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
AdvancingCities is a $500 million, five-year initiative launched by JP Morgan Chase to drive inclusive growth and create greater economic opportunity in cities across the world. New Orleans was selected through a competitive RFP process and awarded $5 million for a three-year grant that began in 2020.
The State of Louisiana offers some of the most aggressive business attraction, retention and expansion incentives in the nation.
The City of New Orleans, along with the Industrial Development Board, also may provide incentives for specific projects. The City is empowered to offer Restoration Tax Abatements or other discretionary incentives for qualifying projects, and the Industrial Development Board may offer a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT).
The New Orleans Business Alliance provides third-party financial analysis for projects seeking public support and can assist developers seeking appropriate local and state-level incentive programs.
Louisiana offers low taxes and a competitive business climate. According to an analysis by the Tax Foundation and KPMG, Louisiana ranks as having the lowest tax burden for new capital-intensive and new labor-intensive manufacturing operations in the United States.
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.
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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.
Our first Virtual Site Tour Series event of 2022 showcased the vast potential in New Orleans for current and prospective food entrepreneurs, highlighting several manufacturing/production spaces. Attendees gained valuable advice from three local experts who have managed to expand their operations in the past year despite the many challenges presented by COVID-19:
NOLABA's Louis David hosted a Virtual Tour of New Orleans from the view of startups as part of NOEW 2021. The event highlighted co-working, community resources, quality of life, and educational amenities. Also, showing off the types of offices in New Orleans popular with startups.
For this installment of our Virtual Site Tour Series, we welcome the following business owners and industry experts to explore various sites ripe for development — particularly for food, media and technology businesses — in Tremé, Algiers & New Orleans East.
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.