The Mississippi State Port Authority (MSPA) Board of Commissioners has named Jon Nass the new CEO and Executive Director of the Port of Gulfport, following a national search led by Tim McNamara, Head of Odgers Berndtson’s Transportation and Infrastructure Practice in Washington, D.C. “After nearly an eight-month process, the MSPA Commission is very pleased to announce we have selected a new executive director to lead the Port of Gulfport team,” said MSPA President E.J. Roberts. “Jon’s extensive background includes port management, economic development, homeland security and policy advising, making him an ideal candidate to lead our State Port.”
Jon comes from the Maine Port Authority where he helped develop Northern New England’s only container terminal and secured tens of millions of dollars in funding for port and rail infrastructure. He also led efforts on a public-private partnership to construct Maine’s only publicly available climate-controlled storage, supporting the state’s food and beverage industries.
"I am thrilled to join the Port of Gulfport as its next CEO and Executive Director, leading what is an outstanding organization with an experienced Board of Commissioners, a dedicated team, modern infrastructure, and a diversified revenue base," said Jon Nass.
"The MSPA's commitment to promoting economic development for the region—through the movement of freight, capturing the enormous potential of the blue economy, promoting workforce development, and being a responsible member of the community—all attracted me to this position. I look forward to getting to work."
In addition to Jon’s port experience, he was the Deputy Commissioner at the Maine Department of Transportation, worked as a senior policy advisor in the State of Maine Governor’s Office, and served seven years in the U.S. Congress, most recently as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security. Jon also served on a
U.S. Department of State Provincial Reconstruction Team as a field officer embedded in a U.S. Army infantry battalion operating in the city of Baqubah, Iraq.
Jon’s tentative start date at the Port of Gulfport is June 1, 2021.
GULFPORT FIRE DEPT. GRADUATION
VOTING IN GULFPORT
On April 6, 2021, primary elections will be held in the City of Gulfport. Municipal primary elections are held so that each political party (Democratic and Republican) can vote for its candidates for Mayor and City Council for the upcoming general election. For City Council, the Democratic Party is holding primary elections in Wards 1 and 3. The Republican Party is holding primary elections for Mayor and in Wards 4 and 7 for City Council. Those candidates who are unopposed within his/her political party will not appear on a ballot during the primary election because they have no opposition within the party.
PRIMARY ELECTION ABSENTEE VOTING To absentee vote in person, please visit the City Clerk’s office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is located on the 2nd floor of the Hardy Building at 1410 24th Avenue. Voting will, also, be available on March 27 and April 3 from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The deadline to vote absentee in person is noon on April 3, 2021. Please remember to bring your voter ID with you.
To absentee vote by mail, please call the City Clerk’s office at 868-5705. A Deputy City Clerk will process your request and ensure that an absentee ballot application, ballot, appropriate envelopes and instructions will promptly be mailed to you.
Absentee ballot applications and ballots MUST be postmarked no later than April 6, 2021 and received in the City Clerk’s office no later than April 13, 2021, in order to be counted.
Due to forecasted inclement weather, the Easter Egg-Stravaganza (drive-thru) event has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 30th at 6 PM.
Be sure to swing by for goodie bags and the Easter Bunny! We look forward to seeing you.
For more information, please call 228.868.5881.
The City of Gulfport is preparing for the citywide cleanup. To volunteer, contact Mark Kraninger at (228) 868-5740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each ward will be assigned a weekend during the cleanup event, which will begin on Friday, March 26, 2021, starting in Wards 1 and 2 then continuing with two (2) wards per week excluding April 2, 2021-April 8, 2021. The cleanup will end in Ward 7 on Thursday, April 29, 2021.