From: www.gulfcoastnews.com 7/13/11
Biloxi resident David Perkes will be honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” on Tuesday, July 19 for his work to strengthen the local economy, create jobs and help the Gulf Coast recover from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The White House Champions of Change initiative profiles Americans from all walks of life who are helping the country rise to the challenges of the 21st century. These Champions of Change are doing extraordinary things in their communities to innovate, educate and build a better America. For more on the Champions of Change initiative, please visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
Perkes is the founding director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio which was established after Hurricane Katrina to provide planning and architectural design support for a number of affordable and sustainable housing initiatives. He is a professional architect and an Associate Professor at Mississippi State University. Perkes will meet with White House officials to discuss his work and identify ways the federal government might be able to help him expand his efforts.
The Clean Economy Development Center (CEDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping local public officials and community leaders execute clean energy projects and create jobs of the future. CEDC has been working with Perkes through its Gulf Coast Sustainable Economies project, which is helping leaders like him develop community-based projects that encourage sustainable economic development and recovery.