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Larry Collins
Head of the International Services division of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development

Larry Collins is the head of the International Services division of the Louisiana Department of Economic Development.

The International Services division provides services to Louisiana and its companies by assisting businesses with all aspects of international trade, and supporting ports and airports in their efforts to increase the volume handled by their facilities.

To accomplish this mission, staff provides company counseling, sponsors targeted international trade shows, assists with logistics of exporting/importing and can provide information on financing for international transactions.

The International Services office plays a critical role in assisting companies from around the world in identifying strategic partners and or locations in Louisiana from which to operate. Our staff will assist in defining parameters, arranging site visits, identifying potential suppliers, assist with regulatory approval and provide guidance with other issues important to international investors.

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02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

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Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

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03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

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