The Neighborhood Critical Community Improvement (CCI) Plan is led by the City of Shreveport’s Department of Community Development and will create an environment needed to support a healthy and vibrant community. This Plan follows the goals outlined in the CN Transformation Plan completed in August 2013 and is in keeping with HUD Livability Principles, notably through its public-private partnerships and investment in strategic areas around the replacement housing. The CCI projects have been vetted through a public input process based on their sustainability and economic impact.
The 5 Goals of the Neighborhood Transformation Strategy
CCI strategies included in the Neighborhood plan are directly tied to connecting residents to jobs, social services, housing, retail and CNI funded investments. These activities serve to promote social cohesion, preserve the historic fabric of the community, provide business opportunities, job creation, and workforce development, reduce criminal activity, and enhance neglected commercial corridors.
The City, HACS and Volunteers of America (VOA) through case management services will ensure that the targeted residents and local businesses will benefit from any economic opportunities derived from this initiative. Our CCI projects will make significant improvements in the built environment, community and retail amenities, transportation options, housing choices, and public safety. Target residents will benefit from increased private investment, an attractive environment for small businesses, much needed amenities and the jobs and economic opportunities they bring.
Milam Street Kitchen Incubator and Community Kitchen Culinary Medicine Center
The Milam Street Kitchen Incubator (MSKICK) opened in August 2019 as a result of Shreveport’s Planning & Action Grant, and in partnership with Southern University at Shreveport. This facility nurtures and supports existing and aspiring small catering and culinary businesses, entrepreneurs, and related workforce development opportunities.