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Jefferson Davis Parish, LA

Executive Summary

Jefferson Davis Parish, the Heart of I-10

- -Jefferson Davis Parish has a rich heritage of industrial, agricultural, and commercial development spanning more than 650 square miles in the Southwest portion of Louisiana. We are located between New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX, with Lake Charles and Lafayette moments away in either direction making travel and distribution quick and convenient with several major highway networks, airports, railways, and waterways. Interstate-10 gives easy access to major cities, such as Houston, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Our hard-working and skilled labor force, an excellent transportation network, abundant raw materials and land for commercial and industrial development make Jefferson Davis Parish an ideal prospect for business investment. We have acres of opportunity!

Small business is the backbone of Louisiana's economy. It represents more than 97.3 percent of businesses in Louisiana, and we are committed to connecting small business with the services and resources they need to grow and thrive. We strive daily to help entrepreneurs realize the dream of business ownership and support existing businesses to remain competitive.

The parish economic base includes health care services, construction, agriculture, manufacturing, oilfield services. We are home to Rail Logix Lacassine, Louisiana Spirits, South Louisiana Rail Facility, and Greenberry Industrial. Jefferson Davis Parish has two certified industrial sites (T.O. Allen North and T.O. Allen South), and two more being considered for certification. Jefferson Davis Parish is also home to the Lacassine Industrial Park which is located on I-10 with easy access to Hwy 90.

Four main transportation arteries that run through Jefferson Davis Parish. We are located on I-10 and have US 90 and US 190 east to west, and US 165 to the north. The Jennings Airport has a 5,000-foot runway and can land a small jet and is conveniently located next to I-10. Additionally, the Union Pacific Railroad is centrally located within the parish and the Mermentau River, which connects to the Intracoastal Waterway. It has a channel depth of nine feet, provides access to the Port of Mermentau.

Jefferson Davis Parish partners with several economic development alliances, including SWLA Alliance, One Acadiana, IMCAL, IEDC, and LED. These partnerships allow all southwest Louisiana parishes to work together on political and infrastructure issues and give our region a greater voice for state and federal dollars.

Jefferson Davis Parish provides the opportunity to live, work and play in a small town and stay connected to the larger cities. Jefferson Davis Parish's local agencies and organizations work collaboratively to leverage the strengths of each entity to create opportunities for business expansion and to bring new businesses into the area. This collaboration creates better-paying jobs, thereby improving living standards and ensuring sustainability in growth.


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Transportation Infrastructure

Lake Charles Regional Airport, Lake Charles, LA

Lake Charles Regional Airport offers service by two commercial airlines. American Airlines offers non-stop service to the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and United Airlines offers non-stop service to the Houston Intercontinental Airport. Virtually any location in the world can be accessed from Lake Charles Regional Airport with our servicing airlines and their respective partners. The nearest commercial aviation facility is the Lake Charles Regional Airport, 35 miles from the center of Jefferson Davis Parish. One and two-stop service is available to most major domestic destinations.

Koll Airport, Jennings, LA

5,000 Foot Runway

Chennault International Airport, Lake Charles, LA

Chennault International Airport is a leading hub of aerospace activity strategically located along the Interstate 10 corridor in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Chennault’s massive runway has served the needs of civilian and military aircraft for over 30 years, and Chennault Park is home to a variety of tenants, including Northrop Grumman and Citadel Completions.

Lafayette Regional Airport, Lafayette, LA

Lafayette Regional Airport offers a wide range of services for corporate and private aircraft, ranging from fueling and aircraft service to cargo, flight school and meeting and lounge facilities.

Acadiana Regional Airport

Centrally located between Houston and New Orleans on US Highway 90, the future corridor of Interstate 49. The 8,002 foot, military grade, concrete runway is located on a 2,000 acre all-weather, completely certificated and instrumented, General Aviation airport complex. Is is equipped with a fully staffed Air Traffic Control Tower and support services. Acadiana Regional Airport has approximately 1,200 acres of property for development including prime runway and taxiway footage.

Allen Parish Airport, Oakdale, LA

Located about 4 miles south of Oakdale, just off US Hwy. 165, it is convenient to the area hotels, motels, area attractions, and places to eat. The airport is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you would like full service or you need transportation all you need to do is call 318-215-0090 or 318-452-6001 in advance of flying into the airport.

Welsh Airport

3,000 Foot Runway

Interstate 10

Interstate 10 is the southernmost cross-country highway in the American Interstate Highway System. I-10 is the fourth-longest Interstate in the United States at 2,460.34 miles (3,959.53 km), following I-90, I-80, and I-40. This freeway is part of the originally planned network that was laid out in 1956, and its last section was completed in 1990.

I-10 stretches from the Pacific Ocean at State Route 1 (SR 1, Pacific Coast Highway) in Santa Monica, California, to I-95 in Jacksonville, Florida. Major cities connected by I-10 include (from west to east) Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, El Paso, San Antonio, Houston, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Gulfport, Mobile, Tallahassee, and Jacksonville. About one-third of its length is within the state of Texas, where the freeway spans the state at its widest breadth.

In Lake Charles, Louisiana, a 13-mile (21 km) loop route signed as I-210 branches off of I-10 and goes through the southern portion of the city. In Lafayette, it serves as the southern terminus for Interstate 49. Shortly afterwards, there is an 18-mile (29 km) stretch of elevated highway between Lafayette and Baton Rouge known as the Atchafalaya Swamp Freeway, as it goes over the Atchafalaya River, across the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, and the adjacent swamps. It crosses the Mississippi River at the Horace Wilkinson Bridge in Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge eastbound is the only portion of I-10 that is essentially one lane. After crossing the Horace WIlkinson bridge two lanes from I-110 South merge with two lanes I-10 East into three lanes with one of the Eastbound lanes quickly becoming an Exit Only lane. The I-10/I-12 splits in Baton Rouge to Slidell and bypasses I-10's southward jog through New Orleans by remaining north of Lake Pontchartrain. In New Orleans, a stretch of I-10 from the I-10/I-610 Junction near the Orleans-Jefferson parish line to the US 90/U.S. Route 90 Business (US 90 Bus) Junction is known as the Pontchartrain Expressway. Near Slidell, the final stretch of I-10 through the Mississippi state line is known as the Stephen Ambrose Memorial Highway.

U.S. Highway 90

U.S. Route 90 or U.S. Highway 90 (US 90) is an east–west major United States highway in the Southern United States. U.S. Highway 90 has an intersection with Interstate 10 Business (formerly US 80) just north of an interchange with Interstate 10. Its eastern terminus is at Florida State Road A1A in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, three blocks from the Atlantic Ocean.

Entering Louisiana from the west, US 90 and I-10 travel side by side through Lake Charles to Lafayette. In Lafayette, US 90 and I-10 part ways: I-10 proceeds east to Baton Rouge, while US 90 takes a southern turn and passes through New Iberia, Franklin, Morgan City, and the Houma – Bayou Cane – Thibodaux metropolitan area before reaching New Orleans. The four-laning of US 90 was pushed in the 1990s by former State Senator Carl W. Bauer through his role as the chairman of the Governor’s Interstate 49 Task Force while also a member of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.[4]

The portion of US 90 from Lafayette to New Orleans is designated to become the corridor for I-49. In New Orleans, US 90 again meets up with I-10, and the two highways follow a similar path into Mississippi.

U.S. Highway 165

U.S. Highway 190

State Highway 14

State Highway 26

State Highway 99

State Highway 101

State Highway 102

State Highway 380

State Highway 382

State Highway 395

Union Pacific Railway

BNSF (Burlington Northern Sante Fe) Railway Company

We are a critical link that connects consumers with the global marketplace. For 170 years, we have played a vital role in building and sustaining this nation's economy.

Accessible, productive, growing.

Today's BNSF Railway is the product of nearly 400 different railroad lines that merged or were acquired over the course of 170 year.

Rail Logix

The state-of-the-art Rail Logix Lacassine Industrial Park will accommodate 800 Rail Cars (expandable to 2,350+) with more than 250 Rail Car Spots of Interchange Track. The Lacassine Industrial Park is the first of its kind in Southwest Louisiana.

Rail Logix is a privately-owned rail yard operator specializing in the storage, handling and switching of railcars for users in the petrochemical, energy, agricultural and logistics industries. Established in 2006, Rail Logix combines world-class railcar handling, switching, and staging services with augmented services such as railcar cleaning, maintenance, and transloading. Designed for maximum efficiency, the Rail Logix’s rail yards provide reliable, on-demand release of its users railcars to interchange with Class I carriers a minimum of five (5) days per week in a safe and economical manner.

Our state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with a web-based yard management system and AEI readers which provide real-time inventory control of each customer’s product. At a moment’s notice, Rail Logix’s yard management system can generate electronic rail activity reports for its valued customers on a daily basis. In addition, each of Rail Logix’s access-controlled, rail yard facilities are monitored under constant video surveillance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Strategically located in both Texas and Louisiana, Rail Logix is poised to become the premier provider of railcar storage and handling solutions in the Gulf Coast region and beyond. With exciting new opportunities on the horizon, Rail Logix looks to continue its tradition of service excellence and commitment to safety while surpassing expectations as a conscientious and responsible neighbor in the communities it serves.

Kansas City Southern Railway

Intercoastal Waterways

The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) may be the most remarkable artery of waterborne transportation in America. This vital inland waterway was constructed from the 1920s to 1943. Stretching 1300 miles from Brownsville, TX to Apalachicola, FL, it links together deep water ports, bayous, lakes, rivers and canals. The Louisiana segment, from the Louisiana-Texas border to the Louisiana-Mississippi border, is 306 miles. Its most important intersection is with the Mississippi River. The GIWW, experiences its heaviest traffic along Louisiana’s coast. About 113 million tons of cargo pass through the GIWW’s locks annually. It’s also a supply route for oil and gas industry as well as the offshore platform fabricators/shipyards. Today, the GIWW provides safe and economic transportation for a variety of commodities. Texas and Louisiana account for over 80% of the total U.S. production of chemicals and petrochemicals. The GIWW’s role as the “waterway I-10” and its Mississippi River connection to the Nation’s Heartland allows for affordable transportation for our nation’s industries. Much is made of the competition between Houston and our Mississippi River deep draft ports/terminals, but it is the GIWW that puts Houston on the Mississippi and its interior waterway connections. Ports of Iberia, Terrebonne, Morgan City, and West St. Mary specialize in platform fabrication and supply to the offshore oil and gas industry.

Mermentau River

The Mermentau River flows south toward the Gulf and is fed by four small bayous. The river supplies freshwater for the Mermentau Basin and is located in between Lake Calcasieu and Vermilion River. The Catfish Point control structure is a salt water intrusion barrier located on the river to aid in the prevention of salt water from the Gulf reaching the many fresh water rivers and bayous in the region. Several large freshwater lakes (Grand Lake, White Lake) and confined wetlands dominate the region. The principal agricultural and aquaculture products of the Mermentau are rice and crawfish. The annual economic values of the rice and crawfish crops average $160 million and $35 million, respectively. Alligators are a common sight, sunning along the bank lines or 21 lurking in the brown waters. So numerous are alligators that each year a wild alligator harvest is authorized. The value of the annual alligator harvest is about $1.3 million. The river also supports a viable commercial fishing industry. The diverse wetland ecosystems provide habitat for a variety of fresh and saltwater fish and shellfish. The most popular saltwater species are shrimp, spotted sea trout, red drum and red snapper. Freshwater sport fish include largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, catfish and crawfish.

Port of Lake Charles

The Port of Lake Charles is a deepwater seaport located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and located on the Calcasieu Ship Channel, north of the U.S. Gulf Coast. The Port opened in 1926 and today is the 12th-busiest port district in the nation, based on tonnage, as ranked by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It also was named by Forbes magazine as the seventh-fastest growing seaport in America.

The Port manages the Calcasieu Ship Channel, which runs inland 36 miles and extends out into the Gulf of Mexico another 32 miles. The Port of Lake Charles’ official name is the Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District, a public body created by the Louisiana Legislature. The District encompasses 203 square miles in Calcasieu Parish and operates on 5,420 acres.

The Port of Lake Charles owns and operates two marine terminals—the City Docks and Bulk Terminal No. 1—and two industrial parks—the Industrial Canal and Industrial Park East. In addition, the Port serves as landlord to companies leasing Port-owned property, and owns several leasable sites on and near the Calcasieu Ship Channel.

Principal cargoes moving through the Port’s terminals are project cargoes, aluminum, forest products, steel, bulk grain and other agricultural food products, petroleum coke and other petroleum produces, barite and rutile.

Port of Mermentau

The Port of Mermentau, is a 9-ft deep port located 5 miles from Jennings. The Port of Mermentau is one of five ports owned and operated by the Acadiana Economic Development Council, which serves seven parishes in Louisiana. It is located on a river and near the village of the same name. It’s also very close to U.S. Highway 90 and a local railroad.

Functioning as a political subdivision of the state, the Mermentau River Harbor and Terminal District has been operating since 1976. There is a main channel depth of 9 feet at the port. In 2005, it had a gross operating revenue of $21,754 and total gross revenues of $70,407. The 12 acres of land includes a boat slip and service road and supports several cargo terminals and facilities.

Port Aggregates, Inc. leased over 7.7 acres of waterfront property and had an annual tonnage of 80,000 tons. Acadiana Export Service leased over 12.5 acres and handled rice hull compost among its average of 1,000 tons per year. Covering over 10 acres, property owned by Mid State Sand & Gravel, Co., Inc. supported 28,000 tons per year on average, mostly aggregates. Bunge, Inc. owned about 10 acres next to the port slip, dealing with the transport of soybeans and rice, accounting for 11,000 tons of annual tonnage. About 106,880 tons of material was moved through Mermentau in 2005.

Calcasieu River Ship Channel

The Calcasieu River Ship Channel is a navigable deep draft waterway serving Southwestern Louisiana. The channel was constructed in 1941 just before the US entered WWII. It became, and still is, an important artery for the shipping industry. The Calcasieu River Ship Channel is Louisiana’s shortest deep draft portal (35 miles) to the Gulf of Mexico and has access to the GIWW. The Port of Lake Charles is in the midst of switching from an importer of LNG to an exporter of LNG. Over $70 Billion in announced export LNG projects are slated for the Calcasieu River. 85% of the Port’s tonnage is energy cargo. Federal revenue is expected to increase from $750 million to $1.2 Billion per year.

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Cost of Living Index

  • Parish : 99.0

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Louisiana Sales and Use Tax

--Who Must File? The state general sales tax is applicable to users, consumers, lessees, and persons receiving services taxable under the law. If a seller or lessor qualifies as a dealer under the definition of the term at R.S. 47:301(4), they must apply for a sales tax certificate, collect the proper taxes from customers, and file returns with the Louisiana Department of Revenue. A seller or lessor will qualify as a dealer subject to tax collection requirements if they lease, rent, or sell tangible personal property in the state, furnish services in the state that are taxable under the statute, hold property in the state for resale, maintain a business location in the state, operate in the state through full-time or part-time resident or nonresident salesmen or agents, maintain an inventory in the state of tangible personal property for lease or rental, or deliver in a vehicle owned or operated by the seller.

Rate of Tax As of July 1, 2018, the state sales tax rate is 4.45%; see R-1002, Table of Sales Tax Rates for Exemptions , for more information on the sales tax rate applicable to certain items. Prior to July 1, 2018, the state sales tax rate was 5% for the period of April 1, 2016 through June 30, 2018. The state sales tax rate was 4% for periods prior to April 1, 2016.

Date Payment and Return Due Sales tax returns and tax payments are due on or before the 20th of the month following the close of the calendar month or calendar quarter of the reporting period.

Basis of Tax The state general sales tax is due on the sales price [R.S. 47:301(13)] for transactions subject to the sales tax and on the cost price [R.S. 47:301(3)] for transactions subject to use tax. The taxable base includes the total amount for which tangible personal property is sold, including any services rendered by the seller in connection with the sale, the gross amount charged for the lease or rental of tangible personal property, and the gross amount charged for taxable services.

The state general sales and use tax is levied on the following transactions:

  1. The sale of tangible personal property at retail in Louisiana;

  2. The use, consumption, distribution, or storage for use or consumption in Louisiana of any tangible personal property;

  3. The lease or rental within Louisiana of any item or article of tangible personal property; and,

  4. The sale of services as defined in the statutes under R.S. 47:301(14), which include the following:

a. the furnishing of rooms by hotels;

b. the sales of admission or the furnishing of access to amusement, entertainment, recreational or athletic facilities or events;

c. the furnishing of storage or parking privileges by auto hotels and parking lots;

d. the furnishing of printing and overprinting;

e. the furnishing of laundry, cleaning, pressing, and dyeing services;

f. the furnishing of cold-storage space and the preparation of property for such storage;

g. the furnishing of repairs to tangible personal property; and

h. the furnishing of telecommunications services.


Jefferson Davis Parish Sales and Usage Tax

Use tax is complementary to sales tax. When items are purchased locally, sales tax is often charged with each transaction. Purchases of similar items from out of town or out of state concerns generally do not include taxes and the use tax would be due on the purchase price. Other examples of transactions which require the purchaser to report use taxes are those where purchases are made through catalogs or the Internet.


Jefferson Davis Property Taxes

The Jefferson Davis Parish Assessor's Office must appraise and assess value on approximately 24,000 parcels of property. The Louisiana Constitution requires the assessor to list and place a value on all property that is subject to ad valorem taxes. Ad valorem means "according to value." The value that the assessor determines is called "assessed value" and is a percentage of fair market value or use value as prescribed by law. The assessed value is calculated as a percentage of the market value as provided for by law.

Land:10% FMV Residential Improvements:10% FMV Commercial (includes personal):15% FMV Commercial land:10% FMV

Taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value by the tax rate set by various millages, bond rates and fees voted on by registered voters in different districts established by the Legislature or Constitution. If the property is your home, you may deduct a maximum of $7,500 from the total assessed value before finding the taxable assessed value. For example, if your home is valued at $100,000 and assessed at 10%, or $10,000, and you are eligible and have signed for homestead exemption, you would calculate your taxes as follows:

Assessed Value 10,000 Homestead Exemption- 7,500 Taxable Assessed Value 2,500 Assumed Tax Ratex .107 Totals$ 267.50 The Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office is responsible for mailing the tax notices and collecting the taxes based on the assessments and the millage rates. The annual parish tax bills are sent out in the latter part of the year and are due by December 31 of that year.

Each municipality within the parish is responsible for mailing the tax notices and collecting the taxes based on the assessments and the millage rates for that municipality. The municipality sets these millage rates or tax rates.

The different governing bodies within the parish set millage rates for the parish. These governing bodies include the Jefferson Davis Parish School Board, Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff, Jefferson Davis Parish Council, and several others. Also, there may be additional millages set for the individual Fire Districts, Recreation Districts, etc. that depend on where the property is located.


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Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury, (337) 824-4792

Jeff Davis Parish comprises five incorporated towns, including Elton, Fenton, Jennings (Parish seat), Lake Arthur, and Welsh. The mission of the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury is to consistently and efficiently provide the highest quality of services to the people of Jefferson Davis Parish in a manner that is responsive to the will and needs of its citizens.

Jefferson Davis Parish Clerk of Court, (337) 824-1160

The Clerk of Court is the parish recorder, chief election official and custodian of many public records of the parish. Our office records conveyances and mortgages; issues marriage licenses, birth certificates and passports; and receives and files all civil, criminal and probate records. Many of these original documents and records are kept permanently in our office. The preservation and security of these records is our priority and requires constant attention.

We hope that you find our office staff helpful in providing you with the information you need. As part of our commitment to providing exceptional service to the public we welcome your comments and suggestions. We are here to serve you. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Clerk's office.

Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office, (337) 824-3850

I look forward to serving the people of Jefferson Davis Parish in the future. I will continue to maintain an open door policy to the public. I encourage you to contact my office for assistance or to report criminal activity. Working together, we can keep Jeff Davis Parish safe for our families.

Jefferson Davis Parish Tax Assessor, (337) 824-3451

The Jefferson Davis Parish Assessor is responsible for discovery, listing, and valuing all property in Jefferson Davis Parish for ad valorem tax purposes. This property includes all Real Estate, all Business Movable Property (Personal Property), and all Oil & Gas Property and Equipment. The Assessor is responsible to the citizens of Jefferson Davis Parish to ensure all property is assessed in a fair and equitable manner. At the same time, the Assessor is responsible for ensuring that the assessments are calculated according to the Constitution of the State of Louisiana and the Revised Statutes that are passed by the Legislature. The Assessor is also responsible for filing the annual Tax Roll with the Louisiana Tax Commission. In addition, the Assessor must maintain the legal description of each property parcel, as well as maintain the ownership inventory of each parcel.

The Jefferson Davis Parish Tax Collector, which is the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff, is responsible for sending tax bills and collecting taxes based on the assessments and the millage rates. The annual parish tax bills are sent out in the latter part of the year and are due by December 31 of that year.

The different governing bodies within the parish set millage rates for the parish. These governing bodies include the Jefferson Davis Parish School Board, Jefferson Davis Parish Council, Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff, and others. Also there may be additional millages set for the individual Fire Districts, Water Districts, etc. These millages depend upon the location of the property.

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Jefferson Davis Parish, Home of the Gator Chateau

The Gator Chateau is home to rescued baby alligators in the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park. Gator Chateau fosters the gators until they can be released back into their natural habitat. Our alligator docent will educate you on all things Alligator! Our babies are hand fed, they don't bite, and you can hold them and take your picture!

Jefferson Davis Parish has historical heritage, delicious food, birdwatching, and limitless outdoor adventures from the lake to the bayous. The diversity of the people and the communities surrounding Jennings combine to form something for everyone. The area offers excellent Cajun cuisine, local music, a world-renowned fine arts museum, a turn-of-the-century general store museum, and a museum dedicated to the history of the telephone. Also, a wide range of antique and gift shops, historic homes and buildings, scenic wetland and byways, parks, majestic live oak, cypress groves, and outdoor recreation, including boating, hunting, and fishing.

From the Native Americans to the Cajun and Creole French, African Americans, and the mid-western settlers brought in by the railroad industry, Jeff Davis Parish has something for everyone. These influences are evident in today's communities across the area, and the blend has resulted in pride and hospitality uniquely ours.

Jefferson Davis Parish is genuine Southern hospitality.

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Additional Information


Jefferson Davis Electric Co-op Inc. JDEC, a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, is dedicated to serving its 7,000 members/owners who live and work in Allen, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, and Vermilion parishes.

Entergy Corporation Entergy Corporation is Louisiana's most prominent power supplier, with operating companies Entergy Gulf States, Entergy Louisiana, and Entergy New Orleans providing electric energy to 1.1 million customers. Entergy serves 59 of the state's 64 parishes (counties) through its operating companies. In addition, Entergy is the leading electric energy supplier to the Middle South, a region comprised of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and East Texas.

Water and Sewerage The water sources are provided for the different parish cities and townships by the parish's individual cities, towns, and villages. Each municipality maintains its separate sewage system, which is also responsible for standard water treatment and purification procedures.

Solid Waste Jefferson Davis Parish has three separate companies that provide solid waste disposal to all urban areas. Dillon Disposal, Progressive Waste, and Browning Ferris Industries (B.F.I.) serve the parish communities. In addition, Jeff Davis Parish owns a regional solid waste disposal facility which offers the possibility of a supply of raw materials necessary for use in the secondary re-manufacturing market.


Competitive Projects Payroll Incentive (Cppi) Provides a payroll rebate of up to 15% in target sectors for up to 10 years and either a state sales/use tax rebate on capital expenditures or a facility expense rebate equal to 1.2% of capital expenditures, excluding tax-exempted items.

Technology Commercialization Credit and Jobs Program Provides a refundable tax credit of 28.8% for individuals or businesses that invest in the commercialization of Louisiana technology and a payroll rebate of 4.32% for the creation of new direct jobs.

Digital Incentive Media And Software Incentive Provides a 25% refundable tax credit for Louisiana resident labor expenditures and up to an 18% tax credit on qualified production expenditures.

Industrial Property Tax Exemption Program With local approval, it provides up to 100% property tax abatement for an initial term of up to five years and the option to renew for up to three additional years at up to 80% tax abatement on a manufacturer's qualifying capital investments.

Enterprise Zone Program Provides a tax credit of up to $3,500 per certified net new permanent, full-time job and either a state sales/use tax rebate on qualifying expenses or an investment tax credit equal to 1.5% of capital expenditures, excluding tax-exempted items.

Quality Jobs Provides a cash rebate of up to 6% on annual gross payroll for new, direct jobs for up to 10 years. It can also provide a state sales/use tax rebate on capital expenditures or a 1.5% project facility expense rebate for qualified expenses.

LED Fast start Provides workforce recruitment, screening, and training to new and expanding Louisiana companies at no cost.

Research and Development Tax Credit Provides up to a 40% tax credit for Louisiana businesses (based on employment) that conduct research and development activities in Louisiana.

Restoration Tax Abatement Provides 100% abatement for up to 10 years for the rehabilitation of an existing structure based on the assessed valuation of the property before the beginning of improvements.


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Town of Welsh –

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Louisiana Association of Business & Industry –

Louisiana Procurement Technical Assistance Center –

Louisiana Economic Development –

Louisiana Workforce Commission –

Port of Lake Charles –

U.S. Census Bureau –

Cost of Living Index –

West Calcasieu Port –

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