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Development-ready sites for a competitive region

One Acadiana’s Site Development program is designed to increase the region’s portfolio of marketable, development-ready sites by certifying land within our nine-parish region. This is achieved through partnership between One Acadiana, land owners, and our local partners, e.g., local economic development organizations, police juries, utility providers, etc.


What is a Certified Site?

A Louisiana Economic Development Certified Site is a development-ready site that has completed a rigorous review process to answer as many development questions as possible. The program is designed to assess specific site details for compliance and authenticity. All certified sites are 180-day development ready, offering the additional advantage of ensuring that the client’s construction is more likely to remain on schedule.

Louisiana Economic Development’s Certified Industrial Site Program focuses on sites intended for industrial or manufacturing uses. To qualify for the industrial site program, sites must have a minimum of 25 contiguous, unencumbered acres available for development.

Louisiana Economic Development’s Certified Business Site Program targets sites best suited for business parks, mixed use developments, or Planned Unit Developments (PUD). Sites qualifying for this program will have between 10 and 25 contiguous, unencumbered acres available for development.


Extensive Review Process

  • Zoning restrictions
  • Title work
  • Environmental studies
  • Soil analysis
  • Surveys

The due diligence performed during the certified sites process delivers a property with minimal uncertainty through enhanced site knowledge. This allows One Acadiana to present more competitive, marketable sites to potential companies during the business development process.


Cost Benefits of Certification

  • 75% of engineering costs reimbursed by the state.
  • 25% of remaining cost is shared between One Acadiana, local partner, and landowner.
  • Increased exposure of site both nationally and internationally through regional and state business development efforts.


We’re Certifying Sites

Discover the acres of land certified through One Acadiana’s Site Development program.


Emile Lege
Manager, Economic Development

Advantages of a Certified Site

  • Development ready
  • Substantial due diligence completed
  • Significant site information gathered and documented
  • Independent third-party engineering review
  • Uncertainty and potential obstacles eliminated through enhanced site knowledge
  • More competitive
  • Greater marketability
  • Granted priority in site proposal

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Sites & Infrastructure

Acres of Opportunity

If your company is looking to relocate or expand in South Louisiana, our staff will help you navigate the site selection process. We understand the challenges of the site location process in today’s fast pace economy. Armed with experience and the latest site location tools and services, One Acadiana is ready to assist your company with locating or expanding in the nine-parish Acadiana region. Whether you’re looking for available sites or existing buildings, when it comes time to find the best location for your operation, look no further than the Acadiana region.


Site selection tool

One Acadiana is excited to provide GIS planning resources for regional location and development activities. Geographic Information Science (GIS) is an ever-growing discipline that combines database information with geographic features for powerful display and analysis. The regional map illustrates data sets related to flood zones, wetlands, incentives (e.g. Opportunity Zones, New Market Tax Credits, etc.), demographics, and other developmental concerns, allowing the user to choose the most ideal location for their operation. Our GIS tool also includes real-estate listings that can be sorted by size (e.g. square feet or acres), existing building or greenfield site, and intended use (e.g., Industrial, Commercial).


In addition to our tool, the region also has several other resources available to assist in your location process. These additional resources are available by clicking on the following links to our local and state utility and economic development partners.

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One Acadiana Site Selection Services

  • Custom searches for existing buildings and land
  • Location-specific demographic reports
  • Custom GIS Mapping
  • Real-estate marketing

Filling the region’s pipeline with competitive sites is imperative to our business recruitment efforts as well as site development efforts for the future. We have made major strides during One Acadiana’s inaugural year, through aggressive outreach in all nine parishes with presentations to our local land owners, economic development professionals, and real estate partners in the region.


Chairman, 1A Business & Site Development Committee

Acadiana is a Prime Location for Your Business

Our market accessibility is a differentiator in the Gulf Coast region, with easy access to interstate, rail, ports, and airports. Strategically located between the Houston and New Orleans markets at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 49, Acadiana provides access to 38 interior states via the Mississippi River and countless international markets via the Gulf of Mexico.

Lafayette Regional Airport
Acadiana Regional Airport

Union Pacific

Louisiana and Delta Railroad
Acadiana Railway Company

Port of Iberia
Port of Morgan City
Port of Vermilion
Port of West St. Mary
Twin Parish Port

Port of Krotz Springs
Port of Mermentau