What's Working in Post-Katrina Recovery: Is the Gulf Coast Open for Business?

Jul 29, 2008
B-354 Rayburn House Office Building

What’s Working in Post-Katrina Recovery: Is the Gulf Coast Open for Business?

Start Tuesday, July 29, 2008 12:00 PM
End Tuesday, July 29, 2008 01:30 PM
Location B-354 Rayburn House Office Building
Lunch Provided, Interns Not Invited

This program is reserved exclusively for full-time, congressional, agency and Library of Congress employees.

For information on this program, please contact Chris Myers at cmyers2@gmu.edu.


Rep. Tim Roemer (D-IN)
Mercatus Center Distinguished Scholar,
former Congressman from Indiana, and
member of the 9/11 Commission
Paul Conway
Office of the Federal Coordinator
for Gulf Coast Rebuilding

Tim Williamson
Idea Village, New Orleans, LA 

Matt Mayer
Provisum Strategies and
Ohio State University
Emily Byram
Friends of New Orlean

Dan Rothschild
Mercatus Center at
George Mason University
Steven Horwitz
St. Lawrence University

Since 2005, the Mercatus Center at George Mason University’s five year project, “Crisis and Response in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina,” has generated over 35 individual studies and policy papers examining the rebuilding of the Gulf Coast and the strengths and weaknesses of the for-profit, non-profit, and public sector responses to the disaster.

On July 29, 2008, the Mercatus Center will release a compilation of post-Katrina research and analysis that will consist of six policy papers exploring the role of businesses and entrepreneurs in post-Katrina recovery, each with recommendations for change and illustrated by a case study of a local citizen who has struggled against the odds for survival and contributed valuable lessons learned to his/her community in the process. The compendium will also include reviews of popular books and a reference list of research related to Gulf Coast recovery.

The panel will address the following questions:

  • What’s working in the commercial sector in post-Katrina recovery? Why is it working?
  • How can public policy better support the critical role that commercial actors, from small entrepreneurs to large companies, play in responding to disasters and rebuilding communities?