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D'Iberville's Department of Economic Development and Grant Administration invites you to

"Explore D'Iberville"

We strive to provide a road-map for future improvements related to growth and development, neighborhoods and housing, transportation and design, and parks and green-ways.

The City of D’Iberville is committed to its vision of a positive future and its quality of community. With thoughtful, careful growth and development, D’Iberville will not only be represented as a bedroom community – but as a Coastal Destination.

This department facilitates community and economic development planning and initiatives; identifying and fostering community economic development opportunities; securing federal and state funding for economic development activities and programs; assisting local organizations, businesses and individuals with establishing economic development plans and projects; and promoting the community in order to expand economic development opportunities.

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Demographic Detail

The City of D’Iberville is located on the Eastern border of Harrison County, Mississippi, adjacent to Interstate Highway 10.  It is situated 171 miles south of the capital city of Jackson, Mississippi, which is accessed by way of Interstate Highway 10, U.S. Highway 49, and Mississippi Highway 67.

D’Iberville is part of a large regional community on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that consists of six (6) counties (Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson) with a total population of  466,900 according to the 2010 U.S. Census Bureau. According to the 2020 Census D’Iberville’ s total population is 12,721.

“One of the fastest growing cities on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, D’Iberville prides itself in nuturing local businesses and growing commercial districts. The city is experiencing tremendous growth with new housing and commercial developments being built and planned. The "smallest big city" on the Gulf Coast is poised and receptive to growth.”

Federal and State Funded Projects

Background

In 2005 the City of D’Iberville was emerging from a fledgling, new incorporation to a professional, ever-growing city. City officials were beginning to plan for a better D’Iberville when the worst natural disaster, ever to strike the United States, struck a devastating blow to the small town on August 29, 2005.

That October, Governor Haley Barbour’s Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal brought planners and architects from around the country to the Gulf Coast for a charrette, an intense, creative, brainstorming and planning session designed to give Gulf Coast residents and leaders a vision of recovery. The goal of the charrette was to provide a vision for how Gulf Coast cities could not only recover and rebuild, but use the opportunity to build back smarter and better, using the theories and practices of Smart Code and New Urbanism.

The City of D’Iberville remains one of the few cities on the Coast that has remained committed to bringing the ideas of the charrette to fruition. Between October  2005 and June 2006, the city held its own version of charrettes and public Town Hall meetings with the hopes of  presenting the vision for regrowth to its citizens. That vision can be seen in the adopted 2006 Citizens’ Master Plan. The Citizens’ Master Plan concentrates on the southern section of the city known as “Old Town” by many long-term residents. Taken in conjunction with the City’s Comprehensive Plan and goals for economic development, a vision for growth is produced focusing on two, major regions:

  1. Northern Retail Region, Interstate District
  2. Southern Waterfront Back Bay Region, Downtown District

The Northern Retail Region has now been developed into the shopping Mecca of the Coast. This region includes Lakeview Village Shopping Center, with its recent expansions, and the newly built Promenade Shopping Center.

The plan for a working Waterfront includes a functioning Marina and the ever-present hope of a major casino development. It also includes the redevelopment of  “Old Town” which lies within the Downtown District of D’Iberville. The idea is to develop a French-Market destination with mixed-use developments and tourist attractions. The newly constructed Town Green Visitor’s Center and Waterfront Overlook are vital components in the redevelopment of Downtown D’Iberville.

The City of D’Iberville is committed to its vision of a positive future and quality of community. With thoughtful, careful growth and development, D’Iberville will not only be represented as a bedroom community – but as a Coastal Destination.

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