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Biloxi

Biloxi is the oldest city on the Gulf Coast, and with the advent of dockside gaming, it has become one of the fastest growing as well. From its early days as a shrimping and fishing village, Biloxi has blossomed into one of the top tourist destinations in the country. It’s also home to Keesler Air Force Base, a huge contributor to the local economy.

Like other communities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Biloxi has a colorful history. Founded in 1699 by French explorers and named for the Indians who first lived there, Biloxi was governed by France, Great Britian and Spain before joining the Mississippi Territory in 1811.

From the start, its location on the Gulf of Mexico provided the foundation for the city’s economy. The earliest European settlers subsisted by fishing and farming. The city’s first seafood cannery opened in 1881. Just 20 years later, Biloxi was the Seafood Capital of the World. In the 19th century, Biloxi developed as a resort community known for its fine waterfront hotels.

Casino gaming, legalized in the early 1990s, made Biloxi a major player in the tourism and gaming industries. Waterfront casinos have invigorated the city’s economy, helping fund public works projects, creating new jobs in tourism, hospitality and construction, and building the foundation for continued prosperity.

To keep pace with the city’s rapid growth, Biloxi’s  leaders have aggressively pursued improvements in infrastructure, recreation, education, historic preservation and public safety.

Elected Officials

Andrew "FoFo" Gilich

Mayor

228-435-6254 mayor@biloxi.ms.us

Karen Brashier

Clerk of Council

228-435-6257 lbrashier@biloxi.ms.us

George W. Lawrence

City Council: Ward 1

228-547-5811 glawrence@biloxi.ms.us

Felix Gines

City Council: Ward 2

228-547-5815 fgines@biloxi.ms.us

Dixie Newman

City Council: Ward 3

228-547-5851 dnewman@biloxi.ms.us

Robert L. Deming III

City Council: Ward 4

228-547-1611 rldeming3@biloxi.ms.us

Paul Tisdale

City Council: Ward 5

228-297-6800 ptisdale@biloxi.ms.us

Kenny Glavan

City Council: Ward 6

228-860-6886 kglavan@biloxi.ms.us

David Fayard

City Council: Ward 7

228-547-5816 dfayard@biloxi.ms.us

 

Key Departments

Administration 228-435-6254
Board  Attorney 228-435-6254
Building Code (Community Development) 228-435-6280
Community Development 228-435-6280
Fire 228-435-6200
Parks & Recreation 228-388-7170
Planning & Zoning (Community Development) 228-435-6266
Police 228-435-6100
Public Works 228-435-6271

 

Biloxi Demographics

Mailing Address:
City of Biloxi
P.O. Box 429
Biloxi, MS 39533

For more information, visit the City of Biloxi’s website at www.biloxi.ms.us.


Harrison County News

August 9, 2016 : Seemann Composites, Inc. Expanding In Gulfport

February 8, 2016 : TopShip LLC bringing 1000 jobs to Harrison County

Publications

Salute to the Military 2016

Salute to the Military 2015


Business Testimonials

Gary Chouest, CEO
Edison Chouest Offhsore


“As we have already learned in the operation of our Gulf Ship facility, the Gulfport region will provide us access to a quality workforce. We appreciate the cooperation and support of the local officials who are providing a business friendly environment to grow our company.”


Innovation Center MGC Retiree Partnership Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport Joint Land Use Study Keesler Air Force Base Joint Land Use Study
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