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LED Announces Trade Mission To Mexico

Louisiana Economic Development, World Trade Center, Committee of 100, Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans plan January 2021 mission to Mexican state of Tabasco

Louisiana Enjoys Best Business Development Year Yet in 2013

In 2013, Louisiana achieved record economic development success, securing more retained jobs, more new jobs and more capital investment than in any of the five prior years. The state attracted 67 major projectwins that will generate about 27,000 new jobs and $26.4 billion in newcapital investment as the projects are completed.

Incentive Spurs Lockheed Martin to Diversify

For 38 years, Lockheed Martin manufactured external tanks for nASA’s Space Shuttle program at the Michoud Assembly Facility in new orleans. As the program wound down, the global aerospace and defense contractor explored ways to apply its NASA experience in New Orleans to new private sector opportunities in Louisiana.

An Interview With Port Of Caddo-Bossier Executive Director Eric England

One of the nation’s fastest growing inland hubs, The Port of Caddo-Bossier represents a key part of Louisiana’s statewide transportation network. Four miles south of Shreveport, the port enables companies to move raw materials and finished goods to global markets by ground, water and rail. More than 1,500 people work at the port complex, which is governed by a 9-member Board of Commissioners appointed by the parishes of Caddo and Bossier and the cities of Shreveport and Bossier City and managed by Executive Port Director Eric England and his staff.

Orion Instruments Shines In The Global Market

In 2001, Magnetrol International, a leader in the instrumentation industry, launched Orion Instruments in Baton Rouge. The company specializes in custom engineering and manufacturing instrumentation focused on magnetic-level indication (MLI), primarily for the purpose of measuring and controlling liquid levels. Like its constellation namesake, Orion took direct aim at the global market and armed itself with high-quality products and a unique focus on customer service.

Tabasco Delivers Flavor To The World

Few Louisiana brands boast the longevity and widespread international popularity of Tabasco hot sauce, produced by the McIlhenny Company since 1868.

C4M Trains A New Generation Of Workers

Louisiana’s industrial boom means tens of thousands of new jobs will become available over the next decade — each requiring a capable and educated employee. A groundbreaking strategy deployed by LED FastStart® — Louisiana’s nation-leading workforce development program — is helping a new generation of Louisiana workers seize those thousands of career opportunities.

Searching For Cyber Safety

Michael Daniel, White House cybersecurity coordinator, describes cyber attacks as the “new normal.”

CGI Announces 400-Job Technology Center In Lafayette

Company will deliver technology solutions as an anchor tenant of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Research Park; state-supported higher education initiative will expand computer science programs at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

CSC Announces 800-Job Technology Center In Northwest Louisiana

Company will deliver technology solutions as an anchor tenant in the 3,000-acre National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City; State-supported higher education initiative will expand computer science and cyber engineering programs at Louisiana Tech University

Louisiana: New Frontier for Opportunity

Forbes describes Louisiana as “America’s new frontier for business opportunity” in a commentary about the state’s economic development efforts. With a dramatic economic transformation since 2008, Louisiana is attracting major business investment in both traditional and emerging industries, “…luring in dozens of economic development projects that are creating more than 63,000 jobs and over $28 billion in new capital investment.”

Louisiana: Surging Upward

We continue to be impressed with the diversity and coordination of economic development efforts across the state of Louisiana. The Bayou State’s success is reflected in its stellar results in our 2011 State Rankings. For the second year in a row, Louisiana has topped the chart in our Workforce Training Leaders category on the strength of its widely praised FastStart program.

Southern States Have Become Job-Training Leaders

Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina have quietly positioned themselves as leaders in the job-training effort. Each state's program is unique, but they share some commonalities.

Louisiana's Diverse Tech Mecca

New Orleans is one of the most diverse and eccentric cities in the country. It Is known for the French Quarter, live music, bachelor parties, levies, Hurricane Katrina, Bourbon Street, delicious (yet, heartburn inducing) food, nearby swamps, nearby swamp people, Hollywood South, above ground cemeteries, voodoo, oak trees, football champions, and football bounty hunters.

A Tech Buildup on the Bayou

NEW ORLEANS—Barrett Conrad had plenty of chances to leave this city after earning a degree in computer science from Tulane University in 2002. Instead, the creator of a smartphone app for trivia buffs now urges computer programmers from across the country to move here.

Electronic Arts Expanding on LSU Campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Electronic Arts (EA) is expanding at its site on Louisiana State University’s (LSU) campus in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The digital arts and video game maker will create approximately 200 jobs, bringing total employment to more than 600 workers. The company will relocate to a larger facility on campus to accommodate the expansion. Total investment is $28.2 million.

Powerhouse In the Making

When everyone on the team is focused like a laser on the only possible outcome, the team will deliver. Gov. Bobby Jindal made economic development his top campaign issue when running for Louisiana's chief executive officer position a few years ago, and that focus is paying off.

Digital Media Takes the Prize: Louisiana Digital is Red Hot + Oscar for Shreveport, LA

Louisiana's rich culture in creativity, film, music and television has been a natural fit for the development of an emerging digital media and technology industry. The state first began cultivating video game development in 2005 when it passed the digital media tax credit program, attracting major game developer EA Games to the state.

Workers (and business) unite!

EARLY next month Barack Obama plans to speak about jobs. There are not enough of them, and frustration on that subject got a boost this month when Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, entered the Republican presidential race. Mr Perry's best selling point is that, since June 2009, Texas has created 40% of America's net new jobs.

Summit Aims To Move Louisiana's Freight Transportation System Forward

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Today, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, or DOTD, and Louisiana Economic Development are kicking off a two-day summit to examine ways of improving the freight transportation system in Louisiana to better facilitate business development and economic growth.