Mississippi is home to multibillion-dollar bases — such as Keesler Air Force Base and Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport in Harrison County — that provide thousands of jobs and award millions in contracts to local businesses.Other important factors in Harrison County’s economy are its Gulf Coast location — the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport is the third-busiest container port on the Gulf of Mexico — and convenient access to all markets in North America and Latin America, as well as its foreign trade zone designation. Shipbuilding, aerospace, advanced materials, defense and marine science are all industries drawn to the coast and its deep-water ports. Seafood has been an economic staple of the area for years.The largest employers in the county are composed of military bases, health care facilities and casinos, which require a diverse workforce. Harrison County’s central location along Interstate 10 allows it to attract workers from neighboring communities such as New Orleans or Mobile, Alabama.In July 2018, Harrison County posted a 4.9 percent unemployment rate, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. According to U.S. Census, the county’s median household income for 2012-2016 was $43,095.TransportationMajor transportation routes in Harrison County make the region a key venue for the delivery of goods. U.S. Highway 90 runs along the Gulf of Mexico beaches and local casinos, connecting Biloxi to Gulfport and points westward and eastward. The Biloxi Bay Bridge, an important artery, was rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina and was fully reopened in April 2008. Interstate 10 passes through northern parts of Biloxi, connecting the region to larger hubs of transport, including Phoenix, Los Angles, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans and more.Perched on the Gulf of Mexico, Biloxi Port is one of Mississippi’s four state-owned seaports. Biloxi’s port handles about 3.5 million tons of primarily domestic cargo annually. In addition to moving large quantities of goods, the area around Biloxi Port is home to many casinos, riverboats and outdoor entertainment venues. The Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport is the third-busiest container port on the Gulf of Mexico, with convenient access to all markets in North America and Latin America. Shipbuilding, aerospace, advanced materials, defense and marine science are all industries drawn to the coast and its deep-water ports.Natural ResourcesThe Gulfport-Biloxi metropolitan area’s location directly on the Mississippi Sound makes it a prime spot for seafood and tourism. Fish, oysters, shrimp, crabs — all have been plentiful contributions to the local economy. At the turn of the century, Biloxi had become the Seafood Capital of the World. In the 1920s there were more than 40 seafood factories occupying the cannery districts in the region. With its year-round pleasant climate, sandy beaches, multiple golf courses and more, the region is a perfect vacation destination for those seeking outdoor recreation and relaxation.In addition to being a vacation destination, Biloxi has a long history with gaming. Though technically illegal in its golden era of the 1940s, open gambling wasn’t officially outlawed until the 1950s. The reintroduction of legal dockside gambling in 1992 transformed the area, bringing millions of dollars of stimulus in the form of casinos, hotels and resorts.While Harrison County’s proximity to the ocean has been a boon to its economy, the area took an enormous economic hit from damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Hurricane-force winds persisted for 17 hours, damaging 90 percent of the buildings along the coast in Biloxi and Gulfport. The region continues to seek a balance between economic recovery and hurricane protection zones; Biloxi has planned redevelopment of commercial properties south of Highway 90.Military Economic ImpactKeesler Air Force Base and Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport have enjoyed a close collaboration with the surrounding communities since each installation was established.With their combined workforce of nearly 16,000 — including military, civil service and private contractors — Keesler AFB had a $1.57 billion total adjusted economic impact on the surrounding communities in 2017, according to the most recent Keesler Air Force Base Economic Impact Analysis, and NCBC Gulfport had a $365.3 million economic impact in 2014, according to its most recent figures.
Share 222 Views no discussions Share LocalNews Gov’t donates $100,000.00 to DHTA by: Dominica Vibes News – March 30, 2016 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share DHTA President, Gregory Nassief (left) and Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, Senator Robert TongeThe Dominica government, through the Ministry of Tourism and Urban Renewal has donated one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000.00) to the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association (DHTA) to assist its members who were affected during the passage of Tropical Storm Erika.Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, Senator Robert Tonge presented the cheque to DHTA’s President, Gregor Nassief on Wednesday 30 March 2016 at the Government Headquarters in Roseau.According to DHTA’s President, seven (7) properties with a total of sixty (60) rooms and sixty employees were affected.Senator Tonge informed that preliminary estimates reported loss of forty eight million dollars in the tourism sector after storm impacted the island in August 2015, Erika, of which thirty-nine million was suffered by the accommodations sub-sector.Following the storm, the government, through the Ministry of Tourism, consulted with partners especially the DHTA, to identify some areas of assistance that was urgently needed and as a result, a list of areas were compiled and forwarded to the Ministry.Senator Tonge noted that based on the list, the Ministry requested the requisite funds from Cabinet to address the situation and meet some of the needs identified from the consultation. “It is our wish that these funds will facilitate the recovery process for our partners. The sum is only part of a wider support that the sector is already giving to its partners,” Senator Tonge informed.He added that support is being given to establishments who were affected for concessionary support for the importation of material and equipment used in restorative works.“Through Cabinet, we actually approved concessions for persons bringing in equipment and necessary items required to speed to speed up their recovery”.Meanwhile, DHTA President, Gregor Nassief expressed tremendous gratitude for the contribution which he stated will greatly assist the sector in its recovery.He said while part of the losses incurred by properties was covered by insurance, there were some aspects that the insurance companies did not cover.“That is instances where the properties suffered destabilization of their site; we had several instances where the structures were fine but there were landslides around them or the access had been wiped out. Based on that, we did make an appeal to the authorities to provide some level of assistance,” Nassief explained. He described the contribution as symbolic and meaningful as “in such situations the government, has no obligation but yet they contribute. The DHTA will be focusing on some specific properties”.
The building sustained light smoke damage in the areas nearest the kitchen. The commercial stove and vent hood both sustained heavy fire damage. Crews simultaneously made entry to the front of the building and used the Aerial ladder to gain roof access. The interior crews found active fire confined to the commercial kitchen stove and hood which was quickly extinguished. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Central Emergency Fire Crews responded to a call at Golden International Chinese Restaurant off the Sterling Hwy for the report of a kitchen fire, at around 12:15 p.m, January 17. The restaurant will remain closed while repairs are completed, according to Sharon Hu with Golden International Chinese Restaurant. Roof crews also had active fire rising through the stove ventilation ducting, which was also extinguished by the interior crew. Both crews checked for any possible extension of the fire and the fire was declared out at approximately 12:28. According to Wes Perkins Fire Marshal with CES, the first crews arriving on the scene noted light smoke coming from the rear area of the roof.