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The State of the Rural South's Economy

Selling your Rural Community's Assets

Small Town's with Unique Assets

Highly touted reshoring event hits speed bump, says A.T. Kearney. Really?

Chinese investment surfacing in the South? Yes, finally.

The performance of this Southern industry sector of late has earned an official name: the "Southern Aerospace Corridor."

A success story from the Mississippi River Delta

The 50-year economic development war in the U.S. is over; the South won.

The big dogs are about to eat: Soon, the automotive industry will light up the Southern Auto Corridor again 

Kentucky: The Spirit of the South

New Build-Ready Program Making More Sites Ready-To-Go

A Perfect Partnership

Next Gen KIH Program Taking Broadband to Every Corner of the State

Digital Version

Aerospace Industry Takes Off in the American South

Launching Pad for Growth and Innovation

In "Plane" View

"The Best Airplane Built in America"

Aerospace Industry State Overviews

Petrochemicals and the Southern Manufacturing Renaissance

Non-Petrochemicals and the Southern Manufacturing Renaissance

Ten Reasons Why Manufacturing is Booming in The South

The Most Southern Place on Earth

Ensuring a resilient Delta Region by training a skilled workforce

Driving toward success in Alabama's Black Belt

Arkansas's Big River Steel has found its home in the heart of America's Delta Region

Building a healthy economy and a healthy workforce in Illinois

Innovation and collaboration are building a Work Ready Kentucky

Louisiana's industry off to a fast start

Perfected in Mississippi

Certifying Southeast Missouri and beyond

Select Tennessee sites offer competitive edge

Reshoring and its potential effect on the Mississippi River Delta region


Louisiana's industry off to a fast start

Formed in the crucible of Louisiana's hurricane recovery and the nation's recession, LED FastStart® debuted in 2008 as a robust solution to help expanding employers assemble a well-trained workforce from day one.

The results were stunning. Gardner Denver, a Fortune 1000 compressor and pump manufacturer, discovered FastStart's bottom-line potential and reversed plans to close a Monroe, La., facility. Instead, the company closed a larger plant in Wisconsin and expanded in Louisiana, boosting Monroe employment from 70 to 300, including contract workers. Coordinating 30 product line transfers, FastStart ramped up the larger workforce and immediately improved Gardner Denver's profitability.

Two years and dozens of clients later, Business Facilities deemed LED FastStart "the gold standard for workforce training solutions." For four consecutive years, the publication has named LED FastStart the No. 1 state workforce program in the U.S.

To date, the program, housed in Louisiana Economic Development, has trained more than 18,000 individual workers and provided 226,000 hours of training at no cost to the more than 100 companies served.

"We created LED FastStart® to give companies the confidence that they can recruit highly talented employees in Louisiana, but also so that we can comprehensively train those employees in a very short period of time," Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said.

LED FastStart assists expanding Louisiana employers in target industries. FastStart training and technology professionals first immerse themselves in a client's culture, getting to know the company inside out. From there, comprehensive solutions are forged for recruiting, screening and training new employees in expansion and relocation projects.

FastStart's current projects include Central Louisiana steel fabricator Hayes Manufacturing, Southwest Louisiana LNG exporter Cheniere Energy, a Fortune 500 technology headquarters expansion by CenturyLink in Northeast Louisiana, an oil and gas steel manufacturing plant by Benteler Steel/Tube in Northwest Louisiana and two methanol production plants being built by Methanex south of Baton Rouge.

"This training service provided by FastStart is a quantum level different than what you would assume you would be getting," said CEO Dan Feibus, who heads South Louisiana textile manufacturer Zagis USA.

"I would say you'd be absolutely crazy not to chase FastStart down and try to get those guys to work with you," said Ed Scram, president of energy pipeline fabricator Stupp Corp. in Baton Rouge.

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