Key Industries

HEALTHCARE

With more than five leading healthcare entities in the area, Bossier-Shreveport prides itself on providing the community and region with the highest quality of care.

The Willis-Knighton Health System (WKHS) was ranked #2 Best Hospitals in Louisiana by U.S. News and World Report in 2013. Willis-Knighton Cancer Center is one of a few cancer centers that offers its patients Proton Therapy (an advanced and extremely precise form of radiation therapy). The Willis-Knighton Hyperbaric & Wound Care Center is one of only a handful of units with advanced hyperbaric chamber technology. WKHS has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center for Cardiac Care. This national award is issued to hospitals based on exceptional care and safety as well as cost-efficient healthcare.

CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health has a proud history of providing health care in northwest Louisiana for over 115 years. With 850 employees, 600 affiliated physicians, and over 200 volunteers, the system remains committed to our mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ and improving health in the communities we serve. Christus Highland Medical Center located on Bert Kouns serves as the main hospital for CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier Health and includes birthing suites, neonatal intensive care unit, medical and surgical care, comprehensive coronary and oncology care, orthopedics and emergency services.

Willis-Knighton Health System

Christus Shreveport-Bossier Health

University Health

LSU Health Shreveport 

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center (OBVAMC)

HOSPITALITY/ENTERTAINMENT

Often referred to as “Louisiana’s Other Side,” Bossier-Shreveport is the hub of hospitality and entertainment in the Ark-La-Tex, where the borders of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet. Bossier-Shreveport prides itself on its vast array of hospitality and entertainment options. The Chambers of Commerce, Tourist Bureau, Sports Commission and local hospitality industry partner together to make Bossier-Shreveport a premier destination for leisure, group, convention and sports visitors. Marketing partners include area hotels, attractions, retail, performing arts, festivals, events and other businesses that support hospitality and tourism. Additionally, the six riverboat casinos along the Red River provide great food, entertainment, retail, and gaming options. Listed below are a few examples of what makes Bossier-Shreveport a mecca for hospitality and entertainment.

Centurylink Center

The Stage at Silverstar

Margaritaville Resort Casino

Horseshoe Casino Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn & Homewood Suites

KNOWLEDGE BASED

The Cyber Innovation Center and its National Cyber Research Park are continuously making great strides in Bossier City by providing a physical location for government, industry, and academia to collaborate, conduct leading research, and develop state of the art technologies. The development of The National Cyber Research Park has made way for many knowledge based/technology companies to look at Bossier City in a whole new light and select Bossier City as a home. The National Cyber Research Park promotes a concept of new innovative development that advances technology, progress, and research.

Cyber Innovation Center

CSRA

Louisiana Tech Research Institute 

CenturyLink

MANUFACTURING

Northwest Louisiana boasts an advanced, competitive manufacturing industry, in part due to the logistical advantages its unique location offers. Low land costs, multimodal transportation, access to several interstate routes and a regional airport active in international trade and commerce all offer companies a variety of advantages.

A vibrant industrial park adjacent to Shreveport Regional Airport and development-ready sites with reasonable prices such as those located at the Port of Caddo-Bossier attract new companies to the area, allowing for the continual development of new investment opportunities across the region. Ideally situated along the Red River, the Port provides businesses here a link to domestic and international markets via the Mississippi River, the nation’s largest river system, and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Major manufacturing investments in the region include:

The Port Caddo-Bossier

Benteler Steel

RonPak

Wintech International

Vavlveworks

MILITARY 

Within the Bossier-Shreveport community, there is local representation of nearly all branches of service — Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Navy Reserve, active duty Air Force and Air Force Reserve. With Bossier City being selected as home to a military airfield in the 1930s, Barksdale Air Force Base has grown into a major source of revenue and employment for the region. Barksdale Air Force Base is the largest employer in the Bossier-Shreveport metropolitan statistical area, as well as the largest single-site employer in Louisiana. Because the area endlessly supports military, over 40,000 military retirees have made Bossier-Shreveport their home.

Barksdale Air Force Base