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Community Studies

The Community Foundation regularly collects, posts and updates resources to keep you informed on the issues of interest to you. Below you will find reports, white papers and other materials on the arts, community, economic development, education (higher education and K-12), and social service. If you are looking for our Community Counts report, a study on our community's quality of life, please visit our Community Report Card page.


Arts Congress Policies and Strategies by the Arts Congress


The Arts Congress is comprised of artists and art organizations committed to creating coherent policies to strengthen and energize our arts culture and, ultimately, benefit both the quality of life and the economy of Northwest Louisiana.

Places in the Making: How placemaking builds places and communities


The Department of Urban Studies and Planning (DUSP) at MIT released a new study about placemaking. Placemaking today is ambitious and optimistic. At its most basic, the practice aims to improve the quality of a public place and the lives of its community in tandem. Put into practice, placemaking seeks to build or improve public space, spark public discourse, create beauty and delight, engender civic pride, connect neighborhoods, support community health and safety, grow social justice, catalyze economic development, promote environmental sustainability, and of course nurture an authentic “sense of place.” 

Shreveport Common is featured on pages 35-37 pf this study. 

Shreveport Common Market Assessment

September 2013

In September 2013, the Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation (DSDC) engaged TMG Consulting to perform a series of analyses for the Shreveport Common Cultural district. Included in our study were assessments of the potential for the district to provide housing as well as to host retail and commercial uses.

As part of the 2013 competitive grant cycle, The Community Foundation helped fund this study. To view all four parts of the study, visit the Downtown Development Authority's website


Great Expectations Shreveport-Caddo 2030 Master Plan


In 2010, the Metropolitan Planning Commission of Caddo Parish released the Great Expectations Shreveport-Caddo 2030 Master Plan which seeks to address changes to infrastructure the community has experienced since 1957. The Master Plan also serves as a roadmap to identify and tackle challenges the community will face over the next 30 years. Job growth, population shifts, and the potential benefit from a booming natural gas industry are just some of the issues facing Shreveport-Caddo today.

RAND Report


In 2010, the RAND Corporation released this report identifying strategies addressing education, health and poverty, The Community Foundation's priority areas for its investments in children and families. RAND researchers developed a unique framework based on the intersection of needs, assets and best practices. They identified health care providers, public school teachers, and Barksdale Air Force Base as strong assets to address three high-need areas: infant health, child maltreatment, and educational attainment.

An Advisory Services Panel Report: Shreveport/Bossier City Louisiana by the Urban Land Institute


The Urban Land Institute issued a report to help our region prepare for the future, maximize resources and capitalize on planning and economic development studies completed to date.

Finding the High Common Ground, Volume I; A Strategic Analysis of Northwest Louisiana by Belden Daniels


Belden Daniels and his firm, Economic Innovation International, Inc. (EII) analyzed the strengths and weakness of the community in order to issue this "blueprint” for economic development in Northwest Louisiana.

Finding the High Common Ground Volume II, Belden Daniels


Belden Daniels and his firm, Economic Innovation International, Inc. (EII) analyzed the strengths and weakness of the community in order to issue this "blueprint” for economic development in Northwest Louisiana. This is part two of the two part study.

Bike and Pedestrian Project

October 2013

As part of the Healthy Green and Into the Outdoors collaborative LSUS and Think First conducted a study in Shreveport to identify the biking and walking patterns and practices of Shreveport residents at select sites. 

ArkLaTex Region Local Farm & Food Economy & Strategic Recommendations


The We Grow Together! Leadership Team is excited to introduce to the ArkLaTex community a major step forward in our effort to grow a healthy, sustainable food system that meets the nutritional needs of all of our citizens, is profitable to farmers and producers, stimulates our economy, and creates opportunities for greater health and well-being for all of us. The ArkLaTex Region Local Farm & Food Economy and Strategic Recommendations report written by Ken Meter, Food System Analyst and President of Crossroads Resource Center, provides important information about our regional Food System. Mr. Meter has 45 years’ experience working in urban and rural communities. He has assisted over 110 communities in 40 states gain clear perspectives and goals for the health and sustainability of their food systems, and given them a sound foundation for successful action steps toward those goals. The following report includes important data, interviews, and recommendations for our region.

Economic Development

The Economic History of Shreveport by James C. Gardner


A synopsis of the economic development of the city of Shreveport. Originally prepared by James C. Gardner for the Shreveport Bar Association.

The Region Works: Organizing and Delivering Economic Development Services in Northwest Louisiana by Regional Technology Strategies, Inc.


In this white paper, RTS offers suggestions on how best to build a unified, regional economic development effort in Northwest Louisiana.

New Models of Economic Development by Ed Morrison


In this white paper, Ed Morrison discusses the value of open innovation systems to economic development.

A Time to Choose by Morrison & Associates, LLC


Excerpts from the 1994 report commissioned by the cities of Shreveport and Bossier City outlining the benefits of a merger between Louisiana Tech and LSU - Shreveport.

Shreveport/Caddo Unified Development Code - Technical Review

April 2014

This report summarizes the findings of a technical review of the existing Shreveport and Caddo Parish Zoning and Subdivision Regulations performed by Camiros. The purpose of this review is three-fold: first, the review allows for a more in-depth understanding of the current development regulations; second, it allows for the identification of additional issues not identified during meetings and interviews with staff and stakeholders; and third, it introduces concepts and approaches that set direction for substantive revisions to be included in the new Unified Development Code (UDC).

Education - Higher Education

Achieving a Comprehensive Public University in Shreveport-Bossier:Analysis of Alternative Strategies


This report proposes solutions for the development of a more comprehensive public university presence within the Shreveport-Bossier metro area. 
The study was commissioned by the SB Imperative – made up of the Shreveport, Bossier, and African American Chambers of Commerce; city and parish leaders; the Committee of 100; the Community Foundation of North Louisiana, and the Louisiana Board of Regents.

Shreveport Bossier Imperative for Higher Education Fact Sheets

The Community Foundation is partnering with area business, government and education organizations and leaders through the Shreveport Bossier Imperative for Higher Education in an effort to increase the educational achievement of northwest Louisiana citizens.

Louisiana Higher Education: A Six-Point Advocacy Agenda


This report proposes possible solutions to Louisiana’s higher education crisis.

Education - K-12

Promising Practices for Promoting High School Graduation

The Community Foundation worked with the Rand Corporation's Promising Practices Network to develop a white paper explaining the importance of high school graduation and providing evidence-based approaches to improve rates.

Report on New Orleans Recovery School District (RSD) schools

Review a report from the nonprofit foundation, Research on Reforms, which found only three RSD schools exceeded takeover scores after five years of state control.

Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT Data for Caddo and Bossier Parishes

Review data from the Casey Foundation on how children in our area are doing based on hundreds of well-being measures.

Learning to Finish White Paper

Learning to Finish offers statistics on national and state high school dropout rates and the effects this issue has on society. 

Step Forward Baseline Report


In order to measure our community’s progress in reaching our long-term goals of education and economic growth, we offer the 2013 Baseline Report for the Shreveport-Bossier City Metropolitan Area, which will provide a starting point for measuring progress in the Step Forward initative. 

Social Service

Promising Practices for Preventing Low Birth Weight

This issue brief from the Promising Practices Network provides ways to prevent low birth weight. 

Louisiana's Report Card on Physical Activity and Health for Children and Youth

The primary goal of the Report Card is to assess the level of physical activity and sedentary behaviors in Louisiana’s children and youth, the level of facilitators and barriers for physical activity, and their related health outcomes.

Promising Practices for Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

This issue brief from the Promising Practices Network provides research-based information on preventing child abuse and neglect.