North Louisiana Economic Partnership

Kate Archer Kent

More than 600 high school students from northwest Louisiana are touring manufacturing plants this week to see firsthand what these blue-collar jobs are like. The Libbey Glass factory in Shreveport hosted 12 students Wednesday from Red River High School in Coushatta.

Louisiana’s Superintendent of Education John White will headline a workforce summit Tuesday, March 17, in Shreveport. The North Louisiana Economic Partnership or NLEP is putting on its first conference that will bring together educators and employers to discuss employment growth in health care, information technology and manufacturing. NLEP senior vice president Angie White says high school students aren’t aware of all their options that will lead to gainful careers, especially in blue-collar work.

Kate Archer Kent

A handful of companies that are hiring hundreds of tech workers were handpicked to participate in a hiring event Wednesday at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Officials with Louisiana Economic Development’s workforce development program called FastStart put on a digital jobs interview event for companies like IBM, CGI and CenturyLink.


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.  

The trade magazine Site Selection released its list of cities with the greatest business expansion. Shreveport-Bossier tied for ninth in Tier 2 metro areas, with 23 new or expanded companies.