2006 Economic Development Planning Award

Harrison County, Mississippi

The Economic Development Planning Award for 2006 went to Harrison County, Mississippi. In response to Hurricane Katrina, the Ohio State University Department of City and Regional Planning helped the county conduct a regional growth and recovery planning process. Ohio State University utilized a citizen-based approach to develop rebuilding and economic development plans.

A thorough planning process was used to develop a comprehensive plan for Saucier, a rural community located 20 miles inland. The plan evaluated and suggested improvements to aid the citizens of Saucier in achieving their goals for the future of their community. The process engaged local economic developers, planners, citizens, elected officials, and businesses. Plan goals and objectives recognized the needs of the community and offered a variety of solutions. The plan analysis included all the major economic development factors including roadway development, rail, labor force, and land availability. The plan also addressed housing, rural character, and the development of a village center.