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National Lt. Governors' meeting to be in Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - More than 20 of the nation's Lt. Governor's will gather in Biloxi, the last weekend in July. The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Annual Meeting will hold policy briefings and site visits to showcase ideas lieutenant governors may take back to their states.  
 
"This conference will provide a useful economic boost to the region while demonstrating the resilience of our citizens as we continue our recovery efforts," said Lieutenant Governor Bryant. "I am proud to welcome my colleagues from across the country to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and show the Nation we are open for business."
 
The three-day conference will focus on preparing Lt. Governors for an emergency response. The Lt. Governors will hear Mississippi's own Governor Haley Barbour discuss the state's response to Katrina and the gulf oil spill.

Attendees will also hear panel discussions on public-private partnerships in a disaster, the gulf oil spill, and a presentation from FEMA's Deputy Director regarding disaster response.
 
"We are very grateful to Lt. Governor Bryant for hosting this conference in Biloxi and on the Mississippi Gulf Coast," Mayor AJ Holloway said. "Here in Biloxi we like to say that we see a milestone – large or small – each and every day of our rebuilding. And make no mistake, having a gathering of this magnitude in our city is a HUGE milestone for us. This is a great opportunity for visitors and the rest of the nation to help celebrate the rebuilding progress we've made and are continuing to make in Mississippi."
 
The NLGA meeting is funded completely through private sponsors and contributions at no cost to Mississippi taxpayers. It is estimated the meeting will generate approximately $500,000 to the Gulf Coast economy.

"We are honored that the National Lt. Governors organization has chosen the Mississippi Gulf Coast as the site for their 2010 meeting," said Richard Forester, Executive Director of the MS Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau. "As was proved last year by the National Governors Association, Gulfport/Biloxi and the other communities of Harrison County make an ideal site for an event of this caliber.  We are also pleased that during this current oil spill crisis the Lt. Governors kept their commitment to our destination and we will do our best to show our appreciation."

NLGA is an entirely bi-partisan association with the mission to promote the effectiveness and efficiency of the office of lieutenant governor.
 
Danielle Thomas is covering the story and will have more on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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