Hello, and welcome to the City of Gautier’s web page. Here you’ll find useful information regarding our city’s permits, businesses, community events and neighborhoods. Gautier is a community college town located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Pascagoula River. We are among the few cities in the state to operate under a progressive city manager-council form of government. Incorporated in 1987, with a 2002 annexation that doubled our land size, our city is relatively young compared with neighboring Pascagoula, Ocean Springs and Biloxi. Yet, we have families in Gautier who’ve lived here for centuries; it’s their frontiersmen spirit that led to our bedroom community incorporating when neighboring cities eyed our 70 miles of waterfront and ecologically-rich parks. Our community is the place to call home for many transplants like my family, people looking to raise their children in a southern waterfront community with historic oaks, Spanish Moss and big-hat wearing Garden Club ladies that color southern novels. Add to that picture the fact that at 33 square miles, Gautier offers incredibly diverse scenery: Whether you live along high-elevated waterfront bluffs, the Gulf of Mexico, Pascagoula River, or one of our numerous bayous and inlets, you’re a short drive from one of our two championship golf courses, and the outdoor activities offered at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Jackson County Campus—ranked a National Top Ten Community College this year.
As city manager, I am pleased to bring to the position my experience as a planner and economic developer. Gautier is young and on the move; our department directors are top-notch in their fields and positioned well with a supportive, business-friendly City Council. Our employees
uphold our core values of People,Integrity and Prosperity. We encourage citizen participation for the betterment of our community and strive to conduct business with integrity to instill public trust and foster prosperity.
This year, we have embarked on a 5-year strategic plan that will chart the course for expanded parks programs, major capital projects, and commercial redevelopment. In 2011, Council adopted several economic development incentives including a tax increment financing plan (the first in Jackson County) as an incentive to draw large-scale development projects to our town center and I-10 corridor. Singing River Mall, located south of the I-10/Gautier-Vancleave Exit, has announced redevelopment plans in the heart of our developing town center; our I-10/Hwy 57 corridor is the new home to a 16-acre medical campus, attracting commerce at our planned medical and commerce corridor. Gautier is growing, but it continues to be our people that make us special. We invite you to grow with us.