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America’s New Frontier For Business Opportunity

They say that the view from the bottom is often the reason – the inspiration – for getting back up. For Louisiana, the view musthave been coming from very low ground and looked overwhelmingly bleak, because the state has made a dramatic economic transformation over the recent years, after decades of experiencing a great outward migration of its population due to a notoriously poor business climate.

01/03/2013 | Read Story »

Mosaic considering Faustina plant expansion

The Mosaic Co. is beginning engineering and design work on a potential $700 million ammonia production plant at the company’s existing Faustina site in St. James Parish, company and state officials said Friday.

12/29/2012 | Read Story »

New Orleans stays No. 1 in recovery; BR mid-pack

New Orleans continued to fare better than any other metro area in the U.S. in recovering from the recession during the third quarter of 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by the Brookings Institute.

12/28/2012 | Read Story »

New Orleans stays No. 1 in recession recovery

New Orleans continued to fare better than any other metro area in the U.S. in recovering from the recession during the third quarter of 2012, according to a report released Wednesday by the Brookings Institute.

12/20/2012 | Read Story »

Fiscal cliff negotiations could lead to less tax revenue for Louisiana

Louisiana has a lot at stake in the current fiscal cliff negotiations and it’s not only because the state gets more federal assistance — $1.10 — for every dollar its taxpayers send to Washington.

12/04/2012 | Read Story »

La. keeps Smoothie King

Smoothie King will keep its headquarters in south Louisiana and grow its corporate workforce here as it expands its presence to hundreds of new markets across the country and around the globe during the next five years, officials said on Tuesday.

11/21/2012 | Read Story »

State becoming a home for the gaming industry

Like Louisiana’s highly successful film incentive program the digital media tax credit program allows companies to double down on their tax breaks. They get up to 25 percent tax credit for support activity such as the lease on a building, plus up to 35 percent for all Louisiana labor costs.

11/16/2012 | Read Story »

The Rise of the Third Coast

“The political climate here is conducive to growth,” Hart explains as he steers his truck up to the edge of a steep levee. “We are here because so much is going on in this state and this region. With the growth of the petrochemical and industrial sectors, this is the place to be.

11/15/2012 | Read Story »