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National Center for Community Renewal Advisory Board

Virginia Shehee, Chairman
CEO, Kilpatrick Life Insurance, Co.
Shreveport, Louisiana

Pete Aldridge 
Under Secretary, Department of Defense
Washington, D.C.

Harry Blake
Pastor Mt. Canaan Baptist Church
General Secretary, National Baptist Convention, USA
Shreveport, Louisiana

John D. Caruthers
President, I-69 Mid-Continent Highway Coalition
Shreveport, Louisiana

Charles E. Cook, Jr.
"The Cook Report"

Washington, D.C.

John & Margaret Dalton
President, IPG Photonics
Washington, D.C.

Don & Sallie Davis
CEO, Rockwell International Corp.
Milwaukee, WI

W. Paul Farmer
Ceo, American Planning Association
Chicago, IL

Dr. Larry R. Faulkner
President, University of Texas
Austin, Texas

Arthur l. Herold
Managing Partner
Webster, Chamberlain, & Bean
Washington, D.C.

Dr. Murphy L. Hunt  
Pastor Morning Star Baptist Church
Board Chair, Shreveport-Bossier Community Renewal
Shreveport, Louisiana

Tom Jarriel
ABC News (Ret.)
Washington, D.C.

Senator J. Bennet t & Mary Johnston
CEO, Johnston & Associates
Washington, D.C.

Charlie McBride
CEO, Charlie McBride Associates, INC
Washington, D.C.

Jim & Leone Reeder
Attorney, Patton & Boggs
Washington, D.C.

Deno Seder
CEO, Deno Seder Productions
Washington, D.C.

David Toms
Professional Golfer
CEO, David Toms Foundation
Shreveport, LA

The National Center for Community Renewal will provide an opportunity to teach and train individuals and groups from other cities in the Shreveport-Bossier Community Renewal concepts, philosophy, and strategies for the rebuilding of safe and caring communities. Our goal is to disseminate our methodology in cities across America.

To accommodate the variety of individuals and groups that the National Center would serve, the National Center will be organized under three primary Divisions: the Training Center, the Resource Support Center, and the Institute for Research and Strategy. 

  • The Training Center Division will be organized with a Faith-based Track, an Academic Track, and a Community Track, each offering introductory seminars, courses for certification and continuing education and credits in appropriate fields. Under the Academic Track will be included internships and degree programs in collaboration with participating universities and colleges. The Community Track would include community safety, health care, corporate community development officers, a legal and judicial area, civic clubs, volunteers, and a Community Coordinator Track. (45689 bytes)
Artist rendering of the Petroleum Tower on the corner of Texas & Edwards

  • The Resource Support Center will be designed to support communities who are members of the National Center resource network and have received training. Support.  Support teams will be available to travel to other cities as resources. Through a newsletter, teleconferencing and a yearly conference, and interactive technology a network of community renewal sites will reinforce and support each other.
  • The Institute for Research and Strategy will develop cutting edge research and attract a think tank of experts from a variety of fields related to community renewal - sociology, theology, history and economics - to continue the development of creative concepts and strategies.

To accomplish the renovation of the building donated in downtown Shreveport to house the National Center and provide initial start up funds for the Center, a Capital Funding Drive will be organized to raise the approximately 25 million necessary to renovate the building into a multi-room housing and teaching facility including classrooms, office area, and conference rooms. Funding will be sought from national corporations, individual philanthropists, private national foundations, and from national and state sources through partnerships with the City of Shreveport.  A National Advisory Board is being formed with founding members, Virginia K. Shehee, President of Kilpatrick Life Insurance Co., Senator and Mrs. J. Bennett Johnston, Charlie McBride of McBride & Associates, and John D. Caruthers, President of I-69 Project. 

The concept of a National Center for Community Renewal in Shreveport has been received enthusiastically throughout our community. The public sector and private sector and organizations and businesses throughout our community have indicated enthusiastic support for the establishment of the National Center.  Collaborating partners include:

City of Shreveport
City of Bossier
Downtown Development Authority
Shreveport and Bossier Chambers of Commerce
Shreveport-Bossier Bar Association
Committee of 100
Caddo Parish Commission
Academic Community: LSUS, Centenary College, Hardin-Simmons University
Community Foundation of Shreveport-Bossier

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