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reach outside your boundaries. We want to keep a large percentage of the $2 billion in business from the Gulf Coast in this state.


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reach outside your boundaries. We want to keep a large percentage of the $2 billion in business from the Gulf Coast in this state.

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Craig Ray :

"Tourism is a $6.35 billion industry and a huge part of the local economy along this coast. Katrina not only washed away the culturally historic communities here, it also washed away a big part of our livelihood, but it could not take away our spirit. I cannot believe the substantial progress Tourism - Caring for America volunteers made. With 20 percent of our economy laid off due to Katrina-related issues, we have been working day in and day out over the past six months to get our communities back on track. This kind of concentrated effort makes us feel like we moved mountains in just a few days."

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"[Craig Ray, director of the Tourism Division of the Mississippi Development Authority, said state leaders are aware of the problems faced by communities that relay on tourism dollars.] What we can do is protect the business we have now by moving conventions scheduled for the coast to other places, ... We're constantly on message that the state is open for business."

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Craig Ray :

"After the first of the year, the governor will ask for specific funds for economic development and tourism to re-market the state of Mississippi."

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Craig Ray :

"reach outside your boundaries. We want to keep a large percentage of the $2 billion in business from the Gulf Coast in this state."

Craig Ray :

"We are still assessing the vast impact of Katrina, and there appears to be good news beyond the Coast with no significant structural damage to most of our courses, ... We anticipate that those that have not already opened will do so very soon. The Gulf Coast will take longer to recover, of course, but some of the courses will re-open soon there. Meanwhile, the rest of the state continues to welcome and support visitors and misplaced residents. We've been surprised how strong the golf-and-gaming stay-and-play business has been in the four other regions of the state since Katrina and this is good for the state and its people and businesses."

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