Louisiana Named Top 10 Business State For Eighth Consecutive Year

Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Area Development magazine ranks Louisiana No. 7 among business-friendly states

BATON ROUGE, La. —  Area Development ranked Louisiana No. 7 in the magazine’s annual Top States for Doing Business report, with the state earning a Top 10 position for the eighth consecutive year. Area Developmentsurveys the nation’s top site selection consultants to produce the annual report. Louisiana, which ranked No. 5 in 2016 and 2017, also placed No. 3 in the nation for Leading Workforce Development programs, and No. 6 in three other categories: Favorable General Regulatory Environment; Business Incentive Programs; and Cooperative and Responsive State Government.

“The consistent strength of Louisiana’s business climate leads to a sense of confidence that business leaders, from corporate executives to small business owners, place in our state,” said Gov. John Bel Edwards. “The Area Development ranking of Louisiana as a Top State for Doing Business affirms what many companies and site selectors already know – Louisiana continues to be a friendly, welcoming state for business investment and job creation. We owe that reputation in no small part to our well-trained workforce, our strong transportation infrastructure, and the shared goals of our state, regional and local officials.”

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These insights are brought to you by Bill Rodier, Executive Director, and Brandy Ledot, Economic Development Specialist III, of St. Landry Parish Economic Development.

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