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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, 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 --

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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