September 5, 2006 at 10:01 PM CDT - Updated July 26 at 8:35 PM
17. Each candidate has included "economic development" as a key plank in his or her platform. What kinds of jobs and industry will you focus on bringing to Shreveport-White collar? Blue collar? High Tech ? Service industry? ... "Brain Power" or "Back Power" jobs?
Arlena Acree A city cannot survive without economic development initiatives to create good paying jobs and generate a solid corporate tax base. I am the only candidate with proven and successful economic development experience. I would continue to support and staff an economic development department to partner with our economic allies to continue to retain, assist, and recruit more jobs to our city. For the past eight years, I have served as Shreveport's Economic Development Director and have the expertise to continue to grow our economy and can hit the ground running.
We have some great infrastructures to include our interstates and future ones I-49 and I-69. Our intermodal container loading and unloading at KCS's Deramus Yard and our second and third-day rail service to the Sunbelt and Midwest regions gives us a rail advantage. Our Port of Shreveport-Bossier, and our great motor freight services that can reach 43 million people overnight make us logistically a great location for manufacturing, service, and distribution. I don't think we should put all of our recruiting efforts for just a few industries but should work all of our strengths such as the medical/biomedical, research and development, manufacturing, distribution, automotive, and the movie industry. We have to have a balance for our entire workforce to be diversified, whether blue or white collar, high tech, brain power, etc. We also must be on the cutting edge. Another part of my economic plan is to create an Innovation Center to assist with local companies and grow our own. We need to think out of the box. We need to create a research and technical assistance center to help entrepreneurs with business solutions, patents, franchise training and assistance to grow their own businesses. Global economic development is on my agenda. We need to educate and assist our local businesses so they can be globally competitive giving them an opportunity to import and export products and/or services to help them grow.
Madjun Ali All of the above (Phase I and II Projects)
Max Malone All. Blue collar jobs produce white collar jobs and vice versa.
Liz Swaine Every single job is one that we do not have now and I will fight for all of them. I would like to see more jobs with the potential to keep young people at home and give them room to grow within a company.