Take time to “Discover” Downtown…
A walk through downtown Shreveport is a journey back in time where Elvis shook things up and Huddie Ledbetter strummed the blues on a 12-string guitar. Tourists can play a lucky hand and capture the day’s winnings at two premiere casinos, shop for contemporary art, take in an independent film at Robinson Film Center, or launch into orbit at the Sci-Port IMAX Dome Theater.
Downtown is also the seat of local governments and the courts, and is the heart of business and finance. More than 14,000 people work downtown each day and they are seeing the street scene change in front of their eyes. Vacant historic buildings across the city center are under construction as office, retail and apartments, the Shreveport Common Art and Culture District brings thousands downtown for events ranging from giant puppet parades to huge street fairs, and the clean and safe Red River District is welcoming new businesses and exciting events.
Throughout downtown, you’ll find places to dine, art and music to enjoy, movies to watch, and great company along the way. We invite you to live, work, play and Discover Downtown Shreveport!
More about the DDA
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was created in 1978 by the Louisiana Legislature as the governing body in the special taxing district in the original 120-square block area designated as the Downtown Development District. A seven-member Board of Directors oversees the agency. Directors, who serve for three years, are citizen volunteers appointed by the City Council upon nomination by the Mayor. Nominations are submitted by the Shreveport-Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce or its successor, Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation, State Senators from District 37 and District 39 and state representations whose representative district is District 4, and the Shreveport City Council.
Core funding for operations and planning, supplemental services and capital improvements is provided by an 8.34 mill property tax. DDA also works with the city to carry out two core services in downtown Shreveport—the ShrevePark Parking Service (meter patrol and maintenance) and Streetscape street and sidewalk cleaning services.
DDA Mission Statement
To actively pursue, support, facilitate, and welcome initiatives that aid and encourage private development, and promote and coordinate public development within the Downtown Development District of Shreveport, Louisiana.
Downtown Shreveport is the area’s premiere location for commerce, culture, and public celebration. Home to 14,000 workers, the district is the center of technology, banking, law, government, gaming, and the arts. Unique festivals, special events, musical entertainment, museums, parks, historic architecture, and the Red River combine to make Downtown Shreveport a special place to live, work, and play.
The DDA meets at 3:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of each month in the DDA Board Room, 401 Edwards, Suite 205, Shreveport, LA 71101.
- Liz Swaine – Executive Director
- Janie Landry – Deputy Director
- Stacie Leng – Bookkeeper/Graphic Design
- E.D. Stewart – IT / Social Media / Executive Secretary
- Lorenzo Lee – Contract Services Administrator
- Eric White – Parking Supervisor
- Kimberlye Gatewood – ShrevePark Administrative Assistant
- William Bennett – Patroller
- Duston Frazier – Patroller
- Robert McNeil – Patroller
- Herman Chapple – Supervisor
- Kirk Black
- Vertis Hoskey
- Maurice Miller
- Michael Morris
- Booker Webster
DDA Board of Directors
Carl Franklin – Chairman
*Shreveport-Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce
Shereaz Henderson – Vice-Chairman
(Tight Edge Barbershop)
Sam Voisin – Secretary
(SMG/Shreveport Convention Center)
*Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
Karen Courtman Hardtner
*Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation
* Senate 37, Senate 39 & House
*Downtown Shreveport Unlimited