Nationally Defining Excellence
According to the publication, Louisiana Moving Forward, St. Tammany Parish is the 'economic engine driving regional recovery' for the New Orleans region and the State of Louisiana. It is one of the fastest growing parishes in the State and one of the fastest growing areas in the nation. Near to New Orleans and in close proximity to the Gulf Coast via major Interstates 10, 12, 55, and 59, St. Tammany's low business cost, nationally recognized school system, low crime, and first-rate medical facilities, make the community a destination of choice for both families and businesses.
The locals use the motto, ''Come to l'autre cote du lac,'' (translated: ''Come to the other side of the lake''), because they revel in the romance and history of resort towns such as Abita Springs and Mandeville, established when steam-powered boats and trains brought the fashionable and elite 24 miles across Lake Pontchartrain. The cities of Slidell, Covington, and Mandeville are populous in industry and people. The entire parish is renowned by outdoor enthusiasts, gourmands, golfers, and art-lovers, and adored by locals for its 'quirks' and commitment to purposeful planning.
The St. Tammany Parish leadership continues its work to make the community desirable for corporations and headquarters. The area sits between two NASA facilities and is currently home to Chevron Gulfcoast Exploration Headquarters, Hornbeck Offshore, Pool Corp., Zen-Noh Grain Corporation, Marine Technologies, Stirling Properties, and F.A. Richard & Associates, Inc. (FARA). In addition, the region's I-10 Technology Corridor is primarily based in St. Tammany Parish.
Come to l'autre cote du lac, indeed!