About Us

The Gulf Coast Business Council engages top executives of businesses – large and small – to be the united voice on public policy issues important to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, to serve as a facilitating organization and help develop future leaders.  GCBC is an umbrella organization made up of the top business leaders in the three coastal counties along with member organizations initially including the Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson County Chambers, and Partners for Stennis.

The GCBC does not compete with local chambers or their fundraising efforts.  It provides leadership in areas of public policy including governmental and legislative affairs, military and defense related industry, economic development, infrastructure, education, workforce development, and regional leadership development.  This organization is well positioned to help successfully implement initiatives from the report by the Governor’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding & Renewal.  It works to align the interests of all communities in the three coastal counties and will represent them with one strong and united voice in Jackson and in Washington D.C.

GCBC is governed by our Board of Directors made up of the top leaders from the entire business spectrum from across the coast.  GCBC succeeds with its regional agenda because of its focus on public policy and other strategic issues, its assemblage of the top business leaders in the three coastal counties as its board members, its action orientation, and its high caliber and professional staff to help guide the efforts.

Mission Statement
To grow a sustainable diversified economy, recognized for its creativity, highly skilled workforce and favorable business environment that complements the livability of our communities and provides for opportunities and benefits to all citizens along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.


Leadership for Regional Solutions.

Founding Principals

    I.    Engage the top executives of business, large and small, throughout coastal Mississippi;

   II.   Pursue public policies of strategic importance of our region through leadership, collaboration and sound research;

  III.   Serve as a facilitating organization with other civic, economic development and government organizations to embrace cooperation and consensus building; and

  IV.   Help develop our future leaders.

GCBC Executive Team

Ashley Edwards | aedwards@msgcbc.org

Director of Policy & Research
Scott King | sking@msgcbc.org

Office Manager
Joyce Hart | jhart@msgcbc.org