This morning's sold out What's Happening Breakfast brought insight into the future of downtown, both in Shreveport and Bossier City.
Pam Glorioso, Liz Swaine and Pam Atchison were the panelists at this morning's discussion. Glorioso, project coordinator for the City of Bossier City, spoke about the revitalization and construction ongoing in Bossier's downtown. The area of Old Barksdale Boulevard near Traffic Street has seen recent infrastructure upgrades to sustain new construction and lifestyle areas that are planned for that area. Glorioso wants people to know that that as they reinvent downtown, there will be multiple opportunities for new businesses, as well as areas to live, work and play.
Swaine, the director of Downtown Development Authority in Shreveport, is on a mission to educate investors and the community at-large of the global trends and statistics proving that downtown areas are vital to the success of any market. She spoke of specific plans with various building rehab projects, including apartments with a grocery store and dog park as well as a new data center that has moved downtown. Swaine also talked of the tax credits and incentives offered to builders who opt to invest downtown.
Atchison, director of the Shreveport Regional Arts Council, provided attendees with a look at the Shreveport Common project and what she hopes it will do for the Ledbetter Heights area. SRAC is currently seeking private investors to help them fund the other 2 million needed to get the project started. She encouraged attendees to download the Shreveport Common app to stay abreast of the changes and to invest in their local arts community.
The What's Happening Breakfasts are hosted every other month at the Shreveport Convention Center. The next breakfast will be May 10th. For more information on how you can sponsor or attend the breakfast, call the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce at 318-677-2500.