Archive for the ‘Coast Rebuilding’ Category

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CONSTRUCTION — Keesler and Habitat for Humanity decide to ‘LEED and they will follow’

The $287-million project to replace family housing at Keesler Air Force Base after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was not only the largest housing construction project in Air Force history. It also became what was at the time the largest project in the country to receive Leadership in Environment Design (LEED) Silver certification for advances in […] [...]

Housing surge

by Published: August 24,2009

Tags: coast housing, Hurricane Katrina, replaced housing

Coast housing expected to surpass pre-Katrina levels by 2011   After Hurricane Katrina, former Biloxi Mayor Gerald Blessey said the unprecedented damage meant that nothing short of a government program similar to the Marshall Plan instituted to help Europe recover from World War II would be necessary to help the region recover. “The fundamental question […] [...]

Good for renters, bad for investors

by Published: August 24,2009

Tags: rental market

Oversupply of Coast rentals means more affordability for renters, less profitability After Hurricane Katrina, some people who lost their homes were commuting from as far as the Florida Panhandle because of the major shortage of housing rentals. If one could find an apartment or house, rates were sky high. Today, as the fourth anniversary of […] [...]

State still beefing up emergency preparedness

by Published: August 24,2009

Tags: disaster preparedness, MEMA

Hurricane Katrina’s lessons are still fresh  While the State of Mississippi’s response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina generally drew high marks, the storm drove home some harsh lessons about disaster preparedness. Keeping the public informed about potential storms and directing first responders to areas of need, improving the flow of traffic in the event […] [...]

William Carey rebuilds on Coast

by Published: August 24,2009

Tags: Coast campus, Hattiesburg campus, WCU

First phase of new Tradition campus dedicated   Arguably no institution of higher learning anywhere took a harder hit from Hurricane Katrina than William Carey University (WCU), the private, Baptist-affiliated college. All three of its campuses — New Orleans, Hattiesburg and Gulfport — were impacted by the storm. But, it was WCU’s Gulfport campus, overlooking […] [...]

Recovery package still taking applications

by Published: August 24,2009

Tags: HUD, Hurricane Katrina recovery, MDA

Last of funds could take years to award   Just weeks after Hurricane Katrina laid waste to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Aug. 2005, the State of Mississippi petitioned Congress for help with the massive cleanup and recovery effort. Gov. Haley Barbour, the state’s congressional delegation and others were successful in securing approximately $5.4 billion […] [...]

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