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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

 

 Manpower's Employment Outlook

 

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, gfontenot@allianceswla.org for more information.

 

 SWLA Means Business!

 


Bureau of Economic Analysis figures for the latest year show personal income in the Lake Charles MSA grew by 6.5%, ranking it 56th out of 384 MSAs in the country, and 1st in Louisiana.  The percentage change of per capita income was +6.1%, ranking it 35th in the United States. -- November 2019


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


Ranked Top Economy in Louisiana 2017, 2018, and 2019; Ranked Top Workforce in Louisiana 2017, 2018, and 2019 -- AreaDevelopment.com


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


 

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