HCPHC seeks deputy director at economic development organization

November 10, 2022

The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission (HCPHC) has begun its search for a deputy director to help execute the economic development organization’s strategic plan and grow opportunities in Hancock County, Mississippi.

HCPHC was created in 1963 by the board of supervisors as the county’s chief economic development agency. It owns and operates Port Bienville Industrial Park, Port Bienville Short Line Railroad and Stennis International Airport. HCPHC is self-supporting, with revenue derived from the industrial park and airport facilities and services.

Its primary mission is to promote and develop Hancock County by retaining existing companies and attracting additional industry to increase the county’s tax base and create jobs for residents.

Current executive director Bill Cotter announced his retirement earlier this year after 23 years of service. He will be replaced by current deputy director Blaine LaFontaine beginning January 1, 2023. The incoming deputy director will assist LaFontaine who will oversee the organization and nearly 30 employees.

Other duties include budgeting, capital planning, project management and developing relationships with public and private officials locally, statewide and nationally.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to administration@hcphc.ms. HCPHC will accept applications through December 16, 2022.

For more information and a complete job description, please visit https://portairspace.com/images/uploads/HCPHC_Deputy_Director_10.22.pdf.


The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission was established in 1963 to lead the county’s economic development activities. Stennis International Airport and Port Bienville Industrial Park are home to 30 companies with more than 1,000 employees. For more information visit www.portairspace.com.