In today’s economy, local communities find themselves competing not as much against each other, as they are competing against other states. GBEDF works to help pool community resources and go after jobs on a regional basis, spreading the success across the area. Whether through efforts to secure Barksdale’s future in Global Strike or aiding the training of the manufacturing workforce in our market, GBEDF has played a part in many success stories in the area. GBEDF had an integral role in the growth of filming here, as well as manufacturing and other prosperous industries. GBEDF worked with BAFB to begin what were the initial stages of Cyber Command by being part of the team that created and worked to locate what is now the National Cyber Research Park in Bossier. GBEDF has also assisted small businesses in providing training dollars to grow the workforce in NW Louisiana and partnering with institutions such as Bossier Parish Community College, by providing funding to begin training programs that cater to the working public. GBEDF provides land sale opportunities in industrial parks throughout Bossier Parish, where in Bossier City, Benton, Plain Dealing, or Haughton. GBEDF has also participated in numerous community events, such as being a major sponsor of the Independence Bowl, efforts for I-49 and I-69, the Barksdale Air Show, Bass Master Tournament, and support for local BAFB advocates. The Bossier future continues to look prosperous. Born from great works and strong leadership, we will continue to capture our great opportunities proving Bossier Means Business.
The mission of the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation (GBEDF) is clear: to market the Bossier community in Northwest Louisiana. By marketing this area for business and tourism jobs, we help build up the state’s economy and in turn keep our tax base healthy and growing.