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 (DSDC), State Senators from District 37 and District 39 and the State Representative from District 4, Downtown Shreveport Unlimited (DSU) and the Shreveport City Council.

Core funding for operations and planning, supplemental services and capital improvements is provided by an 8.64 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.

What We Do

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, 416 Cotton Street, Shreveport, LA 71101, unless otherwise noted*.  To see a list of upcoming DDA meetings, please click here.

October DDA Agenda

For digital access to DDA minutes, please click here.


Public Notice: Notice is hereby given that the Downtown Development Authority shall hold a Special Call Meeting on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at 3:30 P.M. The meeting will be held via video/telephone conference.

To join the virtual meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 216-799-773

Public comments may be submitted by emailing them liz@downtownshreveport.com.  Public comments submitted before 12:00 P.M. on July 8, 2020 will be read aloud during the public comment period of the meeting.  Written public comments shall be limited to three (3) minutes of read time.


In accordance with Executive Proclamations JBE 2020-30 and 2020-33, issued by Governor John Bel Edwards on March 16, 2020 and March 22, 2020, respectively, this notice shall serve as a certification of the Downtown Development Authority’s inability to otherwise operate in accordance with the Louisiana Open Meetings Law due to a lack of a quorum as a result of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. Pursuant to Section 4 of JBE 2020-30, the DDA of Shreveport will provide for attendance at its next meeting, which is an essential governmental meeting, on July 8, 2020, via video/telephone conference.

Considering the foregoing, and in accordance with Proclamation Numbers JBE 2020-30 and JBE 2020-33, the DDA will allow input by members of the public, as set forth in this Notice via email comments based on agenda items and other concerns received prior to noon on July 8.

DDA Staff

  • Liz Swaine – Executive Director
  • Janie Landry – Deputy Director
  • Stacie Leng – Bookkeeper/Graphic Design
  • Peggy Hellyer – Graphic Design / Social Media / DDA Office Assistant


  • Lorenzo Lee – Contract Services Administrator
  • Monica Rogers – ShrevePark Administrative Assistant
  • Cristi Hay – ShrevePark Administrative Assistant
  • Detric BellPatroller
  • Robert McNeil – Patroller


  • Herman Chapple – Supervisor
  • Kirk Black
  • Harrison Coats
  • Danyel Strather
  • Lee Otis Turner

2020 DDA Board of Directors

(*Appointing Organization)

Tim Huck – Chair
(The Sandbar)
* Downtown Shreveport Unlimited

Logan Schroeder– Vice Chair
(Cook, Yancey, King and Galloway)
*Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce

Candice Battiste – Secretary
(Spread the Vote)
* City Council

Lloyd Brown 
(Kinsey Interests)
*City Council

John Hubbard
*Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation

Terry Moore
(Merrill Lynch)
* Senate 37, Senate 39 & House District 4

Stanley Varner 
(Sam’s Town)
*Shreveport-Bossier African American Chamber of Commerce


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