Photo by Tom PaceWith a population exceeding 200,000, Shreveport is the third largest city in Louisiana, the official government seat of authority in Caddo Parish, and the economic center for business and tourism in a 200-mile wide region known as the Ark-La-Tex where the borders of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas meet. Including Bossier City on the opposite side of the Red River, the metropolitan area residents call Shreveport-Bossier contains approximately 375,000 people.
The State of Louisiana and both city governments pro-actively operate various city and state government bureaus and offices whose mission is to assist business owners in their efforts to achieve success, be an official source of authority by providing accurate information about tax incentives and low interest loans, and encourage tourism via an impressive array of innovative programs and initiatives.
Why Shreveport is one of the most desirable places in America to live and work:
People who love sports can not only participate in a wide variety of competitive and non-competitive sporting activities throughout the local region but they can also participate as fans of professional and college baseball, football, basketball and soccer teams at games performed for the public in Shreveport’s Independence Stadium. The Stadium is home to the annual Independence Bowl post-season college football game, one of Shreveport’s most popular sports events. People who love popular music can attend concerts given by famous entertainers at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium, classical music lovers are well served by the acclaimed Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, opera aficionados have the Shreveport Opera to provide them with high quality operatic performances, and ballet lovers are thrilled on a regular basis by the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet. Shreveport’s many movie theaters, museums, art galleries and ethnic cultural festivals also provide ongoing sources of education and entertainment for people of all ages.
Tourism is booming and business travel to Shreveport is increasing dramatically
The 5 riverboat casinos in Shreveport and Bossier exude an exciting aura of post Civil War history when cowboys and gamblers enforced the law on the Red River with their guns and gambling was a much more dangerous kind of fun. Nowadays the Louisiana State government regulates gambling so that it is safe fun for everybody including families with children, and Shreveport Casinos are a major reason why travel to the area is increasing and tourism is booming. Horse racing is a favorite sport with gamblers and Harrah's Louisiana Downs’ racetrack in Bossier City is another big reason for the sustained surge in tourism. Opportunities for shopping are another reason. The 850,000 sq. ft. Louisiana Boardwalk, also in Bossier, is the largest combination shopping, dining and entertainment center in Louisiana and it is also one of the state’s most popular tourist attractions.
Shreveport’s city government has also been creating many innovative tax incentives to attract new businesses and the downtown Convention Center is burgeoning with tradeshows, business meetings, conventions and special events. Many visitors have moved their businesses and families to Shreveport and Bossier after attending conventions, enjoying the exciting night life at the casino resorts, experiencing the wide variety of daytime recreational activities in the surrounding region, having many successful shopping adventures, and discovering the amazing Shreveport real estate property values that are available at bargain prices in the area.
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