Economic Development

Ruston-Lincoln Parish is a remarkable place to live! Located on I-20 and Highway 167 in north central Louisiana, this vibrant community is the home to two universities: Louisiana Tech University, and Grambling State University, and also home to a third university within 35 miles, The University of Louisiana at Monroe. These three Universities have a combined enrollment of nearly 24,000 students in such degree programs as engineering, business, pharmacy, finance, management, chemistry, nursing and numerous others.

The hospitals and medical facilities in Ruston and surrounding areas have grown with the medical needs of the community. Northern Louisiana Medical Center, Glenwood Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center, employ nearly 2,000 people.

Louisiana is known for its food and Ruston is no different. Whether its soul food and homecookin', fine Italian dining, a simple soup and sandwich or five star surf and turf, Ruston offers a wide variety of delicacies. With many colorful local restaurants featuring fine, family and fun dining, Ruston is sure to have the right bite for you.

While in Ruston, don't forget to shop your way through the historic downtown district. Unique boutiques and specialty shops are a perfect fit for this historical backdrop. Ruston is also home to numerous antique dealers. Discover pieces of your past as you search for treasures in this excellent collection of memories, memorabilia and masterpieces. Before you leave, don't forget to visit the studios of our local artists. With everything from pottery, paintings, wood-carvings and intricate iron works to jewelry, quilts and sculptures, Lincoln Parish is home to over 100 talented artists and their wonderful creations. Visit the Piney Hills Gallery in the Dixie Center for the Arts to view works from several of the artists around the parish.

Continuing with the historical theme surrounding Ruston, the city is home to the Lincoln Parish Museum, the North Louisiana Military Museum, the Autrey Museum and Camp Ruston, a WWII POW Camp. In addition to these wonderful historical sites, Lincoln Parish is also famous for the nationally acclaimed mountain bike trails at Lincoln Parish Park and the fabulous fishing at the three state park lakes surrounding the parish: Lake Claiborne, Lake D'Arbonne and Caney Lake.

Students and residents of all ages have found that living in Lincoln Parish is good. Outdoor recreation can be found for all ages on area lakes, beautiful parks, university campuses, golf courses, and other quiet spots. College and High School football are a big favorite in the fall. In the winter months you will find a lot of action at the Lady Tech Basketball games. Spring and summer are a special time for outdoor events, such as tennis and soccer. A wide variety of events and activities can also be found at the Ruston Civic Center.

No matter what you're looking for, Ruston has something for you.

For any questions, contact Kristi Lumpkin at 318-251-8643 or