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Tech economy on the rise in Ruston

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He said plans to build a research park would aid commercial research and development entities or private companies that do research and development, such as a pharmacy, as a significant part of the company. He said these types of businesses would attract physicists and mathematicians to the area.

“That’s a different path for our economy,” Norris said. “Lincoln Parish has very much been an economy driven by the wood industry, oil in south Louisiana or pulp and paper, but those are probably not the main drivers of our economy in the future.”

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