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NBC 6 Special Report -- Shreveport's Missing Economic Development...

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    Could Shreveport's lack of an economic development office be in part to blame for locally owned businesses closing? 

 Last September two businesses, Bear's Fairfield and Golden Land Superior closed their doors for good on the same night. 

"We were very close to moving forward with an economic development office, and the parish decided it wasn't comfortable with the way it was set up," Shreveport city councilman Jeff Everson said. 

More than 88 chain restaurants sit on Youree Drive alone. 

"We have to make room in the city for both (types of businesses) in the market. It's a balancing act but certainly I think locally it could help with the presence of an economic development office of some type," Everson said. 

Meanwhile across the river in Bossier, there's an actual number to call, a website to click, and an office to walk into for help. 

"If a businesses is struggling and they need something to expand they can call us and we can try and help. It could be for specific job placement or something they'd like us to look at," Executive Director of GBEDF Rocky Rockett said. 

However, in Shreveport locally owned businesses making a name for themselves and becoming a piece of history is nothing new. 

Fertitta's Delicatessen is a prime example of a place that has made it. It's a third generation success story for the city and a business that has seen major changes since opening in 1927. 

"It works for us. We've shortened hours and we no longer cater. However we still offer that family-like service that people want and it works. I can stay in business," owner Agatha Fertitta McCall said. 

"As a community it helps to go to places that remind us of what makes us unique and special and we should embrace that," Everson said. 


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