Federal Priorities

Federal Priorities

The Bossier Chamber of Commerce has outlined four priorities for which the
organization will continue to advocate with our federal delegation.

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE

  • Support funding of Barksdale Weapons Storage Maintenance Facility (WSMF). A new facility is required for Barksdale to allow unique weapons storage and is programmed to begin construction in 2020. The facility also includes funding of two sub-projects: an indoor firing range and new security forces dormitory.
  • Support funding Barksdale new gate complex. The new gate will provide better and faster access to Bossier City/Shreveport and the west side of Barksdale, where the majority of on-base jobs are located. This complex is planned to coincide with the construction of the new Weapons Storage and Maintenance Facility, scheduled to begin in 2020.
  • Support the $7-8 billion in funding for B-52 engine replacements and ensure the project stays intact following the change of leadership.

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Support funding for the expansion of the La. Hwy. 511 Jimmie Davis Bridge. Current traffic counts along this section are around 30,000 vehicles per day, with a current capacity of 11,500. Expanding the bridge to four lanes is important to alleviate the traffic congestion.
  • Support authorization of both federal and state funds for the completion of Interstate 69 through Louisiana. The economic impacts of I-69 to the Bossier-Shreveport area, as well as Louisiana, will be tremendous. The long-range goal is to unite all sections into a seamless corridor linking Canada with Mexico. Increased funding opportunities are necessary in order to complete I-69.
  • Support the funding for Army Corps of Engineers J. Bennett Johnston Waterway. $11.5 million is required to operate and maintain the waterway at the minimum level, including operation of the five locks and dams, preventative maintenance and dredging to maintain the authorized nine-foot navigation channel.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

  • Education buy-in and partnerships. Support solutions to encourage education systems to establish “employer-driven”
    programs.
  • Credentialing/Certification. Encourage elected leaders to establish a national standard for implementing certification and credentials that will reciprocate across state lines.