Relocation Assistance

With a well-trained workforce, unmatched quality of life, and a favorable environment for our business community, Lafayette is a place like no other. Let us help you find the resources you need to explore Acadiana.

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Located midway between Houston and New Orleans, Lafayette, Louisiana offers a pro-business climate,

talent-producing universities, and a family-focused lifestyle that is attracting everything from manufacturers and tech companies to startups– making Lafayette and the surrounding region a hot spot for business along the Gulf Coast.


A Few Highlights

CGI

400 direct new jobs in 2014; 400 additional direct new jobs in 2018; international IT and business process services firm

School Mint

HQ relocation from San Francisco, CA; 178 direct new jobs; education software development company

Westfield Fluid Controls

67 direct new jobs; aerospace manufacturing; relocation from CA

Lafayette is a mid-sized market recognized for blending our unique Cajun and Creole heritage with modern-day amenities creating an environment conducive to a contemporary lifestyle.


Listed as one of the top ten “Coolest Cities in the South” by Southern Business and Development

           

Lafayette serves as a safe and convenient market for shopping, education, entertainment, recreation, dining, health services, and other business-related services.

           

With the intimacy of a small town and the sophistication of a big city, you’ve never been anywhere quite like Lafayette, Louisiana.

Relocation Services

  • Provide guidance on tax incentive programs for qualifying projects
  • Available property searches 
  • Liaison to workforce training and education providers 
  • Coordination with city, parish and state government agencies and officials and community stakeholders
  • Access to market data including demographics, labor force, real estate, income and wage data, and company lists 
  • Marketing and communications of relocation projects

What else do you want to know about doing business in Lafayette?


Contact LEDA’s Manager of Business Recruitment to discover the possibilities.

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Hoyt Strain

Manager of Business Recruitment
(337) 593-1415
hoyts@lafayette.org

Industries in the Lafayette Region


Construction

New concepts in residential development, combined with improvements made by local government, the university and private business has propelled the construction industry forward in commercial activity. Last fiscal year, construction activity reached more than $246 million.

Finance

The financial industry within the Lafayette market is comprised of 36 locally-owned and nationally-operated banking institutions, with an estimated $12 billion in deposits as of December 2019. They provide services ranging from simple savings and checking accounts to complex commercial investments. Sixteen credit unions have also been established within the Parish, with estimated total assets more than $4 billion in December 2019.

Manufacturing

The innovation of local manufacturers has resulted in the transformation of traditionally low-technology industries into modern high-tech environments through state-of-the-art computers, intelligent manufacturing systems, robots and automation. Thriving manufacturing businesses in Lafayette can be found across sectors including jewelry, oil and gas, marine, food production, and specialty metals. 

Medical/Healthcare

At the heart of Lafayette’s medical industry, is cutting edge communication and data transfer thanks to the area’s high speed fiber optic network. Acadiana’s evolving medical workforce of more than 28,000 employees continues to expand. As the “Hub City” of the region, Lafayette is further cementing its role as a regional health center, attracting specialized treatment centers and a preeminent physicians, researchers and scientists.

Oil and Gas

With hundreds oil-and-gas-related businesses in Lafayette, the region is the hub for energy production and services in the southeastern U.S. and the Gulf of Mexico. Our community provides an industry-savvy environment and a workforce that is highly skilled, making Lafayette very attractive— not only to energy companies, but to companies across industries.

Retail Trade/Leisure & Hospitality/Entertainment

More than 20% of retail spending in Lafayette Parish is made by shoppers who live outside of the Parish’s borders. People from all over the Acadiana region travel here for shopping, entertainment, recreation, dining, professional services and business. The population in Lafayette’s trade market is more than 600,000 people; and more than one million tourists visit this area every year.

Transportation/Distribution

Located at the crossroads of Interstates 10 and 49, Lafayette’s strategic location has contributed to the viability of the transportation/distribution industry. Cargo can be delivered via the Intracoastal Waterway; and the proximity of Lafayette to the Gulf of Mexico makes deliveries and exports by sea feasible.