Economic Development

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast has targeted industries that will help grow its economy, such as tourism, shipbuilding, advanced manufacturing and aerospace. For the Mississippi Gulf Coast to continue to rebound from the combined effects of Katrina, the Gulf Oil Spill and the national recession and remain competitive, developing an educated, trained, and diverse workforce will be critical.

Providing small business assistance, encouraging new development to occur near employment centers and transportation networks, and expanding workforce training opportunities are some strategies that can help us achieve this goal. Economic development must remain true to the unique composition and characteristics of each community in the region.

However, by working together and coordinating efforts we can leverage funding sources only available at the regional scale, market our strengths as a region to attract more investment opportunities and ensure all of our communities can benefit from the policies and guidance that will come from working as an aligned region with the same shared goals for prosperity and economic development.

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Economic Development Documents

Regional Economic Development Assessment (13 MB)
Downtown Profile and Assessment (5 MB)
Economic Development and Workforce Stakeholder Analysis (1 MB)
Economic Development and Workforce Recommendations (9 MB)

Economic Development FactSheet

Staff Contact

Allison Beasley, CEcD
SMPDD Planning Director
228.868.2311