Community and Economic Development 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.
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:
- CDBG Entitlement Grant and related Fair Housing and Predatory Lending pages
- Brownfield Assessment Grant Projects
- Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Application
- Round Island Lighthouse restoration project is a large project funded by multiple sources including MDAH, FEMA, CDBG, Tidelands, and private sponsorships. If you interested in sponsorship opportunities, please call or visit the Community and Economic Development Office at 630 Delmas Avenue, (228) 938-6639 or complete the Sponsorship Form and submit to the Round Island Preservation Society at P.O. Box 1059, Pascagoula, MS 39568. For the latest project information, please visit the Round Island Lighthouse Perservation Society
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 2010 Strategic Plan Update 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 the Recycling page.
The department coordinates planning and economic studies. The Comprehensive Plan outlines the City’s goals and plans for the next several years. For more information on economic development projects, initiatives, and goals, please visit the Business, Demographics, Incentives, Community Profile, and other related pages. For a listing of available properties, visit the Available Properties page or view the Grounds for Development packet which highlights key available properties throughout the City.
Also under the umbrella of the department are Main Street Program, Anchor Square, the City hosted arts center Arts on the Avenue, and the Pascagoula Farmers Market.
The Department recently completed the 2012 Anchor Square Economic Impact Survey. The survey was developed in partnership with the Economic Development Team, an interdepartmental City team, to identify the economic impact of Anchor Square and the contributing factors to the success or failure of businesses at Anchor Square.
For more information on the Community and Economic Development Department, call (228) 938-6639.