UPDATE: Greg Bensel, a spokesman for the New Orleans Pelicans, told NOLA.com “We are still moving in the process. Shreveport is part of our Saints and Pelicans family and we value that market and both teams will continue to promote our community outreach efforts throughout the area.”
City Council members unanimously vote to keep their 30-million in revenue bonds in the bank, despite city administrators advocating its use for a multi-use sports complex.
“It’s unfortunate that the city council members did not see this opportunity and this vision as we did,” says Mayor Ollie Tyler, Shreveport Mayor.
Mayor Tyler says it’s no secret Shreveport needed the complex to help with revenues.
“Until we can get something in here in terms of economic development to actually be a catalyst to grow the city, we are going to be stagnant,” says Mayor Tyler.
Yet, she says council members and citizens let past failures dictate their decision.
“Citizens keep looking back at past failures, instead of looking forward to opportunities for the future,” says Mayor Tyler.
Now the multi-use sports complex is no longer on the table, the Mayor says her only option is to keep pushing forward,
“We will be making some announcements in the next few weeks about some new companies that want to locate here and have already invested,” says Mayor Tyler.
She hopes the council and citizens can support her in taking Shreveport to the next level.
“I would hope that since the since the NBA believed in us, since the pelican and Benson family believed, since corporate reality believed enough in us to invest more than 130-million dollars in our community, I would hope that we could people to a place to where they could believe in themselves and Shreveport,” says Mayor Tyler.