SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The future of the General Motors plant in Shreveport will be the topic of conversation during a meeting involving officials at the company's headquarters and a delegation of state and local leaders from Louisiana.
Gov. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover and Caddo Parish Administrator Woody Wilson are all scheduled to sit down with the auto maker at 2 p. m. Friday afternoon.
Glover appeared live exclusively on KSLA News 12 just before he boarded a 5:45 a. m. American Airlines flight, bound for Dallas.
The mayor said the team plans to impress upon GM's officials that northwest Louisiana is still a good place to do business.
Glover said he and the other leaders will offer the company a package including new tax incentives; talk about the merits of the local job pool; and even tout the Haynesville Shale natural gas discovery as proof that the area is thriving.
He said he echoes the wishes of Gov. Jindal to encourage GM to not only maintain its operations in the area, but to increase its presence by opening up new facilities.
The meeting was organized in response to GM's announcement a few weeks ago that it will be eliminating an entire shift at the Shreveport plant. About 800 workers will be laid off in September.
GM said at that time it also plans to reduce production of some of its vehicles, and sell off its Hummer line.
The cutbacks are the auto maker's way of dealing with tough economic times, brought on by a slow down in automobile sales in the U. S.
Stay tuned to KSLA News 12 and ksla.com for the latest on the meeting.