Skilled Labor – Transportation Infrastructure – Business Incentives
Livingston Parish’s skilled labor force and transportation infrastructure have helped to establish and nurture a solid local manufacturing and metal fabrication business community. Several divisions of CB&I, including a major fabrication unit, have set up shop in Livingston for these reasons, and Ferrara Fire Apparatus, a nationwide supplier of fire trucks and equipment, chose Livingston Parish for its manufacturing facility and corporate head headquarters.
Other manufacturers calling Livingston Parish home include Deltak, Compressor Engineering Corporation (CECO), Traffic Control Products, Bayou Rail Car, Superior Steel, Quality Iron of Louisiana, Southland Fabricators, and Delta Environmental/ Pentair Water. Many of these companies have taken advantage of state programs as well as those offered by Southeastern Louisiana University, Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MePoL), The Louisiana Community and Technical College System and the Livingston Parish School Board. Louisiana offers several aggressive business incentive programs that are well suited for manufacturers and fabricators.
Multi-Modal Transportation Network – Business Incentives
Transportation-oriented businesses find Livingston Parish’s expanding network of road, rail and runways perfect for their needs. Quite a few available sites are well-suited to this industry’s logistical requirements, with locations providing access to the “10/12 corridor,” Louisiana’s primary east-west route via Interstates 10 and 12 that links Livingston to Interstates, 49, 55 and 59. U.S. Highway 190 provides an alternate parallel route and services the Livingston Industrial Park in Walker.
The Baton Rouge Regional Airport is only 15 miles away, and New Orleans’ Louis Armstrong International Airport on New Orleans is 80 miles away, both provide passenger and freight services. The parish is 20 miles from the Port of Baton Rouge and 90 miles from the Port of New Orleans. Canadian National Rail has a mainline that serves the Livingston Industrial Park and transverses Livingston Parish. Louisiana offers an aggressive business incentive program that can be utilized by transportation oriented companies.
Health Care Services
New Medical Facilities and Growing Health Care Sector – Local Medical Education and Training – Business Incentives
As Livingston Parish’s population growth continues, so does its health care sector. New and expanding facilities are drawing in physicians and other health care providers, helping to establish a robust medical community.
North Oaks Health System recently opened its Livingston Parish Medical Complex, a $32 million, 47,000 square-foot outpatient facility on 30 acres. It provides a diagnostic and treatment service, cardiology, laboratory, radiology and rehabilitation services, and includes a Family Medicine Clinic, a Specialty Clinic, as well as a conference room for health education.
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, a “Top 100” hospital in Louisiana, opened a Livingston Parish campus in Walker, with emergency and outpatient services such as a lab, imaging services, onsite pharmacy and physician offices.
Livingston Parish has a third facility offering long term acute care, and four major medical systems in neighboring parishes have opened medical offices and clinics here. In response to this industry’s growth, Southeastern Louisiana University has established several healthcare-related curriculum that are being taught in Livingston. Louisiana offers an aggressive business incentive program that can be utilized by health care companies.
Research & Development
Universities and Community Colleges – Aggressive State R&D Incentives
Research and Development is a new and expanding industry cluster for Livingston Parish, thanks to our proximity to higher education research facilities and state incentives targeting R&D operations. Recently Bercen, Inc., a state-of-the-art producer of quality special chemicals related to the paper industry, relocated its corporate headquarters and R&D facilities from Rhode Island to Livingston Parish.
Situated between Louisiana State University (LSU) and Southeastern Louisiana University (SLU), Livingston Parish provides ready access to faculty, students and facilities for those companies seeking strategic partnerships with academic resources. LSU’s Business & Technology Center and the System Research & Technology Foundation offer unique opportunities along with the newly opened Student Incubator Center at the nearby LSU South Research Park.
The State of Louisiana offers innovative and aggressive programs to aid Research & Development activities. Such programs include:
Research & Development Tax Credit Program: Provides a tax credit up to 40% to existing businesses with operating facilities in Louisiana to establish or continue research and development activities within the state.
Technology Commercialization Credit and Jobs Program: Provides a 40% refundable tax credit for companies that invest in the commercialization of Louisiana technology and a 6% payroll rebate for the creation new, direct jobs.
Rapidly Growing Population – Disposable Income – Major Anchor Retailers
Now at 132,000 residents, Livingston Parish grew 40 percent between the 2000 and 2010 U.S. Census. Building upon the success of the 2008 Bass Pro location, Livingston Parish continues to attract retailers and additional hospitality oriented developments. In Denham Springs, The Springs at Riverside Landing continues to expand and add national and local businesses including Sam’s Club, which set up shop next door to Bass Pro. Albertson’s opened a store in a newly renovated space in the center of Denham Springs, also part of an economic development zone. Juban Crossing, currently under construction at the Juban Road exit off Interstate-12 will include major retailers, restaurants and additional housing to meet the parish’s brisk growth. In Walker there continues to be new retail and restaurant locations with more in the pipeline.
In addition to the parish’s ten hotels – and counting – restaurants continue to open in Livingston. Recent additions range from Mediterranean, Japanese, Mexican, Italian and BBQ with more to come. There has also been an influx in the number of financial institutions locating or expanding here, realizing the growth potential of Livingston Parish.