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Information current as of Feb. 7, 2014.
Incentives: Enterprise Zone

Economic Development, Business Incentives

The Enterprise Zone (EZ) program is a jobs incentive program that provides Louisiana income and franchise tax credits to a new or existing business located in Louisiana creating permanent net new full-time jobs, and hiring at least 35% of those net new jobs from one of four targeted groups. The benefit provides:

  • A one-time $2,500 job tax credit for each net new job created.
  • A 4% rebate of sales and use taxes paid on qualifying materials, machinery, furniture, and/or equipment purchased or a 1.5% refundable investment tax credit on the total capital investment, excluding tax exempted items.


This incentive program is open to any Louisiana business (new or existing) not engaged in on-site gaming, video poker or residential development, and not a church, that will:

  • Create a minimum of five permanent net new full-time jobs within 24 months of their project start date or increase their current statewide workforce by 10% within the first 12 months.
  • Hire 35% of the net new jobs created from one or more of the certification requirements from these targeted groups:
    • Residents: someone living in Enterprise Zone within the state.
    • People receiving an approved form of public assistance.
    • People lacking basic skills. A person performing below a ninth grade proficiency in reading, writing or mathematics.
    • People unemployable by traditional standards

For comprehensive rules, details on the application process, and online applications, please review the information on the LED website or contact the administrator using the information provided on the website.

Contact Information
Roshanda Hanible
( 225 ) 342 - 5382
Economic Development, Louisiana Department of
Physical Address
1051 North 3rd St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Mailing Address
PO Box 94185
Baton Rouge, LA 70804 - 9185
Primary Phone Number: ( 225 ) 342 - 4320
Secondary Phone Number: ( 800 ) 450 - 8115
Fax Number: ( 225 ) 342 - 6820
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - Sunday: Closed