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


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

"Lake Charles is expected to continue in its role as the fastest growing MSA in the state, adding 4,000 jobs (+3.3%) in 2019 and another 5,300 jobs (+4.3%) in 2020." -- The Louisiana Economic Outlook: 2019 and 2020, Dr. Loren Scott, Professor Emeritus in Economics at LSU -- Sept. 2018

Lake Charles MSA named "Small Market of the Year" for the eighth-consecutive year in Southern Business & Development magazine -- July 2018

Southwest Louisiana leads the nation with $108 Billion in industrial projects recently completed, underway, or announced -- SWLA Economic Development Alliance, April 2018

"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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