Finding Your Workforce

Relocation & Expansion


North Louisiana Workforce Programs & Services


Employers looking to locate in North Louisiana will find a loyal, productive and qualified labor force.  In a “right to work” state, North Louisiana's labor force is eager and ready to work.  Testimonials from area companies attest to the productivity of our labor force.  North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP) can arrange interviews with local company executives and their human resource staff to help prospective employers better understand the regional labor pool.

There are numerous resources in North Louisiana to help both existing and new employers engage, hire, train and re-train employees.

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North Louisiana Economic Partnership’s Top Skills workforce program offers:
  • Recruitment tools to attract the best fit candidates for the job
  • Liaison services to access local and statewide training and recruitment resources
  • Opportunities for industry and education leadership to convene and develop strategies to meet the needs of our most critical industries
  • Targeted marketing programs to direct the current and future regional workforce pipeline into training programs for high demand occupations


Workforce Partners

  • LED FastStart™, the nation's No.1 workforce recruitment, screening and customized training program
  • Louisiana Workforce Commission, the state's lead workforce development agency that can assist employers with recruitment of local candidates, job fairs, and incumbent worker training.
  • North Louisiana has 11 colleges and universities with a strong track record of industry responsiveness in program development.

Online Tools

NLEP Research Program

 NLEP’s dynamic research capabilities help employers quantify the availability of workforce in North Louisiana to meet their specific skill needs, including information about the prevailing wage rates for key occupations.

Louisiana Workforce Commission

Louisiana’s labor department hosts a dynamic website with critical data for both employers and job seekers.  Employers can post jobs, as well as find critical information about workers compensation, unemployment insurance, and workforce development assistance programs like the Incumbent Worker Training Program, offering grants to employers who want to improve the skills of their existing employees. It also contains an innovative site within a site – Louisiana Star Jobs - to help residents determine the best career path based on job demand, education requirements and salary levels. Visit www.LaWorks.net to see all it has to offer.

Louisiana Job Connection

This online match-making site uses sophisticated algorithms to identify the best fit between candidates and Louisiana jobs.  It is free to employers with Louisiana-based jobs and job seekers from around the globe, and is marketed nationwide. www.LouisianaJobConnection.com

InterNET Internship Database


The North Louisiana Economic Partnership hosts an online database of internships offered by North Louisiana employers for high school, college and graduate students.  This service is offered at no charge to employers or internship seekers.  If you would like to post an internship, click here and select the Submit Internship button.

NLEP Top Skills Workforce Program

Understanding the state workforce development services and the strengths of the 11 colleges and universities in our region, NLEP Top Skills Workforce Program serves as a critical liaison between industry, education and workforce development. NLEP also partners with industry-based organizations to facilitate critical education and training initiatives, as well as awareness campaigns to attract the next generation workforce.

LED FastStart® 

Louisiana’s customized workforce training program has been ranked the best in the nation for several years straight. FastStart® provides customized employee recruitment, screening, training development and training delivery for eligible, new or expanding companies — all at no cost. Based on a company's immediate and long-term workforce needs, the FastStart team crafts unique programs that ensure high-quality, flexible workers are prepared on day one and beyond.

FastStart® has designed and delivered comprehensive workforce solutions for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies, as well as high-tech companies funded by leading venture capital firms.

Louisiana Workforce Commission

In addition to free job postings on the LaWorks.net site, the LWC assists companies with the applicant screening and interviewing process, and will even host employer-specific job fairs.

Connect With Us

Scott Martinez, CEcD
NLEP President
318-677-2512
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Liz Pierre, JD, EDFP
Senior Vice President- Legal & Research
(318) 677-2549
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Christine Rambo, CEcD
Senior Vice President- Communications & Marketing
(318) 677-2531
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Angie White, CEcD
Senior Vice President- Workforce Strategy & Administration
(318) 677-2559
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Sheena Black
Vice President - Business Development Strategy
318-677-2511
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Ashley Busada, CEcD
Vice President – Government Relations and Business Development
318-677-2508
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Zazell Dudley, MBA
Vice President - Caddo Parish Initiatives & Business Development
318.677.2514
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Alberta Green
Vice President - Organization Strategy & Information Technology Initiatives
3186772558
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Michele Riney
Director - Operations & Assistant to President
318-677-2554
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