Johnson: A future for now and later

The beauty of a growing and progressive community is you can see that there is a future for you as well as generations to come. 

With the current growth of the technology sector, continued growth at Bossier Parish Community College and LA Tech to meet workforce needs, expansion of offerings at the K-12 schools in cyber and technical skills and a continued focus on infrastructure work, you can see that Bossier is striving to continue to grow and keep pace with its advancement.

Our greatest asset is our people – from residents, both long and short term, to visitors, business owners, consumers, elected officials and government employees to private sector workers, children, families, Millennials, Baby Boomers, and everyone in between. The people make this diverse community what it is. But, to create a community where people want to come work, live and play, the people who are currently here must exude a great sense of PRIDE about the place they have chosen to call home.

As our local convention and tourist bureau defines PRIDE — Proud Residents Involved in Developing the Economy — as the key to continued progress is positivity and connectivity. You would be surprised how infectious that positivity can be. We encourage our residents and business owners to speak favorably about the community to peers and visitors alike. That outlook will only enhance the quality of life and business climate in our area.

Being a physical part of your community through involvement in community meetings, festivals and buying local, ensures that sense of pride, connectivity, and growth.

The Chamber has taken on a renewed vision in recent years to be the connection agency for Bossier, as we attend as many governmental and community meetings as possible to give that information back to our members. We seek out direct relationships with all businesses and education institutions to keep our area’s progress moving in the right direction.

In 2017, as we launched the Be Bossier campaign, we worked to stay connected to the residents and visitors of Bossier City and Parish as well. We have been able to meet some amazing people and tell great stories through this platform. If you haven’t checked it out yet, find us at bebossier.com or on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. And don’t hesitate to share your stories with us! We are looking to keep the conversation going about all of the great things happening in Bossier to show what a great place it is to work, play and live!

Lisa Johnson is president and CEO of the Bossier Chamber of Commerce