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07/20/05

Host Committee Planning Governors' Conference In Biloxi

Mississippi's delegation at the National Governor's Conference in Iowa last week included more than just Governor Haley Barbour.

Representatives from Harrison County Tourism, the coliseum, and public safety officers were there to get some tips on how to bring the huge conference to Biloxi next year. 

"To get some ideas of what I'm going to need to do next year. Also, some of the special units that they put in service for it and see if those will work down here as well. We have one aspect that they don't have and that's the water to contend with, and it'll be a little different, but I think we can handle it," Fire Chief David Roberts said. 

"We're using the Beau Rivage and the Coast Coliseum, so we'll have a transportation system in place. The social events will highlight things native to Mississipipi and the coast and they'll be exciting," Donna Tarasavage with the Harrison County Tourism Commission said.

Roberts says public safety knows how to work big events. 

"A lot of it will be the same thing we do for hurricanes. Another thing, Black Spring Break, a lot of that will be the same thing. Those type incidents where we have to put on extra manpower and security to handle them, and it's going to be a big event."

Biloxi's mayor says such a gathering of so many people will bring exposure to the coast and state that money can't buy. 

"I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be great advertising for the Missisippi Gulf Coast, the City of Biloxi and the whole state of Mississippi, so I think it's great," Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway said.

The President always has a standing invitation to every Governor's Conference. Mayor Holloway says he hopes President Bush will make time to come to Biloxi for next year's conference.

byMarcia Hill

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