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Nation of Georgia sends visitors to MS Coast

This trip was organized by the Steps Coalition and the Legacy International Development Group. (Photo source: WLOX) This trip was organized by the Steps Coalition and the Legacy International Development Group. (Photo source: WLOX)
Mayor Billy Broomfield met with the delegates at city hall to discuss his city's mayor-alderman system. (Photo source: WLOX) Mayor Billy Broomfield met with the delegates at city hall to discuss his city's mayor-alderman system. (Photo source: WLOX)
MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) -

The City of Moss Point hosted a special group of visitors Tuesday. Representatives from the nation of Georgia were welcomed with open arms at city hall and taken on a short tour of the city.

The trip has allowed the guests to get an up-close look at what it takes to run cities along our Coast.

In the River City of Moss Point, the first stop was the mayor's office. Mayor Billy Broomfield was excited to host the guests and explain how his city operates.

"So they can see how effective city government really is and go back and emulate some of the things they've seen that are successfully being done in Moss Point," said Broomfield.

Broomfield stressed the fact that his city relies a lot on community involvement. He was proud to point out that Moss Point has accomplished many things without raising tax rates.

“So, that's one of the things we really want them to see is how much community participation we do have and why we are able to continue to move forward with this city and the plans with this city," said Broomfield.

He also explained the structure of the city's government. This is something that the Georgian delegates were interested in learning about.

"There are some similarities, some differences and we asked some questions, which was interesting for us," said Georgian David Megrelishvili.

Megrelishvili is the head of his country's foreign relations and international project division. He said his country has officially operated as a democracy since the Soviet Union fell almost 25 years ago. He also said it's constantly evolving and improving.

"We're working at the moment to involve more population, more city population in decision making," said Megrelishvili.

He took particular note of the way funds flow within the governments of Moss Point and South Mississippi and the way officials obtain their positions. He also noted how the Coast is recovering from the disaster of Hurricane Katrina.

"Recently, we've had flooding in Tbilisi, as well. So, how they manage flooding on the municipal level," said Megrelishvili.

The visit wasn't all business. To round out their tour, the delegates were taken the welcome center and treated to a little music and some sweet tea.

This trip was organized by the Steps Coalition and the Legacy International Development Group.

The guests were also taken to the cities of Gulfport, Ocean Springs and others throughout the Coast.

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