St. Landry Economic Profile
At the Heart ofCulture and Heritage
St. Landry Parish is moving forward. Located in the heart of Cajun and Creole heritage, this culturally diverse parish (county) in Southern Louisiana is a unique place both to live and do business – where hard-working people “live their culture” and are building a thriving economic base along with a high-quality trained workforce. St. Landry Parish’s greatest assets are its transportation access and infrastructure. Situated the crossroads of State Highway 190 West and Interstate 49 North/South, St. Landry Parish's location is among one of its features. Additional arteries winding through the area include U.S. Highway 167 and 190 and State Highways 31, 182, 357, and 749.
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In 2015, St. Landry Parish launched a campaign, SLP Forward, to boost the parish's image and attract businesses, residents, and visitors to the area. Business leaders regularly update news regarding culture, development, and education.
A Strategic Location
St. Landry Parish has assets for the attraction of ware-house - distribution centers. Its location to Interstate - 10 and Interstate - 49 along with U.S. Highways 190 and 167, provide north-south and east - west connectivity to north Louisiana and Texas and on into numerous Southern states.
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The Wal-Mart Distribution Center in St. Landry Parish provides an opportunity to feed products into Wal-Mart's distribution network, which is a location advantage for warehousing by Wal-Mart national and regional vendors. It is also an advantage for manufacturers that are Wal-Mart vendors.
In addition, the two general airports and a shallow port with barge and deck access on the Atchafalaya River make the parish attractive for this industry.
A Regional Approach
Government and development leaders know opportunities for economic and cultural development in St. Landry Parish don’t end at the parish lines. The parish has much to offer on its own, such as a low tax-base, ample acreage for businesses looking to expand or relocate, and a lively cultural economy; but leaders know that when the parishes that are the heart of south Louisiana work together each of them becomes hugely more attractive. Read more about how a regional approach is working for St. Landry Parish here.
St. Landry's top industries include:
- Home Healthcare
- Food processing
- Oil & Gas Production
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St. Landry Parish Economic Development
St. Landry Economic Development (SLED), is committed to Moving St. Landry Parish Forward through exemplary leadership and a forward looking strategy of economic and community development initiatives designed to bring growth and prosperity to St. Landry Parish businesses, communities, its clients and youth. Learn more at pportunitystlandry.com.
St. Landry Chamber of Commerce
Since 1919, our chamber has served as an organization through which business executives, professionals and other concerned citizens have united to provide leadership and direction for the economic and social development of our community. Our success depends on the solid financial base our members provide as well as the dedication of those who work through our Board and our committee structure. We cannot be content to rest on the strength of our past successes because we will always have new challenges for improving our economic climate and quality of life in our great parish that we designate as home!
St. Landry Parish Government
The St. Landry Parish Government is a governmental subdivision of the state of Louisiana which operates under a Home Rule Chart under authority of Article VI, Section 5 of Louisiana Constitution of 1974, and subject to this charter, is authorized to exercise any power and perform any function necessary, or requisite for proper management of its affairs.
St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission
Positioning St. Landry Parish as a leading tourism destination in the state, region and south, is the main objective of the St. Landry Parish Tourist Commission. By working with local accommodations, attractions, specialty shops, artists and restaurants, we continuously market and promote our unique heritage and culture, making tourism a leading industry in St. Landry Parish. The Commission is housed in its award winning, sustainably designed visitor information center. There travelers are greeted and encouraged to explore our authentic Cajun and Creole communities, rich with local flavor, where “We live our culture!”
Explore Our Region
- Jeff Davis
- St. Landry
- St. Martin
- St. Mary
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.
St. Mary Parish
In St. Mary Parish – or “The Cajun Coast” – the blending of French, Italian, Spanish, English, African, Native American, and Cajun traditions created a rich and flavorful “gumbo” of communities. The Atchafalaya River basin and the Gulf of Mexico serve as the lifeblood for the parish, which is composed of five municipalities: Morgan City, Berwick, Patterson, Franklin, and Baldwin, as well as the Chitimacha Nation in Charenton.
St. Martin Parish
With a population of approximately 53,000, St. Martin Parish is part of the Lafayette MSA and sits at the corridor of both Interstate 10 and U.S. Highway 90. St. Martin Parish is the only parish to have non-contiguous parts, in that, there are three major geographical areas dividing the 740 square mile parish, including the Atchafalaya Basin, the prairie, and the Bayou Teche area, on which several noteworthy cities, including the parish seat of St. Martinville, are located.
St. Landry Parish
St. Landry Parish is moving forward. Located in the heart of Cajun and Creole heritage, this culturally diverse parish (county) in Southern Louisiana is a unique place both to live and do business – where hard-working people “live their culture” and are building a thriving economic base along with a high-quality trained workforce.
Jeff Davis Parish
People from all over the world visit Jefferson Davis Parish to enjoy and experience rich Cajun and Indian culture. Jeff Davis Parish’s location, natural beauty, climate and small-town atmosphere offer a unique place for your family or business. The parish’s economic base includes health care services, shipbuilding, construction, agriculture, and oil field services. The parish has many industrial sites including the Lacassine Industrial Park on I-10.
Iberia Parish, Louisiana and its progressive communities are the place for exciting opportunities. Iberia Parish offers a unique mix of southern fun and hospitality nestled in the heart of “Cajun Country.” Moss-draped Live Oak trees and beautiful antebellum homes serve as the backdrop for a hard-working labor force, cutting edge medical and industrial technology along with worldwide leaders in the exploration of oil and natural gas.
Perhaps no parish in Acadiana is more possessive of its heritage than Evangeline. Its citizens will tell you (seriously, but with a humorous touch, too) that they have the best gumbo, the best boudin (a sausage-like local favorite), and other Cajun delicacies. When it comes to Louisiana French country flavor, no parish surpasses this parish in the northwest corner of central Acadiana.
Perfectly located along the I-10 corridor with major US Highways, railways, waterways, a port and airports, Acadia Parish offers the transportation resources needed for productive commerce. Cost of living and sites for business are affordable. This humble community is home to a culturally diverse and devoted population whose work ethic is as strong now as it was when their Cajun forefathers first settled here. Acadia Parish’s quaint charm makes it a great place to live, work and retire.
Affectionately known as the "Hub-City" of Acadiana, Lafayette, LA offers the essential elements needed to ensure the growth and development of its business community. Lafayette is set apart by its strategic location, a world-class workforce, a pro-business climate, and an unmatched quality of life. These attributes, complemented by a high-tech infrastructure and quality real estate, make Lafayette a unique place to live, work, play and do business.
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