THE BOSSIER MEANS BUSINESS BLOG
Change happens not only in communities, but in organizations as well. Our role as the lead organization for economic development in Bossier Parish and Bossier City has remained the same; to position Bossier to be competitive in securing new jobs and investment. However, due to the tremendous growth of the area, how we execute the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation’s (GBEDF) mission is changing.
Rockett named Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA) Chairman of the Board for 2020
“I am very honored to lead LIDEA into the next decade. LIDEA has been an important part of the economic development landscape in our state for decades. This organization continues to be a leader and a voice for issues among practitioners and within the industries we partner with. The diverse professional background and expertise represented among the members of the board and its officers will allow us to explore and leverage multiple avenues in order to grow our state.” stated incoming LIDEA president David “Rocky” Rockett, Jr.
Addressing what factors are driving existing industry’s decision-making processes could not come at a more relevant time. As economic developers are accountable to many stakeholders, existing industry remains a primary focus for stewarding economic development activity. Nearly 80% of a community’s ability to foster economic success comes from existing business and industry. Paying close attention to what’s going on in our backyard is critical for the region’s success.
Bossier continues to grow into a dynamic innovative economic driver for our entire region. Bossier welcomed 200 new jobs and $20 million in business expansion projects. Gains can be seen across every major industry sector that make up our local economic landscape.
The Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation releases 2018 Economic Information and Statistics Publication
The information outlined here clearly supports the progressive work being done by community leaders. Smart growth and forward-thinking strategies have earned Bossier the distinction as one of the fastest growing communities in the southern United States.
The Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation (GBEDF) is mission minded and we live out our mission in many ways. Our mission includes keeping the local tax base healthy and growing by adding new business to the marketplace. To achieve our mission, the GBEDF...
Here’s why Bossier City growth booms in north, not in south (By Sarah Crawford, from The Shreveport Times, May 29, 2018)
You don’t really need a study to tell you that Bossier City is growing. Just try to travel down Airline Drive or Benton Road at 5 p.m. But while the city’s population is increasing each year, and commercial development continues to expand in north Bossier, some wonder why it doesn’t always seem so equal in the southern part of the city.
“I get asked that question all the time,” Bossier City Chief Administrative Officer Pam Glorioso said.
For the answer, thank population density and demographics. And the development in recent decades of oil and gas infrastructure in south Bossier Parish.
At a recent Bossier City-Parish Metropolitan Planning Commission meeting, a commercial developer requested a zoning change to place four new, national restaurants on Airline Drive north of Interstate 220.
Opportunity abounds for gaming in Northwest Louisiana as the industry has the potential to take on a new incarnation. With the House nodding its approval of Senate Bill 316, the modernization of the nearly 25-year-old riverboat gaming laws will indeed impact our local industry.
Despite the state budget woes, Bossier has seen consistent progress due to the collaboration between the parish and city. Bossier is known for its positive business environment, willingness to partner for prosperity, and its innovative approach to planning for the future.