Part of the Cleco team at a presentation for Project Diamond Vault.

How We Help

A Centralized Support System

Comprehensive Knowledge of Louisiana Business

As a privately owned utility company with more than a century’s worth of experience in economic development, Cleco is well-prepared to facilitate the relocation or expansion of your business to the 24 parishes (counties) within our service territory.

From job incentive programs to discretionary incentives for workforce development, Cleco can help companies qualify for business expansion programs. Our dedicated economic development team provides guidance through the state process of site acquisition and — in private-public partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette — Cleco is becoming a world-leader in alternative energy solutions.

Fast Facts

Food for Thought

#1 Workforce Development Program For 12 consecutive years (LED FastStart) Business Facilities, 2022
95% Of CO2 Emissions Will be reduced at retrofitted Madison 3 plant through carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology Cleco Project Diamond Vault
#5 For Overall Customer Satisfaction Among 20 mid-size electric utility companies in the southern US J.D Power Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, 2020
How We Help

Supporting An Inclusive, Sustainable Business Environment.

  • Cleco’s economic development team partners with companies to develop solutions for their specific needs, whether its workforce development and training or coordinating with state and local agencies to facilitate the permitting process. The utility provider’s century-plus experience working with companies across all industries gives it an edge in understanding the unique intricacies involved in business investment and development. Not to mention, Cleco’s ability to provide always available, reliable, resilient and increasingly clean, energy to power your business. All we need from you are a few project details to get started with a customized site selection plan for your business.

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  • At Cleco, we’ve fostered relationships with several regional and parish-level economic development corporations, including One Arcadia, Louisiana -Central, Tangipahoa, St. Tammany Corporation, GNO Inc. and Cleco’s state economic development partner, LED — giving us a bird’s eye view of business opportunities across the state.

  • Starting a business can be challenging, but Cleco is dedicated to creating a vibrant economy that is inclusive of Louisiana’s diverse communities. By partnering with state-sponsored Louisiana Economic Development (LED), Cleco can get businesses connected to the Small and Emerging Business Development (SEBD) Program and assist with securing financial assistance through the Small Business Loan and Guaranty Program.

  • The Cleco Alternative Energy Center is an $8 million facility on the campus of University of Louisiana Lafayette, bringing clean, sustainable and affordable energy solutions to Louisiana businesses. Through Cleco’s planned Project Diamond Vault, our existing Madison 3 plant will be retrofitted to reduce up to 95% of its carbon dioxide emissions through carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology.

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Richard Cornelison

Director, Marketing and Economic Development

Amy S. Thibodeaux

Economic Development Project Manager