Bossier is the launching pad for progress and we’re a parish on the move. Through technology, education, economic development, manufacturing, gaming, transportation, infrastructure and most importantly, partnerships, our community is leading the region and our state to a brighter future. With the region committed to workforce development, students graduate from Bossier Parish Schools with an opportunity to attend several post-secondary schools that are located within an hour’s commute of Bossier City.
With more than five leading healthcare entities in the area, Bossier-Shreveport prides itself on providing the community and region with the highest quality of care.
The Willis-Knighton Health System (WKHS) was ranked #2 Best Hospitals in Louisiana by U.S. News and World Report in 2013. Willis-Knighton Cancer Center is one of a few cancer centers that offers its patients Proton Therapy (an advanced and extremely precise form of radiation therapy). The Willis-Knighton Hyperbaric & Wound Care Center is one of only a handful of units with advanced hyperbaric chamber technology. WKHS has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. This national award is issued to hospitals based on exceptional care and safety as well as cost-efficient healthcare.
CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health has a proud history of providing health care in northwest Louisiana for over 115 years. With 850 employees, 600 affiliated physicians, and over 200 volunteers, the system remains committed to our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and improving health in the communities we serve. Christus Highland Medical Center located on Bert Kouns serves as the main hospital for CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health and includes birthing suites, neonatal intensive care unit, medical and surgical care, comprehensive coronary and oncology care, orthopedics and emergency services.
Northwest Louisiana boasts an advanced, competitive manufacturing industry, in part due to the logistical advantages its unique location offers. Low land costs, multimodal transportation, access to several interstate routes and a regional airport active in international trade and commerce all offer companies a variety of advantages.
A vibrant industrial park adjacent to Shreveport Regional Airport and development-ready sites with reasonable prices such as those located at the Port of Caddo-Bossier attract new companies to the area, allowing for the continual development of new investment opportunities across the region. Ideally situated along the Red River, the Port provides businesses here a link to domestic and international markets via the Mississippi River, the nation’s largest river system, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Major manufacturing investments in the region include:
Often referred to as “Louisiana’s Other Side,” Bossier-Shreveport is the hub of hospitality and entertainment in the Ark-La-Tex, where the borders of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet. Bossier-Shreveport prides itself on its vast array of hospitality and entertainment options. The Chambers of Commerce, Tourist Bureau, Sports Commission and local hospitality industry partner together to make Bossier-Shreveport a premier destination for leisure, group, convention and sports visitors. Marketing partners include area hotels, attractions, retail, performing arts, festivals, events and other businesses that support hospitality and tourism. Additionally, the six riverboat casinos along the Red River provide great food, entertainment, retail, and gaming options. Listed below are a few examples of what makes Bossier-Shreveport a mecca for hospitality and entertainment.
The Cyber Innovation Center and its National Cyber Research Park are continuously making great strides in Bossier City by providing a physical location for government, industry, and academia to collaborate, conduct leading research, and develop state of the art technologies. The development of The National Cyber Research Park has made way for many knowledge based/technology companies to look at Bossier City in a whole new light and select Bossier City as a home. The National Cyber Research Park promotes a concept of new innovative development that advances technology, progress, and research.
Within the Bossier-Shreveport community, there is local representation of nearly all branches of service — Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, active duty Air Force and Air Force Reserve. With Bossier City being selected as home to a military airfield in the 1930s, Barksdale Air Force Base has grown into a major source of revenue and employment for the region. Barksdale Air Force Base is the largest employer in the Bossier-Shreveport metropolitan statistical area, as well as the largest single-site employer in Louisiana. Because the area endlessly supports military, over 40,000 military retirees have made Bossier-Shreveport their home.
Bossier-Shreveport realizes that workforce training and workforce development go hand in hand. To bring new companies and new jobs into a city, there must be adequately trained individuals that are ready for hire. Bossier-Shreveport is home to several organizations and colleges/universities that offer additional education and training programs thus increasing our talent pool. The Louisiana Economic Development Fast Start program is ranked as the #1 Workforce Training Program in the U.S. You will find other great organizations and programs listed below:
Bossier Innovates through technology, education, workforce and economic development, manufacturing, gaming, transportation, infrastructure and most importantly, partnerships. Our community is leading the region and our state to a brighter future.
We aim to connect highly skilled, out-of-area professionals with innovative careers in Bossier Parish. North Louisiana represents one of the fastest growing digital media hubs in the nation and is a magnet for cutting-edge companies as a result of competitive tax incentive packages and research facilities.
BOSSIER CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Bossier Chamber of Commerce is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote growth and development within the communities of Bossier and Caddo Parish. The Chamber promotes growth and development by utilizing its most valuable resource, its membership.
We are a business network and membership organization comprised of approximately 900 members, across seven states in 30 cities, and represent 60,000 employees throughout the region. The size and diversity of the membership and our retention of members contributes to this successful image. These factors, as well as the range and quality of our services, our ability to develop effective partnerships, and our commitment to protect the business environment, make our Chamber a success.
For more information regarding Bossier Chamber membership and networking opportunities visit www.bossierchamber.com.
As innovative companies move into the region, they’re seeking elite professionals with a targeted skill set to meet the demands of 21st century careers. Are you ready to come to this innovative community?
Bossier City has several partnering entities within the region whose main goal is to aid in the growth of workforce development. Checkout the below partners and visit their websites to look for currently posted jobs or to submit your resume.