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.

  • 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.
  • Foster the Cause –
  • Hancock Chamber Beautification – To promote anti-litter campaigns and beautification awards and remove blighted properties with a special emphasis on properties along business corridors.
  • Hancock Chamber Diamondhead Business & Professionals Association  In partnership with the Hancock Chamber the Diamondhead Business and Professionals works to gain feedback from area businesses for an annual plan in an effort to promote awareness of businesses through a membership brochure and map, business promotions, a signature event, quarterly meetings, after hours events. The DBPA also works with the city administration to develop and implement merchants promotions.
  • 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 Chamber Kiln Business Council – To promote the economic, civic and social well-being of the Kiln area; meets monthly as an executive committee and quarterly as a membership group, in different locations.
  • Hancock County Scenic Byways Program – Hancock County’s unique historical and natural assets have recently been recognized with a coveted Mississippi 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 County Sheriff Canine Operations – assists the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Canine Division with the construction of an onsite kennels and provides equipment and supplies for the canines. The Canine Division plays a vital role for the Sheriff’s Office and is a tremendous asset to the Hancock County community. The dogs they manage are utilized daily to assist in many law enforcement activities and to help ensure the safety of deputies and citizens.
  • 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.
  • Keep Bay St. Louis Beautiful – The 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.
  • Leadership Challenging the Future –
  • Life Grows On – By participating in the ‘LGO’ Memorial Tree Planting program, a tree is planted within public grounds of Hancock County as well as a single leaf will be placed on the sign honoring the individual being memorialized. If Interested please call (228) 467-9048.
  • Live Oak Alliance of MS – Coordinates 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.
  • McDonald Park Fund –
  • 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.
  • Mystic Krewe of PupSeidon Chaired by Kathy Wilkinson of Doggy Day Grooming in Diamondhead, MS this is the first ALL canine Mardi Gras parade. Proceeds will support Gulf Coast regional animal shelters. Call (228) 326-4804 for more krewe information.
  • 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.
  • Tiger Athletic Fund – 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 a 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.
  • Waveland 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.

Questions? Please Contact (228) 467-9048