About the Gulf Coast

Why make the move to the Gulf Coast corridor?

  • Rich in resources
  • Population of more than 12 million
  • Geographic size: 147,089 miles
  • Strategic location on the Gulf of Mexico astride the mouth of the Mississippi River
  • Transportation via rail, land, air and sea

The Gulf Coast is home to:

  • Digital media
  • Biotech research and industry
  • International investments
  • Waterborne commerce
  • Petroleum refining
  • Petrochemical production
  • Forest resources
  • General manufacturing
  • Seafood
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism
  • Technology
  • Automotive plants
  • Movie industry
  • Aerospace
  • Heavy manufacturing


  • Six commercial airports that allow easy global access
  • Aviation facilities in Lake Charles, Stennis,and Mobile

Research & Community Development

  • Home to 16 universities
  • Research and development within the region involves federal, state and corporate interests
  • State and local programs train blue and white collar workers

Government Contracting

  • Heavy concentration of military bases and Coast Guard
  • Home to one of the nation's 10 NASA centers


  • Biotechnology sector
  • Energy research and business
  • Economy 


  • U.S. Census Bureau statistics show thatthe Gulf Coast region is home to most of the top ports of the U.S 
  • #1:  Port of South Louisiana
  • #6:  Port of New Orleans, LA
  • #11: Port of Lake Charles, LA
  • #12: Port of Mobile, AL
  • #13: Port of Baton Rouge, LA
  • #14: Port of Plaquemines, LA
  • #16: Port of Pascagoula, MS

Economic Development Incentives

  • Louisiana

    Competitive projects payroll incentive program; Digital interactive media and software development incentives; Industrial tax exemption; Research and development tax credit

  • Mississippi

    Tax exemptions, business incentives and credits; Loan programs; Grant programs

  • Alabama

    Capital investment tax credits; Sales and U.S. tax abatements; Industrial development grant program; Property tax abatements