Bastrop Business Development and Economic Development

We are a parish on the rise, with new industry being built and companies taking advantage of the workforce as well as training available through Delta Community College's Bastrop Campus. Morehouse Parish is a great place to raise a family and grow a business. From the fishin' holes and hunting blinds to the 100 year old Courthouse, Morehouse Parish is a beautiful part of Northeast Louisiana.


business and economic development in morehouse parish
Industries in morehouse parish

It takes money to make money. But it doesn't take as much in Morehouse Parish. The economy of Morehouse Parish was built upon the strengths it provides to the community including its people, businesses, work force, low cost of living, and rich agricultural and timber resources.

A skilled workforce is available throughout the region as a result of continued presence of paper mills, ANGUS Chemical and Georgia Pacific in Crossett. Drax Biomass completed construction of Morehouse BioEnergy in 2015 and is sending wood pellets to the port in Baton Rouge for shipment to the United Kingdom as part of their initiative to reduce dependence on coal in power production.

The loss of the International Paper mill in 2009 has been offset by the attraction of a number of new industries, which has been through attractive transportation infrastructure, raw materials and a realistic approach to economic development. Parish and local officials have been able to attract small and medium sized businesses that are building a solid foundation for future economic growth..

Represented industries in Morehouse Parish: 

  • Specialty chemicals
  • Timber/wood products
  • Agriculture
  • Aviation
  • Food Products/Processing
  • Industrial services and maintenance
  • Transportation/Trucking services
  • Natural Gas Transmission
  • Green Energy


Morehouse Parish Real Estate

Morehouse Parish possesses all that’s needed for a healthy, active and safe lifestyle. A beautiful landscaped lawn to hobby farm acreage, the area has a home to fit many budgets. You can get a lot for your money in Morehouse Parish.

Life is relaxing, sincere and secure, with all the metro attractions in Monroe approximately 30 minutes away. Located within a reasonable drive to Monroe the Bastrop area is served by many of the same real estate companies.

Most homes are listed on the MLS service. Christmas Realty 318-281-4825, Paddy Blackard Realty, LLC 318-282-2272 and Keller Williams Realty maintain local offices in Bastrop. John Rea Realty, Shackelford French and Coldwell Banker have agents who actively list and show homes in the Bastrop area.

High speed internet access in rural areas

As Morehouse Parish moves forward in terms of economic development, competitive offerings, such as high speed internet access in rural areas, provide the parish with an additional selling point.


recreation in morehouse parish

Morehouse Parish has an array of scenic and outdoor recreation opportunities. These include hunting, fishing, water sports, camping and biking. In addition, the northeast Louisiana area is rich with museums, historical sites and other cultural activities.

Bastrop is home to the beautiful Rose Theatre, which is on the National Registry of Historic Buildings, the Snyder Museum and the Visitor Center.

The Visitor Center was once a gasoline station and was repurposed to house a conference area which host regular community activities at 124 North Washington. The totally refurbished and repurposed old Bastrop High School is now apartments and has fond memories for many who went to school there. There's so much to see here in this small town...stick around and enjoy a glass of sweet tea!

Morehouse Parish has plenty to offer everyone, it is definitely the place to visit for tranquility, nature watching and hunting. Come and enjoy Morehouse Parish. Nature, museums, fine shopping, festivals - We've Got It All!

  • Visit Chemin-A-Haut State Park for tranquility and nature watching.
  • Fine shopping in Bastrop's historic downtown square.
  • We have the 5th largest hunting location in the United States

Community Business Partners

News & Events

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MEDCO Holds Annual Luncheon

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Capital One Bank Building
Suite A 101 South Franklin St.
Bastrop, Louisiana 71220


Office: 318-283-4000
Fax: 318-283-0651
Email: morehouse.edc@outlook.com