Hello, Shreveport. In the news this week, Shreveport is receiving $22 million in a federal grant to improve infrastructure in the healthcare corridor and a Shreveport abortion clinic is receiving community support in response to Louisiana Supreme Court ruling. Keep reading to find out more about this week’s business news.
What is the deal with Downtown Shreveport?
Downtown Shreveport has a reputation for being a center for crime in the city, but the Shreveport Police Department’s crime statistics paint a more clear picture.
While the report is lengthy and covers the entire city from June 2021 to May 2022, it is clear that crime is a component to Downtown Shreveport with 489 crimes committed from in that time frame.
The largest offense noted is simple burglary which occurred 71 times in a year.
To learn more about how the city is keeping downtown businesses safe, click here.
Shreveport is getting $22 million to improve the health care corridor
In a joint press conference Monday morning, leaders of Shreveport discussed the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant.
The U.S. Secretary of Transportation announced Thursday that the Biden Administration has awarded $63.1 million to support five projects in Louisiana.
These projects will focus on modernizing roads, bridges, transits, rails, ports and intermodal transportation and make transportation systems safer, more accessible, more affordable and more sustainable.
Shreveport was chosen out of a handful of cities in Louisiana to be awarded this grant, that will invest in $22,164,000 into improvements in public transit and infrastructure in the healthcare corridor.
“Ultimately these dollars will not only create opportunities for the City of Shreveport, but it will create opportunities for our entire region,” said Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins.
Who are the 40 under 40 nominees?
The Greater Shreveport Chamber announced Monday, the 40 Under Forty Class of 2022.
This distinction is brought to the area by the Young Professionals Initiative of Northwest Louisiana, a program of the Greater Shreveport Chamber. YPI exists to create a network of community leaders under 40 to enhance the development of Northwest Louisiana.
Out of these 40 honorees, one will receive the Young Professional of the Year Award at the 40 Under Forty Awards Gala on Dec. 2, at Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino.
To see who are the nominees for 40 Under Forty for 2022, click here.
Shreveport abortion clinic is receiving support from community through a GoFundMe
After the Louisiana Supreme Court rejected an appeal to hear a case on the state’s abortion ban, a group in Shreveport has created a GoFundMe fundraiser for the only clinic in North Louisiana.
“The community support received the last few months has been amazing,” said Kathaleen Pittman, administrator for Hope Medical Group for Women. “Channeling this support into a GoFundMe is the next step.”
Hope Medical Group has been providing abortion care to families in the Ark-La-Tex since 1980, and the staff is 100% committed to continued service in the South. “They want to stay open, they just can’t stay open in Louisiana,” said Hollis.
Be on the lookout for Thursday and Sunday for Life in the 318 and The 318 to catch up on all the best stories you might have missed.
Makenzie Boucher is a reporter with the Shreveport Times. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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