Gulf Regional Planning Commission (GRPC) has been providing general planning support to fourteen member jurisdictions, which include Gulfport, Biloxi, Waveland, Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Long Beach, Ocean Springs, D’Iberville, Gautier, Pascagoula, Moss Point as well as Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties, and we are soon to welcome Diamondhead as an official member.
In order to meet the diverse needs of the local governments, requests of other organizations as well as state and federal directives, the GRPC professional transportation planning staff produce a wide variety of work products including land use surveys, GIS maps, mitigation plans, data analysis, sustainability and comprehensive plans, workshop and trainings and public events. GRPC is administered by an appointed Board of Commissioners from across the coast that meet monthly to consider the fiscal administration of the agency.
Additionally, GRPC serves as the Mississippi Gulf Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the urbanized areas of Gulfport-Biloxi and Pascagoula-Moss Point. Our transportation planning process has been certified by the Federal Highway Administration, which allows GRPC to manage the Surface Transportation Program funds that are allocated to the urban areas. The MPO is governed by a policy committee of elected officials and advised by a technical committee that meet on a quarterly basis.
In each of its capacities, GRPC works closely with the local public agencies and the citizens of the MS Gulf Coast to promote a safe, efficient and fiscally sound transportation system that will serve the changing travel needs of coastal residents, businesses and visitors well into the future.