Annual State of the Coast Symposium held virtually due to COVID-19

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The State of the Coast Symposium was held this morning. The fourth annual symposium looked a little different than in previous years.

Due to COVID-19, it was held virtually over Zoom. Several coastal economic and business leaders from Harrison, Hancock, and Jackson counties talked about tourism, healthcare, manufacturing, job growth, and the impacts of challenges endured throughout 2020.

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Gulf Coast Business Council Chairman Anthony Wilson emphasized that the Coast economy has persevered in the face of these challenges. “2020 has been a year of economic disruption in coastal Mississippi due to the pandemic, tropical weather impacts both locally and regionally. However, we have seen markers of economic strength and our coastal economy continues to exceed expectations.”

Wilson also says this year’s symposium was devoted to an exploration of economic diversity and resilience of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.