Largest convention now in town

Leaders from cities and towns across the state are in Biloxi this week for the annual Mississippi Municipal League conference, which typically attracts 2,500 guests and is said to be the Coast’s largest annual convention.

The three-day conference, marking its 90th year, is being held at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convnetion Center. Among the state and federal agencies represented at the affair are the state Attorney General and Auditor’s offices, Mississippi Development Authority, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and others.

Delivering welcoming remarks to the group this morning were Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich of Biloxi and Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes, who also is serving as MML president.

Topics discussed during the conference include updates to state law, tips on grant writing, community health initiatives, municipal liability issues, community and economic development, smart city technology, disaster recovery, and water and sewer issues.

By the numbers, according to Coliseum staff, the largest annual conventions and typical attendance: Mississippi Municipal League, 2,500; Mississippi Association of Supervisors, 1,500; and Making Connections Conference, a gathering of state educators, 1,100.

The Mississippi Municipal League, established in 1931, represents 289 cities, towns and villages, and is affiliated with the National League of Cities.
See the MML website

News & notes: BNews, traffic, Visit Biloxi

BNews: The August issue of BNews Monthly will begin arriving Thursday in home and businesses across the city. To see an online version now, click here.

Traffic: The Public Works Department has the latest on roadwork throughout the city on the Traffic page. You can also see links to traffic counts and MDOT cameras by clicking here.

Visit Biloxi: The Biloxi Visitors Center Facebook presence has been rebranded to Visit Biloxi, with a host of visitor-oriented news. To see the collection, click here.