Every 25 years our residents are given the opportunity to renew the revenue amount of the franchise agreement held with Mississippi Power Company. State law requires utility companies to pay 2% of their gross revenue back to the municipality. For the past 50 years, MS Power has given 3% of their revenue in Gulfport back to the city, which is then used to provide city services. They hope to continue that trend, but that will be up to you. On Tuesday, August 4, 2020 from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., the City of Gulfport along with many others across the state will be holding a special election. A vote of ‘yes’ means that Mississippi Power Company will continuing giving the city 3% of their revenue in Gulfport for the next 25 years. Voting ‘no’ means that the city will only receive 2%, which is the state minimum. This vote does not change a person’s utility provider or increase their rates. Voters will need to cast their ballot at the polling location used during municipal elections such as city council or mayoral elections with the exception of residents who vote at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. Those citizens will need to vote at the Isiah Fredericks Community Center because that voting site is currently closed. The polling locations are:
GASTON HEWES RECREATION CENTER (1A)
GASTON POINT RECREATION CENTER (1B)
19TH STREET COMMUNITY CENTER (1C)
WESTSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER (2A)
LYNN MEADOWS DISCOVERY CENTER (2B)
FRANCIS X. COLLINS LIFETIME COMMUNITY CENTER (2C)
ISIAH FREDERICKS COMMUNITY CENTER (3A/3B)
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS HALL (3C)
BAYOU VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (4A)
ORANGE GROVE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (7B)
LYMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (7A)
GULFPORT FIRE STATION #10 (6C)
PEPSI COLA PLANT (6B)
THREE RIVERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (6A)
ORANGE GROVE WORK CENTER (5C)
ORANGE GROVE COMMUNITY CENTER (5A/5B)
HANDSBORO COMMUNITY CENTER (4B)
*MS Power is to pay all expenses associated with this special election.
BACK 2 BUSINESS WEBINAR
Many businesses have been impacted by the Corona Virus. To help businesses weather this unpredictable storm, the MS State Legislature started a program called Back to Business Grant Program. The grant can be used to help businesses in Mississippi with 50 or fewer employees recover from the economic impact of COVID-19, including operating expenses and salaries.The Mississippi Development Authority is now accepting applications.
If you have questions about how to apply for the Back to Business program, feel free to join us on Zoom with the Small Business Development Center for the "Back to Business" informational session. Mitch McDowell, Assistant State Director and Connie Whitt, Gulf Coast Center Director will be sharing how businesses can journey through the application process. To register visit Back to Business Webinar.
EMPLOYEE OF THE QUARTER
Kristy Washington was selected for the "Employee of the Quarter (2nd quarter)" in the Utility Billing Department. She joined the department over a year ago and it has been her goal to make a positive impact.
"Kristy has gone above and beyond to assist her fellow teammates this quarter. She has been willing to rotate and fill in at both offices to help with the staffing shortages for coverage. She is always friendly and greets every customer as they enter the door of the building, making the customers feel welcomed. She strives for giving the best customer service to her customers daily. We appreciate her and her commitment to the team." Tina Cornell, Utility Billing Manager