NLEP Services


NLEP Simplifies Site Selection

North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) is a "first stop shop" for existing businesses and prospective companies looking to expand or locate in 14 parishes in North Louisiana.  NLEP facilitates information gathering with useful tools and resources and customizes request-for-information packets for prospects.

With our experience and network of contacts, NLEP can help with almost any issue: advice and advocacy on incentives, building a team of partners to support your growth plans, or providing logistical support and coordination for site visits.


NLEP services falls into six main categories: business development, existing business retention and expansion, business intelligence/research, marketing/communications, investor relations and advocacy. Each of these programs support NLEP three goals of business development, workforce development and regional advocacy to support economic development. 

NLEP Menu of Services:

Business Development Services

 Project Management

  • Customized RFI proposals
  • Support and facilitation throughout the decision-making process
  • Initial real estate search based on a prospect’s specifications
  • Connection to real estate brokers and/or landowners
  • Planning and scheduling site visits and community familiarization tours
  • Engaging various partners for support
  • Access and introductions to area leaders, both private and public sector, including private meetings with:
    • Senior Executives from existing companies
    • Corporate functional staff (e.g., HR, finance)
    • Elected officials
  • Advice and advocacy with federal, state and local incentives
  • Marketing assistance after location decision is made

Site Development

  • Assist private and public property owners with applying for the Louisiana Certified Sites program
  • Facilitate the collection of site details, such as maps, environmental reports, etc. in order to enhance the marketability of properties in North Louisiana

Cultivate Key Relationships

  • Build working relationships with key influencers such site selectors, c-level executives in target sectors, real estate brokers, developers and Louisiana Economic Development project managers
  • Attend conventions and trade shows to network with key decision-makers and influencers

Business Retention & Expansion


Support Existing Businesses

  • Introductions to workforce & training resources
  • Introductions to peer companies companies and industry associations in in North Louisiana
  • Review of state and local incentives to determine eligibility for expansion of facility or workforce
  • Overview of talent recruitment resources available at state and local level
  • Liaison to local and state elected officials, government departments or regulatory agencies

Business Intelligence/Research

Customized Research 

C2ER: Cost of Living Index
  • Cost comparisons between different communities relative to Shreveport and Monroe
  • Cost of Living Index for Shreveport and Monroe MSA
  • Real estate information on properties for sale or for lease
  • Real estate analysis on vacancy rates, rental rates, absorption rates, average sales per SF, construction starts
  • Public information on property owners, contacts and tenants
Data USA:
  • Demographics 
  • Community and industry information
  • Economic information 
Impact Data Source: Cost-Benefit Analysis for Incentives

  • Comprehensive labor market analysis on the following information:
    • Occupations
    • Industries
    • Workforce availability for selected occupations and industry sectors
  • Input-output models that analyzes the economic impact of expansion or contraction events
  • Information on industry supply chains
  • Detailed demographic, retail and business reports
  • Filtered by drive times, mileage radius, polygon shape, and geographic area


Lead Generation

  • Launch in-bound and out-bound familiarization tours with site selectors, media professionals and other key groups to raise awareness of North Louisiana's assets and opportunities
  • Target advanced manufacturing and IT and technology companies
  • Market the region through online, print, and earned media campaigns 

Enhance the perception of North Louisiana

  • Use earned and paid media campaigns to tell North Louisiana's story
  • Brand North Louisiana as a thriving region-a destination for high quality talent, innovative companies, and global investment

Marketing Sites

  • Maintain an inventory of sites and buildings on local, state and national online databases (e.g. Costar, Louisiana site selection database)
  • Promote North Louisiana sites through online and print marketing 
  • Create real estate brochures, fliers, and videos promoting North Louisiana sites

Top Skills Workforce Services


Workforce Development

  • Analysis of workforce data by industry, occupation or geography in North Louisiana
  • Inventory of industry specific workforce development and training programs throughout North Louisiana
  • Connect employers to available recruitment tools to attract talent
  • Partner with workforce and education organizations to market demand occupations and skills training to North Louisiana residents
  • Liaison between industry and education leadership (both K-12 and higher education), creating opportunities for face-to-face interaction
  • Internship database for employers and students

Investor Relations

NLEP offers value-added benefits for investors, who support NLEP financially. 

All Investors: 

  • Acknowledgement in all Regionalism Works printed material, Annual Report, and NLEP website
  • Subscription to Investor Quarterly Report and newsletters
  • E-news alert on project announcements
  • Investor Quarterly Breakfast
  • Investor referrals
Investor $25,000+
  • Get an automatic seat on the NLEP Board of Directors
  • In addition to the above, 25K plus investors will have their logos with a clickable link on NLEP’s website homepage


Act as a unified voice for North Louisiana in economic development

  • Creation of a Top of Louisiana Political Action Committee
  • Advocacy and education on issues that impact economic development in North Louisiana
  • Engage the region's elected officials to meet with NLEP investors and partners and to hear firsthand what the region is doing, what its needs are, and how they can help at 
  • Participate in relevant events in Baton Rouge and Washington, DC to represent a united North Louisiana