President Barack Obama will be in New Orleans next week as part of a weeklong commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Obama, along with FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, will meet Aug. 27 with Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other city officials as well as residents in neighborhoods that have been rebuilt over the past decade, the White House announced Wednesday.
“While in the city, the president will deliver remarks on the region’s rebirth and what’s possible when citizens, city and corporate leaders all work together to lift up their communities and build back in ways that make them more innovative and positioned for economic growth,” according to a news release.
The president’s visit comes in the midst of a long series of events, panels and commemorations hosted by the city and national media organizations and think tanks.
The president’s visit, which will be bookended by visits by a cavalcade of officials from his administration, is designed to focus on the city’s recovery from the levee failures in 2005 as well as specific initiatives the Obama administration has put in place since taking office in 2009.
“Over the past six-and-a- half years, the administration has focused on supporting the needs of survivors and bolstering the recovery efforts already underway by state, local and federal officials by cutting red tape to deploy important resources quickly, investing in hard-hit communities and ensuring that affected communities build back stronger and more resilient,” according to the White House release.
Fugate will be in New Orleans on Tuesday as Landrieu releases a resilience strategy for the city. Fugate then will travel to Mississippi to visit several schools that were rebuilt after being damaged during Katrina.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro will be in the city Aug. 28 for events commemorating the disaster.
Throughout the week, officials with the U.S. Department of Education will participate in events related to the Recovery School District, while Department of Health and Human Services officials will focus on a ceremonial grand opening of the University Medical Center, which actually opened earlier this month.
The head of the organization that oversees AmeriCorps will travel through the Gulf Coast to highlight the 10 million hours put in by its members and volunteers in the Katrina response and to oversee new service projects.
The events will include a bus tour to brief Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan on coastal protection and restoration projects on Aug. 28. The next day, he will participate in the city’s commemorative wreath laying and day of service.
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