Workforce Development

In Louisiana, companies will find a highly skilled workforce ready to meet the needs of existing and future businesses. Included in this number are more than 103,000 professionals with a background in software development or digital media. The industry also draws support from research hubs, such as the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, LA.

With strong university curricula and programs, the state has graduated nearly 5,000 students in the software development field in the past five years, supplying the state a pipeline of talent for high-tech and software development companies. In addition, the state’s healthy business climate, low taxes, competitive labor and operating costs are compelling for new or expanding companies.

Bossier City has an abundantly healthy business sector. While the national unemployment rate stands at 7.3 percent, Bossier remains well below the national average at 6 percent. The reasons for economic stability in the area are vast. The area casinos have brought thousands of direct and indirect jobs. In addition to this, the discovery of the Haynesville Shale in 2008 gave a rebirth to the oil and gas industry that Louisiana historically depended upon.  Barksdale Air Force Base’s presence is also a major boost for our local economy with an annual economic impact of nearly $1 billion.

Northwest Louisiana has become widely known as “The Hollywood of the South.” Competitive tax incentives, an established infrastructure and specialized workforce have served to bolster the film industry, as well as the digital media, sound recording and live performance industries. Over 100 movie and television productions have been filmed in the Bossier-Shreveport area in the past ten years.

The health of local business is also evident in the continued construction of new developments in the area, and projects in Bossier City have been rolling in steadily for more than two decades. Our area was naturally equipped to provide a sturdy location for Benteler Steel’s new facility. To address the company’s crucial workforce needs, the state offered the services of LED FastStart® – the No. 1 workforce program in the country. State officials partnered with the Greater Bossier Economic Development Foundation, the City of Bossier and the Bossier Parish Police Jury to facilitate the construction of a new training facility on the campus of Bossier Parish Community College to support a pipeline of talent for Benteler.