Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state's business environment, including for smaller businesses, and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy. LED has instituted a Certified Business Sites Program to identify development-ready industrial sites. This program is for smaller sites of between 10 and 25 acres. For sites larger than this, please visit the Certified Sites Program, which is for industrial sites that are 25 or more acres in size.
Economic developers have found that the timeframe for making business location decisions has shortened and companies are becoming much more risk-averse. When a company makes a decision to build a new facility or office they look for a site that is ready to develop and relatively risk free. LED is assisting communities throughout Louisiana to identify and certify business sites as development-ready. Communities can propose a certified site to their clients confident of the site's availability and suitability. Certified business sites offer the additional advantage of ensuring that the client’s construction is more likely to remain on schedule.
What is a Louisiana Certified Business Site?
A Louisiana Economic Development Certified Business Site is a development-ready business site that is suitable for a business park, mixed use development, or Planned Unit Development (PUD). An LED Certified Business Site will have completed a rigorous review process by Louisiana Economic Development and an independent, third-party engineering firm. Specific site details, such as zoning restrictions, title work, environmental studies, soil analysis and surveys, are assessed for compliance and authenticity. Louisiana Economic Development Certified Business Sites are identified in the Louisiana Site Selection Center by a special notation and logo.
Advantages of LED Certified Business Sites:
- Development ready
- Substantial due diligence completed
- Significant site information gathered and documented
- Independent third-party engineering review
- Uncertainty and potential obstacles eliminated through enhanced site knowledge
- More competitive
- Greater marketability
- Granted priority in site proposals