While the Bayou State has always attracted tourists, it’s now attracting a growing number of companies in several sectors. With six interstate highways, six Class One railroads and major ports with access to the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico, there’s a solid infrastructure. Oil and chemicals remain vital to the state’s economy, but there are new developments in tech and other sectors. Economic data show regional employment in the manufacturing industry for the state is expected to be higher than the national average. A Louisiana State University economist also predicts nearly all the state’s metro areas will add jobs over the next two years, thanks to growth in industrial construction, healthcare and Amazon distribution centers.
LED FastStart: Nationally recognized workforce training program that offers customized employee recruiting, screening and training solutions at no cost to eligiblecompanies.
Angel Investor Tax Credit: Offers up to a 25% tax credit for individual investors who invest in early-stage, wealth-creating businesses that seek startup and expansioncapital.
Industrial Tax Exemption: Offers a property tax abatement for up to 10 years on a manufacturers’ eligible new capital expenditures.
Quality Jobs: Offers up to a 6% rebate on annual pay- roll expenses for up to 10 years and tiered a state sales/ use tax rebate on capital expenses, or a 1.5% investment taxcredit, for qualified jobs.
Louisiana Economic Development
Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Greater New Orleans, Inc. Regional Economic Development
Greater Shreveport Chamber
The Restoration Tax Abatement (RTA) program offers up to a 10-year abatement of property taxes on renovations and improvements of existing commercial structures and owner-occupied residences located within economic development districts, downtown development districts, historic districts and opportunity zones. It comes with a five-year contract with an option for a five-year renewal with approval from a local governing authority, the Board of Commerce and Industry and the governor
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process
Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:
Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns. They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning. Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process. This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented. If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form. The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations.
Limited space available.
10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS
General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.
The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.