Zachary finished the decade as Louisiana’s fastest growing City, with the highest average household income and lowest poverty rates in
the Capital Region. Zachary has historically been viewed as a rural community with a high quality of life. Today, Zachary serves as an
employment, retail and healthcare destination for northern capital region. Stable job opportunities have consistently been available for
local residents due to our location, only 14 miles north of downtown Baton Rouge, and the presence of major employers such as Georgia-
Pacific, ExxonMobil, Entergy and Lane Regional Medical Center. The recent adoption of a Master Plan, Economic Development Strategic
Plan and revised uniform development code for Zachary will insure that goals are aligned and growth in the future will be sustainable
for our community. Our City has a clear vision for the future and has emerged as a regional economic development partner.
+ 2011 Population: 15,250
+ Population Growth since year 2000: 35%
+ Independent School District Ranking: #1 in state, 7 straight years
+ Median household income: $64,430
+ Miles to Downtown Baton Rouge: 14
The growth and diversity of Zachary’s business community has mirrored the growth of the city’s population. A large number of financial institutions now call Zachary home. A variety of professional services, such as bankers, legal firms and accounting firms, are steadily moving in. Most recently, an array of geotechnical experts, engineers and related support services has located professional offices in Zachary as the Tuscaloosa Oil Shale exploration has significantly increased in intensity.
+ Law Firms – 6
+ Accounting Firms – 5
+ Banks – 15
+ A growing number of technology firms
Zachary’s close proximity to the region’s primary transportation facilities and infrastructure, include:
• Highway access via U.S. 61
• Rail spurs operated by Class 1 carriers (Canadian National, Kansas City Southern)
• The barge terminal operated by the Port of Greater Baton Rouge
• The Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, transportation-related businesses are a logical target.
All of these attributes provide the area with excellent access to regional and national markets.
+ Miles to BR Airport – 9.5
+ Railroad lines – 2
+ Major north/south highways to baton rouge – 4
+ River access – Port of Baton Rouge
+ Bridges crossing the Mississippi River – 3 within 14 miles
Just beyond the city limits of Zachary a clean and diversified industrial corridor is thriving. Novolyte Technologies is steadily expanding production of lithium-ion electrolytes to help power fuel-efficient electric vehicles. Georgia- Pacific is currently undergoing a $350 million modernization and expansion of its production facility which when complete, will be one of the most technologically advanced paper mills in the nation. Also under construction is a $15 million hot-dipped galvanizing operation by
Great Southern Galvanizing, which was recently recruited to the area. Other major industrial operations in the immediate area are Entergy’s River Bend Nuclear Plant, KPAC’s box-paper production plant, and ExxonMobil chemical and refinery operations.
+ Major employers (400+) with in 10 miles – 6
+ $350 million expansion – Georgia-Pacific