NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Red River STEM, Inc. (d.b.a. Sci-Port Discovery Center)

The recipient entity's physical address:
           820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, LA 71101

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, LA 71101

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

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  4822

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $399,110

What type of request is this?  General 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:
           Board Members:
Kade McDonald, Chair, 308 Market Street, Shreveport, LA 71101
Russ Allsup, 333 Texas Street, Suite 699, Shreveport, LA 71101
Krystle Beauchamp, 505 Travis Street, Shreveport, LA 71108
Keith Burton, 1961 Midway, Shreveport, LA 71108
Angelique Feaster Evans, 610 Texas St, Shreveport, LA 71101
Sarah Giglio, 2829 Covington Circle, Shreveport, LA 71106
Chad Hill, 4603 Gilbert Drive, Shreveport, LA 71106
Lecie Israel, 330 Marshall St Ste 930, Shreveport 71101
Hallie McHalffey-Briethaupt, 8604 Glenmora Circle, Shreveport, LA 71106
Ian McElroy, P.O. Box 1148, Shreveport, LA 71163
Trent Millican, 2640 Youree Drive, Suite 100, Shreveport, LA 71104
Bonnie Moore, 401 Texas St., Shreveport, LA 71101
Connor Peterson, Secretary, 708 Milam St., Shreveport, LA 71101
Dinero Washington 1237 Murphy St., Shreveport, LA 71101
David Watters, Treasurer, 410 Kay Lane, Shreveport, LA 71115

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           General operating budget to be used to upgrade and/or replace exhibits. Most of the current exhibits were purchased at the time of the current location’s opening in December 1998. The entity is working with local businesses and donors to identify supporting funds to offset the expense of exhibit repair and replacement. Funds would be used to repair and/or purchase state-of-the-art STEM-themed exhibits. The upgrade is expected to provide increased revenue through an increase in general admissions. In addition, it is anticipated that out-of-area visits will increase, providing a positive economic impact benefit through hotel and dining experiences. Temporary traveling exhibits are proven to drive attendance. With funding, this option will be explored.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $50,137
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $40,000
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $278,458
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $30,515
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $0

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?
          Sci-Port Discovery Center, a 92,000 square foot educational resource located in downtown Shreveport since 1998, seeks to upgrade a variety of exhibition areas. Exhibits will provide interactive science and technology information/activities. The intent is to provide refreshed/replaced exhibits which will provide a “WOW” factor for visitors from across the United States and will include infographics, artificial intelligence, virtual reality and custom built structures designed to engage guests as they progress through the interactive exhibit spaces. In addition, many of the original exhibit collections will be refurbished if possible. Replacement of mechanical components, exterior upgrades and signage development. The educational activities provided with each exhibit will be linked to Louisiana State Standards.

If funding allows, a temporary, traveling exhibit will be leased to attract visitors from areas within, as well as, outside of the Ark-La-Tex area. Traveling exhibits have proven to draw large numbers of visitors. It is anticipated that a traveling exhibit would provide a positive economic impact for northwest Louisiana through increased hotel and dining experiences.

Mission: Sci-Port Discovery Center provides a fun, immersive environment for people of all ages to explore and actively engage in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Sci-Port serves to spark curiosity and inspire passion for lifelong learning by utilizing hands-on, scientific discovery activities.

• Our mission
• Economic Development needs of our region
• Meeting state and national science education standards
• Leadership in informal science education
• Interactive, inquiry-based STEM learning
• Engaging, clean, safe and accessible learning environment
• Highly qualified staff who focus on improving the visitor experience
• Continuous improvement and innovation

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          Goals and Objectives of this purpose:
• Education: Broaden Educational Footprint
• Exhibits: Revitalize
• Experiences: Revitalize
• Marketing and Branding: Premier Destination for STEM-based Educational Opportunities
• Membership: Retain and Increase
• Technology: Infrastructure and Innovative Upgrades

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           Completion will result in stages with the final refurbishments and or new exhibits in place and fully functional within 12 months from receipt of funds.

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?  N/A

(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:
                 City of Shreveport
505 Travis Street
Shreveport, LA 71101

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:
               A Cooperative Endeavor Agreement for the Property Management & Use of the Sci-Port Discovery Center (Red River STEM, Inc. dba Sci-Port Discovery Center) was signed and agreed upon on August 1, 2018. The City of Shreveport owns the property, the building and existing contents of the Center. The city pays monthly utilities and provides an annual allotment of $135,000 for repairs to the structure and required components such as the HVAC system, electrical components, elevators, etc.

A copy of the entire agreement is available upon request.

Contact Information
name:  Dianne Clark 
                                       address:  820 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, LA 71101

                                       phone:  3183476762
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director