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Economic Development

Southwest Louisiana (SWLA) has seen over $100 Billion in investments in the past 10 years, mostly in heavy industrial projects.

Major local industries include petrochemical products, timber/forest products, gaming, hospitality, & tourism, fisheries & maritime services, farming & agriculture, and aviation & aerospace.

Our diversified economy and population of nearly 300,000 hard-working, resilient people helps lead Louisiana's economic growth.



Certified Sites in Southwest Louisiana 

Bel Industrial Park Beauregard Airport Industrial Site Chennault Site #2
Chennault Site #5 DeQuincy Industrial Park H.C. Drew Development Area
Industrial Park East -- Port of Lake Charles Tract #175 Lake Charles Regional Airport Site #1 Port of Vinton Lot #11
T.O. Allen Industrial Park North T.O. Allen Industrial Park South West Cal Port








Site Selection and Business Incentives

Available Sites and Buildings


Business Incentives


Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP)


Opportunity Zones


Permit Timeline


Permit Fees



Economic Data

Unemployment Rate for Lake Charles Metro (MSA)


Unemployment Rate by Parish


New Business Filings


Housing Information


Tax Collection Data



Doing Business in Southwest Louisiana

Workforce Development Program FastStart


Major Employers


 Lake Charles MSA Employment Outlook


Small Business Resource Guide


The Southwest Louisiana Port Network


Regional Links of Interest


SWLA Weather & Climate



Major Construction Projects Announced or Underway

Projects Report Summarized


Projects Report Detailed


Map of Mega Projects


Call Gus Fontenot, Project Coordinator, at 337.433.3632, or email gfontenot@allianceswla.orgAlso visit McNeese State University's H.C. Drew Center for Business & Economic Analysis.


Contact Information

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