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Leaderboard: New CNB chair, LSUHS successes, new Providence House marketing director

CNB names James P. Williams as chairman of board of directors James P. Williams has served on the Citizens National Bank Board of Directors for over 24 years and is now moving into the Chairman of the Board position. During his time with CNB he has worked on various committees including the CNB Executive Committee, [...]

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System awarded Louisiana Birth Ready designation

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health System has achieved the Louisiana Birth Ready Designation from the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative (LaPQC). The Birth Place at CHRISTUS Highland Medical Center is one of 11 facilities to receive the recognition this year.  A Louisiana Birth Ready Designation recognizes CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health system’s hard work and implementation of best practices through [...]

BPCC dean awarded Kennedy Center Gold Medallion

Bossier Parish Community College Dean of Communication and Performing Arts, Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, was awarded the prestigious Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for Region 6 during the 54th Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) on February 27th. The Kennedy Center Gold Medallion is the highest award the festival gives and is considered a great [...]

LSUS Institute for Nonprofit Administration and Research announces Advisory Board Members

The LSUS Institute for Nonprofit Administration & Research (INAR) announces the appointment of eleven individuals to its advisory board. The INAR was established in 2001 to conduct research and disseminate knowledge about nonprofit organizations and social research. The INAR offers nonprofit education programs, professional development seminars, and quality research and statistical analysis to clients. With [...]

PSC Commish: OKlahoma wind power project good for swepco customers

Completion of the three-part Oklahoma wind-power project for SWEPCO and its sister company, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, represents good news for Louisiana electric customers, said Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell. “The wind blows steadily and it blows for free in north-central Oklahoma,” Campbell said.  “Capturing that wind to make electricity means long-term, reliable [...]

Sen. Cassidy secures $7M in federal dollars for LSU Health Shreveport Center

LSU Health Shreveport (LSUHS) has received a notice of award from Health and Human Services (HHS) for a $7 million appropriation in support of the Center for Medical Education and Emerging Viral Threats. Senator Bill Cassidy was instrumental in the receipt of this funding for LSUHS, which will enhance the impact of the Center for [...]

Bossier City council issues support for passenger rail service

The Bossier City Council has issued its support for Amtrak passenger rail service along the Interstate 20 corridor through Bossier City. The council unanimously supported a resolution at its March 15, 2022 regular meeting. Jack “Bump” Skaggs, president and CEO of the Coordinating and Development Corporation, addressed the Bossier City Council during the meeting. He [...]

Butler: Are you allergic to spring? Seasonal allergy relief 

The return of a lush green and vibrant landscape usually means seasonal allergies are in full bloom because of plant pollen. In addition to a yellow coating on your vehicle, pollen is the main culprit of allergy symptoms that can make you feel miserable. In fact, those symptoms are the immune system’s response to an [...]

Rozeman: History and civics education matters

Reading, writing, and arithmetic matter. So does history, geography, and civics. With little fanfare last week, Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE), unanimously approved new K-12 education standards in history, geography, economics, and civics. Dr. Cade Brumley, Louisiana State Superintendent of Education, notes these standards teach our children to “understand their obligation as [...]

NSU joins U.S. Cyber Command Academic Engagement Network

NATCHITOCHES – Northwestern State University has been accepted into the United States Cyber Command Academic Engagement Network (AEN).  The goal of AEN is to foster relationships between cutting edge academic institutions and the entire U.S. Cyber commend enterprise, which includes  the USCYBERCOM Headquarters, Cyber National Mission Force, Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Networks, Air [...]

Growing from 1 to 50 employees? It can be done in NLA

When it came time to retire, Brigadier General Gerald Goodfellow (USAF, Ret.) saw the growing gap in technological advancement within the Air Force and decided to use his expertise to continue serving in a new way. As the prior Director of Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements at Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) located at [...]

Peacock: Redistricting indicates need for changes in policies to attract jobs

State Senator Barrow Peacock (R-Shreveport) says redistricting session highlights the need for a more pro-business environment. “As a state we need to have an environment that will allow us to have a growth in jobs and provide a framework from a legal and tax basis so that our businesses will flourish and will increase employment [...]

Is there an upside for Louisiana with rising gas prices?

Typically, rising fuel prices mean more job growth in Louisiana, but that may not be the case for this recent historical spike.   U.S. oil production hit an all-time high of nearly 13 million barrels per day (BPD) just two years ago. However, by May 2020, oil production had dropped to 9.7 million BPD.  According [...]

Bateman: Broadband and workforce are two sides of the same coin

Throughout America, a truly historic investment is being made to expand access to high-speed internet. No longer a luxury, access to reliable broadband is an essential utility and closing the digital divide in Louisiana is the goal of ConnectLA. The state’s two-year colleges are stepping-up and leaning in to prepare the skilled telecommunications workforce required [...]

Spohn: Growth continues for Cyber Innovation Center

For the past 14 years, Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) has been the anchor for continued cybersecurity growth in the National Cyber Research Park (NCRP) right here in our region. As the anchor, the CIC in partnership with Louisiana Tech University creates a knowledge-based workforce by promoting research, education, and technological innovation and fostering collaborative and [...]

Specht: Time to ‘Get busy living, or get busy dying’

“It’s time for America to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again with people.  People working from home can feel safe and begin to return to their offices…We’re doing that here in the federal government. The vast majority of federal workers will once again work in person…Our schools are open.  Let’s keep [...]

BIZ. April 2022 e-Edition

The electronic page-turn version of the April 2022 BIZ. Magazine.