State Rankings

  • Louisiana ranks No. 6 nationally for economic development (Site Selection, 2016)
  • Louisiana ranks No. 3 in tech sector job growth with a 6.3 percent increase (Cyberstates Report, 2016)
  • Louisiana ranks No. 1 in economic development ( Southern Business & Development magazine, 2016)
  • Louisiana ranks No. 4 in business climate (Site Selection, 2015) 
  • Louisiana ranks No. 7 for business climate (Chief Executive 2015)
  • Louisiana ranks No. 8 among "Top States for Doing Business" (Area Development, 2015)
  • Louisiana ranks No. 1 in best business climate (Business Facilities, 2014)
  • LED FastStart® ranks No. 1 for fifth consecutive year for top workforce program (Business Facilities 2014)

North Louisiana Rankings


  • North Louisiana ranks as the no.1 most cost competitive with a Business Index of 91.3. (KPMG Competitive Alternatives) 
  • IBM in Monroe, LA and Monster Moto in Ruston, LA named CiCi Award Recipients for Community Impact (Trade & Industry Development, March 2016)
  • Bossier Parish Wins a National Award for Promoting a Knowledge Economy (2016 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties)
  • City of Monroe wins Community Achievement Award for Economic Development among large cities (Louisiana Municipal Association)
  • City of Ruston wins Community Achievement Award for Economic Development for 10,001 to 25,000 population size. (Louisiana Municipal Association)


  • Shreveport ranks in "Top Ten of Millennial Friendly Cities." (Bloomberg Business)
  • Monroe ranks 12th among “Best Cities for Women Entrepreneurs” (GoodCall.com)
  • West Monroe ranks 19th among the “Best Cities for Young Families in LA” (NerdWallet)
  • Bossier City ranks 22nd among the “Best Cities for Young Families in LA” (NerdWallet) 
  • Ruston and Bastrop were tied for No. 74 as Top Micropolitans (Site Selection )
  • Natchitoches Named Best Southern Small Town (USA Today Readers Choice Poll)
  • Shreveport recognized as the number one place to build a new business (WalletHub)
  • North Louisiana has three of the top 100 best bass fishing lakes in the country, including No. 1 Toledo Bend. Lake Bistineau (No. 27), the Red River (77) and the Atchafayala Basin (98).
  • Monroe ranks among the 50 best college towns to live in forever (College Ranker, March 2015)
  • IntegriCo Composites recognized as the CiCi Award Recipient for Community Impact (Trade & Industry Development)


  • Shreveport Bossier ranks in the top 25 Cities on the Rise in LA (NerdWallet.com)
  • Natchitoches Ranks as No. 7 “City on the Rise in LA” (NerdWallet.com)
  • Bossier City ranks No. 9 as "Best Cities for Single Mothers" (NerdWallet.com)
  • Shreveport Bossier recognized as the 3rd Happiest City in America (Harvard University Study, 2014)
  • Three of the Most Affordable Hospitals in LA are in North Louisiana
  1. Willis-Knighton Medica Center- Shreveport
  2. LSU Health- Shreveport
  3. Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
  • Monroe ranks in the top 20 Happiest Cities in America (Harvard University Study, 2014)
  • Shreveport ranked No. 18 of the ``Best Cities to Start a Business'' list. (Wallet-Hub.com, March 2014)
  • Bossier City named No. 7 for “Best Places to Find a New Job” (Money)
  • Shreveport ranks No. 17 among 19 “Best Opportunity Cities” (Forbes)
  • Monroe-West Monroe ranked No. 4 among the "Cities on the Rise in LA" (Nerdwallet.com)
  • Shreveport-Bossier named  a “Game Changing Community” (Southern Business & Development)
  • Shreveport was ranked No. 3 on the top five small cities to live, work and make movies in (Movie Maker Magazine)