Advantage New Orleans


New Orleans Infrastructure Assets

As the historical center of commerce in the region, it’s no surprise that New Orleans boasts unparalleled business infrastructure to set the foundation for incredible economic opportunities. The city is home to the deep-water Port of New Orleans, one of the nation’s fastest growing airports, six Class I railroads and five major interstate highways to efficiently and cost-effectively transport your assets anywhere in the world.

Advantage Through Location


New Orleans has direct connections to 5 major interstate highways, and direct coast to coast driving access via I-10, I-55, I-59. The city is approximately 11 hours driving distance to 11 top markets and more than 34.4 million people.

Travel Times to Cities & Locales:

Baton Rouge, LA
1 hour, 20 minute drive
Cajun Country
2 hour drive
Jackson, MS
2 hour, 45 minute drive
Birmingham, AL
5 hour drive
Houston, TX
5 hour drive
Dallas, TX
7 hour, 20 minute drive
Atlanta, GA
6 hour, 40 minute drive
St. Louis, MO
10 hour drive
Orlando, FL
9 hour drive

Advantage Through Location


A major seaport, New Orleans boasts one of the world’s top cargo transportation systems. The Port of New Orleans is now the fourth-largest port in the U.S.

Port NOLA now reaches 58 global ports of call directly and more than 450 ports via transshipment with containerized and breakbulk cargo.

Port NOLA, the sixth-largest cruise port in the United States
Connects U.S. river traffic and global routes via the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico
One of the largest container terminals along U.S. Gulf Coast
Moved more containers in 2018 than at any time in its history, totaling 591,253 twenty-foot equivalent units, up 12.3% compared to previous year.
Port is 1 in 4 cities in the United States that owns a railroad, greatly enhancing its competitive advantage

Advantage Through Location


The port’s multimodal capabilities include unmatched access to six Class 1 railroads (two northbound, two eastbound, and two westbound). The New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (NOPB) is a Class III switching railroad. It is a neutral carrier, with direct connections to those six large Class I Railroads, 2 Class III railroads, and Amtrak.
NOPB has 26 miles of mainline track
Handles a variety of commodities, including: natural rubber, plywood, steel products, minerals, frack sand, and much more
NOPB also has a full-service car repair shop, track maintenance and repair division, and railcar storage capabilities.
NOPB owns the Huey P. Long Bridge, one of the longest and highest steel railroad bridges in the US
  • Memphis: Same Day PM
  • Chicago: Next Day AM
  • Detroit: 3 Days
  • Toronto: 3 Days
  • STL: Next Day AM

Advantage Through Location


Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) includes America’s newest terminal and direct flights to cities worldwide.

The completion of the new $1.3 billion terminal makes New Orleans the first major American city in a decade to replace its airport terminal.

Throughout the last ten years, the airport increased in traffic by 60 percent, making New Orleans the third fastest-growing airport in America. Here costs per passenger are lower than the average of similarly sized airports.

Currently hosts 15 airlines
Serves 53 nonstop destinations
Approximately 156 annual average daily departures.
Direct international service to London, Frankfurt, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, and Panama

Utility Rates and Programs

Locating in Louisiana offers cost-cutting opportunities with its low utility rates. From 2011-2013, Louisiana electricity rates were approximately 19 percent below the national average. Industrial gas during the same period were also below the national average, at approximately 18 percent, and the lowest in the southern United States.

Entergy New Orleans Adds to its Solar Generation Portfolio

Entergy New Orleans offers solar generation directly to customers – both business and residential alike.


Where empty commercial rooftops once stood, shiny new panels are capturing the power of the sun through the company’s 5-megawatt commercial-scale rooftop solar project. The company recently completed the installation of panels that provide approximately 2.5 MW of solar-generating capacity on a series of warehouse rooftops near the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal.

Entergy New Orleans continues to identify new sites for the installation of additional panels in Orleans Parish. Ideal sites are buildings with a rooftop of 10,000 square feet minimum and a height of three stories or less.


Through its Residential Rooftop Solar Program, Entergy New Orleans places solar panels on the rooftops of low- to-moderate income customers’ homes and giving them a $30 credit on their energy bills every month, rain or shine.

This new program is a simple and straightforward way for New Orleans customers in need to participate in the benefits of distributed renewable energy by allowing the company to install utility owned and operated panels on their homes with no complicated leases or upfront cash.

Entergy will stand behind the installation quality as well as handle all maintenance for the systems, which will connect directly to the distribution grid, providing clean energy to the community. Interested customers are encouraged to call 504-576-2242 or email for an application.

These efforts, added to the company’s 1 MW solar power plant with battery storage in New Orleans East, demonstrate Entergy New Orleans’ commitment to finding innovative ways to bring renewable energy resources to Orleans Parish, all while keeping rates some 20% below the national average.

1250 Poydras St., Suite 2150
New Orleans, LA 70113 | 504.934.4500