The 2018 Miss USA pageant appears to be headed to Shreveport.
A news conference is set for 2 p.m. Monday at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum with local community officials and “very special guests” in attendance to talk about a national event, according to Chris Jay, social media and public relations manager for the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. Jay said he could not comment on the specifics of what will be discussed.
However, two local government agencies are already making preliminary plans to budget $100,000 to pay for expenses related to the Miss USA pageant, according to the meeting agendas posted Friday by the Caddo Parish Commission and Bossier City Council.
The Caddo Commission, which will hold a work session Monday, will consider a proposed ordinance that would be formerly voted on Thursday that amends the budget in the amount of $50,000. It notes the pageant was held in Shreveport in 1997 and 1998 and once again is considering holding the event locally.
The pageant is asking for the money to cover costs, according to the ordinance. If approved, the money would be transferred from the general fund to the economic development fund.
The Bossier City Council meets Tuesday and will introduce an ordinance appropriating $50,000 from the hotel/motel taxes fund to “support the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants coming to the Shreveport-Bossier community.”
Original article appeared on KTBS