With five ports on the Lower Mississippi River, Louisiana is home to the largest port complex in the world based on tonnage with more than 500 million tons of cargo handled annually.
Additionally, the Port of New Orleans, Louisiana’s international container port and largest general cargo port, connects directly with 60 global ports and 450 more connections via transshipment.
The Port of South Louisiana handled more than 303 million short tons of cargo in 2018. More than 4,400 oceangoing vessels and 63,638 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 2,940 miles of track in freight service.
Louisiana’s strategic location equals cost-effective distribution, providing access to suppliers and markets on both coasts.
Louisiana has attracted a significant amount of large-scale manufacturing companies over the years, due to the availability of critical transportation networks, easy access to raw materials, and heavy concentration of industrial companies and workforce.
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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In addition to manufacturing, the technology and software development industry is thriving in Louisiana. With the nation’s strongest, most comprehensive incentive for the industry, strategic investments in higher education and alignment from the state to local levels, Louisiana gives software development companies a competitive edge.
Technology companies in Louisiana have ready access to a skilled workforce that includes over 23,000 informational technology professionals. Software and digital media clusters are emerging around the state.
Louisiana has the nation’s strongest, most comprehensive incentive for software development companies starting up, expanding or relocating in the state.