Friday, September 14, 2018

Mississippi Coast Foreign Trade Zone an Economic Driver

Gulfport, Mississippi — The Harrison County Development Commission, administrator/grantee, for the Mississippi Coast Foreign Trade Zone (MCFTZ) announces the 2017 economic summary.

The MCFTZ designated as U.S. FTZ No. 92, serves as an important tool for businesses that contribute significantly to the Mississippi Coast’s economy. In 2017, the total Zone-related output of MCFTZ users was approximately $8.3 billion, of which $1 billion was value-added activity. Employment for Zone-related activities exceeded 6,200 with overall employment within activated Zone facilities at approximately 17,000. Exports from Zone users exceeded $2.9 billion in value.

FTZ procedures enable companies to streamline their Customs-related activities, reduce Customs duty costs on imported raw materials, and successfully compete for capital investment and international contracts. FTZ No. 92 was established in 1983. Harrison County sites include the Bernard Bayou Industrial District, Port of Gulfport, Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport, and Long Beach Industrial Park; other locations are in Hancock and Jackson counties.

Major Zone and subzone users include Channel Control Merchants, Chevron, Gulf Ship, Ingalls, and VT Halter Marine.

According to MCFTZ consultant Greg Jones, co-founder of the Foreign-Trade Zone Corporation, “In 2017, users of the Mississippi Coast FTZ and the Greater Mississippi Foreign-Trade Zone collectively produced $18 billion in manufactured goods. This represents about 15% of all economic activity in the State during 2017.” Jones added, “The State of Mississippi ranked 13th among all states in the value of manufactured goods produced by FTZ users and 7th among all states in the value of exports of manufactured goods produced by FTZ users.”

Harrison County Development Commission
12281 Intraplex Parkway
Gulfport, MS 39503
228.896.5020

Jimmy Levens

Jimmy Levens

President
Jimmy Levens Builders
Appointed by Harrison County, District 3
Warren Conway

Warren Conway

Vice President
Conway Attorney at Law
Appointed by Harrison County, District 4
John "Shorty" Sneed

John “Shorty” Sneed

Treasurer
Bancorp South Insurance Services, Inc.
Appointed by City of Gulfport
Mark Schloegel

Mark Schloegel

Secretary
Appointed by State of Mississippi, Governor
Sharon Bentz Mustered

Sharon Bentz Mustered

Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.
Appointed by State of Mississippi, Governor
Jennifer Burke

Jennifer Burke

Appointed by City of Pass Christian
Frank Castiglia, Jr.

Frank Castiglia, Jr.

Mississippi Power Company
Appointed by City of Long Beach
Rip Daniels

Rip Daniels

Appointed by Harrison County, District 1
Brian Gollott

Brian Gollott

Gollott & Sons Seafood, Inc.
Appointed by City of D’Iberville
Cliff Kirkland

F. Cliff Kirkland

City of Biloxi Chief Civil Innovation and Development Officer
Appointed by City of Biloxi
Sam LaRosa, Jr.

Sam LaRosa, Jr.

Piltz, Williams, LaRosa & Company, Retired Partner
Appointed by Harrison County, District 5
Bill Lavers

Bill Lavers

Executive Director
Marcia A. Crawford

Marcia A. Crawford

Director, Marketing & Relocation
Michelle Fitts

Michelle Fitts

Executive Assistant

Lori Frazier

Director of Finance
Shannon Haynes

Shannon Haynes

Project Manager
Brandi Hough

Brandi Hough

Director, Business Development

Staci Necaise

Development Coordinator
Sage Rowell

Sage Rowell

Utility Technician
Keith Peebles

Keith Peebles

Operations & Maintenance Specialist
Don Clark

Don Clark

Consultant
Lee Barnes

Lee Barnes

Special Projects Coordinator
Jayden Magee

Jayden Magee

Intern, Gulfport High School
Alyssa Castillo

Alyssa Castillo

Intern, Gulfport High School