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Old 11-21-2012, 10:06 PM
 
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Ok, how about industries, high tech or healthcare growth in the area.
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:28 AM
 
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Healthcare is a major employer in NW La. Although currently undergoing some restructuring brought on by Louisiana's fiscal issues and Gov. Jindal's apparent need to appear more fiscally conservative to bolster his GOP 2016 presidential nod; LSU Health Science's Ctr is (currently ) a major healthcare organization / teaching hospital and actually makes money. In fact of all the major state-run health organizations, LSU-HSC in Shreveport is pretty well run. Next to it are major medical entities such as the Shriner's Hospital, Biomedical Research Foundation to name two. At issue today is the possibility of making some of the LSU-HSC Shreveport's efforts a public-private venture with local hospitals. The Gov's office has been making all these "big picture" plans but hasn't bothered sharing any details as to exactly how all of that is supposed to work. At risk is the status of the medical school as med students, teaching faculty and specialists are not sure what all this means to the school's program and the future of the each department. Some say the approach is throwing out the baby with the bathwater, I'd have to say that's a fair assessment.

I'll be the first to admit that the Biomedical Research Ctr's hopes of spurring on major bio-tech industry corridor hasn't exactly lived up to its promise but it has shown some influence in the area of medical research. As far as high-tech is concerned, Bill Joyce's Moonbot Studios has located in their research park. Joyce's company won an Oscar last year for an animated short film and this year's The Guardians animation feature by Dreamworks / Pixar is affiliated with Joyce's creation. There are a number of other film/music - show-biz companies in the area and they seem to be committed for the short term.

The Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier is showing some progress although its original intent was to be the anchor for the much bally-hooed Cyber Defense Initiative aka: "Cyber Command" which the USAF was shopping locations for a few years ago. The Cyber Command wound up in Texas ... due to Lackland AFB and having better congressional clout than we had from former congressman Jim McCrery who is now a lobbyist.

There are some improvements. There are some downturns too...GM closed and there's not any solid news about the plant being repurposed by a new tenant anytime soon. The other good news however is that the Port of Shreveport is improving its capabilities and a German manufacturer of pipeline / pipe materials is locating there in the next year or two as they see our area as being ideal for manufacturing and distribution. Looks like they have a deal with BPCC to start a workforce training program to get skilled workforce in place. Jobs are said to be decent paying with this company and with oil & natural gas pipeline needs expected to increase, this company should be around for quite some time.

I'll admit that I'm critical of some of the area's political leaders, tenured bureaucrats and social sycophants who keep cycling through different positions based on who they know and not so much for what they know or are even capable of. But as they say, "Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in awhile." and so this is my assessment of how things go in the Shrevesburg-Bossierville area. It's not all bad news.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:47 AM
 
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How many new apartment complexes and new home subdivisions are being built in the area
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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I can't speak for what's happening elsewhere but James Brown Builders is going full-tilt in South Bossier with a new Apt complex on Hwy71 S of Jimmie Davis and expanding a subdivision behind South Gate. South Bossier is getting more attention with the new Parkway H.S. and Sligo Rd expansion plans. The A.R. Teague Parkway / Sligo extension is almost finished. New mini-shopping strip ctrs are being opened on Hwy71 S so I think S. Bossier Hwy71 S corridor is only going to continue to be developed as there's no where else to go in the southern part of Bossier.
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Old 12-19-2012, 06:22 PM
 
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What about southwest Shreveport and east Bossier growth? Shreve City area? Lakeshore Drive area?
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:17 PM
 
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Big news in Shreve City area is the new corporate offices of BHP Billiton Offices that opened on Preston RD & Knight Street on the old golf driving range & 9-hole golf course. The company acquired O&G company Petrohawk and shut down their corporate HQ in Tulsa. There's a housing project in the works (finally) just north of the Clyde Fant Fairway Commons townhouses which were built back in the 1980's. I can't remember the name of the development though, I think it's Riverview or something like that on Shreve Island.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:56 PM
 
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What about SW Shreveport and the Lakeside/Allendale area
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Old 12-25-2012, 10:21 PM
 
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Can't help you there, it's not an area I go to and don't hear much about it in my circles. Not much news about it really.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:25 AM
 
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Well I thought that Lakeside/Allendale was going to be gentrified along with a new movie studio leading the way!!!!

GM plant closure has too much of a impact on SW Shreveport
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:06 AM
 
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I realize this thread hasn't been active for a couple years, but I must say that I enjoyed reading through this thread. I recently moved to Shreveport from the Alexandria area.
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