Western Region

Development and Business Ready

LA’s Growing Region for Manufacturing

With numerous sites between 50 to 299 acres and the most positive year-to-year job growth in Cleco’s service territory, the Western Region is primed for exponential business growth.

And, with the highest proportion of employees falling into the young working age population range (24%) and an equal high school graduation rate to the New Orleans Metro Region (87.3%), the Western Region’s talent is young, well-educated and motivated.

With dynamic K-12 education including one of the top public schools in the state — Louisiana School for Math, Science and The Arts — and access to a significant number of engineering and technology technician programs at SOWELA Technical Community College, McNeese State University and Northwestern State University of Louisiana this region’s workforce is highly trained.

Fast Facts

Food for Thought

17 Development-Ready Sites Available in the Western Region Newmark Report, 2022
37 Median Age In the Western Region GIS Planning, 2022
190,660 Employed In the Western Region GIS Planning, 2022
Western Region Resources

Motivation for the Move Out West

  • With over a hundred sites, 17 of which are between 50 and 299 acres, the Western Region of Louisiana is an advantageous location for large-scale business. Beauregard Airport offers rail access and a total labor force of more than 37,000 within a 45-minute drive; the Northport Tract provides both port and rail connections, while Project Zap has two Class I railroads on site. And, to top it off, Cleco is reliable. As one of the top 5 southern midsize electric utilizes for customer satisfaction, when you partner with us, you partner with productivity.

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  • From Sowela Technical Community College to McNeese State University, higher education in the Western Region produces a range of talent with business, management and marketing degrees as well as manufacturing and production related skills. Schools also work with businesses within the region to ensure they are producing a workforce that meets current industry needs —and with 11,000+ currently employed in production operations within the region, it shows.

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  • When you relocate to the Cleco Service territory and the expansion creates jobs, your business becomes eligible for several job creation incentives. From the state’s Industrial Tax Exemption Program and its tax abatement for up to ten years to the Quality Jobs program, manufacturers and other large scale industrial operations find more than just skilled talent in the Western Region of Louisiana.

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If you're looking for help, you're in luck.

Connor Bradford

Economic Development Project Manager