The I-49 and I-20 Corridors are included in the Louisiana Optical Network Infrastructure (LONI), which is a part of the National LambaRail which provides advanced network infrastructure for research, clinical and educational institutions.



  • Rail service by:
    Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCS)
    Union Pacific Railroad
  • Shreveport intermodal container loading/unloading at the Kansas City Southern Deramus Yard
  • Next, second and third-day rail service to the Sunbelt and Midwest regions


Road Transportation


  • The Greater Shreveport area is served by 3 Interstate Highways: I-20, I-49 and I-220
  • Louisiana Transportation Trust fund was established in 1989
  • All taxes levied on fuels are invested in the trust fund
  • Funds are dedicated for:
    Construction and maintenance of roads and bridges of the state and federal highways
    State Flood-Control Program
    Ports, airports, transit, state police for traffic control
    Parish Transportation Fund

Motor Freight Service

  • Next day and second day motor freight delivery from Northwest Louisiana encompasses most of the Sunbelt and Midwest U. S.
  • Northwest Louisiana has convenient access to I-20 (east-west) and to I-49 (north-south) which connects Shreveport to I-10 (east-west) in South Louisiana
  • Overnight delivery service can reach more than 43 million people

Port of Caddo Bossier


  • Port of Entry for Foreign Trade Zone and U.S. Customs
  • Industrial Park: Port owns approximately 2,500 acres in Caddo and Bossier Parishes along the Red River, with 220 acres dedicated to maritime infrastructure: land for lease/development.
  • General cargo and liquid wharves
  • 3,200-foot-long slack water harbor and 850 foot long launch basin, 12 foot draft. Service: Terminal slots available.
  • River Navigation: 9 ft. depth and 200 ft. width channel maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers
  • On-dock rail & roll-on/roll-off ramp
  • Comprehensive rail network and three locomotive switch engines
  • Daily service by Union Pacific Railroad with local connections to Kansas City Southern and Burlington Northern Santa Fe




  • Shreveport Regional Airport – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has honored Shreveport Regional Airport with two awards for its efforts to promote safety and efficiency. In addition to being named 2009 Louisiana Airport of the Year, the airport was singled out among airports in the five state Southwest Region for an Excellence in Construction Safety award. The FAA’s Southwest Region includes Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
  • Designated small hub airport served by four airlines
  • Over 60 scheduled arrivals and departures per day
  • Service provided by:
    American Eagle Airlines to Charlotte, NC, and Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas (DFW)
    Allegiant Air service to Las Vegas, and seasonally to Orlando, Fl
    Delta Airlines to Atlanta
    United Airlines to Denver, Co., and Houston, Tx
  • Air Cargo Carriers and Handlers:
    Airborne Express
    Federal Express
    United Parcel Service
    Integrated Airline Services
  • U.S. Customs Office on site – Port of Entry
  • Foreign Trade Zone



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Higher Education


The northwest Louisiana region is home to four 2-year institutions and six 4-year universities. All are within a one-hour drive of the Shreveport-Bossier MSA.

There is approximately a total of 42,217 students enrolled among the area’s 4-year universities, and a total of 10,795 students enrolled in the area’s 2-year colleges.

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Total Enrollment 53,012
4-Year University 42,217
2-Year Colleges & Trade Schools 10,795

Enrollment by 4-year University

Centenary College 585
Grambling State University 9,931
Louisiana Tech University 12,314
LSU-Shreveport 7,036
LSU-Health Sciences Center 1,451
Northwestern State University 10,900

Enrollment by 2-year Colleges and Trade Schools

Ayers Career College 107
Diesel Driving Academy 84
Bossier Parish Community College 6,596
Remington College 301
Digital Media Institute 26
Northwest Louisiana Technical College 1,030
Southern University at Shreveport 2,651

2018 Population (25+) by Educational Attainment:

High School Diploma

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Associate’s Degree

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Bachelor’s Degree

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Graduate or Professional Degree

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Regional Workforce

Industries with the Highest Number of Employees in Shreveport-Bossier MSA

Total, All Industries 174,411
Health Care and Social Assistance 34,580
Retail Trade 22,409
Accommodation and Food Services 19,950
Educational Services 14,776
Administrative and Waste Services 10,663
Manufacturing 10,849
Construction 8,120
Public Administration 8,114
Wholesale Trade 6,944

Source: Louisiana Workforce Commission Labor Market Statistics, Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages Program


2019 Shreveport-Bossier MSA Average Unemployment Rate

Shreveport-Bossier MSA Current Employment by Industry

Total, non-farm Employment 178,800
Total Private 150,000
Goods Producing 22,700
Service-Providing 156,100
Private Service Providing 127,300
Mining and Logging 4,300
Mining, Logging and Construction 12,100
Construction 7,800
Manufacturing 10,600
Trade, Transportation, and Utilities 36,400
Information 1,900
Financial Activities 7,600
Professional & Business Services 18,200
Education & Health Services 32,100
Leisure & Hospitality 24,500
Other Services 6,600
Total Government 1,979
Accommodation and food services 28,800

Source: LOIS, Labor Market Statistics, July 2019


REGIONAL LABOR MARKET AREA 7 220,851 8,941,162,096 779
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting 1,194 52,688,150 849
Mining 4,743 361,660,213 1,466
Utilities 1,735 117,668,645 1,304
Construction 10,891 480,916,624 849
Manufacturing 16,231 918,080,821 1,088
Wholesale trade 8,108 454,148,296 1,077
Retail trade 28,909 773,830,833 515
Transportation and warehousing 7,187 368,524,884 986
Information 2,847 122,675,145 829
Finance and insurance 5,645 320,995,671 1,094
Real estate and rental and leasing 3,738 139,912,630 720
Professional and technical services 6,770 369,067,843 1,048
Management of companies and enterprises 1,526 107,455,024 1,354
Administrative and waste services 11,372 323,582,952 547
Educational services 21,949 801,173,418 702
Health care and social assistance 43,356 2,018,049,046 895
Arts, entertainment, and recreation 4,617 115,372,867 481
Accommodation and food services 24,358 409,430,917 323
Other services, except public administration 5,054 161,465,262 614
Public administration 10,611 524,084,308 950

Note: Due to unclassified and non-publishable data, major divisions may not total to parish or RLMA.



  • Shreveport-Bossier City designated a Louisiana Certified Retirement Community by the Louisiana Office of Tourism
  • Bossier City named No. 7 for “Best Places to Find a New Job” – Money magazine
  • Shreveport-Bossier named a “Game Changing Community” because of its economic potential- Southern Business Development
  • Shreveport-Bossier ranked among the “Best Opportunity Cities” – Forbes magazine
  • Bossier City ranked as one of Louisiana’s top ten most successful cities
  • Bossier ranks in top 10 in Louisiana for economic expansion (measured by the number of business, GDP growth, building permit growth, and Federal funds received per capita). – SmartAsset
  • Business Facilities ranked Shreveport-Bossier:
    • Shreveport-Bossier MSA ranks No. 2 as an Emerging Cybersecurity Hub
    • Shreveport-Bossier MSA ranks No. 4 for Economic Growth Potential (Population Less Than 300K)
    • Shreveport-Bossier MSA ranks No. 10 for Lowest Cost of Living
  • Also, Shreveport-Bossier and north Louisiana played a key role in the state capturing No. 1 spot for Cyber Security Growth Potential.


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