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Hello Shreveport and welcome to Business in the 318. It’s been another busy week in business for the Shreveport-Bossier area and we’ve got the lowdown on all the news. Bossier hosted one of Northwest Louisiana’s first rage rooms and free internet could be coming to your home.

Shreveport Airport Passengers Increase in 2021

Inside Shreveport Regional Airport in early May during home stay order.

Shreveport Regional Airport handled 504,321 passengers in 2021, a 57% increase in passenger numbers over 2020 passenger numbers.

The increase in passenger numbers can be attributed, in part, to a new nonstop flight to Los Angeles. It was the first time in the airport’s 69-year history to have service on the West Coast.

The 57% increase equates to 184,101 more passengers in 2021 than in 2020.

Free internet will soon be available for some Shreveport residents

An AT&T cabling technician installs high-speed Internet in a customer's home.  Starting in February, AT&T is offering free internet to eligible households through the Access from AT&T program.  This program is supported by the Affordable Connectivity Program, a federal program that provides low-cost Internet access to households.

An AT&T cabling technician installs high-speed Internet in a customer’s home. Starting in February, AT&T is offering free Internet access to eligible households through the Access from AT&T program. This program is supported by the Affordable Connectivity Program, a federal program that provides low-cost Internet access to households.

AT&T announced that many homes in Shreveport will receive free internet access as part of their efforts to bridge the digital divide.

Any CPA-eligible household has access to free AT&T Internet.

Get ready for a record-breaking Mardi Gras at Louisiana Downs

Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack has announced that Mardi Gras Futurity has surpassed previous years and is breaking records.

The first official quarter horse futurity of 2022 will take place on March 27, and the number of nominations for horses to run has surpassed previous years. With an overwhelming number of competitors, the top 10 horses will be chasing a record purse.

Due to the expanded field for Mardi Gras Futurity, the Louisiana Racing Commission has agreed to shorten the 2022 live quarterback horse racing season at Louisiana Downs.

Rage in Shreveport, Bossier’s New Venture

The SBC Breakroom Rage Room on February 1, 2022.

The SBC Breakroom Rage Room on February 1, 2022.

SBC Breakroom opened in October 2021 and offers a fun new way to let out all your rage.

SBC Breakroom is the first of its kind in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

SBC Breakroom is open every day after 6 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends. Customers are simply invited to book an appointment online at www.sbcbreakroom.com/book-online.

SWEPCO Announces New Solar Power Project in Louisiana

Southwestern Electric Power Co., announced plans to add 72.5 megawatts of solar power by December 2024. This announcement follows the power purchase agreement with Rocking R. Solar, LLC.

The proposal supports SWEPCO’s long-term plan to increase its use of cleaner energy sources, such as solar and wind power.

SWEPCO’s renewable energy portfolio includes 810 MW of wind power from North Central Energy Facilities and 469 MW of wind power under PPAs.

Shreveport VA ends COVID screening questions

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport on Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

Overton Brooks VA Medical Center will no longer enforce COVID screening questions on hospital entry.

Prior to February 7, patients and visitors were required to complete a COVID screening questionnaire upon entry.

Be on the lookout Thursday and Sunday for Life in the 318 and The 318 to catch up on all the best stories you might have missed.

Makenzie Boucher is a reporter for the Shreveport Times. Contact her at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Shreveport Times: Business in the 318: Airport sees surge in passengers and solar power

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