Louisiana ranks No. 1 among southern states in capital investment and job-creation projects announced in 2014 per million residents, according to “Southern Business & Development” magazine.

The state was selected for leading the region in new projects involving 200 or more jobs and capital investment projects of $30 million or more.

And Lake Charles earned the magazine’s designation as the 2015 Small Market of the Year for an area with a population of less than 250,000.