LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - They've talked about growth and a need for commercial development for years. It appears some self-promotion of Livingston Parish may be what is bringing in business. There may be one thing that Livingston has to position the parish for that type of growth - space.
"It's been needed for some time," said Randy Rogers, president of the Livingston Economic Development Council. The LEDC is responsible for marketing the parish to different types of businesses.
He says the green space between Interstate 12 to Highway 190 could be part of an economic corridor.
"We're working on a major business park, over 1,200 acres, that we hope might be announced next year," Rogers said.
One thing the LEDC says most industrial type developments are looking for is space where they can build and possibly expand down the road.
"The new Lady of the Lake facility got 290 acres, with lots of room to expand through the years," Rogers gave as an example.
He says they also want areas that are without residential development.
As for residential growth, Livingston's Parish president has done some commercial spots to get the parish name out there. He says the parish chamber says they see renewed interest when Livingston makes headlines.
"The homeowners support most of our tax base, we need commercial. We need industry," said Layton Ricks.
With the recent announcement of stores coming to the Juban Crossing shopping center, parish leaders feel they have a good handle on retail. Now they need to bring in industrial parks and warehouse facilities. Some of which they've already cleared space for.
"About 75 to 100 acres. There's some future potential for growth in the near future right there (across from the parish governmental buildings). Commercial type warehouse distribution," Rogers said.