Dr. Peter Boggs, a longtime Shreveport allergist, marks the opening of the BreatheAmerica location in Shreveport.
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A Nashville, Tenn.-based health care company that operates treatment centers for airway diseases like allergies and asthma has opened a location in Shreveport. It’s the sixth BreatheAmerica location in the U.S. The physician-led practice will consist of allergists, pulmonologists, and ear nose and throat surgeons connected with LSU Health Shreveport, Willis-Knighton Health System, and private practice, according to BreatheAmerica's executive vice president of operations Ron Charpentier.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's job training program got underway Monday at the Shreveport Fire and Police Academy. The program includes 125 hours of instruction.
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More than a dozen people in Shreveport have started a job training program this week made possible through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It could lead to a full-time job next month. Southern University at Shreveport is administering the grant that provides environmental health and safety training certifications.
The city of Shreveport has signed on to a nationwide initiative to encourage residents to open checking accounts and use them to their full advantage, even if they’ve had banking problems in the past. Bank On Shreveport aims to help local residents move toward financial stability and reduce the reliance on high-cost check cashers and payday lenders, according to Ebony Mapp, the city’s economic development special projects manager.
“It’s a real loss for our community. It’s those types of services -- some of them are predatory -- that can dilute the wealth of a city," Mapp said.
A Bossier City firm will plant 6 million loblolly pine and other hardwood varieties on managed timberland in the Ark-La-Tex this winter. Lorenzo Tunek, owner of All Regions Services, Inc., is in the process of hiring about 60 temporary workers from Mexico.
Tunek can’t find anyone locally who’s willing to do this kind of backbreaking work. Each worker will plant about 3,000 seedlings per day. Tunek said they’re paid by the number of trees they plant.
The economic development agency – North Louisiana Economic Partnership – says it has 48 prospective business leads in its pipeline, and the number of companies that are doing site selection in north Louisiana is up from last year. NLEP president Scott Martinez reported the numbers at an economic development presentation Thursday at the Bossier Civic Center.