Organizations of the Development Foundation

HCDF acts as an umbrella organization for 20 non-profit causes it has incubated, ranging in focus from education to historic preservation.

  • 100 Men Hall - Organized to honor the historic 100 Men Hall as an African-American music venue, and to honor and preserve the history of the founding members. It is the organization’s vision to promote music, heritage education, and appreciation of the music of the venue, and to increase tourism for Bay St. Louis, and the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast.
  • Bay St. Louis Heritage Trust - Formed to support preservation efforts within the city’s historic districts. Heritage Trust will develop, promote, and or sponsor programs and/products which will help bring public awareness to the importance of historic preservation.
  • Friends of McLeod ParkDuring the past year, the Chamber in partnership with the Board of Supervisors, the Friends of McLeod Park and the Hancock County Parks and Recreation Commission worked together to develop the Master Plan for McLeod Park.  Enhancements to McLeod Park will support economic development and tourism, as well as boost the quality of life for Hancock County residents.
  • Ground Zero Hurricane Museum - Chaired by Waveland Alderman, Lili Stahler and Basil Kennedy the Hurricane Museum was established to honor the people of Waveland, the purpose of the museum is to attract visitors to Waveland. If tourists stop off to see the museum, Stahler says it will give them the opportunity to explore the city.
  • Hancock Chamber Education ProgramsFocusing on issues affecting educational outcomes in Hancock County, community education, and community college academic programs, the Chamber’s Education Committee oversees student scholarships, teacher appreciation events, classroom grants and more.
  • Hancock County Angel Fund - Hancock Angel fund provides emergency funds for holiday assistance to Hancock County children.
  • Hancock County Scenic Byways Program Hancock County’s unique historical and natural assets have recently been recognized with a coveted Mississipppi Scenic Byways designation. Development of seven different byways is in the works – along with multiple birding, biking and walking trails, and blueways (marked waterway trails).
  • Hancock High Education Foundation – Formed for the purpose of providing excellence in education in Hancock County by providing monies through fund-raising efforts for projects established by staff, teachers and parents as well as supplementing academic efforts by providing volunteers.
  • Hancock Leadership – Develops and promotes leadership skills and community awareness for participants in the program, working for the betterment of Hancock County.
  • Hancock Regional Business Resource Center - Now operating 20 hours per week and offering monthly free small business workshops.  Trained counselors offer resources for creating business plans, information on obtaining financing, and referrals for important information to help start up or grow local businesses. Call (228) 467-9048 to schedule an appointment for a free consultation.
  • Hancock Regional Community Development Financial InstitutionThe mission of the US Department of Treasury’s CDFI Fund  is to expand the capacity of financial institutions to provide credit, capital, and financial services to underserved populations and communities in the United States.  In August 2010, the HCCDF was notified that it had been selected for a $64,990 CDFI Technical Assistance (TA) grant from Department of Treasury to complete the application process for certification as a CDFI.
  • Job Generation Fund –  This $3 million economic development revitalization program is designed to enhance the recovery of small businesses in Hancock County affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Keep Bay St. Louis BeautifulThe Bay Saint Louis beautification division is undertaking a massive planting of trees to enhance transportation corridors and renew the city’s green cover from the ground up. Beautification Director, Jimmy Loiacano, is an active outreach partner with our community’s civic organizations, especially the efforts of the Hancock Chamber for coastal beach and waterway clean-ups.
  • Live Oak Alliance of MSCoordinates a comprehensive community-wide green program between existing civic organizations, using a multi-pronged approach that includes economic, arts, educational and recreational elements, with the goal of building a thriving, sustainable community, one that fosters both economic prosperity and an exceptional quality of life.
  • Mind, Body & Spirit Foundation - A collaborative community initiative that promotes health and wellness in the Bay St. Louis and Waveland communities while encouraging the pursuit of teacher education through the issuing of college scholarships for individuals that are preparing for a career as K-12 educators.
  • The Arts, Hancock CountyDedicated to promoting art in everyday life in Hancock County. Nearly 300 members are supported by this fast-growing, active organization that offers sponsorship and genuine support in the form of shows, classes, events and other instructional ventures. Membership is made up of visual artists, writers, sculptors, musicians, and performing artists and is open to all artists of the Gulf Coast that live, work or show in Hancock County, Mississippi.
  • Tiger Athletic Foundation – Formed in the past two years by community leaders and parents of students in the Bay Waveland School district.  The Foundation is not affiliated with the school directly.  The Foundation was organized for the following purposes (1.) To work toward improving all athletic programs within the Bay High Tigers Athletic System.  The needs of the Athletic Department will be identified and the Foundation will solicit public contributions in order to fund the necessary improvements that will provide each student-athlete with a competitive advantage at the local, district, and state levels. (2.) To create an environment that promotes excellence in athletics for the Bay High Tigers Athletic System. This environment will encourage student-athletes to compete at the highest level, affording each athlete the best opportunity to earn an athletic scholarship to school of higher education. (3.) To provide financial incentives for all programs whose teams succeed at the district, regional, and state level of competition.The volunteers organize and hold several fundraisers each year.  The two main fundraisers to be held in 2012 are a golf tournament and fishing tournament.


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