Tue November 27, 2012

CoHabitat poised to relocate to Shreveport's Red River District

CoHabitat Foundation aims to remodel a former restaurant location in Shreveport's Red River District.
Credit CoHabitat Foundation

A co-working nonprofit organization in downtown Shreveport has received a $50,000 grant to help it relocate and become a permanent option for small business owners who wish to work in a shared space. CoHabitat Foundation executive director John Grindley said his lease is up in March 2013. He’s working to close a deal with the city to move CoHab and its 50 member businesses into a defunct restaurant in the Red River District.

“We need to work somewhere downtown that doesn’t force us to raise our member rates,” Grindley said. “We’re looking for a permanent home now.”

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Fri November 2, 2012

Economic development on upswing in North La.

The North Louisiana Economic Partnership presented an update on business activity in its 14-parish region to a group gathered Thursday at Cohab in downtown Shreveport.
Credit North Louisiana Economic Partnership

The North Louisiana Economic Development Partnership presented an optimistic view of job growth across its 14-parish region, during an event at Cohab in downtown Shreveport. NLEP's vice president of business development Liz Pierre told local businesspeople that she's tracking 67 active leads, largely in the manufacturing sector. The non-profit business development firm has offices in Shreveport and Monroe.

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Thu October 11, 2012

Temple Foundation breathes new life into Diboll golf course

Neches Pines Golf Course in Diboll, Texas, is set to undergo a major renovation. The public golf course was the vision of the late forest products executive and philanthropist Arthur Temple. A $1 million grant from the T.L.L. Temple Foundation will help overhaul the golf course that dates back to the late '60s.


Mon September 24, 2012

Cenla leader lauds rise of creative class in Shreveport

Jim Clinton, president of the Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, is the featured speaker at tomorrow's Biomedical Foundation of Northwest Louisiana luncheon highlighting innovation and economic development. Clinton says Louisiana has made marked progress in recruiting and developing new companies, with Shreveport-Bossier seeing a rise of the creative class.


Thu September 6, 2012

East Texas Tilapia revives idle chicken houses

A former chicken farm in Mount Enterprise, Texas, is now harvesting more than 300,000 pounds of tilapia each year. The freshwater, tropical fish is raised in large tanks inside modified chicken houses. Jim Reed, owner of East Texas Tilapia, sells the tilapia at the Nacogdoches farmers' market and to local restaurants. He also trucks live tilapia to supermarkets in Dallas and Austin, and is eyeing an expansion to take over more shuttered chicken houses.