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SWLA Economic Development Alliance

Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance

Welcome to Opportunity

A unique blend of deep-south tradition and French-Acadian, English and Native American heritage, Southwest Louisiana offers a multitude of activities, opportunities and experiences making the region a great place to live and work. An upward trend continues to be seen in the area’s economy with employment figures, total wages paid, taxable retail sales, and other economic indicators on the rise while residents enjoy a lower cost of living than the national average.

Southwest Louisiana has emerged as one of the state’s economic leaders. The strength of the area can be felt in the strengthening pulse of the business, professional and industrial sectors. A hard-working labor force, excellent transportation network, abundant raw materials and land for commercial and industrial prospects make Southwest Louisiana an ideal place for business.

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SWLA Economic Development Alliance

Community Profile



GDP per Capita

65,030 $



Focus Industries

Agriculture / Agri-Tech / Agribusiness, Aviation / Aerospace, Chemicals / Plastics / Advanced Materials, Energy, Healthcare / Medical Devices / Life Sciences / Pharma, Transportation

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SWLA Economic Development Alliance

List of European Companies who have already invested

Name Industry No. of Employees
LyondellBasell (Netherlands) Petrochemical 190
Calcasieu Refining (Netherlands) Chemicals 130
Lonza (Switzerland) Chemicals 16
Air Liquide American Corporation (France) Chemicals 3