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 a recipient of the Mississippi Business Journal's 2023 Top CEO award
  • VP Board of Commissioners James Moody received the 2023 One Coast Top 10 Under 40 Award on April 18. 
  • Mississippi Business Journal Centerpiece by Joshua Wilson, 8/4/23, Harrison County offers lots to do, lowest cost of living in the U.S. and, soon, a Buc-ee’s
  • Marcia Crawford a Finalist for a 2023 Lighthouse Business & Professional Woman of Achievement award in the category of Military/Government.
  • Brandi Hough promoted to Deputy Director
  • Buc-ee's groundbreaking for the store's largest property and the first in Mississippi, 9/12
  • Coastal Partnership's newly-designed website now live. The Partnership is under HCDC and promotes the Coast as a premier relocation destination. www.coastalrelocation.org
  • Brandi Hough and Marcia Crawford volunteered at Pathways 2 Possibilities as part of the NAWIC association.
  • Marcia Crawford appointed Secretary to the PRAM Beach Chapter Board of Directors for 2024.
  • Marcia Crawford elected to the Military One Coast Board of Directors for 2024.


B Laver NEW

Bill Lavers

Executive Director
Lori Frazier

Lori Frazier

Chief Financial Officer and Director of HR
B Hough NEW

Brandi Hough

Deputy Director
M Crawford

Marcia A. Crawford

Director, Marketing & Relocation / Director, Coastal Partnership
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