Connected in Acadiana
Acadiana – located in South Central Louisiana along the Gulf of Mexico – provides a unique fiber optic network and homegrown software engineering talent. For these reasons and more, it continues to attract the world’s newest and most innovative software companies. The region’s major employers include a diverse mix of industry from healthcare to construction. Software and communications investments in the region include:
CGI Group, Inc.
Global Data Systems (GDS)
GDS is an established provider of facilities-based satellite telecommunications serving clients with global needs. In Q4 2013, GDS launched its new teleport facility, located on property at its corporate headquarters site in Lafayette, Louisiana. Directly adjacent to the teleport is its newly completed Tier 4 hardened datacenter facility, where it takes advantage of Lafayette’s fiber optic network to offer a full suite of datacenter, telecommunications, and satellite teleport services to its clients.
Acadiana values its software 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. You can find a full list of standard incentives here.
Digital Interactive Media and Software Development Incentive
A Quality Workforce
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. A number of Louisiana universities have specific programs and research strengths related to the software industry, with one of the strongest and fastest growing being right here in Acadiana.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Quality of Life
Living in Acadiana is easy. It is a place that has everything you need. We have a plentiful economy and growing job market, world-class healthcare, great schools, and all the entertainment and cultural options of a big city but with far less stress. Those who live here will agree – there has never been a better time to call Acadiana home. Explore the region here.
A Better Bottom Line
- No. 1: Workforce Training Program – Business Facilities, 2022
- No. 2: Manufacturing Output – Business Facilities, 2021
- No. 2: Infrastructure Investment Supporting Economic Development – Site Selection, 2021
- No. 9: Speed of Project Permitting – Area Development, 2021
The Right Location is Waiting for You
We’ve got acres of opportunity.