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BYL members learn about economic development

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Last week, Bossier Parish high school juniors participating in the Bossier Youth Leadership Program received a lesson on the components of economic development.

Students toured the Port of Caddo-Bossier and learned about Benteler Steele, the most recent company to set up shop in the Port.  NLEP’s Ashley Busada, director of investor relations, was a guest speaker and presented on how NLEP markets Northwest Louisiana for growth and development.  Busada shared the region’s attributes such as the high quality of life, low unemployment rates and low cost of living which makes our area attractive for economic development.  Additionally, NLEP gave background information on the economic impact of, CSC, who recently announced their plans to call Bossier home as well as the expansion of Libbey Glass, FibreBond and CenturyLink.  To wrap up the day, Kent Rogers with NLCOG led students through a hands-on project where they identified businesses and services they wish to bring to the region.  Students were required to map out the location of their chosen project and then tasked with formulating a pitch to attract that business to the area.

For 20 years, the Bossier Chamber has been sending area High School students out into the world prepared to take on leadership roles thanks to the Bossier Youth Leadership Program.  The program is a partnership of the Chamber and the Bossier Parish School Board.  Leadership sessions run August through May.  The Bossier Youth Leadership program is a program for select high school juniors in Bossier Parish. Applications are distributed to the Bossier Parish high school counselors in April. The students are selected every May. The program consists of nine sessions that help to develop and strengthen each student’s leadership abilities.