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“GulfGov Report One Year Later” to Be Released August 22

WHAT:

Announcement of a briefing on the one-year-later results from the most comprehensive study of the effects of the Katrina and Rita hurricanes. Based on close-to-the-ground data collected by a network of field researchers from the Gulf region, a three-year study initiated by the Ford Foundation called “GulfGov Reports” presents its first look at what happened to 22 communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama after the devastating 2005 twin hurricanes.

WHEN:

Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:

New Orleans Media Center
Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal St.
Gallery Room, 1 st Floor

WHY:

The purpose of the project is to compare governments across the region to identify what works to help communities recover from sudden, widespread destruction and population displacement. The study will compile and synthesize relevant and reliable comparative information from across the region and highlight lessons learned by struggling, rebounding, and growing communities affected by the 2005 hurricanes of Katrina and Rita.

WHO:

The study is being jointly conducted by theNelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, State University of New York, and the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. The project received start-up grant funding from the Ford Foundation.In addition to the participation from the Rockefeller Institute of Government and PARresearchers from the Stennis Institute of Government, Mississippi State University, Jackson State University, Louisiana State University, and Southern University are involved. The project’s advisory committee is chaired by former Mississippi Governor William F. Winter.

BACKGROUND:

This is the first of a three-year longitudinal study on the economics of hurricanes; rebuilding plans – consensus or confusion; labor and housing shortages; the active role of nonprofit organizations; and the state of the states. The “GulfGov Reports” project will issue a series of semi-annual reports on recovery progress or lack of progress, bulletins highlighting major findings or developments and periodic special reports focused on topics such as children’s services, housing, education, health care, and governmental finance and management systems.

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