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Governor's Recovery Expo Continues at the Coast Coliseum

By Keith Burton - GCN   
Filed 8/12/06

Governor Haley Barbour officially opened the Governor's Recovery Expo at the Coast Coliseum Friday morning and so far thousand of people have already attended the three-day event. The governor said the expo brings together contractors, developers and home builders, as well as state and federal agencies to help Coast residents see in one place what is available to help rebuild the Coast.

The Expo is a comprehensive convention-style event for the public, encompassing all aspects of recovery and renewal for the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 
 

Outside, model houses are on display for expo attendees to tour.  Exhibits will be set up by public and private organizations involved in rebuilding coastal Mississippi.

 

Expo organizers say more than 180 organizations and vendors are participating and over 30 Katrina houses have been built at the Coliseum for people to see. Many of the homes already have owners and after the expo, many of the homes will be disassembled and moved to properties where they will become a permanent part of the Coast.

 

The Katrina houses on display are located in the west parking lot of the Coliseum. The site looks much like someone decided to build a neighborhood on a vast asphalt lot complete with some limited landscaping. But the arrangement will make it easy for visitors to view the homes. There are a wide variety of types; from narrow trailer-like homes, to houses that would be appealing in almost any neighborhood.

Expo features include:

Model Housing Displays 
Construction Techniques
Community Outreach
Product Demos
Employment Services
Business Recovery
Local Recovery Plans
Hurricane Preparedness
Town Hall Meetings

Officials tell GCN that no fees will be charged to come to the expo and that the Coliseum will not be charging their usual parking fees.

The governor also announced a job assistance program for people displaced from the Coast by Hurricane Katrina. More on that story can be found by clicking Here.


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