Federal Priorities Legislative Agenda State Priorities Federal Priorities Bossier Parish Bossier Parish Sheriff Bossier Parish Elected Officals Parish Rural Municipalities Bossier City Bossier City Elected Officials State Elected Officials Federal Elected Officials 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.