Regional Data

On The Leading Edge Of Economic Development

A strategically located region primed for growth

North Louisiana’s workers are unmatched in their productivity, rates of high retention, strong work ethic, and willingness to succeed. Louisiana’s customized workforce training program, LED FastStart, has been ranked the number one program in the nation since 2009.


Contact the Expert

Sheena Bryant, CEcD

Business Development Strategy Vice President


North Louisiana’s workers are unmatched in their productivity, high retention rates, strong work ethic, and willingness to succeed. North Louisiana is home to an engaged workforce who show enthusiasm and dedication for high-quality performance, making them crucial drivers of innovation, growth, and profitability for companies located here. Strategic workforce training programs and marketing resources ensure our workers are job ready.

Accessing Workforce Resources

NLEP assists companies in North Louisiana with their workforce needs by connecting them to critical education and training resources, creating opportunities to strategize new programs with education leadership, informing them of workforce incentives, and providing expert guidance on talent recruitment strategies.

Workforce Partners

LED FastStart™, the nation’s No. 1 workforce recruitment, screening, and customized training program for the past nine years

Louisiana Workforce Commission, the state’s lead workforce development agency that can assist employers with the recruitment of local candidates, job fairs, and incumbent worker training

Workforce Training Alliance (WTA), a partnership of Louisiana Delta Community College, Bossier Parish Community College, and the Northwest Louisiana Technical College. WTA is a one-stop shop to facilitate business and industry training needs along the I-20 corridor from Texas to Mississippi.

12 colleges and universities offering industrial training and academic programs that have a strong track record of industry responsiveness in program development.

Top Employers in Manufacturing

Top Employers in Distribution & Transportation

Top Employers in IT & Professional Services

Education & Training Programs

The 14-parish region is home to numerous colleges and universities, including two medical schools, three community, and technical college systems, and extensive industry-specific training programs.

Featured Training Program

Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) 

Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program – Natchitoches & Shreveport-Bossier

Community Colleges

Bossier Parish Community College – Bossier City, Natchitoches, and Many

Louisiana Delta Community College – Monroe Main Campus + 8 other locations across northeast Louisiana

Southern University at Shreveport – Shreveport

Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College – Minden, Shreveport and Mansfield

Four-Year Colleges & Universities

Northwestern State University – Natchitoches

Louisiana Tech University – Ruston

University of Louisiana at Monroe – Monroe

Louisiana State University in Shreveport – Shreveport

Grambling State University – Grambling

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport  – Shreveport

Centenary College  – Shreveport

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Monroe

Vocational & Technical Schools

Remington College – Shreveport

Diesel Driving Academy – Shreveport

McCann School of Business – Monroe

Ayers Career College – Shreveport

Unitech Training Academy  – West Monroe

Coastal Truck Driving Academy – Monroe

High School Programs

ACT Work-Ready Communities – 93% of NLEP’s Region is a Participating or Certified Community, with thousands of high school students earning their WorkKeys™ National Career Readiness Certificate annually

North Louisiana Manufacturing Month

To support a strong talent pipeline for the manufacturing sector in North Louisiana, NLEP created North Louisiana Manufacturing Month, an annual month-long celebration of National Manufacturing Day. High school students, teachers, and counselors from across ten school districts attend tours of manufacturing facilities and training programs.

The program’s goals are for students and their teachers to understand:

  • What Modern Manufacturing Looks Like
  • Products Made by Manufacturers in North Louisiana
  • The Level of Technology Involved in Manufacturing Processes
  • Career Opportunities in Manufacturing
  • Training Programs Local Manufacturers Recruit From

Now in its eighth year, North Louisiana Manufacturing Month has grown significantly in terms of students and companies participating. In our biggest year yet, 1,600 student tours occurred at 33 manufacturing sites and 6 training programs.

Feedback surveys from teachers demonstrate they are surprised by the level of technology involved in manufacturing.  Feedback from participating manufacturers is they are getting more applications from job candidates who participated in Manufacturing Month tours; some even inquire about applying during their tours!

CTE Programs

Jumpstart career diploma is Louisiana’s innovative career and technical education (CTE) program, an initiative of the Louisiana Department of Education. Students following this pathway will graduate with industry-based credentials in their chosen field and be career and college ready.

Bossier Parish School for Technology & Innovative Learning (BPSTIL)

Caddo Career & Technology Center (CCTC)

Did you know North Louisiana is the nation’s third-largest ACT Work Ready Community?

North Louisiana: By the Numbers


Higher Education Institutions

Map of NLEP area


Parishes (analogous to counties in other states)


Commercial Airports with leading U.S. Airlines providing non-stop flights from coast to coast


Major U.S. markets within a day’s drive time distance

Quality of Life

North Louisiana is nicknamed Sportsman’s Paradise with good reason. Ample bodies of water for fishing and recreation plus countless miles of nature trails, parks, and wildlife preserves are found throughout the region. There is no shortage of outdoor activity.

Being over 200 miles from the Louisiana coastline, the 14 Parishes in North Louisiana are located outside of Louisiana’s hurricane disaster zones and benefit from a pleasant climate with comfortable temperatures, which allows for an abundance of year-round festivals providing entertainment for all ages.

Multiple interstates and highways mean residents can easily and quickly travel throughout the region while enjoying the luxury of low-volume traffic. In addition, the vast number of national roadways make short drives over to major cities a fun and easy retreat. Northwestern Louisiana residents often make the less than 3-hour trip to Dallas, Texas for a day of big box shopping at the area’s mega-malls. For weekend trips, residents throughout the North Louisiana region often make the 5-hour drive south to popular New Orleans, Louisiana, the 4-hour drive to Houston in southern Texas or take the 3-hour drive north to scenic Little Rock, Arkansas.

Shreveport  & Monroe Regional Airports are the region’s two primary airports. They both have a one (1) hour front door-to-flight time with minimal airport wait time and are served by leading U.S. airlines: American, Delta, and United.

North Louisiana benefits from the low cost of living, housing, and business ownership which has driven recent growth and brought an abundance of options to enjoy national and local restaurants, arts, and entertainment — making the overall quality of life among the best in the state. Residents have the option to own their own home in an urban or rural area while still enjoying city amenities, avoiding a tedious commute, and having access to the great outdoors of Sportsman’s Paradise.

Let the locals guide you! Click the links below to find more information from community organizations. See more on the advantages of doing business in North Louisiana here.