North Louisiana's 14 parishes of over 800,000 residents boast the nation's lowest cost of doing business, a multimodal transportation infrastructure, a productive workforce and a top notch economic development team ready to help your business succeed.

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Our unique combination of competitive advantages make North Louisiana a Top Choice for Top Companies. Ranked as one of the most cost competitive places to do business by Forbes and KPMG Competitive Alternatives, North Louisiana offers value and quality. Strategically located in the South Central U.S., our region delivers a quality workforce, a multi-model transportation infrastructure and a world class business climate. 

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NLEP can provide top quality data about North Louisiana to faciltate your site selection decision.  NLEP offers property details, demographic snapshots, workforce reports, maps, customized RFPs and much more.

Designated as one of only 43 Accredited Economic Development Organizations in North America, NLEP serves as your single point of contact for economic development at the Top of Louisiana. 

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Top Companies Choose the Top of Louisiana because our competitive advantages offer sustainable business solutions.  Learn about our Top Quality site selection services from an accredited regional economic development organization.

This section offers the information you need to facilitate your site selection decision. Learn about our Top Sites, our cost of doing business, incentives, workforce development and recruitment resources, leading employers, target sectors, sucess stories and expansions, locations and closings.  

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Learn more about about the Top of Louisiana.  From news releases to newsletters to videos and photos, discover why Top Companies choose the Top of Louisiana for its strategic location, lowest cost of doing business, logistical advantage, and quality workforce.

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Join other Top Leaders in shaping the future of our region. A group of visionary business people, political and community leaders have joined NLEP to make the Top of Louisiana a thriving region that will be a destination for high-quality talent, innovative companies and global investment.  By joining NLEP, you become part of a united movement to grow the Top of Louisiana.

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Ranked as the most engaged workforce in America by Gallup, the Top of Louisiana has a civilian labor force of more than 378,000 workers. North Louisiana's workers are unmatched in their productivity, high retention rate, strong work ethic and willingness to help their employers succeed. Backed by Top Workforce Progams, our region provides customized workforce development and talent recruitment solutions to suit your needs.  

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Former GM Buildings
The former General Motors plant is being marketed as two separate buildings in West Shreveport, LA. Building One is 842,000 SF high-end building with 30 ft. ceilings. Building Two is 1.5 million SF building on 166 acres.
Oakley Building
This 45,100 square foot manufacturing and distribution facility has approximately 3,110 square feet of office space. The trucking facilites has 13 dock high doors with ten...
Former Guide Building
Located in the City of Monroe in Ouachita Parish, this 425,146 sf industrial property was a General Motors automotive headlamp manufacturing plant. The building sits on 182.2 acres near Interstate 20 and Class 1 rail, Kansas City Southern.
Tower Place
This 104,844 SF, Class A office building is a plug-and-play call center. The seven story office building with its 492 parking spaces is situated on 6.22 acres in the heart of Monroe’s business district.

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NLEP 2016 Annual Meeting
Our Annual Meeting, "The Future is NOW!" launchs North Louisiana into the new millennium. MARK YOUR CALENDARS! February 17, 2016 at Sam's Town Hotel & Casino in Shreveport.
Without NLEP, we would have never been able to bring all the parties together with the right focus to hammer out a deal. NLEP was the glue that held everything together. I commend their talented staff for assisting us with our growth plans.
Jim Dean
Vice President and General Manager at Module X Solutions
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