Each of the 10 parishes within the Greater New Orleans region can make a strong argument for business investment by itself, but – collectively – the argument is overwhelming.

The region consists of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes. The 10 parishes composing the Greater New Orleans region are unique – each enjoying its own character, attractions, and strategic business advantages.

Take a look at the area’s assets, and you’ll see the perfect environment for a business to thrive. We’re home to the largest port complex in the Western Hemisphere. That, combined with extensive port, rail, air, and highway access, gives the region unparalleled infrastructure for international trade.

We have 88% of the nation’s oil rigs off our coast, and are in the top three in the country in oil and gas production.

The region boasts a civilian labor force of over 650,000 and there are over 65,000 students enrolled in the region’s nine universities and eight community/technical colleges.

It’s clear our assets will be to your advantage.

  • Our culture is unique. The variety of the region offers a lifestyle that suits anyone. The common thread throughout the region is the availability of good fun, good friends, and good food.
  • Our value proposition is better. With a total solution, the region provides a unique quality of life, access to unparalleled infrastructure, and a comprehensive, innovative incentives package.
  • Our leadership is energized. Our region is experiencing a level of civic and business engagement that hasn’t been seen in decades.
  • Our assets are distinct. From the only NASA-owned manufacturing facility in the country to one of the world’s largest port systems, the region provides a compelling platform to compete on a global scale.

The Greater New Orleans Advantage

  • Conditions – The cost of doing business in Greater New Orleans is less expensive than major markets
  • Incentives – The State of Louisiana offers some of the deepest, most flexible incentives in the country
  • Culture – 83% of national respondents said they love our “cultural richness”
  • Leadership – Perhaps the best alignment, energy, and ability in the nation among Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson, and GNO, Inc. CEO Michael Hecht.