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
- Warehousing, Storage & Distribution
- Water Transportation
- Auto Transportation
- Oil & Gas Transportation
- The St. Tammany 30-mile region boasts a lower cost of living than the nation offering workers more for their money.
- 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.”
- Area Development magazine ranked Louisiana #2 in business incentive programs.
- Area Development has ranked Louisiana No. 7 in the magazine’s annual Top States for Doing Business report, with the state earning a Top 10 position for the eighth consecutive year.
- New Orleans is the only U.S. city where deep-draft shipping aligns with the rail gateway to make a truly intermodal freight source.
- The trucking industry plays a vital role in the daily movement of goods with more than 2,000 trucks hauling cargo in and out of Port NOLA each day.
- Northshore Technical Community College offers Maritime Technology Programs, Machine Tool Technology Program, Diesel Powered Equipment Technology intentionally designed to support the robust transportation and logistics industry in the region.
- The workforce is educated, skilled and hardworking with a prime age labor force participation rate of 78.8%.
- The region’s transportation and warehousing employees earn on average $34,900 less than the national average of $38,100 nationally offering a cost savings to your business
- Louisiana is a Right to Work state, where qualified employees are free to work in unionized workplaces without being required or compelled to join the union and pay union fees.