Advanced Manufacturing
Advanced manufacturers worldwide know a good deal when they see it! Benteler Steel/Tube, Ronpak and other manufacturers moved to North Louisiana to enjoy the lowest cost of business in the nation, an experienced manufacturing workforce and R&D from 11 colleges & universities.
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Biotech & Life Sciences
Innovation fuels our emerging biotech and life sciences sector. Driven by R&D coming out of our research institutions, our biotech sector produces innovative treatments and cures. This sector is supported by state, regional and local programs dedicated to creating centers of excellence.
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Technology & Innovation
Innovations produced by 11 colleges and universities drive a growing technology and cyber cluster in North Louisiana. Programs like the world reknown nanotechnology program at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La offer next gen solutions for the marketplace. (pictured here)
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Wide-eyed About Creative Opportunities!
Morris Lessmore is amazed by North Louisiana's digital media and film sector! The animated character from the Oscar winning short film, "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" was created by Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, proving digital media companies can succeed here.
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Energy Sector
Since the turn of the century, North Louisiana has established itself as a oil and gas powerhouse. Once thriving oil fields have gained a new lease on life with new drilling in the Haynesville Shale Gas Play. Discover untapped potential in North Louisiana.
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North Louisiana's booming agribusiness benefits from the region's abundance. From rich natural resources and a productive labor force to a proud heritage of farming, North Louisiana provides a wealth of opportunities.
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Defense Sector
A high flying industry for North Louisiana: the defense sector represents the region's largest employer. With an annual economic impact of $753.8 million, Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City expanded its military capabilities and economic importance with Global Strike Command.
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Healthcare Sector
North Louisiana's award winning healthcare system serves a four state region. With 59 hospitals, a medical school and two teaching hospitals, our healthcare industry delivers a shot to our economy. Numerous medical degree programs produce the professonals that deliver quality patient care.
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North Louisiana's 14 parishes of over 800,000 residents boast some of the most vibrant and diverse economies in the nation. Our strategic location and competitive advantages make North Louisiana an ideal business location. With the nation's lowest cost of doing business, a multimodal transportation infrastructure that connects you to the world, a productive workforce and other advantages, North Louisiana provides an environment that allows businesses to succeed. Learn more

NLEP News view all
Boise Cascade Expansion
Boise Cascade in Sabine Parish, LA invested $43 million to upgrade and increase the capacity of its Florien plywood mill, retaining 400 ... Read More
Monster Moto
Monster Moto, LLC will located its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Ruston, LA, bringing nearly 300 jobs back from China to north ... Read More
IntegriCo Composites Wins Award
IntegriCo Composites honored by Trade & Industry Development for its community impact when the company announced it would locate a $20 ... Read More
CenturyLink HQ Expansion Opens
CenturyLink officially opened its new Technology Center of Excellence, which will house R&D labs and 800 new employees. Read More
IBM Announcement
IBM will build a 100,000 square foot Application Development and Innovation Center in Monroe, creating 400 new jobs. Read More
NLEP Annual Meeting
2015 NLEP Annual Meeting will feature Joe Theismann, Superbowl MVP and former Washington Redskins quarterback. Read More
TSE Expands
TSE International announced it will make a $1.18 million capital investment to expand its manufacturing center in Caddo Parish. The company ... Read More
CSC Tech Center
CSC broke ground on a new 116,000 sq foot Technology Center, which will anchor the National Cyber Research Park in Bossier City, Louisiana. ... Read More
Racking up the Rankings
Northwest Louisiana earned three new rankings from Money magazine, Forbes magazine, and Southern Business & Development which point to an ... Read More
Flying Tigers Aviation
Flying Tiger Aviation will invest $847,000 to expand in Northeast Louisiana, creating a flight training center for aerial applications in ... Read More
Graphic Packaging Expansion
Graphic Packaging International Inc. in West Monroe, La. announced a $41.5 million investment to upgrade production machinery, retaining ... Read More
Centric Pipe Acquires Bossier Mill
SB International announced Centric Pipe LLC, an SB International affiliate, will make a $32.5 million capital investment to renovate and ... Read More
Module X Solutions
Module X Solutions announced a 357-job expansion at its Shreveport, La. facility, expanding its prefabricated shelter operations. Read More
IntegriCo Composites
IntegriCo Composites announced a $20 million manufacturing facility and headquarters relocation to Springhill in Webster Parish. Read More
CSC Announcement
CSC, a global leader in technology solutions, will locate its Integrated Technology Center in at the National Cyber Research Park, in ... Read More
Mid South Extrusion
Mid South Extrusion announced the creation of a ninth production line at its Monroe, La. facility, which will retain 130 employees while ... Read More
Minnesota-based Lube-Tech will invest $16 million to expand to Shreveport-Bossier, La., creating 75 new direct jobs. Read More
Fibrebond Expansion
Fibrebond will expand in Minden, LA creating 460 new direct and indirect jobs. The company invested $2.5 million to acquire a shuttered ... Read More
2014 NLEP Annual Meeting
Dr. Rick Rigsby will be the featured speaker at the NLEP Annual Meeting presented by CenturyLink, Thursday, February 6th at the Monroe Civic ... Read More
Libbey Glass
Libbey Glass announced a $20 million investment in its Shreveport plant, creating 70 new jobs. Read More
ADA Carbon Solutions
ADA Carbon Solutions anticipates continual growth at its Red River Parish, La. facilities, which manufactures activated carbon for mercury ... Read More
Wingspan announced 532 jobs for North Louisiana after the company acquired the JP Morgan Chase call center on 19th Street in Monroe, La. ... Read More
Benteler Groundbreaking
Benteler Steel/Tube broke ground on September 16, 2013 on a $975 million steel tube mill at the Port of Caddo-Bossier. Read More
Teleperformance Expansion
Teleperformance, a global leader in customer care, will add 740 new jobs at their Shreveport center, bringing their workforce to 2,000. Read More
U.S. Exporting Seminar
NLEP and the U.S. Dept of Chamber's BIS are sponsoring a national exporting seminar, "Complying with U.S. Export Controls" Sept. 18-19th, ... Read More
Cool Planet Energy Systems
Cool Planet Energy Systems announced it will build three bio-refineries in Louisiana with one at the Natchitoches Parish Port, another in ... Read More
Economic Potential Ranking
The Shreveport-Bossier MSA ranked no. 9 in the nation for economic potential according to Business Facilties journal. Read More
Honeywell Expands
Honeywell will invest $208 million to expand four of its manufacturing sites, including the former UOP facility in northern Caddo Parish, ... Read More
MediFund Act
The MediFund Act creates a statewide fund to incentivize and capitalize biomedical research and projects in order to spur economic ... Read More
Ronpak Ribbon Cutting
Ronpak unveiled its brand new 155,000 square foot, Shreveport paper bag mill- the first one in the nation in the last decade- during a ... Read More
RoyOMartin Expansion
RoyOMartin invests $20 million to expand and modernize its Martco plywood facility in the community of Chopin in Natchitoches Parish, ... Read More
Benteler Steel/Tube Top Deal
Site Selection magazine ranked Benteler Steel/Tube's $900 million deal as the second largest in the U.S. during 2012. The German ... Read More
Idaho Timber Announcement
Idaho Timber has invested $3.5 million to reopen a Coushatta, Louisiana sawmill, creating 90 new jobs. Read More
Benteler Steel/Tube Award
Benteler Steel/Tube won the CiCi Award for investment from Trade & Industry Development for their $900 million investment in northern ... Read More
CenturyLink Groundbreaking
CenturyLink broke ground on the Fortune 500 company's new Technology Center of Excellence, a 250,000-square-foot expansion of CenturyLink's ... Read More
Elio Motors
Elio Motors will build its first assembly plant in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana, backfilling the former GM plant which has been closed ... Read More
Drax Biomass
Drax Biomass International will invest $120 million to build a wood pellet facility north of Bastrop in Morehouse Parish and a ... Read More
NLEP Selects New President
NLEP Selects Scott Martinez as its new President. Martinez, age 41, has 14 years of economic development experience in Texas and ... Read More
Benteler Steel/Tube
German based Benteler Steel/Tube will build a $900 million hot rolling tube mill in Caddo Parish. Read More
Virginia College Opens
Virginia College opens new campus at Pierre Bossier Mall in Bossier City, Louisiana. The nearly 70,000 square foot school will eventually ... Read More
Blazer Ribbon Cutting
Blazer Construction expands its operations to include a water transfer and equipment rental division in Mansfield, Louisiana. Read More
Weyerhaeuser Expands
Weyerhaeuser invests $6 million to expand and modernize its Natchitoches Parish plant, creating 30 new jobs and retaining 175 existing jobs. ... Read More
Tiburon Expands
Tiburn Associates will open a maintenance overhaul facility at Camp Minden, creating 350 new jobs. Read More
Graphic Packaging Expansion
Graphic Packaging completed an $8.6 million expansion of its consumer carton facility in West Monroe, La. Read More
MCS Locates in Ruston, La.
Mortgage Contracting Services announced a new 10,300-square-foot business process outsourcing center in Ruston. Read More
Haynes International
Haynes International announced an expansion at its Arcadia, Louisiana plant, creating 19 new jobs and retaining 141 existing jobs. Read More
Ronpak Relocates Headquarters
Ronpak, a leading manufacturer of paper bags, will relocate its corporate headquarters to Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. Read More
Ward II Industrial Park: Certified Project Ready
This 950 acre industrial park announced April 2012 its Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Certified Sites designation. Read More
CenturyLink Wins CiCi Award
CenturyLink received community impact award for its headquarters expansion in Monroe, La. Read More
Shreveport-Bossier MSA's New Ranking
For the second year in a row, the Shreveport-Bossier Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) ranked in the top ten for economic development ... Read More
Millhaven North Is Certified Project Ready
This 725 acre certified business park in Monroe, La. will target R&D, clean tech, light industrial and general business. Read More
Partnerships Benefit Economic Development
NLEP works with state and local partners to foster economic development in North Louisiana. Read More
A Year of Progress for North Louisiana
North Louisiana experienced a positive year in 2011 with numerous locations and expansions. Read More
North Louisiana Climbs in Rankings
Louisiana ranks No. 7 in business climate as released by Site Selection magazine on November 1st, 2011. Read More

Featured Investors view all
Featured Investor
CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the nation, is headquarted in Monroe, Louisiana. As one of the region's largest employers, CenturyLink acts as a key economic driver and an important community partner.
City of Shreveport, Louisiana
Featured Investor
The City of Shreveport is a key community partner and NLEP investor. Shreveport's forward thinking leadership recognizes the importance of regionalism and collaborating across the 14 parishes.
City of Shreveport, Louisiana
Caddo Parish Commission, Louisiana
Featured Investor
The Caddo Parish Commission is the governing authority for the Parish of Caddo and a long time investor of NLEP. The 12-member Commission is dedicated to economic development and creating jobs and opportunities for its citizens.
Caddo Parish Commission, Louisiana
City of Monroe, Louisiana
Featured Investor
The City of Monroe is the parish seat for Ouachita Parish and a key partner in economic development. With 48,815 residents, Monroe is an integral part of the Metropolitan Statistical Area which includes all of Ouachita and Union Parishes.
City of Monroe, Louisiana
Featured Properties
Caddo Parish, Louisiana Certified SiteCaddo Parish, Louisiana Certified Site

Certified Site in Caddo Parish

Ward II Industrial Park

This 950 acre site in northern Caddo is the largest certified site in North Louisiana. Situated on LA 1 between Oil City and Vivian, La., Ward II Industrial Park offers multimodal access to air, port, rail and interstate transportation. property details
Ouachita Parish, Louisiana Certified SiteOuachita Parish, Louisiana Certified Site

Certified Site in Ouachita Parish

Millhaven North

This 725 acre site just off of Interstate 20 at the Millhaven Road exit is adjacent to a KCS rail line, convenient to Monroe Regional Aiport and Greater Ouachita Port. property details
Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana Certified SiteShreveport-Bossier, Louisiana Certified Site

Certified Site in Shreveport

I-20/Greenwood Rd. Site

This 313 acre site in west Shreveport is convenient to I-20, I-49, Shreveport Regional Airport, Port of Caddo-Bossier, and UP and KCS Railroads. property details

North Louisiana's Innovation Corridor continues to grow! CSC will build a new Integrated Technology Center at the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, La.


The advantage goes to North Louisiana when it comes to Location, Cost and Quality! See why our region helps businesses succeed.