Sunday, July 21, 2024

Caddo-Bossier Parishes Port Commission Kicks Off with New Leadership for 2024-2025 Term

by BIZ Magazine

The Caddo-Bossier Parishes Port Commission is charting a course for the future with newly elected officers leading the helm for the 2024-2025 term. Bill Altimus, the former Bossier Parish Administrator and a commissioner since 2019, takes the helm as the President of the Commission. Joshua K. Williams, representing the City of Shreveport since 2021, assumes the role of Vice President, and retired Judge Stephen V. Callaway, a commissioner since November, is the new Secretary/Treasurer.

In his role as President, Bill Altimus expressed his enthusiasm for the Port’s pivotal role in Northwest Louisiana’s economy. He emphasized the importance of collaboration among commissioners and the Port team to expand the Port’s footprint, fostering job creation and economic opportunities for the region. Altimus highlighted a significant ripple effect, noting, “For every job created at the Port, 4.1 jobs are created elsewhere in the community.”

Vice President Joshua K. Williams anticipates the Port’s continued significance in regional economic development. He cited ongoing projects, including new warehouses, tenants, and infrastructure developments, as factors contributing to the Port’s attractiveness for businesses seeking to expand operations in the region.

Retired Judge Stephen Callaway, serving as Secretary/Treasurer, emphasized the Port’s economic impact, noting the collaborative efforts with economic development partners like North Louisiana Economic Partnership, BRF, and Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation.

The Port of Caddo-Bossier is currently engaged in three major projects poised to enhance its capabilities for current and future tenants:

  1. Bossier City Waterline:
    • Crews are installing a new waterline from Bossier City to the undeveloped west side of The Port campus.
    • Boring operations will pass under the Red River to facilitate water and sewer lines to the west side of the campus, serving future tenants.
  2. I-69 Service Road:
    • Design work is underway for the I-69 service road connecting I-49 in DeSoto Parish to The Port.
    • The service road aims to provide a direct route for commercial traffic heading north on I-49, with completion anticipated in approximately six years.
  3. Heavy-load Warehouse:
    • Construction is progressing on a new 40,000-square-foot heavy-load warehouse, funded by The Port, Red River Waterway Commission, and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development.
    • The project, expected to conclude by year-end, enhances The Port’s capabilities for handling heavy loads efficiently.

The 4,000-acre Port of Caddo-Bossier, positioned at the head of navigation on the Red River Waterway, serves as an inland multi-modal transportation and distribution center. Collaborating seamlessly with Louisiana’s port system, it facilitates connections for customers throughout the Ark-La-Tex region to domestic and international markets via the Mississippi River and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

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