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Louisiana Positives: 2004
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2004 POSITIVELY LOUISIANA

Lafayette is one of the top cities for high-tech businesses (Entrepreneur, October 2004). http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/0,4621,317132,00.html


Alexandria's Union Tank Car project ranks No. 4 of the Top 25 U.S. Business Projects (Bizsites, September 2004).
Louisiana's Legislature ranks No. 3 in the country of the most technology-advanced legislatures (Center for Digital Government, June 2004). http://www.centerdigitalgov.com/center/highlightstory.php?docid=90659 
Shreveport's U.S. Support is No. 2 in The American South's 10-Largest New And Expanded Manufacturing And Selected Non-Manufacturing Announcements (Southern Business & Development, Spring 2004).
http://www.sb-d.com/issues/spring2004/topdeals/index.asp  
Hackberry's Cameron LNG facility is No. 6 on the 2004 list of Top 100 investments in the south. New Sarpy's Valero Refining is No. 11 and Garyville's Marathon Ashland Petro is No. 17. Several other Louisiana companies expansions also made the list. (Southern Business & Development, Spring 2004).
Louisiana received special recognition for the 2004 SB&D listing of Top 100 Deals & Hot Markets for turning 11 big job deals in 2003 (Southern Business & Development, Spring 2004). http://www.sb-d.com/issues/spring2004/features/SBD100TopDeals.asp  http://www.sb-d.com/issues/spring2004/features/SBD100StateSummary.asp  
Louisiana leaped from 47th to 7th in the nation in total capital investment growth between 2001 and 2002. Louisiana came in 6th in the number of business incubators per capita started in 2002. The state also climbed from 34th to 9th in average yearly growth of high-tech industries, and rose to 9th from 16th in high-tech companies that outpace U.S. growth. And, LA climbed from 15th to 10th in state spending on student aid (Milken Institute, March 2004). http://www.milkeninstitute.org/pdf/state_tech_sci_index04.pdf  
Louisiana's growth rate of 1.4% came in at No. 7 in the list of Top U.S. Growth States with more than 20,000 families moving. Baton Rouge ranks 19th in the list of Top U.S. Growth Cities with 5,000 - 10,000 families moving with a 6.6% growth rate (U-Haul, March 2004).
Louisiana's Legislators came in 2nd in the country in percentage of legislators participating in "Back to School Week" with 67%. The annual program put legislators in the classroom to share ideas, answer questions and help students understand the legislative process (National Council of State Legislators, January 2004). http://www.ncsl.org/programs/pubs/04SLJan_LegTeachLearn.pdf  
The New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner region ranks 6th in the list of Top 10 Metro's by investment for 2003 (Site Selection Magazine, March 2004). http://www.siteselection.com/  
Two Louisiana companies made the list of 2003's Biggest Capital Investments. Cameron Liquified Natural Gas LLC of Hackberry came in at No. 11 and Valero Refining-New Orleans, LLC of New Sarpy ranks 18th (Site Selection Magazine, March 2004). http://www.siteselection.com/issues/2004/mar/p172/ss2004_03p176.pdf  
Three Louisiana cities made the latest list of Top 25 Cities in America for Doing Business. New Orleans came in at No. 18 in the Large Metro Areas, Baton Rouge ranks 19th for Medium Metro Areas, and Lake Charles made the list of Small Metro Areas at No. 22 (Inc. Magazine, March 2004). http://www.inc.com/magazine/20040301/top25.html  
Baton Rouge ranks No. 1 and New Orleans ranks No. 7 for least expensive day-care costs (Runzheimer International, February 2004). http://www.runzheimer.com/corpc/news/scripts/012004.asp  
Lafayette ranks 6th in the latest list of Best Mid-Sized Cities for Entrepreneurs. Not far behind is Baton Rouge at No. 11 and Shreveport/Bossier City made the list at No. 21. New Orleans came in at No. 10 for Large Cities in the South (Entrepreneur.com, January 2004). http://www.entrepreneur.com/bestcities/region/0,5276,498-S-Mid,00.html  
Louisiana topped the charts in another recent education study. Louisiana ranked 1st in Accountability and Standards, 5th in Improving Teacher Quality, and 16th in Equity of Funding (Education Week, January 2004).


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