About Harrison County

The Harrison County Development Commission was created in 1958 for the promotion and development of harbors, seaports, industrial sites and other related facilities.  

Of the six South Mississippi counties, Harrison County has the largest population and the greatest number of cities. It is bordered on the east by industrialized Jackson County, on the west by Hancock County and the John C. Stennis Space Center, to the north by Stone County and to the south by the Gulf of Mexico.

This strategic central position has been largely responsible for Harrison County’s business diversity. Part of the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metropolitan statistical area, the County has a wide mix of business specialties: retail, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, healthcare research, composite technology and shipbuilding.

Harrison County, MS is made up of five cities: Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi and D’Iberville with each city contributing its own industries, amenities and character.


Recent News

  • Bill Lavers named 2022 National Technical Honor Society honoree
  • Bill Lavers a 2022 recipient of the CYP Forever Young award
  • HCDC Board President Frankie Castiglia, Jr. appointed to the Southern Rail Commission
  • Four newest commissioners:  James Moody and John Carter (appointed by Gov. Tate Reeves), Billy Thornton (appointed by Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes), and Ollie Bailey, Jr. (appointed by Pass Christian Mayor Jimmy Rafferty)
  • HCDC Commissioner Mike Leonard, Capt. William (Bill) Whitmire (USN ret.) and Bill Lavers appointed to Mississippi Defense Communities Council
  • Brandi Hough, Director of Business Development, a recipient of the 2022 One Coast Award Top Ten Under 40 Business Leader
  • Lori Frazier promoted to Chief Financial Officer and Director of HR
  • Marcia Crawford the Mississippi's Tourism 2022 Volunteer of the Year nominee for her continued support of Coastal Mississippi


B Laver NEW

Bill Lavers

Executive Director
Lori Frazier

Lori Frazier

Chief Financial Officer and Director of HR
Marcia A. Crawford

Marcia A. Crawford

Director, Marketing & Relocation / Director, Coastal Partnership
B Hough NEW

Brandi Hough

Director, Business Development
M McGraw NEW

Michelle McGraw

Relationship Manager
J Gibson

Jason Gibson, P.E.

Director of Engineering Services
G Byrd

George Byrd

Utility Technician
J Calcote

Jason Calcote

Utility Technician
J Miller

Jeremy Miller

Utility Technician
Pam Washington

Pamela Washington

Utility Billing and Project Management Specialist