Vermilion Parish Economic Profile
Vermilion Parish is known for its fresh seafood, bountiful agriculture, great access via road and waterways, and a rich history of cultural and eco tourism. This bilingual (English/French), coastal parish is large and diverse with wandering bayous and farmlands, authentic local cuisine, family-friendly festivals and Cajun towns connecting it all. Vermilion is centrally located in the southern part of Louisiana immediately adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico. This proximity to the Gulf makes the parish an ideal location for the numerous companies needed to serve this region’s oil and gas industry.
Anne T. Falgout
Executive Director, Vermilion Economic Development Alliance
The parish is the largest geography of the growing and prosperous Lafayette Metropolitan Statistical Area with over 1,500 square miles within its borders. The welcoming people, gorgeous sunsets and variety of home-grown businesses lend to the parish’s tradition and charm while the opportunity to grow exists with acres of developable property in each of Vermilion’s communities.
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Why Vermilion is right for your business:
- Port of Vermilion– 8 miles south of Abbeville on the west bank of the Vermilion River. 8 miles north of the U.S. Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Freshwater Bayou (FWB). Access is via FWB and GIWW with a controlling depth of 12 feet.
- Abbeville Chris Crusta Memorial Airport – Airport servicing the Gulf of Mexico and local flights.
- South Louisiana Community College Gulf Area Campus – located right off of La. Highway 14, his campus is home to two programs only offered in Abbeville: Industrial/Agriculture Mechanics Technology and Cosmetology. Students in IAMT are learning to repair farm equipment and are being trained by qualified instructors. These students are ready for the workforce after three semesters. Our cosmetology students learn the latest techniques in hair and makeup as well as learning what it takes to operate a salon.
Businesses commonly cite the same main reasons for relocating.
The ability to secure a skilled workforce, tap into new markets, upgrade facilities and/or equipment, lower costs and increase quality of life more often than not are a company’s deciding factors.
Vermilion Parish Quick-Facts:
- 2015 Total population = 59,971
- 2014 Average Civilian labor force = 24,783
- 74% of the population is at or above the working age
- 20% of the population live in a bilingual home
- 76% of the population are homeowners
- 90% of the population commutes less than one hour to work
- 11% of the population are entrepreneurs
In order to make your decision to locate in Vermilion Parish an easy one, we have assembled information in each of these areas to demonstrate why Vermilion may be the right place for your business.
SECURE A SKILLED WORKFORCE
Using data from the Louisiana Workforce Commission, we can customize an analysis of your potential workforce. We match your proposed positions against our listing of job titles to give you a count of potential employees. We can also assess transferable skills in related industries and give you an idea how you can work with local education providers to create a pipeline of skilled workers to suit your needs.
TAP INTO NEW MARKETS
We have a dynamic demography tool that allows us to customize a search based on location, socioeconomic factors and a variety of other parameters. For B2B-oriented companies, we will create a listing of potential clients based on your criteria – sales, employee size, industry, location and many, many more!
A change of scenery is good for the soul and often good for business. However, finding an optimal location is not always easy. Our team is happy to assist in locating the right commercial property to suit your needs. Whether you need an existing building, raw land or a build-to-suit facility, we are happy to assist. We will team up with our regional partners to look for development-ready properties and petition commercial agents for opportunities that may be harder to locate on your own. Visit our sites and buildings database or contact us directly for assistance.
Whether it’s lower cost of labor, construction or just overall cost of doing business that is your chief concern, Vermilion Parish may be the right fit. We can compare the wages here versus where your business is currently located, and evaluate the difference in fees and permitting prices. Business taxes and license costs can also be evaluated based on your request. We will show you how your bottom line can improve by doing business in Vermilion.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Every community talks about their quality of life, but not every community has the world talking about it. Here in Vermilion Parish we enjoy national attention for several of our amenities. Whether you are interested in a quality public school system, family-friendly festivals, mouth-watering food, an abundance of outdoor activities or low-cost housing we can accommodate your wishes in one of our cities or towns. Travelers and new residents come from all over the world to experience our culture, natural beauty and hospitality.
Vermilion Parish Partners
In Vermilion Parish, we understand the importance of working as a team. We have aligned or partnered with several organizations across Acadiana to bring you the best business resources available.
ABBEVILLE HARBOR & TERMINAL DISTRICT
The Abbeville Harbor & Terminal District creates jobs and business opportunities through managing district and port assets in an environmentally sensitive manner, and also through continued growth and development of industry and business across the district area. The District Commission is comprised of the 3rd, 7th, and a portion of the 2nd Wards of Vermilion Parish, in the areas surrounding the Vermilion River south of Abbeville and Intracoastal City. The AHTD owns a facility, the Port of Vermilion, which is primarily an industrial park and the present center of the district’s growth and economic development. In 2012, port tenants employed 400+ skilled and semi-skilled laborers, generated payroll of $20+ million, and constructed projects valued at $55,000,000. The AHTD continues to work to develop and enhance the economy of the district and the surrounding area, and will continue to cooperate with local, state and federal government to secure state and federal grants, and available local funding, for future improvements.
One Acadiana a business lead, privately funded economic development organization serving a nine-parish area in South Louisiana. Representing over 1,200 businesses throughout the area, One Acadiana’s vision is to make our region one of the most sought-after places in the South for business and professional talent. One Acadiana also serves as the central business organization for Lafayette, providing leadership on local issues as well as the services and resources of a traditional business association.
KAPLAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Kaplan Area Chamber of Commerce is organized for the purpose of promoting the commercial, civic, industrial and general welfare of the Kaplan area, the city of Kaplan and Vermilion Parish. The chamber is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-sectarian organization.
VERMILION CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Vermilion Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization owned and operated by business leaders who care about our community. The Chamber is dedicated to building upon a strong economic base while maintaining the quality of life and vitality of our community and is actively engaged in the promotion, retention, and attraction of business and industry. The mission of the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce is to create a positive business and community environment.
VERMILION PARISH POLICE JURY
The Vermilion Parish Police Jury serves as the center for parish government in Vermilion Parish. The Jury provides services to the parish that include: Animal Control, Communications District 911, Homeland Security/Emergency Preparedness, Permits and Public Works.
VERMILION PARISH TOURIST COMMISSION
Delve into our Cajun mystique, the interesting expressions and unique cultural heritage that makes us the “Most Cajun Place on Earth.” The Tourist Commission staff is available to help you plan your trip and explore the unique sights and sounds (and cuisine) that makes Vermilion Parish so special.
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