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8:44am

Thu December 11, 2014
Business

Downtown Shreveport leaders herald 50 new apartments in ongoing rehab effort

Originally the Feibelman's Department Store, then a Sears department store, the refurbished 1923 building has been renamed The Lofts @ 624. The 96,000 square-foot building has seven stories and a basement.
Credit Kate Archer Kent

A trio of early 1900s buildings in downtown Shreveport – including one on the city’s demolition list – are being brought back to life.

Pre-leasing is underway for more than 50 apartments on Texas Street. At a press conference Wednesday, city leaders announced the names of businesses that will open in the development, including a coffee shop, nightclub, sushi bar, and vintage clothier.

New Orleans developer Roland von Kurnatowski has been working to rehab the buildings for almost two years.

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9:40am

Wed November 26, 2014
Business

Making salty water potable is complex, but Many, La., firm is trying to solve it

Water Desalination Report editor Tom Pankratz is eager to learn what competitors will come up with in the Desal Prize.
Credit GWI Desalination Report

A worldwide competition to invent an affordable water desalination system that would support a farm family in the developing world is down to eight semifinalists, including the company Suns River of Many, Louisiana. 

The editor of the weekly Water Desalination Report, Tom Pankratz, says the key question in the Desal Prize created by the U.S. Agency for International Development is whether it will spark innovation.

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8:57am

Tue November 4, 2014
Business

Small farming dreams abound in Central Louisiana

Credit backdoorjobs.com

Dozens of aspiring small farmers in Central Louisiana are taking a six-week course on how to work their land and make it into a business.

For the first time, the Alexandria-based Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance or CLEDA is offering a course called “Exploring Your Small Farm Dream.”

Gary Perkins runs CLEDA’s business acceleration system. He says CLEDA partnered with LSU AgCenter to offer an overview on how to start a small farming operation.

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8:58am

Wed October 29, 2014
Business

Shreveport startup SkyRunner sets up shop in former GM plant

Credit SkyRunner LLC Facebook

A flying dune buggy has Shreveport roots.

Startup flying car maker SkyRunner LLC is moving into the former Shreveport General Motors plant this week. An assembly line is being prepped for a pre-market, all-terrain vehicle with a powered parachute.

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9:28am

Mon October 27, 2014
Business

Stephen F. Austin State ag professor helps Angolan farmers cater to new middle class

Stephen F. Austin State Regents professor Leon Young worked with farmers in Angola on improving soil fertility during the dry season.
Credit Stephen F. Austin State University

With the threat of Ebola looming over Western Africa, volunteerism is still robust in other parts of the continent. Leon Young is a soil fertility specialist and Regents professor of agriculture at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. He was in Angola ahead of the fall semester consulting in the Farmer to Farmer program through the nongovernmental organization CNFA.

“I was working with subsistence farmers who were trying to grow vegetables in the dry season to market to an emerging middle class in Angola,” Young said.

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