Adrian Perkins Says Shreveport Needs New, Innovative Leadership
"I am resigning as Student Government President to prepare to run for local office in my hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana."
He adds: "the future in Shreveport is not so promising, which has spurred me to answer to another commitment that I made: to do all that I can for the community that raised me."
Several local business leaders held a private meet and greet with Perkins where he talked about his plan for moving the city forward. The Harvard Law student also had this so say about his hometown:
Shreveport is by most metrics struggling, and it is going to take new, innovative leadership to allow it to meet its full potential. It is one of the slowest growing economies in the country, one of the hardest places to find a job, and increasingly suffering from violent crime to name but a few of the city’s recent accolades. I chose to come to HLS over continuing my service in the military because I knew this route would allow me to move back and contribute to my community more quickly. It’s important to me that I make good on that commitment. The deprivation of human and financial capital is the cause for many of Shreveport’s problems—a national trend not unique to Shreveport.
Perkins also references some data that troubles him. He says 78 percent of venture capital funding in the U.S. goes to three coastal states.
Perkins says he is committed “to reinvest time and energy into the road I have traveled,” so that it will not be so rough for those coming behind me.