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Business Climate

One Of The Best Business Climates In The Nation

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Louisiana’s economy offers companies of all sizes across industries one of the best business climates in the nation.

From superior infrastructure and logistics, expedited permitting, competitive incentives and a high workforce participation rate, Louisiana’s economy offers companies of all sizes across industries one of the best business climates in the nation.

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#12 State For successfully growing and doing business Area Development, 2022
#7 Best Tax Rate For New Corporate Relocations in Louisiana Tax Foundation State Tax Costs of Doing Business, 2021
Top 10 Lowest Tax Burden For newly relocated firms in the US (Louisiana) Tax Foundation State Tax Costs of Doing Business, 2021
Cleco Business Climate

Your Business Can Soar in the Gulf South.

  • Partners throughout the Cleco service territory want to keep your business and work collaboratively to create an unwavering environment for company success.  The Greater New Orleans Regional Economic Development Organization offers a Business Retention & Expansion program that assesses current challenges and future plans of businesses in the region and matches them with resources to mitigate concerns. One Acadiana also offers site visits to learn about business objectives and develop a plan, while assisting with workforce training opportunities and providing key data driven information to guide investment decisions.

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  • The Cleco service territory consists of several development-ready sites, particularly within the Greater New Orleans and Alexandria Metro areas. The Gulf South Commerce Park in the Greater New Orleans metro offers full utility accessibility with access to the interstate just a mile away. In Alexandria, England Air Park offers unrestricted access to the airport, while Bunkie Industrial Park provides a flat, shovel-ready land surrounded by a motivated community of workers. Several other established sites throughout the region require only minor investments to prepare for site readiness.

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  • Louisiana is dedicated to ensuring businesses have access to a streamlined permitting process. To fast-track business start-ups, the state has created one of the most efficient and thorough environmental permit-processing programs in the nation. Louisiana also offers competitive incentive programs for quality jobs, while the state’s tax burden ranks among the top 10 lowest in the nation for newly relocation firms, according to Tax Foundation’s Location Matters: The State Tax Costs of Doing Business.

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Richard Cornelison

Director, Marketing and Economic Development

Amy S. Thibodeaux

Economic Development Project Manager