Laurel Hosting Rebuilding Workshops for Katrina-Damaged Communities

Educators, engineers, architects and economic developers will be in Laurel the next couple of days, learning valuable information about rebuilding and redesigning their cities that were damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

They will be attending a three-day series of workshops which began in Laurel this afternoon.

It's all part of Your Town-Piney Woods: Designing its Future.

It's sponsored by federal and state organizations which want to address design issues that affect communities located away from the coast that are still recovering from the storm.

"This is a hands-on workshop and it's to help non-designers learn how to design," said Michelle Jones, Special Projects Officer for the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

"So, we'll be looking at downtown buildings, how to rehabilitate them, how to have the economic incentives that are available to rehabilitate them, and how to make your communities more functioning and better places to be and live and raise your children," Jones said.

Topics for the workshops also include dealing with traffic issues and expanding downtowns to other areas.