Monday, June 17, 2024

Johnson: Looking back at the progress from 2022

by Lisa Johnson

2022 was an exciting year of growth and prosperity for the Bossier Chamber! We had many wonderful accomplishments. 

Here are the things we’re most proud of from 2022:

Launched Military Community Champions Program: This new program showcases our community’s support for our military, spouses, and veterans by creating military and business partnerships. 

Convened decision makers: Held collaborative meetings to push for a new four lane bridge across the Red River connecting south Shreveport to south Bossier and garnered support from the Lt. Governor to have the existing Jimmy Davis Bridge enter the State Park System as a linear park. 

Took a stand on litter: I was appointed to Governor’s Task Force on Statewide Litter Abatement and Beautification in January 2022. We worked to find policy solutions for Louisiana’s litter problem, educate the public and promote community litter abatement activities. We held local meetings with the Keep Louisiana Beautiful program. Our diplomats started doing community cleanups along Benton Road to help me with this effort.

Celebrated 75 years as a Chamber: We had a wonderful birthday party to commemorate 75 years as a Chamber in October. We danced, dressed in our best 40’s attire and toasted to 75 years! We even had former board members and past Presidents show up and that was very special.

Held a leadership role in our state Chamber association: I served as the Louisiana Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (LACCE) President and helped host the 2022 LACCE conference right here in Shreveport-Bossier. The Bossier Chamber won chamber of the year! 

Hosted new event: In November, we hosted a new event called the State of the Community Report. At this event, we discussed our region’s greatest assets and how we can build upon them for the future. We focused on transportation, defense, energy, and healthcare. We included leaders from area businesses as well as elected officials in the discussion on how to move our region forward. 

Gained 87 new members: We increased our membership in 2022. Some of our largest new members are Meta and Southwestern Energy. We also had numerous ribbon cuttings and anniversary celebrations. 

Overall, we had a successful year and we’re looking forward to 2023! We can’t do it without you! We hope you’ll join us in 2023 for events and opportunities that will enhance your business and the community!

Lisa Johnson | President, Bossier Chamber of Commerce

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