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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.

Current Topic


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

Should the focus be on job creation or tax relief?

Recent Topics


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?

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