Economic Development

The economy of Houma-Terrebonne and this region is strong and poised for continued expansion. We are recognized as a great place to do business and to find a job. From oil service to retail and from shipyards to seafood, Terrebonne has tremendous opportunities for those ready to work and prosper in our growing economy.

Houma, Louisiana is strategically located centrally to New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. Within an hour’s drive, our residents can rendezvous in the historic French Quarter for dinner, spend the weekend entertaining business prospects on an offshore charter excursion or enjoy one of many airboats, swamp, or plantation tours.


The Parish of Terrebonne consists of approximately 108,690 people but also draws its highly skilled workforce and business from a four-parish region which consists of approximately 276,417 people. The City of Houma, the hub for the parishes’ consolidated government and financial epicenter.

Houma-Terrebonne is also located at the intersections of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Houma Navigation Canal, which is a straight twenty-six-mile voyage to the Gulf of Mexico. The convergence of these two water superhighways is adjacent to the medium draft Port of Terrebonne, which is currently leasing land with channel access.

The Houma-Terrebonne Airport and Industrial Park have over 1,812 total acres, including 800 acres for aircraft servicing and operation, and 1,000 leasable acres within its industrial park. With its four FBO’s, NAV aids, AWOS system, two concrete, intersecting runways, a tower which operates seven days a week, and the southern-most latitude general aviation facility in the country, Houma-Terrebonne Airport provides easy access to the Gulf and booming Central and South American markets.

Terrebonne Parish offers all of the essential components to make your business thrive: central location, navigable water “superhighways,” a highly skilled workforce, an excellent quality of life, low crime rate, available, affordable real estate, and numerous State, Federal and local incentives designed to help your business succeed in the world market.