Experts say North Louisiana and Shreveport-Bossier City have a
competitive advantage over similar regions attempting to attract large
economic developments — the ability to provide a skilled work force.
workers are an essential piece of what industries are looking for when
considering a region for development, said Jerry Szatan, a Chicago-based
economic development consultant.
Szatan is one of five
consultants who are part of an advisory forum hosted this week by North
Louisiana Economic Partnership and Southwestern Electric Power Co.
consultants, members of the Site Selectors Guild, were invited to
Shreveport-Bossier City as a way to showcase the area as a region ripe
for development. The cost to bring the five was $25,000.
companies go to the guild as a first point of contact when considering a
new development location, said Christine Rambo, NLEP spokeswoman.
said Shreveport-Bossier City isn’t as well-known as nearby New Orleans
and Dallas, and the forum is a way the region can market itself as a
viable option for economic developments the consultants may already be
working on or may work on in the future. More here.