LED Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition


2018 Awards and Rankings

No. 1 State Workforce Training Program

Business Facilities magazine

LED FastStart® was ranked by Business Facilities magazine as the best state workforce development program in the U.S. for the ninth consecutive year. Louisiana also earned Top 10 rankings for economic growth potential, foreign trade zone activity and chemicals manufacturing.

Top 10 State for Doing Business

Area Development magazine

Louisiana ranked No. 7 in Area Development magazine’s annual Top States for Doing Business report. The state also placed No. 3 in the nation for leading workforce development programs, and No. 6 in favorable general regulatory environment; business incentive programs; and cooperative and responsive state government.

No. 2 For Infrastructure Investment Supporting Economic Development

Site Selection magazine

According to Site Selection magazine, Louisiana ranks No. 2 among U.S. states for infrastructure investment that supports economic growth. In the magazine’s first Global Groundwork Index, nations and states were evaluated for significant investment in corporate facilities combined with significant investment in roads, bridges, airport, pipelines, railroads and more. 

2018 Silver Shovel

Area Development magazine

Louisiana was awarded the Silver Shovel for one of the best economic development performances in the U.S. during 2017, based on the state’s most significant economic investments.

No. 2 in the South

Southern Business & Development magazine

Louisiana ranked No 2 in the South for the strongest economic development results during 2017, based on the state’s share of leading capital investment and job creation projects.

Silver Award

2017 Economic Deal of the Year

Business Facilities magazine

Louisiana was awarded Business Facilities magazine’s Silver Award for the 2017 Economic Development Deal of the Year competition for the DXC Technology Digital Transformation Center in New Orleans.

Community Impact Award

13th Annual Corporate Investment and Community Impact Awards

Trade & Industry Development magazine

Trade & Industry Development magazine recognized the Champion Home Builders manufacturing facility in Leesville in its annual Corporate Investment and Community Impact (CiCi) Awards.

2017 Awards and Rankings

A+ Small Business Friendliness

2017 Thumbtack Report Card

#4 Supportive Small Business Environment

2017 Thumbtack Report Card

Innovation in Regulation Award

The National Association of State Contractors Licensing Agencies

The Louisiana Contractors Accreditation Institute (LCAI), developed through a collaboration of LED, the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, was recognized by the NASCLA for its role in supporting the growth of small construction companies in Louisiana.