NGO Funding Request


The recipient entity's full legal name:  State Fair of Louisiana

The recipient entity's physical address:
           3701 Hudson Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71109


The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           3701 Hudson Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71109


Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Jerry D. Boughton, Virginia K. Shehee, Christopher Giordano

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  0719

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $2,500,000

What type of request is this?  Capital Outlay Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Chairman of the Board
Billy Montgomery
5705 E. Texas St. #61
Bossier City, LA 71111

1st Vice Chairman
Wayne Waddell
9260 Ellerbe Rd.
Shreveport, LA 71106

2nd Vice Chairman
John Michael Moore
401 Highland Drive
Bossier City, LA 71111

Secretary
David Means, III
5030 Highway 5
Gloster, LA 71030

Treasurer
James K. Elrod
Willis Knighton
2600 Greenwood Rd.
Shreveport, LA 71103

Immediate Past Chairman
Maxine Sarpy
325 Holcomb
Shreveport, LA 71103

President & General Manager
Christopher C. Giordano
1514 Garland Place
Shreveport, LA 71105

Jerry Boughton
5551 Lloyd Lane
Shreveport, LA 71106

Tari Bradford
300 Fannin St. Suite 2240
Shreveport, LA 71101

Jack Dillard
P.O. Box 1717
Waskom, TX 75692

Forrest Dunn
606 Cumberland
Shreveport, LA 71106

Ed Powell
P.O. Box 1373
Shreveport, LA 71164

Andy Shehee
P.O. Box 88
Shreveport, LA 71161

Virginia Shehee
P.O. Box 88
Shreveport, LA 71161

Liz Swaine
2102 Southern Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71104

Don Updegraff
1054 Capilano Drive
Shreveport, LA 71106


Provide a summary of the project or program:
           Project involves construction of an Exhibit Building to replace one that was previously demolished. It will house the LSU AgCenter exhibits during the annual State Fair and will be leased as a multipurpose venue the remainder of the year. Also, the building will be designed and constructed in such a manner to serve as an evacuation shelter including features such as restrooms, showers, kitchen, laundry, and medical aid room.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $208,333
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $2,083,334
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $208,333

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          The State Fair of Louisiana (State Fair) was founded in 1906 by a group of Shreveport’s leading citizens. The State Fair was founded to provide an institution to assist in developing the agricultural and industrial resources of the area and for the betterment of the citizens.

The State Fair is located in Shreveport, and is the official State Fair for the State of Louisiana. It is a private, not-for-profit organization comprised of membership representing a broad cross section of Louisiana citizens with interests in the goals and objectives of the State Fair. The State Fair is governed by a Board of Directors elected from its membership, and is managed by the President and General Manager.

The State Fair is situated on approximately 157 acres and is located immediately North of Interstate 20 between the Jewella Avenue and Hearne Avenue exits.

Although the actual annual State Fair is the State Fair’s (organization) largest event and fundraiser, the Fair is but one of many activities on the Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds facilities, including the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum (HMC), are used regularly for a multitude of "off-season" functions, such as musical concerts, hockey games and other ice events, sporting events, livestock shows, rodeos, and motor coach rallies.


What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          To provide a building to be used during the State Fair to house the LSU AgCenter educational exhibits, to serve as a multi-purpose facility the remainder of the year, and as an emergency shelter as needed.

Improves area for LSU AgCenter exhibits and improves economic development opportunities for State Fair by providing a facility that can be leased year-round.


What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           6 months of planning and 12 months of construction

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
                
    
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:
                

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:
                

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:
                 

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:
              

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:
               

          What is the nature of the relationship? 

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:
                

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               For the construction of a new Exhibit Building, which will also serve as a multi-purpose facility and evacuation shelter.


Contact Information
name:  Christopher C. Giordano 
                                       address:  3701 Hudson Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71109

                                       phone:  318-635-1361
                                       fax:  318-631-4909
                                       e-mail:  chris@statefairoflouisiana.com
                                       relationship to entity:  President & General Manager