Former Governor Haley Barbour was in office during what some call the most devastating time on the Coast: Hurricane Katrina. Hancock Chamber of Commerce is awarding Barbour and his wife Marsha ten years later for their leadership during the aftermath of the storm. “Well, it’s very generous and in the mega-disaster, somebody has to be in charge and it was totally logical that it would be the governor. So, I tried to step up and do what needed to be done and had great cooperation from local officials, legislature, our federal delegation.”
Former Governor Barbour and his wife are being honored at an award’s gala where they will be presented with a piece of art that was made from surviving elements in Hancock County after the storm. “My mama taught me when I was growing up that catastrophe does not create character,” said Barbour, “It reveals character and the great character of these people, the strength, the spirit, it was already there before there was a Haley Barbour, much less before there was a Katrina, but Katrina revealed it.”
The event also recognized local businesses in Hancock County for their achievements in the community. Some “Business of the Year” awards include Pharmacy in the Bay, S&L Office Supplies and Diamondhead Urgent Care.
Senator Roger Wicker said, “The vast majority of Americans are employed in small businesses, so it’s good to recognize everybody and also the community development aspect of this, I think it’s going to be a tribute to the small counties and rural areas that make Mississippi great.”