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.
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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
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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The State of Louisiana offers some of the most aggressive business attraction, retention and expansion incentives in the nation.
Locating in Louisiana offers cost-cutting opportunities with our 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.
Searching for the perfect site can be an arduous process. The New Orleans Business Alliance economic development staff is here to help in your search. No matter where you are in the process of starting, relocating or expanding your business, the Business Alliance offers a multitude of services to assist in your site selection, including narrowing site options, site visits, incentive research, market research and workforce development.
To assist your search further, the Business Alliance would like to work with you to understand your specific requirements and present a customized site presentation.
In September 2020, NOLABA launched a Virtual Food Site Tour series to provide more information for interested manufacturers and developers relative to food production in the city of New Orleans. The first online event featured valuable advice from the following industry experts:
NOLABA invited expert panelists Genevieve Douglass from Urban Properties and Austin Lavin from Corporate Realty to provide insights into the current New Orleans office market. In addition, owner of Cajun Fire Brewing Company Jon Renthrope gave a tour of his company's main headquarters located in New Orleans East.