BIZ. Magazine has named BRF to its 2019 list of the best places to work in Shreveport-Bossier. The list includes 14 companies that span both sides of the Red River.

BRF was nominated through an online survey, which looked at a number of areas including employee benefits and the culture within the company. The BIZ. editorial board chose the top businesses.

“BRF is a visionary group focused on improving the economy of not only Shreveport-Bossier, but all of North Louisiana. We received several nominations across the company from impassioned employees who wanted to share why they love where they work,“ said Sean Green, publisher and editor of BIZ. Magazine. “We congratulate the BRF and look forward to even greater things they have in store for our area.”

For more than 30 years, BRF has worked to diversify and grow the region’s economy. It has six initiatives that focus on entrepreneurship, research, healthcare and education.

InterTech Science Park-is an 800-acre brownfields, smart-growth development. The park offers office space for creative, high-tech and research-based companies.

Center for Molecular Imaging and Therapy (CMIT)-specializes in the production and distribution of radiopharmaceuticals, technologically advanced clinical trials and research opportunities for scientists, while providing access to cutting-edge diagnostic and therapeutic imaging services to patients. CMIT broke ground last month on its new facility to be located at the corner of Kings Highway and Mansfield Road.

Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program (EAP)-analyzes the viability of ideas and products, matches entrepreneurs with informed investors, including through the New Louisiana Angel Funds (NLAF), and nurtures them through the critical steps toward market.

Envision Research-pursues strategic initiatives in translational research, engages qualified scientific investigators and healthcare providers, and supports the implementation and completion of clinical trials.

Digital Media Institute at InterTech (DMII)-serves as a center for training in animation, visual effects and interactive content, gaming, web and mobile programming, 3D printing and industrial design to meet increasing demands regionally and nationally for talent and expertise.

EdVentures-is a series of programs that provide K-12 students exposure to research and advanced learning opportunities in high-growth biotechnology and other industries.

“We are honored that BIZ. Magazine included us on this list with some of the region’s top organizations,” said John F. George Jr., M.D., President and CEO of BRF. “It’s a bigger honor knowing that so many of our employees think so highly of BRF and what we are working toward together. Our team works hard every day to accomplish our mission.”

From our employees:

I am proud to work at BRF because of the organization’s economic development priorities. We are building an entrepreneurial ecosystem and promoting innovation in North Louisiana through initiatives that move the needle.

– Dave Smith, Entrepreneurial Accelerator Program Executive Director

I am extremely happy to work for BRF. BRF is open to implementation of new ideas that may further the economic development and welfare of our community. Envision Research promotes and supports the healthcare dimension of this vision of BRF.

– Vassia Roulia, Envision Research Vice President, Research Development and Administration

BRF has a positive work environment. Its employees, my co-workers, are mission-focused and work together toward our organizational goals. BRF’s economic development mission is to make North Louisiana thrive, and every employee at BRF is striving for that.

-Frances Buffin, Human Resources Coordinator

BRF identified that digital media was a growing sector and took the necessary steps to retain the lead North Louisiana has in this workforce development initiative. I am happy to be a part of an organization that recognizes technology-focused workforce development is an essential piece of any economic development mission. BRF has the vision to shape the future of NWLA in ways that the state-managed education system simply cannot. Without BRF’s skilled leadership, this area would not have a school like DMII.

-John Miralles, Digital Media Institute at InterTech Executive Director