The Mayor, the Chamber of Commerce and others turned out Wednesday to welcome the Bank of Coushatta to Shreveport. The official groundbreaking was held on property the bank acquired at 9391 Ellerbe Road in south Shreveport. The gloomy skies could not damper the festive mood of bank officers and local dignitaries gathered for the festivities.
As you can see in the photos, everyone put a hand to a golden shovel and tossed in a scoop or two of dirt. Opening remarks were by Jim Mabus representing the Shreveport Chamber. Mabus said, “We’re proud to have the Bank of Coushatta with a very visible presence. It will enhance the community.” Mabus and others at the groundbreaking all agree that the Ellerbe Road area is destined for economic expansion in the very near future.
Speaking for the bank, Board Chairman Jim Bethard recalled the success the bank has had with a loan production office opened in south Shreveport earlier. “We see the need for a full service branch in this area,” said Bethard, “Keep an eye on this site and come visit us when construction is complete and we are open.”
Shreveport Mayor Ollie Taylor added her welcome to the bank. Taylor said, “We are pleased to have a branch of the Bank of Coushatta coming to Shreveport.” Referring to the bank’s 120 years of service, Taylor said, “We are so glad to include your great legacy in the Shreveport community. We need another great bank to serve the economic development in this area of the city.”
Coushatta Mayor Johnny Cox and Police Chief Kevin Stafford made the trip to the groundbreaking. Cox said it was a great event, “I am excited about the project. It is a great day for the bank and for Coushatta.”
Following the welcoming speeches, everyone donned a hard hat and construction vest, then grabbed a golden shovel, and tossed in a couple of shovels of dirt. This marked the official groundbreaking for the bank. (Editor’s note: There was talk among some of the attendees of cranking up the big machine in the background and doing a proper ground breaking. But it remained in the “talk” stage.)
The new Bank of Coushatta Shreveport branch will be in a strip shopping center the bank will construct on the property on Ellerbe Road. Details of other occupants of the center will be announced later.