New management is on the way for Shreveport's Sci-Port Discovery Center.

The Shreveport City Council has approved a cooperative endeavor agreement with Red River STEM, Inc. to manage and operate the facility in downtown Shreveport.

The Community Foundation of North Louisiana will act as the fiscal agent of Red River STEM, pending its federal tax-exempt status.

Community Foundation Executive Director Kristi Gustavson, “Red River STEM and its investors will operate a children’s science center in the existing Sci-Port building. We are excited about this new opportunity and very appreciative of the City of Shreveport’s support and cooperation.”  

Local attorney Jay Pierson will serve as Chairman of the Board, if approved. A new board is expected to be formed quickly with a priority of hiring an Executive Director.

Witt Caruthers, a former Board member and one of the early supporters of Sci-Port, expressed his support for the new plan. “We are excited to see a children’s science center operate under new leadership.  The community has been very supportive of Sci-Port since its inception.  We are elated that a new entity plans to operate the center and keep the valuable city building occupied with operations in a way that honors the original Sci-Port mission."  

Once open, Red River STEM intends to honor current Sci-Port memberships.