St. Tammany Parish I-10 Technology Corridor
The I-10 Technology Corridor is a stretch of Interstate 10 book-ended by NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility in eastern New Orleans and NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center just outside of St. Tammany Parish in its own 'federal city' on the Mississippi border. As you travel through St. Tammany Parish from one NASA facility to the other, you will find many advanced material developments, research facilities, and a new state-of-the-art technology park -- all capitalizing on the remarkable lifestyle amenities, the skilled workforce, and the business incentives characteristic of local and State commitment to its technological advancement infrastructure.
The activities of both NASA facilities provoke the imagination and directly touch the world's stargazers. For example, the NASA facilities host low-rent and secluded campuses for companies qualified by the U.S. Space Act, developing and testing actual spacecrafts for planned manned-missions to Mars, and harbor education and training facilities. For those closer to home, the National Center for Advanced Manufacturing (NCAM) -- backed by an $18 million grant from the State and partners in NASA, Lockheed Martin, and the University of New Orleans -- trains materials engineers and supports the world's most sophisticated carbon fiber placement unit.
In the center of the Technology Corridor lies the UNO/Slidell Research and Technology Park, a facility that will be the catalysts for Louisiana's emerging environmental sciences research and development cluster. The park, which is a mixed-use research and technology park, is the result of a partnership between the University of New Orleans, St. Tammany Parish, the City of Slidell, the Robert Levis Family, and CLECO Power. One hundred acres of the site are dedicated to academic and research institutes, as well as local and national companies seeking University relationships and a campus-like environment. Another 300 acres are designated for commercial lifestyle developments such as storefronts, offices, hotels, conference centers, and housing.
Third-party research conducted in late 2007 determined that the Technology Corridor is incredibly well-suited to attract a variety of technology industries:
- Information technology (particularly supercomputing)
- Advanced Materials
- Geospatial Technologies
- Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing
The publications listed below are the formal reports generated by AngelouEconomics for the I-10 Technology Corridor:
I-10 Corridor Market Analysis Report
I-10 Corridor Marketing Report