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BRF is building our region’s future, one initiative at a time
BRF is an economic development organization establishing North Louisiana as a preferred destination for high-growth initiatives. Diversifying and growing the region’s economy is its mission. It fulfills this mission through initiatives that recruit new businesses to the region and support community, regional and national needs in health and medicine, resources for entrepreneurs and the development of a science and technology-based workforce.
Entrepreneurs in need of resources, services and access to capital to launch their businesses can find what they need through our team of financial analysts and angel investors.
Clinical trials for new drugs and medical devices help patients and bring cutting-edge treatments to North Louisiana, strengthening patient care and our economy.
Our unique research and drug discovery and production capabilities, along with our PET scan facilities, increase access to healthcare and improve scientific collaboration.
BRF’s mission to diversify and grow our region’s economy includes fostering a knowledge-based workforce, which is why we support STEM programs in local high schools.
Our degree-granting institute offers training in advertising design, animation, visual effects and more to students interested in joining the growing field of digital media.
Companies looking for offices or specialized labs can find homes in our facilities or even build their own in our 50-acre smart growth park in central Shreveport.
"We believe if we continue to bring jobs here, people will come, and Shreveport will thrive."
-John F. George Jr., M.D., BRF President and CEO
BRF's 2021 Annual Meeting video showcases our various initiatives in economic development and some of the exciting work BRF and its collaborators are doing to diversify and grow our region's economy.
Learn more about BRF and its initiatives at our YouTube channel.
Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program unveils 10 new North Louisiana companies added to the Dolores George LaVigne Wall of Entrepreneurial Achievement
Shreveport, LA – BRF’s Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP) celebrated its eighth year of operation and the successful launch of local high-growth startups on Friday with the unveiling of 10 new portfolio companies that have been added to the Dolores George...
Shreveport, LA. Radiance Technologies (Radiance), a national leader in defense technologies and solutions, commits to expanding the economic development of the Shreveport-Bossier City region. Radiance recently partnered with BRF, a North Louisiana economic development...
Shreveport Next, a division of BRF, today announced the recruitment of California-based BioflightVR to Shreveport. BioflightVR is a virtual reality (VR) medical training company that offers VR training for a variety of medical procedures. Its programs are currently...
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The Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP), launched in 2014, seeks out and evaluates new products and ideas, and with its team of professional analysts, helps entrepreneurs determine the best business model for their product, and grooms them to present their product to investors and secure financing to launch their business.
The Center for Molecular Imaging and Therapy, formerly the PET Imaging Center, was established as the first positron emission tomography imaging center in Louisiana. It specializes in the production and distribution of radiopharmaceuticals, technologically advanced clinical trials and research opportunities for scientists.
Launched in September 2020, Shreveport Next’s mission is to recruit small to mid-size businesses from across the country to relocate or build new facilities in the Shreveport-Bossier area, diversifying the region’s business base and bringing new jobs, taxable property, payroll, and revenue to Northwest Louisiana.
Intertech science park
The InterTech Science Park is a 50-acre urban Brownfields, smart growth initiative located in central Shreveport. Its resident companies represent pharmaceutical, digital media, drug discovery, venture capital support and environmental industries.
Digital Media Institute
The Digital Media Institute at InterTech prepares students through a two-year associate degree in advertising design and two one-year certificates in animation, visual effects and computer graphics and interactive gaming.
BRF is committed to providing training and education for our community and chooses to invest in programs that cultivate a workforce with the skills, understanding, and creativity to excel in a knowledge-based economy.
BRF created Envision Research to pursue new research initiatives and provide support for the conduct of clinical trials toward new treatments and diagnostics, improvement of patient care and economic development of North Louisiana.
Diversify and grow our region’s economy.
Operate as a catalyst to expand and develop research, entrepreneurship and high-growth businesses in our region.
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