Target Industry Performance


Connectivity, infrastructure and talent – your transportation and logistics company demands it and St. Tammany Parish has it. Our parish’s proximity to major infrastructure access points including the Port of New Orleans propels our global competitiveness in transportation and logistics – meaning expertise and efficiencies for companies looking to grow.

Connectivity is key, with two international airports; 21 airports within 50 miles and the major interstates including I-10, I-12, I-59 and I-55 all within 20 miles of the parish. St. Tammany offers access to the Port of New Orleans located on the Mississippi River near the Gulf of Mexico and offering access to 30-plus major inland hubs such as Memphis, Chicago and Canada via 14,500 miles of waterways, six Class I railroads and interstate roadways. St. Tammany is in close proximity to the Port of New Orleans, the Port of South Louisiana, the Port of Manchac, and the Port of St. Bernard.

We know that our region boasts numerous strengths in terms of labor supply. Our parish has more employees than jobs which indicates a surplus and we are located in the heart of a labor shed that includes major cities including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Gulfport, now home to more than 700,000 qualified workers.

Northshore Technical Community College, one of the 10 fastest growing community colleges in the nation, graduates more than 300 students annually in transportation related programs. Moreover, the nearly 7,000 employees in the transportation and warehousing industry offer turnover rate of less than nine percent offering your company hiring and training savings.

Industry Focus Areas

  • Logistics
  • Warehousing, Storage & Distribution
  • Water Transportation
  • Auto Transportation
  • Oil & Gas Transportation

Professional & Business Services

St. Tammany Parish, less than an hour away from New Orleans, boasts a highly educated workforce that draws business and professional service companies to our North Shore. With nearly 26,000 industry employees in the 30-mile region at a wage of $55,000 annually, St. Tammany offers talent at a lower cost ensuring your business can keep up with demand. And with an eye on tomorrow’s pipeline of workers, our impressive professional and technical schools award more than 650 new business and financial related certificates and degrees every year.

We are an ideal location for finance, insurance, architecture, accounting, consulting and engineering companies to grow as we offer a business climate that bolsters your bottom line. Our market offers lower commercial office space rates at an average of $22 per square foot compared to national average of nearly $27 per square foot.

Time is money, and we know your business demands direct access to clients and offices worldwide. The Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) offers four terminals with a $1 billion recent expansion and commercial terminal and hangar facilities. The airport features 16 carriers and 56 nonstop destinations including New York, London, Frankfurt, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami and Seattle.

In addition, the Greater New Orleans metro was ranked #4 in KPMG’s list of metro areas with the lowest business costs in the Southeast – “Competitive Alternatives 2016.” And for the eighth consecutive year, Area Development has ranked Louisiana No. 7 in the magazine’s annual Top States for Doing Business report.

Industry Focus Areas

  • Headquarters
  • Financial Services
  • Professional Services
  • Shared Solutions & Services
  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Customer Relations & Contact Centers


Scientific & Technical Services

St. Tammany Parish is where innovation meets transformation. Our community is home to a number of private corporations and federal assets that are building, investigating and harnessing the power of science and technology to uncover the breakthroughs of tomorrow.

In 2017, Louisiana-based federal agencies and laboratories received a federal R&D investment of $332 million. They leveraged that investment through technology transfer efforts to address societal needs, promote growth and enhance U.S. competitiveness. The 60-mile region surrounding St. Tammany Parish features NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility, the USDA’s Southern Regional Research Center, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center, Stennis Space Center and Tulane University’s National Primate Research Center – offering the opportunity for unmatched public-private partnerships. These entities our rounded out with private companies such as Netchex and Ampirical.

These entities find success thanks to our abundant talent, with more than 40 percent of St. Tammany Parish residents holding an advanced degree and a labor force participation rate exceeding the state and nation. Using the Brookings Institute definition of advanced industries, the 30-mile region employs nearly 11,000 workers in fields ranging engineering related services, data processing, information services, laboratories, research and development and more.

Together, our skilled talent pipeline, connectivity to major markets and existing industry capacity offer the perfect support structure and bottom-line advantages to help cutting-edge companies bring ideas to life. Whether you want to relocate or expand, our staff is here to help.  We understand the risks associated with any business location and our job is to help minimize that risk. We offer more than incentives; we offer a seamless path forward to success.


Industry Focus Areas

  • Scientific Services
  • Technology Services
  • Research & Development
  • Company Management
  • Consulting Services