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Louisiana Directory of Economic Development Organizations

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The Louisiana economic development directory below (scroll down) links to the websites and contacts for many economic development organizations in Louisiana and related content such as Area Profiles and Area Surveys as executive summaries about business locations. Contact us for project assistance, or to update our directory listing for an area.  We provide personal introductory referrals to our contacts and other assistance according to the investment project interests of the corporate executives and business advisors we serve.
Please contact us if you may be interested in expanding your business into Louisiana.  We are independent advisors - not a government agency or investment promotion agency.

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Scope Contacts Website and other resources
Louisiana Department of Economic Development State 70804

Don Pierson

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Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (Metairie) County 70002
Plaquemines Parish Economic Development (Belle Chasse) County 70037
St. James Parish Economic Development, Gramercy LA County 70052
St. Charles Parish Economic Development County 70057
City of Kenner City 70062    
Port of South Louisiana, LaPlace LA Port 70068
Downtown Development District (New Orleans) City 70112    
Metrovision Partnership Foundation, New Orleans Metro 70130
Greater New Orleans, Inc. Metro 70131
World Trade Center New Orleans Trade promotion 70130 (504)529-1601
Port of New Orleans Port 70160
Thibodeaux Chamber of Commerce Chamber 70302    
South Louisiana Economic Council, Thibodaux LA Region 70310 985-448-4485

Bayou Region sites

Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce Chamber 70360    
St. Mary Area Chamber of Commerce (Morgan City) Chamber 70381    
CLECO Power LLC, Mandeville LA Utility 70448
Lafayette Economic Development Authority County 70506
Ville Platte Chamber of Commerce Chamber 70586    
Southwest Louisiana Partnership for Economic Development - Lake Charles LA Region 70601 337-721-4100
The Chamber Foundation, Southwest Louisiana (Lake Charles) - SouthBest Louisiana Economic Alliance Chamber 70602 337-433-3632

Chennault International Airport Authority (Lake Charles) Airport 70615
Entergy Louisiana Utility 70809
Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce Metro chamber 70821
Greater Baton Rouge Economic Partnership Metro 70821    
AEP Southwestern Electric Power (American Electric Power) - TX, AR, LA Utility 71101

Arnie Frankel


Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Metro chamber 71101

Kurt Foreman

Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation (Bossier City) City 71111    
City of Shreveport City 71130
Northwest Louisiana Partnership for Economic Development Region 71161    
Ouachita Economic Development Corp. (Monroe) County 71201
Monroe Chamber of Commerce Chamber
Lincoln Chamber of Commerce (Ruston) Chamber 71273    
West Monroe - West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce, LA Chamber 71291
Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, and Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) - Rapides Parish and surrounding parishes - Avoyelles, Allen, Evangeline, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches and Vernon Regional chamber 71309

Rhonda Reap-Curiel

Louisiana Ports and Free Trade Zones      
St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District (Chalmette) port 70044    
Gramercy FTZ No. 124 - South Louisiana Port Commission FTZ 70069    
New Orleans FTZ No. 2 - Port of New Orleans FTZ 70160
West St. Mary Parish Port Harbor Terminal District (Franklin) port 70538    
Port of Iberia (New Iberia) port 70560    
Lake Charles FTZ No. 87 - Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District FTZ 70602    
Baton Rouge FTZ No. 154 - Greater Baton Rouge Port Commission (Port Allen) FTZ 70767    
Shreveport FTZ No. 145 - Caddo-Bossier Parishes Port Commission FTZ 71135    
Alexandria FTZ No. 261 - England Economic and Industrial Development District FTZ 71303    
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The directory above is a "long list" extension of our contacts directory for the larger US South Central region, following the same structure as our global contact directories These area representatives would typically include
  •  a state department of commerce or industry or a provincial government office
  •  greater metro city or county area chamber of commerce
  •  county economic development agency
  •  industrial development corporation or council - IDC
  •  alliance for business development, community development
  •  investment promotion agency - IPA
  •  industry cluster development initiatives, business incubators, technology parks
  •  regional or global professional B2B networking organizations, business partnering, joint venture development, or strategic business alliance services
  •  port authorities and Free Trade Zones
  •  trade and investment promotion offices
Despite the wide variety of names for such economic development organizations, and variances in the scope of their services, the ones we list are generally actively involved in efforts to attract, expand, and retain business investment projects in their areas (offices, factories, etc.), including the attraction of foreign direct investment projects (FDI).  This typically includes support services, financial incentives, and information for corporate site selection decisions as well as local business retention and expansion services. 

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Suggestions are welcome, and please report any broken links.

Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

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Bruce Donnelly 847-304-4655 847-304-5375
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