Louisiana’s business climate combines an extensive collection of competitive advantages, from customized workforce training, to low business operating costs, to infrastructure, creating an ideal environment for success. With its strategic central location, Louisiana’s transportation access is second to none–it’s home to the world’s largest port complex, seven commercial service/primary airports, three international airports and six major interstate highways.
The Port of South Louisiana handled more than 307 million short tons of cargo in 2017. More than 4,500 oceangoing vessels and 65,490 barges call at the Port of South Louisiana annually, making it the top ranked in the country for export tonnage and total tonnage.
Louisiana is one of only three states in the nation where six of North America’s Class 1 rail lines converge, according to Louisiana Economic Development. Louisiana has more than 2,699 miles of track in freight service.
Louisiana’s strategic location equals cost-effective distribution, providing access to suppliers and markets on both coasts.
As of 2018, Louisiana is home to two companies on the Fortune 500 list: Entergy and CenturyLink.
Louisiana ranks #1 per capita among all states in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), with more than $60 billion in FDI projects since 2008, according to Louisiana Economic Development.
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