Southern Business & Development magazine ranked Louisiana first among Southern states for attracting the most significant capital investment and job-creation projects per million residents. States earn points for large employment projects (200 or more jobs) and large capital investment projects ($30 million or more) attracted during 2014. Louisiana easily beat out the other states in the region with 105.4 points per million, with the second place state, Kentucky, earning only 63.4 points per million. Neither Louisiana nor Texas (the overall points leader) earned the 2015 State of the Year designation, which the publication awarded to Kentucky. Louisiana has been first in the South for six straight years in the points-per-million category and Lake Charles earned the magazine’s designation as the 2015 Small Market of the Year. New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport and Houma-Thibodaux each earned honorable mention recognition for top markets of the year.
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