Second annual Upstate Rising Conference to be held at BPCCBossier Parish Community College’s Economic & Workforce Development Division is proud to host the second annual Upstate Rising: The North Louisiana Public-Private Partnership, Real Estate Development, and Land Use Planning Law Conference. This year’s conference is scheduled for 8:30am – 4:45 pm on Thursday, August 23, in the gymnasium (Building I) on the BPCC campus, 6220 E Texas St., Bossier City, LA, and focuses on the topic: “Exploring Roads, Rivers, & Rails”. The daylong economic development conference allows participants to learn “best practices” and strategies to improve their business opportunities and the economic well-being of Northwest Louisiana. It also provides access to networking opportunities with local, regional, and statewide industry professionals. Featured speakers for this year’s conference include Mike Mullis, President/CEO, and Denise Mott, Managing Director, for J.M. Mullis, Inc., a site selection firm. Mullis and Mott will give participants the trends in site selection and will summarize global, national, and regional corporate location and expansion trends. Having visited north Louisiana several times throughout the last few decades, they will also share their perspective on where the area was then, where it is now, and where it can go in the future to increase its competitive advantage. Also on the agenda as keynote speaker is Shawn Wilson, Ph.D., Secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Transportation and Development. Dr. Wilson will discuss how public policy and Louisiana transportation infrastructure construction, expansion, and improvement support public-private partnerships, real estate development, and land use planning. The conference’s other speakers include: Kent Rogers, Executive Director of Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments Bill Sanderson, Mayor, Village of Choudrant, and Building Official, City of Ruston Scott Martinez, President of North Louisiana Economic Partnership Neil Erwin, Attorney, and Caroline E. Mladenka, MPA, Neil Erwin Law, LLC Curtis A. Wright, Sr., Real Estate Professional A “best practice” panel discussion from the perspective of local experts will also be on the agenda. The panel includes William “Bill” R. Altimus, Administrator, Bossier Parish Police Jury; Eric England, Executive Port Director, The Port of Caddo-Bossier; Brian Crawford, Chief Administrative Officer, Office of the Mayor, City of Shreveport; and William “Bill” Cooksey, Deputy Director of Airports, Shreveport Airport Authority. Liz Swaine, Executive Director of the Shreveport Downtown Development Authority, will facilitate the panel. For this second year, BPCC is pleased to bring all these dynamic speakers and leaders to the table and plans to continue providing exceptional placemaking opportunities such as this conference for those in “upstate” Louisiana. “BPCC is happy to provide a means for positive community collaboration to stimulate a growth mindset” said Dr. Gayle Flowers, Vice Chancellor for Economic & Workforce Development at Bossier Parish Community College. “Results of collaborations like Upstate Rising uniquely positions North Louisiana as a dynamic region for business success, family stability and satisfaction, and an enviable quality of life.” Realtors, architects, civil engineers, attorneys, real estate developers, public officials, municipal planners, financial institution representatives, and private citizens are welcome to attend. Attendees can receive continuing education credits through participating organizations (go to: https://bit.ly/2GyuQKo or contact BPCC’s Workforce Development & Continuing Education Office, 318-678-6015 for a list of organizations and conference details). Upstate Rising’s 2018 sponsors include: Platinum: AEP SWEPCO City of Bossier City Diamond: Bossier Parish Police Jury Gold: Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation Neil Erwin Law, LLC Silver: Bossier Metropolitan Planning Commission North Louisiana Economic Partnership Bronze: American Institute of Architects-Shreveport Chapter American Society of Civil Engineers-Shreveport Branch Bossier Press Tribune Coordinating & Development Corporation Bossier Chamber of Commerce Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Louisiana Engineering Society-Shreveport Chapter Louisiana Municipal Association Louisiana Police Jury Association Upstate Rising conference fee is $249. To register for the conference or for additional information, go to: https://bit.ly/2GyuQKo or contact Bossier Parish Community College’s Division of Economic & Workforce Development, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 318-678-6015. Hotel accommodations are provided through Margaritaville Resort Casino at a special group code. If members of a group are individually paying for rooms, reservations for the event will be made by calling 318-698-3920, or by emailing email@example.com). When making reservations, please state, Upstate Rising Conference.BPCC receives military flags donated from Soldier’s Wish and SubwaySoldier’s Wish, a national non-profit organization who identifies unmet needs of veterans of military service and provides resources to meet those needs, and Subway® have joined together to grant wishes and raise funds for military servicemen/women across the country. In celebration of Flag Day 2018 and to commemorate the opening of BPCC’s new Veteran Resource Center on the BPCC campus in Fall 2018, Soldier’s Wish and Subway® have generously offered to provide the College with the five military service flags, the American flag, and the POW flag to be displayed in the new center. It is their way of honoring all military students and recognizing their sacrifices through service to their country. They will also be presenting a check to the BPCC Foundation to provide scholarships for veteran students in need. Join us for the presentation at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 13 at the Subway® restaurant on the BPCC campus (Building F), 6220 E. Texas St, Bossier City. Last year, Soldier’s Wish worked with our Veteran Educational Services Office to identify a BPCC military student to receive a wish. They awarded a BPCC veteran student with a laptop, printer, and accessories to help him complete his coursework and graduate with honors from the nursing program. For more information on Soldier’s Wish, visit our website. For additional information on Subway’s® partnership with the organization, click here.Show your support of our local militaryMay is Military Appreciation Month, a month to honor the service and sacrifice of members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and National Guard as well as the contribution of their spouses. And, the Bossier Chamber of Commerce is celebrating by hosting the Military Recognition Breakfast on Thursday, May 3 at Margaritaville Resort Casino. The event, presented by Barksdale Federal Credit Union, will honor all of our local military units for their service. This SOLD OUT EVENT is a great way our business community shows its support of our thriving military community. Thanks to all of our sponsors: Barksdale Federal Credit Union, Willis-Knighton Health System, Margaritaville Resort Casino, Youngblood & Hodges, BancorpSouth, Red River Chevrolet, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, Boeing, Buffalo Wild Wings, BPCC and Boomtown Casino & Hotel. Bossier Innovates Foundation to participate in Give for Good On Tuesday, May 1, be sure to assist your local business community within the realms of business development and workforce development by making a contribution to the Bossier Innovates Foundation. By making a donation to this foundation you are ensuring the continuation of valuable efforts towards these aforementioned developmental causes. Within BIF's three pillars of education, innovation and entrepreneurship, and community enhancement, the foundation is providing leadership opportunities for students, dual enrollment/certification scholarships, college scholarships, honing in and celebrating new and upcoming industry sectors and encouraging students to take interest in these upcoming fields, as well as providing an array of programs such as E.P.I.C. (Entrepreneurs & Professionals in the Community) and Innovation NWLA. Help us help the local business community continue its efforts in growth, stability, and innovation.Fourth Annual Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment ReceptionChristmas morning is coming early for 17 Bossier Parish teachers, who will be on the receiving end of $30,000 in grant money thanks to the Biedenharn Foundation. For the fourth year, the Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment will enable Bossier Parish educators to integrate innovative resources in their classrooms to further reach students and engage them to learn. On December 12, at 3:30 p.m., a fun Coca-Cola themed reception will be held in honor of the Biedenharn family as the Board of Directors presents checks to this year's recipients at Bossier Instructional Center, 2719 Airline Drive.