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Economic Development

Welcome to Opportunity!

Locating or growing your business in Southwest Louisiana can begin with the following links:

Site Selection and Business Incentives

Available Sites and Buildings


Business Incentives


Register for Incentives with FastLane


Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP)


Opportunity Zones


Map of Opportunity Zones


Permit Timeline


Permit Fees



Doing Business in Southwest Louisiana

Workforce Development Program FastStart


Major Employers


Cost of Living


Small Business Resource Guide


The Southwest Louisiana Port Network


Regional Links of Interest


SWLA Weather & Climate



Major Construction Projects Announced or Underway

Projects Report Summary


Projects Report Detailed


Map of Mega Projects


Contact Gus Fontenot, Project Coordinator, at 337.433.3632, for more information.


 SWLA Means Business!

Source: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis



The Bureau of Economic Analysis lists the Lake Charles MSA with the fastest growing GDP in Louisiana

SWLA Boasts Lowest Cost of Living in State -- American Press, June 14, 2019

"Lake Charles is expected to resume its role as the fastest growing MSA in the state, adding 3,000 jobs (+2.5%) in 2020 and another 3,800 jobs (+3.1%) in 2021." -- The Louisiana Economic Outlook: 2020 and 2021, Dr. Loren Scott, Professor Emeritus in Economics at LSU -- Sept. 2019

Lake Charles MSA named "Small Market of the Year" for the ninth-consecutive year in Southern Business & Development magazine -- July 2019

Southwest Louisiana leads the nation with $107 Billion in industrial projects recently completed, underway, or announced -- SWLA Economic Development Alliance, October 2019

"Southwest Louisiana is a shining star in Louisiana’s economy because it’s blessed by great natural and cultivated resources" -- Don Pierson, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary, March 2018

SWLA Economic Development Alliance named "Top 10 Economic Development Group" by Site Selection Magazine 4 times in the last 6 years. 


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