Many states have significant coastal vulnerability, yet none of them are tackling this threat head-on at the same scale as Louisiana. Investing billions of dollars into coastal restoration and protection is essential not only to reducing flood risk but also to creating new opportunities to diversify the economy of Southeast Louisiana. The Coastal Index examines the economy of water management through an industry cluster perspective. It tracks economic, social, and political factors that have been shown to affect the formation of industry clusters in the U.S. The data shows how leaders can build on strengths and address weaknesses to make the water management sector into a long-lasting driver for the regional economy.
This section quantifies the economic footprint of the agencies that fund protection and restoration projects, generating demand for contract work and anchoring the water management economy.Explore
Industry & Workforce
This section describes the industry and its workforce, with a focus on the quality of jobs and how our water management cluster compares with similar sectors in other regions.Explore
This section covers social and political factors that are necessary to promote a skilled, innovative regional economy.Explore
This section briefly illustrates the coastal challenges facing Southeast Louisiana.Explore