Competitive Advantages
North Louisiana offers companies many competitive advantages, including a qualified, productive workforce, a strategic location with a multimodal transportation infrastructure, and the lowest cost of doing business as ranked by Forbes.com and KPMG Competitive Alternatives.
 

North Louisiana Offers a Sustainable Business Solution

 
Globally connected and centrally located, 14 parishes (counties) in North Louisiana offers many competitive business advantages, including:
 
 
 

North Louisiana Offers the Lowest Cost of Doing Business

Ranked as the #1 most cost competitive place to do business in the nation by Forbes.com and KPMG Competitive Alternatives for five years, North Louisiana offers both value and quality. Competitive utility rates and low labor costs allow companies to compete globally.
 

North Louisiana’s Multimodal Transportation System Connects Businesses to the World

Strategically located in the south central U.S., 14 parishes in North Louisiana are connected to the rest of the world by a multimodal transportation system by Class 1 Rail, air, interstate and four ports with access to deep water.
 

Dedicated Workforce Touted as Productive and Skilled

As part of a right-to-work state, North Louisiana boasts a dedicated and skilled workforce, which many employers tout as highly productive and loyal (low turnover rate). Employers in North Louisiana can also access NLEP’s workforce marketing program, Top Skills, to help recruit qualified talent for your company. Other free workforce training programs available to qualified businesses include the nation’s No. 1 workforce training program, LED FastStart.
 

North Louisiana’s Quality of Life Provides an Enviable Work-Life Balance

North Louisiana is a great place to live and work. The quality of life in North Louisiana offers a great work-life balance. Smog-free communities with no traffic congestion make the average commute time anywhere from 15-30 minutes. The cost of living is consistently below the national average, and the dream of home ownership is still within reach. 

Contact NLEP

North Louisiana Economic Partnership 
 
Regions Tower
333 Texas Street, Suite 411 
Shreveport, LA 71101 
(318)677-2536 
 
1900 North 18th Street, Suite 501 
Monroe, LA 71201 
(318)387-0787 
 

CenturyLink CEO Glen Post's Testimonial


"Louisiana has been taking significant steps to make the state attractive for businesses with government that is serious about ethics reform and focused on eliminating tax barriers.
 
In Monroe where CenturyLink is headquartered, we have a loyal, educated employee base, outstanding universities and technical colleges and top rated healthcare facilities.
 
North Louisiana also offers convenient access to I-20 and I-49, airports that connect to major U.S. hub cities, and a variety of outdoor, arts and entertainment options that contribute to the overall quality of life for our people.
 
North Louisiana provides great opportunities for business leaders looking for an attractive environment in which to build and grow their companies.
 
We’ve found everything we need right here."
 
--Glen Post, III, CenturyLink President & CEO