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Jobs and Workforce Development

The Louisiana International Terminal will create jobs for St. Bernard Parish and the state. As business increases over time, more family-supporting jobs will be available both on and off the terminal. A recent economic study shows the project will act as an economic driver for generations.

Job Creation Over Time

*Based on the economic impact of construction and operations.
Source: Lewis Terrell and Associates, Louisiana International Container Growth: The Economic Impact of the Louisiana International Terminal 2023 Q1 Update. February 2023

9,552 existing jobs lost

If the proposed terminal is not built, Louisiana won't be able to handle the larger ships that are becoming more common. International shipping companies will take their business to competing ports in Houston and Mobile. Distributors and warehouses will follow. As a result, nearly 10,000 jobs existing in Louisiana today could be lost in just 10 years (2033). 

*Source: Lewis Terrell and Associates, No LIT Loss Summary. October 2022.

Creating Jobs and Opportunities

  • Construction workers
  • Dock Workers
  • Terminal managers
  • Logistics coordinators
  • Clerks and inspectors
  • Customs agents
  • Maintenance technicians
  • Equipment operators
  • Information technology professionals
  • Business and financial operations staff
  • Security staff

  • Manufacturing
  • Rail, water, & truck transportation
  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Warehouse & storage
  • Restaurants
  • Wholesale trade

To help locals apply for jobs, the Port is working on workforce development and job training concepts.

  • The Port of New Orleans is partnering with:
  • Louisiana Economic Development (LED) Fast Start
  • The International Longshoremen's Association
  • Local Community Colleges
  • Regional and Local Economic Development Organizations

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Personal income expected to increase by 15% in St. Bernard Parish by 2050.*

Recent Updates


Port NOLA Recognizes Senator Kennedy for Ongoing Support of Infrastructure Development in St. Bernard Parish

The St. Bernard Transportation Corridor, a long-needed roadway for St. Bernard parish taht will connect the new $1.8 billion Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) to the interstate system, will receive $15 million in federal funding as part of the recently passed Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies (THUD) Act for 2024.

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RPC's Lower St. Bernard Parish, LA Roadway Network & Resilience Study

Currently, the Regional Planning Commission is conducting the initial study that will begin the transportation development process. Their feasibility study will formally document the need for the St. Bernard Transportation Corridor, along with other transportation improvements, and will determine its alignment. 

RPC has kicked off their outreach portion of the study and are encouraging people to visit their project page to learn more about the study and how to get involved. This is the first of many steps in the RPC's project outreach plan and early feedback will support initial community engagement and transportation project scoping efforts.

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Port NOLA Announces $226 Million Landmark Grant Award for the Louisiana International Terminal Project

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) today announced that it has been awarded an additional $226,220,195 million in federal grant dollars to assist in building the Louisiana International Terminal (LIT), which will create thousands of jobs, drive the economy and position Louisiana as the premier international Gulf gateway.

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Port of New Orleans Response to “Critical Development Issues Overview Report”

The “Critical Development Issues Overview Report” commissioned by St. Bernard Parish Government is a contradictory attempt to call into question the legitimacy of years of due diligence and planning conducted by global maritime leaders, the Port of New Orleans, the Port of St. Bernard, Louisiana State leadership and federal administrators on the Louisiana International Terminal project.

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Port NOLA Awarded $73.77 Million is U.S. DOT Grant for Louisiana International Terminal 

The Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) will receive $73.77 million from the federal government to assist in building the Louisiana International Terminal (LIT) project, which will provide an efficient gateway for the movement of cargo on the Mississippi River and the inland waterways of the United States. 

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