Location, location, location. Harrison County’s central position on the Gulf of Mexico has been the key to its economic success and outstanding quality of life.
The warm weather of the Coast supported the farming and lumbering of the early settlers. And, the bountiful seafood of the Gulf waters has been a source of wealth for more than 300 years.
The temperate climate and natural harbor made the county an ideal location for a seaport, and the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport was established, growing to become the third busiest container port on the Gulf of Mexico.
The beautiful Gulf waters and white sand beaches caught the eyes of outsiders early on, and tourism became one of the area’s largest industries. When gaming arrived in the early 1990s, it added a new dynamic to the tourism market, creating a multi-offering destination unlike any other.
The shipbuilding industry also found a home on the Coast, taking advantage of the deepwater ports. Other industries followed, including aerospace, advanced materials, defense and marine science.
As the industries and economy have evolved, one thing the location has consistently provided is a warm, beautiful place to live.
Today, Harrison County and the cities it comprises – Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi and D’Iberville – continue to provide a wonderful home for businesses and residents.