Encore Louisiana Regional Center
Encore Louisiana Regional Center, LLC offers investment opportunities in thirty parishes throughout the state, including: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Jefferson, Lafayette, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Vermilion, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana Parish. The thirty Parishes all share an interstate system, a common regional economy, and connection to the Gulf of Mexico. The Encore Louisiana Regional Center encompasses the two largest cities in the state; its capital, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans.
Geography and Climate
The state of Louisiana borders Texas in the west, Arkansas to the north and Mississippi to the east. The southern portion of the state faces the Gulf of Mexico, along with the largest port district in the world.
The southernmost portion of the states includes low swamp lands, coastal marshlands, beautiful beaches, and barrier islands that cover about 20,000 square miles (52,000 km2). Due to the exposure to the Gulf of Mexico the climate for the majority of the state subtropical. Average temperatures in January range from a low of low 30°F to a high of 60°F. July and August are the warmest months with average lows at 70°F and highs getting up to 92-102°F. The average annual rainfall for the state is 60 inches.
The population of Louisiana is estimated to be 4.6 million as of 2012, with the majority of inhabitants residing in Baton Rouge (population 802,484) and New Orleans (population 1,227,096). Southern Louisiana holds a strong multicultural and multilingual heritage due to French, Native American, African and Spanish influences during the 18th century. Individuals of Cajun and Creole ancestry are also present in the southern area of the state. The mixture of Spanish and French heritage makes Louisiana very unique state linguistically, with the official languages of the state being both English and French.
The economy of Louisiana is supported by a variety of diverse industries including energy and minerals, agriculture, tourism, forestry, food processing, commercial fishing, and manufacturing including shipping. The Port of South Louisiana, located on the Mississippi between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, is the largest volume shipping port in the Western Hemisphere and 4th largest in the world, as well as the largest bulk cargo port in the world. Louisiana contains just under 10% of all known U.S. oil reserves and is the country’s third largest producer of petroleum. The state also produces over one fourth of all natural gas in the United States. It is among the top 10 states in the production of sugar cane (2nd), sweet potatoes (2nd), rice (3rd) and cotton (5th). It is also a major producer of beef cattle. The state’s huge agricultural production supports more than a dozen rice mills, seven sugar refineries plus nearly two dozen other sugar-related facilities, and a number of canning plants, cotton gins and meat packaging plants.
Tourism is a major Louisiana industry employing over 87,000 workers. Travelers spend an estimated $5.2 billion in the state each year. Major tourist attractions include the New Orleans French Quarter, the Cajun Country, antebellum plantation homes, Jazz, distinctive food, deep sea and freshwater fishing, hunting, the Mardi Gras and more than 100 other festivals, swampland tours, hiking and camping, canoeing and Mississippi River boat rides.
The state of Louisiana offers k-12 education through the individual parishes. Public colleges and universities in the state include the Louisiana State University System, the Southern University System, the University of Louisiana System, and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Private colleges and universities in the state include the world-renowned Tulane University, in New Orleans, Cornerstone University, Dillard University, Loyola University New Orleans and Our Lady of the Lake College, among others.
Travel and Tourism
The attractions and activities available in Louisiana are as diverse as its multi-cultural population. Louisiana boasts word class aquariums and zoos including the Audubon Zoo, the Aquarium of the Americas, Chimp Haven, and the Global Wildlife Center in the NorthShore area. The state also has many museums and galleries including the Capitol Park Museum, the 1850 House, the E.D. White Historic Site, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum, and the Presbytere.