- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 13, 2015

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - The Harrison County Board of Supervisors has signed a resolution opposing the closure of a Federal Emergency Management Agency office in Biloxi.

The Biloxi Recovery Office was opened after Hurricane Katrina and at its peak had 1,200 employees.

With the Katrina recovery mission winding down, the FEMA has recommended the Biloxi office be closed and its operations moved to Texas. Bill Holmes, the executive director of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, told the board Monday the move would cost about 200 remaining employees their jobs.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/14uwOat ) Holmes asked the supervisors to request Mississippi federal elected officials oppose the closure.

The Coliseum and Convention Center gets about $800,000 in rent for the Biloxi office’s building.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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