New city report outlines progress, challenges

A new report due out Tuesday gives residents of Biloxi and others a detailed status of the progress that the city has made in the five years since Hurricane Katrina, and provides insight into the work that remains to be done.

“The State of the City 2010: Katrina +5.1, Where we are today” is a 16-page compendium of facts, figures, charts, photographs and artist’s renderings, detailing the progress of city rebuilding projects, public housing, public schools, and public transit. The report, which should be in mailboxes citywide by Wednesday, also includes a information from Keesler Air Force Base, MEMA and FEMA.

Included are maps that show recovery projects citywide, water and sewer progress in the Woolmarket community, and annexation areas at the northeastern and northwestern boundaries of the city.

“Since 1999 we’ve been providing this annual report to our residents,” Mayor A.J. Holloway said. “What you’ll see in this year’s report is a great deal of progress matched only by a number of challenges we still face.”

See it now: To see an online version of the State of the City report, click here.

News and notes

Webcasting: Biloxi Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul A. Tisdale discusses the successes and challenges of public education in Biloxi in this week’s webcast. To listen to the program, click here.

Weekend preview: For a look at the other events taking place this weekend — such as the KNS production of “Aida!” at the Saenger, the Mayor’s Cup Run in downtown Biloxi, or Dance Time USA at the Hard Rock — click here.