...addressing growing needs across the Northern Gulf of Mexico

lighthouseAt the Mississippi State University Center for Urban Rural Interface Studies (CURIS), it is our mission to provide a clearinghouse of information regarding community socio-economic profiles, changes in land use, community resiliency, economic and disaster preparedness, and economic impacts of natural and technological disasters.

Addressing our communities’ “growing” needs, CURIS strives to assist with planning and policy decisions related to the improvement of the quality of life in the Gulf Coastal region of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Along the northern Gulf of Mexico region, the vulnerability of rural counties/parishes has become more apparent due to the occurrence of more natural disasters during the last decade.  Although natural hazards cannot be prevented, with disaster preparedness knowledge, awareness and practices, the recovery period can be expedited.

coastThe Deepwater Horizon oil spill disrupted the Gulf’s economy, damaged fisheries and critical habitats. In order to understand the magnitude of the Economic Impacts of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to the different economic sectors affected, multi-year baseline economic information about each sector are currently being compiled from various secondary sources.

The Mississippi MarketMaker Online Marketing Program provides a marketing tool that enables affected producers to recover local and domestic markets of their products and services that were adversely affected by the oil spill. An In-Service Training and Outreach Program is available upon request by Sea Grant and Land Grant Extension, State regulatory agencies, Local government agencies, Non-profit organizations, Food and seafood businesses, and School teachers and youth.

The Restore Act which was signed into law July 6th, 2012, established a mechanism for providing funding to the Gulf region to restore ecosystems and rebuild local economies damaged by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Read more about the Restore Act at http://www.restore.ms/.