MS Governor Recovery Expo
Gov. Haley Barbour will hold a Governor's Recovery Expo, Aug. 11-13 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, to bring together families, businesses, builders and government and in the rebuilding effort.
The Expo will be a comprehensive, convention-style event for the public, encompassing all aspects of recovery and renewal. In addition to product demonstrations, several booths and displays will cover topics such as construction techniques, business recovery, hurricane preparedness, local recovery plans, town-hall meetings, employment services and community outreach.
Outside, model houses will be on display for tours. The exhibits will be set up by public and private organizations involved in rebuilding.
Expo details: Send e-mail to email@example.com or call (601) 359-2914
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A house will be raffled off next month to someone left homeless by Hurricane Katrina. The raffle is part of a free hurricane-recovery expo the governor's office is sponsoring Aug. 11-13 at the Mississippi Coliseum.
The home will be given away by Freddie Mac, the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp., a government-chartered organization that provides money for home mortgages.
Gavin Smith, director of the Governor's Office of Recovery and Renewal, said more than 150 vendors will set up booths at the expo to demonstrate ways to make buildings stronger and more storm-resistant, including by using hurricane straps or shutters.
More than 20 contractors will show examples of buildings that could be used as temporary housing - or even as small-scale permanent housing - after people move out of government-issued trailers.
Nonprofit groups and government agencies also will be represented at the expo, giving the general public a chance to get information about building codes and other issues.
The event is set for 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 11 and 12 and noon-5 p.m. Aug. 13.
The expo takes place less than three weeks before the one-year anniversary of Katrina, which struck last Aug. 29.