Community Development

Community Development Department serves to promote opportunities for growth and development in our City by providing cost effective programs and services, cultivating a positive, progressive image of Pascagoula, humanizing the City to our citizens, and providing unwavering customer service to citizens, visitors, and other City departments.


Residential Developer Recruitment

The City is working to recruit residential developers for condo and single-family home development.  The City is very interested in attracting new residents and believes new development may help achieve this goal. For more information, please contact the Community and Economic Development Director, Jen Dearman, at 228.938.6651.



The Department is responsible for the implementation of federal and state funded programs for infrastructure, recreation, public service, and housing improvements in the city including those funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA), the Department of Justice and similar agencies. Programs are coordinated with all the departments of the City.


In the past, grant funds have been utilized for projects such as the new Senior Citizens Center, Riverfront Development, improvements to city parks, sidewalks and bike paths including Walk to School Day and Safe Routes to Schools, and new police and fire equipment.  Other department projects include:





  • Round Island Lighthouse – The $1.5 million project utilized multiple funding sources: MDAH, FEMA, CDBG, and Tidelands. Special thanks to our most generous sponsors: Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area, Compton Engineering, Hancock Bank, and the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery. Sponsorship Opportunities are still available. The Lighthouse is open for tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and  is located at 815 Cypress Avenue, Pascagoula, MS 39567.


Guidance for grant writing and the proposal process are available at Grant Writing Tips.


Committees and Councils

The department also houses many of the City’s citizen advisory committees and councils:




  • The Strategic Plan Committee is appointed by the City Council and meets monthly to facilitate the City of Pascagoula Strategic Plan. The Plan is updated about every five years. The 2015 Strategic Plan is available to view online.



Although housed and operated under the City’s Public Works Department, the City’s recycling program remains an important to the quality of life and community in Pascagoula. For more information, please visit the Recycling page.


Environmental Permitting

For more information on environmental permitting in the state of MS, please visit the MDEQ Permits page.


Paint Pascagoula

The Paint Pascagoula project has been completed. There are beautiful works of art on utility boxes throughout Pascagoula.




Information regarding Economic Development can be found by visiting the City of Pascagoula Economic Development page.

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