North Louisiana paper mill announces plans to enhance facility, saving 400 jobs
Posted on 10/18/2017 4:31:00 PM.
A Jackson Parish paper mill will continue to play a vital role in north Louisiana's economy. WestRock will perform a 200-million-dollar expansion, saving about 400 jobs at the mill in Hodge and another 3,700 indirect jobs. State Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says it's a big economic development win.
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Veterans encouraged to enroll in boot camp to learn business skills
Posted on 10/17/2017 3:00:00 AM.

The first class of the Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program has started training military vets to run their own business. State Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says the class helps veterans wanting to go into business, by taking online classes and boot camp training on the LSU campus.

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Area Development ranks Louisiana No. 5 in Top States for Doing Business survey
Posted on 9/14/2017 2:06:00 AM.
Louisiana remains one of the most business-friendly states in the nation, ranking No. 5 in Area Development magazine’s annual Top States for Doing Business survey. LED Secretary Don Pierson says this is a great third party endorsement they can reference to show that Louisiana is a great place to do business, for many reasons.
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Louisiana could be contender for new Amazon headquarters
Posted on 9/8/2017 11:00:00 AM.

Amazon seeks a location for a new corporate headquarters, as the online mega retailer plans to open a second corporate location. State Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says Louisiana has a lot of strengths to offer should we throw our hat in the ring, and its likely we will.
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LED's FastStart named best workforce training program
Posted on 7/24/2017 2:22:00 AM.

Louisiana’s FastStart workforce training program has been named the best in the nation by Business Facilities magazine for a record eight years in a row. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says this can help LED bring more companies to the Bayou State.
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LED creates business startup program for military veterans
Posted on 5/26/2017 11:45:00 AM.

Louisiana Economic Development, along with several partners, has created a business startup program for military veterans. LED Secretary Don Pierson says many soldiers have a desire to start a small business once returning home.

 
He says the idea for the Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program came after hearing LSU’s Baton Rouge campus was helping disabled veterans in a similar way.
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Chinese chemical company announces plans for chemical plant to be built in Louisiana
Posted on 4/11/2017 3:17:00 AM.

A Chinese chemical company chooses Louisiana over Texas to build a 1.1 billion dollar manufacturing complex. State Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says this announcement will help Louisiana grow as a global leader in chemical manufacturing and he says the project by Wanhua Chemical Group will bring 170 new direct jobs to the state.
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LED announces Lotte Chemical moves from Houston to Lake Charles
Posted on 4/7/2017 5:33:00 AM.

Louisiana Economic Development announces Lotte Chemical is moving their headquarters from Houston to Lake Charles. LED Secretary Don Pierson says Lotte already has a chemical plant under construction at the junction of Interstates 10 and 210. He says this is a big win for the Bayou State.
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Louisiana on its way to being a top state for computer science graduates
Posted on 3/6/2017 4:27:00 AM.

Louisiana is on track to become one of the top states for computer science graduates. State Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says by using a digital media incentive, Louisiana was able to attract major players in the IT business to the state.
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Auto jobs coming to Shreveport
Posted on 1/4/2017 12:49:00 PM.

GLOVIS America announces a new inland distribution center for imported vehicles will be located in the old General Motors plant in Shreveport.
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