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Growth in Shreveport area GDP near worst $1.1 billion decline ranks it 380th of 381
Growth in Shreveport area GDP near worst $1.1 billion decline ranks it 380th of 381
Growth in Shreveport area GDP near worst $1.1 billion decline ranks it 380th of 381

Growth in Shreveport area GDP near worst

$1.1 billion decline ranks it 380th of 381 among metro rankings for 2013

From Staff and Wire Reports

Shreveport-Bossier City owns one of the nation’s worst metro rankings for growth in gross domestic product

(GDP). The area recorded a GDP of near- ly $23.6 billion and a negative growth rate of 5.4 percent in 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). That yielded the na- tion’s second-worst metro ranking —

380th.

GDP in the Shreveport-Bossier City area has

been falling since a jump in 2011 to $24.8 bil- lion from $22.5 billion in 2010. But the $133 mil- lion fall from 2011 to 2012 was

significantly less than the $1.1 billion reduction that marked

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$23.6

billion

Shreveport-Bossier City’s gross domestic product in 2013.

380th

The area’s ranking for GDP growth, second-worst among the nation’s 381 metro areas. Only Peoria, Illinois, has a lower ranking, with a negative growth rate of 6.8 percent.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

-5.4%

The area’s GDP growth rate in 2013.

“It just de- pends on what’s happening in that market. A single-year basis doesn’t give you the big picture,” LSU-Shreveport economics pro- fessor Timothy Shaughnessy said. “GDP is one of those markers that isn’t com- plete, but it’s one of the best pic-

tures we have.” The ranking surprised Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce President Dick Bremer, who agreed a single snapshot of the local econo- my may ignore some of the changes coming down the pike and some of the major local industries such as health care and Barksdale Air Force Base. “We should always be looking toward the future. We’ve got some pretty good things out there.” Manufacturing production spiked by $669 million, to $3.3 billion, in 2011. The BEA did not disclose 2012 manu- facturing production “to avoid the disclosure of confidential informa- tion,” but reported 2013 local manu- facturing production at $8 million less than 2011. The BEA hasn’t disclosed oil and natural gas production since at least 2011. But the mining sector, which in- cludes that more specific data, has

2013.

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ACE, PAGE 7C Transforming students at ‘THE RANCH’ JIM HUDELSON/THE TIMES Westwood Elementary teacher Heather

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Westwood Elementary teacher Heather Walls works with her students. Walls’ daughter Lauren is a second-grader at the Shreveport school.

Most teachers at Westwood with kids choose to keep them there

By Courtney Spradlin

Courtney.Spradlin@shreveporttimes.com

W alking into the

front office of

Westwood Ele-

mentary, visi-

tors are greeted with “How- dy!” from all directions. Staffers, wearing gold star badges, address each other as “marshal” or “deputy.” And students at the Shreveport school are re- ferred to as cowboys or cowgirls under the direc- tive of a new sheriff in town, principal Renee Ellis. It is her second year at the Title I neighborhood campus off Jewella Avenue.

The Title I designation means more than 40 per- cent of Westwood Elemen- tary’s students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. But 99 percent of the school’s students fit the category, Ellis said. Westwood Elementary in Caddo School District’s

Ellis said. Westwood Elementary in Caddo School District’s JIM HUDELSON/THE TIMES “I’m very happy at the

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“I’m very happy at the ranch because teachers can choose their own theme, and you can see they care about you because of what they put up.”

DERRICK SMITH, a fifth-grader at Westwood whose mother is a math teacher there

Transformation Zone — one of 10 identified as academi- cally unacceptable and un- derperforming. Its princi- pal said a state takeover was

looming. Yet, at a meeting last week, teachers and admin- istrators realized with the exception of one, all “depu-

TRANSFORMATION

SCHOOLS

Caddo School District’s trans- formation campuses are Moore- town, Atkins, Midway, Queens- borough, Westwood, Werner Park, Caddo Middle Career and Technology, Lakeshore Middle, Woodlawn and Fair Park.

ties” — or teachers — had elected to pull their children from other schools to attend Westwood Elementary. Caddo teachers have the option of letting their chil- dren attend the school where they teach, despite district zoning. A dozen students at West- wood Elementary are there because their parents be- lieve in what’s happening at the school, Ellis said. Or, in fifth-grader Der- rick Smith’s case, no other school would do once he set foot on “the ranch,” com- plete with budding cacti and western fixtures. A ranch- style wooden fence is under construction in an inner courtyard. Themes are a big part of

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