The nonprofit arm of the Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation has just scored two big grants from the Community Foundation of North Louisiana -- $100-thousand in total.  

$25-thousand of that will be used to help fund a market study of Shreveport Common, the nine-block arts and culture district under development on the western edge of downtown.  The remaining $75-thousand will go to a program called "Develop Downtown" -- an incentive program designed to help save historic downtown structures by offering matching funds for repairing the face (or facade) of downtown buildings.

In the photo, from left to right, are DSDC Deputy Director Janie Landry, DSDC Executive Director Liz Swaine, DSDC board members Larry Laborde and Don Razinsky, and Community Foundation Executive Director Paula Hickman