Site Selection Services

Sites & Buildings

No-Cost Site Selection Services in St. Mary Parish

When considering an expansion or relocation, we will help you navigate the site selection process to find the best location for your business. In today’s economy, locating a site is inundated with challenges, as a committed partner, St. Mary Economic Development is ready to assist your company in finding the site that fits your needs through strong local and regional partnerships, experience, and a toolkit of site location resources. Whether you’re looking to build from ground up, move into an existing building, lease, or buy, when you are ready to find your next business location, St. Mary Economic Development will be ready to help.

Legends will include:
  • Include all municipalities
  • Include ports
  • Interstates
  • Railroads
  • Waterways
Proximity to St. Mary Parish
  • Rail systems
  • Airports
  • Other coastal ports
  • Inland ports

Transportation Info on the Ports

Site Development for a Competitive St. Mary

In St. Mary Parish, we are fortunate to have a plethora of land that is ideal for putting our community on a competitive footing. The site development program is designed to establish a portfolio of marketable, development-ready sites by certifying land within our parish. This was achieved through partnership between St. Mary Parish Economic Development, St. Mary Parish Government, landowners, utility providers, and our regional economic development partners such as One Acadiana and South Louisiana Economic Council (SLEC).

What is a Certified Site?

A Louisiana Economic Development Certified Site is a development-ready site that has completed a rigorous review process to answer as many development questions as possible. The program is designed to assess specific site details for compliance and authenticity. All certified sites are 180-day development ready, offering the additional advantage of ensuring that the client’s construction is more likely to remain on schedule.

Louisiana Economic Development’s Certified Industrial Site Program focuses on sites intended for industrial or manufacturing uses. To qualify for the industrial site program, sites must have a minimum of 25 contiguous, unencumbered acres available for development.

Louisiana Economic Development’s Certified Business Site Program targets sites best suited for business parks, mixed use developments, or Planned Unit Developments (PUD). Sites qualifying for this program will have between 10 and 25 contiguous, unencumbered acres available for development.

Extensive Review Process
  • Zoning restrictions
  • Title work
  • Environmental studies
  • Soil analysis
  • Surveys
Advantages of a Certified Site

1. Development ready

2. Substantial due diligence completed

3. Significant site information gathered and documented

4. Independent third-party engineering review

5. Uncertainty and potential obstacles eliminated through enhanced site knowledge

6. More competitive

7. Greater marketability

8. Granted priority in site proposal

The due diligence performed during the certified sites process delivers a property with minimal uncertainty through enhanced site knowledge. This allows St. Mary Economic Development to present more competitive, marketable sites to potential companies during the business development process.

Cost Benefits of Certification
  • 75% of engineering costs reimbursed by the state.
  • 25% of remaining cost is shared between One Acadiana, local partner, and landowner.
  • Increased exposure of sites both nationally and internationally through regional and state business development efforts.


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