Committees and Goals

The Gulf Coast Business Council maintains a focus on regional public policy issues, which are critical to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Contact the Business Council to learn more about what our committees are doing to partner with others in crafting innovative, sustainable solutions for our region.

Communications Committee

Economic Development Committee
Goals: Support continued alignment of economic development policies and activities within region; Increase competitiveness; Support the development of a superior product (infrastructure & quality of place).

Education Committee
Goals: Evaluate existing leadership programs available to our school principles and administrators.  Identify ways the business community can advance leadership competency in our schools and districts; Educate the business community on education related issues and challenges most impacting the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Take positions warranted and advocate for positive change; Build relationships with school leadership on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and also legislators who have the ability to usher positive change in Mississippi’s education system; Explore the Gulf Coast Business Council 2010 Masters Class educational recommendations on “Increasing the educational capacity of the region”.

Government Affairs Committee
Goals: Study impacts of various proposed tax increases in Mississippi, including gaming; Engage local elected officials through outreach and regular GCBC meetings; Monitor shipbuilding industry and transition taking place; Continue to explore school start date issues; Monitor legislative activities in Jackson and Washington.

Insurance Committee
Goals: Continue development of state mitigation program; Collaborative with leadership from Alabama and other states to seek out regional solutions; Educate public on existing discount opportunities available in Mississippi; Work with CODEL to explore federal solutions; Follow up on RAND recommendation.

Premier Destination / Tourism Committee
Goals: Creation of a regional 501(c)(6) Destination Marketing Organization, integrated with public and private stakeholders; Headquarter hotel at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center; Clear vision of targeted tourism segments and construction of value propositions appealing to those segments; Establishment of quantifiable objectives to reach premier status, coupled with relentless monitoring and pursuit.

Transportation Committee
Goals:  Continue to support Port Development and Restoration; Identify regional transportation infrastructure opportunities; Collaborate with Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport on air service issues and opportunities.