Award-Winning Economic Development

Louisiana continues to flex its economic development muscle

Award-Winning Economic DevelopmentAward-Winning Economic Development

Louisiana is no stranger to national and international recognition for economic development, having racked up awards from noted trade publications like Area Development, Business Facilities, Site Selection, Southern Business & Development and Trade & Industry Development in 2021.

The awards didn’t stop there. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) recognized LED’s suite of small business services and community competitiveness initiatives, as well as LED FastStart’s education partnerships.

LED FastStart’s No. 1 ranking as the best workforce training and development program by Business Facilities stands as one of the clearest examples of how Louisiana’s award-winning economic development programs are national leaders. No other state has won the award since its debut, with Louisiana capturing the nod for 12 consecutive years.

2021 Project Expansions


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LED Awards and Rankings


Workforce Training | Talent Attraction program a record 12 straight years (LED FastStart®)
Business Facilities, 2021


Economic development results in the South
Southern Business & Development, 2020


Small Business Services
IEDC Gold Award in Entrepreneurship, 2021


First state to install 5-Axis CNC machines at every community college