Shreveport-Bossier City Community Profile

The corporate offices of U. L. Coleman Companies are located in Shreveport, Louisiana, which is centrally located in the southern region of the U. S. Shreveport, located in northwest Louisiana, is the third largest city in the state and the principal city of the third largest metropolitan area in Louisiana.  Shreveport, and its neighboring city Bossier City, compose the majority of the metropolitan area.  The two cities, separated by the Red River, combined with the surrounding area have a population exceeding 440,000. Shreveport is the commercial, medical, and cultural hub of the Ark-La-Tex, the area where Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas meet.

Business Advantages and National Recognition
Forbes magazine (2011) stated that the Shreveport-Bossier region offers the lowest cost of doing business in the nation and in North America.  In addition, the area also possesses a business-friendly tax environment; taxes in Louisiana consume only 12.2% of business profits, compared to the nation average of 16.7%.  Louisiana businesses are exempt from paying sales tax on manufacturing machinery and equipment, natural gas and business utilities, capital gains tax on the sale of privately held businesses, and a minimum corporate franchise tax.  

These advantages to conducting business in Louisiana are why the area 
has received the following rankings:


Shreveport Ranked No. 17 out of top 25 Cities with the Lowest Cost of Living. 
Business Insider (2016)

Shreveport-Bossier Recognized as the 3rd Happiest City in America. 
Harvard University Study (2014)

Ranked No. 18 out of 150 Cities in U.S. to Start a Business. 
Wallet Hub (2015)

No. 3 out of 10 Cities with Affordable Housing and 
Above Average Salaries for 18-34 Years Old. 
Money Under 30 (2016)

Top 10 of Millennial Friendly Cities. 
Realtor.com (2015)

Shreveport-Bossier Ranked No. 9 out of 10 
Small Cities to Live, Work, and Make Movies. 

Movie Maker (2016)

Shreveport-Bossier Ranked Among the
“Best Opportunity Cities”. 

Forbes (2014)

“Game Changing Community” Because of Its Economic Potential. 
Southern Business & Development (2014)


Economic Development

Manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, tourism, agriculture, educational institutions, medical facilities, service industries, and oil and gas exploration and production have been vitally important to the Shreveport-Bossier economy.  Shreveport, located directly at the junction of Interstate 20 and Interstate 49, is a key player in the global business market through a superior network of transportation systems.

Designated as an U.S. Custom's Port of Entry at the Shreveport Regional Airport and a Foreign Trade Zone, the Shreveport-Bossier area offers advantages for importing, exporting and transacting international business.  The Port of Shreveport-Bossier, positioned at the head of the Red River waterway, four miles south of Shreveport, is a direct shipping gateway to national and international markets. 2013 saw the ground breaking of $975M steel mill at the port. Bentler Steel will employ an estimated 675 skilled workers. 

Healthcare is the area’s leading industry, employing more than 18,000 people.  Shreveport serves as the medical hub for north Louisiana, east Texas, and south Arkansas.

    Leading Shreveport-Bossier Employers by Industry
    Company Employment (2013)
    State of Louisiana 12,226
    Barksdale Air Force Base 11,205
    LSU Health Service Center 6,200
    Willis Knighton Health System 6,145
    Caddo Parish School Board 6,101
    Bossier Parish School Board 2,926
    City of Shreveport 2,821
    Wal-Mart/Sam's Stores, Inc. 2,000
    U.S. Support Company 2,000
    Teleperformance Call Center 1,900
    Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino & Hotel/ 
      Harrah’s Louisiana Downs
    1,800
    Brookshire's & Super 1 food service 1,651
    Christus Schumpert Health System 1,600
    Overton Brooks VA Medical Center 1,590
    Eldorado Resort Casino 1,255
    Sam’s Town Hotel & Casino 1,209
    Margaritaville Resort & Casino 1,100
    Red River Sanitors Inc 975
    U. S. Postal Service 800
    Libbey Glass, Inc. 750
     City of Bossier  705

The Haynesville Shale natural gas discovery has provided an economic boom to Shreveport-Bossier and the surrounding areas.  This natural gas play covers most of the northwest corner of the state and is considered the largest natural gas discovery in the contiguous 48 states.  Companies such as Chesapeake Energy, BHP Billiton, and Schumberger have located regional offices and operations in the area.  In addition, numerous long-term jobs associated with geologist engineers, landsmen, drilling personnel, and service-related companies have been added to the local economy. 

The area is home to one of the largest air bases in the United States, Barksdale Air Force Base.  Barksdale is headquarters to the Eighth Air Force and the 2nd Wing, an employer of approximately 11,205 military, reserve, and civilian personnel, with one of the largest Air Force retirement communities in the United States.  The base has an economic impact on the area of over $788.4 million. Barksdale Air Force Base was selected as the permanent home for the new Global Strike Command; over 1,000 long-term professionals are stimulated from the command.  The Cyber Innovation Center (CIC), located in Bossier City, anchors the 3,000 acre National Cyber Research Park.  This state-of-the-art research park focuses on protecting our nation’s interest by becoming the leader in cyber infrastructure research and technology development. The CIC, working very closely to the Cyber Combat Development Center, serves as a conduit between local, state and federal agencies, private industries and academic institutions, building a knowledge-based economy that supports cyber initiatives, education and workforce development. 

Partnered locally with CIC, State of Louisiana and the City of Bossier, CSRA continues their growth plan of cyber development with local universities and industry.  CSRA has a long history of delivering a broad range of innovative, next-generation IT solutions and professional services to help customers modernize their legacy systems, protect their networks and assets, and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of mission-critical functions for the country’s warfighters and citizens.

Other tenants include CSC, a Fortune 200 Company, located in their own 116,000 square foot office adjacent to CIC, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Norhtrop Grumman, Hitachi Data Systems, and other high-paying job providers. 

Today the metropolitan area hosts six riverboat casinos and a thoroughbred horse racetrack, which makes Shreveport-Bossier second only to New Orleans in Louisiana tourism. Bossier City added another casino in 2013, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville which added 1,400 new jobs. The economic impact of travel and tourism is a $900 million industry for Shreveport-Bossier and generates $22 million in local tax revenue.   

Arts & Culture
Shreveport-Bossier is an area of tremendous cultural activity, with pride in its heritage, music, arts, theater, sports and outdoor recreation, thoroughbred racing, festivals, cuisines, lifestyle, mild climate, and natural beauty.  Popular attractions include Sci-Port Discovery Center, The American Rose Center, Louisiana Boardwalk, and Festival Plaza – the site for jazz and blues festivals, a crawfish festival, Holiday in Dixie and Mardi Gras events, and the Red River Revel.  The Shreveport-Bossier area is reported to be the fastest-growing tourism market in the state, with Louisiana leading the nation in tourism growth.

Partly due to tax credits provided by the state of Louisiana, Shreveport-Bossier has become one of the most popular place to film movies in the country, behind California; this has led many movie watchers to nickname the area “Hollywood South”.  In 2016, Movie Maker Magazine selected Shreveport / Bossier City as the ninth best small cities t o live, work, and make movies.

Attractive, affordable housing, transportation, parks, schools and universities, churches, numerous major cultural attractions, and meeting and convention facilities all provide a desirable home and business environment for new businesses and new residents of the Shreveport-Bossier area.

    U. L. Coleman Company, Ltd. • U. L. Coleman Properties, LLC. 
    Sequoia Construction, LLC 

    207 Milam Street, Suite C • Shreveport, LA 71101-7226 • p: 318.221.0541
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