This week I had the opportunity to talk to DigiFest South Music Events Presenting Sponsors the Downtown Development Authority. Liz Swaine, Executive Director, was kind enough to answer some questions about the D DA and all the exciting and wonderful things they do for Shreveport!
BAC: What is the primary purpose of your organization?
Swaine: The Downtown Development Authority exists to pursue, support and welcome initiatives to encourage private development and to promote and coordinate public development in Shreveport’s Downtown Development District.
BAC: What is your favorite place in Shreveport? Why?
Swaine: It probably wouldn’t surprise you when we say ‘downtown.’ Downtown is a neat place with a unique vibe and the history of the place is fascinating. Gun fights in the street, yellow fever, river treachery, a legal Red Light District, a Confederate shipyard, grand architecture, Elvis Presley…all played a role in making our downtown what it is today.
BAC: What about DigiFest South makes you the most excited?
Swaine: The networking. We love the concept of bringing like-minded people together and letting them ferment. The brew that they create can make for exciting opportunities!
BAC: What is your favorite thing about technology?
Swaine: That you can’t sleep, although this is sort of a Catch-22 that keeps us glued to our smart devices. You can’t stop paying attention for a moment or some new innovation will sneak up on you. Who even remembers MySpace anymore?
BAC: Who is your favorite artist (any discipline) and why?
Swaine: Daft Punk, of course. Any group that can get Stephen Colbert, Matt Damon and Henry Kissinger involved in a viral dance party is #1 in our book.
For more information about Shreveport D DA click here and to like them on facebook click here. For more information about DigiFest South click here and here.