Fly Forward in Acadiana
Due in large part to its robust oil and gas industry, Acadiana – located in South Central Louisiana along the Gulf of Mexico – boasts a thriving aviation industry. The region’s major employers include a diverse mix of industry from healthcare to construction. Aviation investments in the area include:
Headquartered in Lafayette for over 60 years, PHI has flown over 12 million rotary wing flight hours, more than any private entity worldwide. In addition to operations in the U.S., the company operates in 43 countries across the globe. Every day, PHI helicopters fly up to 250 miles into the Gulf of Mexico’s international waters providing transportation, air medical, and technical services to offshore oil and gas companies.
Bristow Group's Americas Region
Comprising operations in North America, South America, Latin America and Trinidad, Bristow is headquartered in New Iberia. It has operated for over 50 years in North America, and primarily provides crew transport services to offshore drilling rigs and production platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Clients consist of international, independent and major integrated oil and gas companies. Bristow maintains advanced flight-following systems and widespread and strategically located offshore fuel stations in the Acadiana region.
Acadiana values its aviation industry and will align state and local resources to provide customized incentive packages for businesses looking to grow. A few standard incentives are outlined below:
Quality Jobs Rebate
Industrial Tax Exemption Program
Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive
The nation’s strongest, most comprehensive inventive for software development. Using this, software development companies of all sizes gain a competitive edge with no cap or minimum requirement for entry.
You can find a full list of standard incentives by visiting our incentives page:
A right-to-work state for more than three decades, Louisiana ranks in the Top 10 for lowest rates of private workforce unionization. It is also home to LED FastStart, the nation’s No. 1 state workforce development program, which creates customized workforce recruitment, screening, and training solutions. With a growing labor force of nearly 318,000 in the region, competitive wages, and a strong education pipeline, Acadiana’s workforce is waiting for you.
International School for Aviation Excellence
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
UL Lafayette’s College of Engineering is its largest undergraduate program boasting over 2,700 undergraduate students, 177 master’s students, and 41 PhD students representing 45 states and 25 countries. The college focuses on providing “hands-on” learning experiences with a strong emphasis on internship and cooperative learning experiences. Over 200 companies regularly recruit its Engineering and Technology graduates.
Learn more about our capable workforce:
Access and Infrastructure
Acadiana is a prime location for your business. A logistical hub, the region is strategically located at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 49. It provides access to 38 interior states via the Mississippi River and countless international markets via the Gulf of Mexico. Within the Acadiana region alone are: TWO commercial airports, TWO Class I rail systems, FIVE coastal ports, and TWO inland ports.
A Better Bottom Line
- No. 4: Lowest Industrial Electricity Rate – U.S. Energy Information Administration, EIA
- No. 1: Workforce Training Program – Business Facilities
- No. 7: Best Cost of Doing Business – Business Facilities
- No. 4: Favorable Regulatory Environment – Area Development
The Right Location is Waiting for You
The Acadiana Regional Airport alone includes a 125-acre Industrial Park, and over 1,200 acres of land available for development.