,000 square... more >>


LA: Bagwell Energy Services to Expand in Iberia Parish, Creating 150 Jobs

February 7, 2019

The company will create 150 jobs in the next five years and make a $2.5M capital investment at its Port of Delcambre fabrication center. more >>


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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 be. 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>>



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Articles

blank Article | January 31, 2019
Reshaping Economic Development Policies from the Governor’s Office

By: Scott Neale

The 2018 elections caused a spirited debate on job creation, the economy and the direction our country will take to maintain economic prosperity....   More>>


blank Article | January 30, 2019
Louisiana’s Next Growth Sector May Surprise You: Water Management

By: Governor John Bel Edwards

For Louisiana, going global is nothing new. The state leads the United States in per capita foreign direct investment, with over $60 billion...   More>>


blank Article | January 30, 2019
Texas: Unmatched Access To Key Business Drivers — With Freedom to Grow

By: Governor Greg Abbott

Texas offers unmatched access to the key drivers of business success—talent, markets and cost efficiencies—as well as the freedom to grow.   More>>


blank Article | January 30, 2019
Delivery System

By: Jennifer Alten

Ports deliver vital goods and services to consumers and ship exports out the country. But they also go well beyond that—they create jobs and...   More>>


blank Article | November 27, 2018
Ready to Roll: Designated and Certified Sites Get Businesses in Motion Fast

By: Linda Dobel

As the old saying goes, don’t let the grass grow under your feet. In other words, getting things going quickly is the best way to go. That’s...   More>>