Ouachita Parish and Surrounding 8-Parish Region - click to view full-size map

Ouachita Parish is Northeast Louisiana's metropolitan statistical area of nearly 148,000 persons. It is part of the 8-parish region including Richland, Lincoln, Jackson, Caldwell, Franklin, Morehouse and Union. The area's strategic location on Interstate-20, makes it a natural for all types of industry.

The area is home to a diverse group of industries representing the plastics, paper and wood, telecommunications, insurance and medical services.

The Ouachita Economic Development Corporation (OEDC), formed in 1989, is the principal organization that oversees economic development in the parish. Found on the Ouachita Brook , the parish, Monroe and West Monroe offer a little taste of Louisiana history, art, entertainment, food and family fun. The Parish is next to Union Parish ( north ) ; Morehouse Parish ( northeast ) ; Richland Parish ( east ) ; Caldwell Parish ( south ), Jackson Parish ( southeast ) and Lincoln Parish ( west ). Start your journeys at the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Foundation, composed from a Bible Museum and Research Center, the main home, and Elsong Gardens. Flick through the Masur Museum of Art, a gothic home of permanent collections as well as special exhibits. Discover West Monroe's Antique street, a three-block variety of fascinating shops in 1880s buildings. Enjoy a family outing at Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo. Experience unforgettable food : stewed veggies, smoked meat, steaming biscuits, a cool piece of pie the southern blue-plate banquet.

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