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Slippery Business Part I - What's Going On With the Harrison County Development Commission - A GulfCoastNews.com Special Report -Filed 11/10/03

Slippery Business - Part II
Editorial Calls for "Bickering" to Stop in Harrison County Development Commission Controversy
  11/24/03

Slippery Business III-Development Commission Submits Inaccurate Documents, Isolates Commissioner-GulfCoastNews.com 1/26/03

Slippery Business IV - Judge Rules HCDC Violated Open Records Laws - GulfCoastnews.com 2/11/04 Related Clarion Ledger Story related: Clarion Ledger Editorial Commends Harrison County Judge James Persons on HCDC Public Records Ruling-

Slippery Business V - HCDC Steps in it - Again - GCN Special Report 6/15/04

Slippery Business VI - An Agency in Crisis -Taxpayers Losing Out on Sales of HCDC Property - A GCN Special Report 8/9/04

Slippery Business VII - HCDC's Commerce Park, Economic Development for a Few - GulfCoastnews.com 9/28/04

Guest Opinion - Out of the Darkness - A Call for Accountability at the HCDC - by Reilly Morse

Guest Opinion - Letter to Harrison County Supervisors Regarding the HCDC - by Royce Hignight

Related GCN Guest Opinion - Mississippi's Open Wound - Archaic Government Must End for Coast and State to be Successful in Economic Development- Analysis and Opinion - by Royce Hignight Retired FBI

Guest Opinion -  Supervisors Need Public Support for Good Government - by Royce Hignight

GCN Editorial -Why the HCDC is Important - a GCN Editorial - 8/14/04

News - 20-Year Veteran of the Harrison County Development Commission Resigns - Sun Herald 8/16/05

News - HCDC Continues Appeal of Lawsuit Regardless of Supervisor's Concerns, Irks Citizen - GCN

News - Harrison County Supervisors Order Study to Determine Value of HCDC - WLOX.com

News - New HCDC Director Close to Being Hired - GulfCoastNews     8/3/05  Supervisors ask HCDC to Drop Appeal - Sun Herald - 8/7/05

News - HCDC to Contribute $500,000 to Hancock County's Stennis  Shared Services Center - Sun Herald - 6/29/05

News - HCDC Cannot Find a Director - WLOX.com - 6/15/05

News - HCDC's Top Choice for Director Withdraws Application - Sun Herald - 6/3/05

News - HCDC Selects New Director, Harrison County Supervisors Must Approve - Sun Herald - 6/1/05

News - HCDC Legal Fees Dropping, From $8,000 a Month to $3,500 a Month - The Sun Herald - 5/11/05

News - A Changing HCDC Says Industrial Park Business Owes Rent - The Sun Herald - 2/23/05

News - Newspaper Says HCDC and Supervisors Back on Track - The Sun Herald - 1/16/05

News - Changes at HCDC Bodes Well for Troubled Agency - The Sun Herald       Related

News - HCDC Tries to Make Up With Supervisors - The Sun Herald   12/22/04

News - HCDC Begins to Make Changes, Temporary Director to Stay Till February-The Sun Herald

News - HCDC May Discuss Ethics Ruling - The Sun Herald

News - HCDC President Says Agency is in Limbo, Conflicts  Keep Agency in Crisis - The Sun Herald

News - More Questionable Business Practices from the HCDC, Rent Free Leases - Supervisors Receive Proposal for Auditing the HCDC - The Sun Herald

News - HCDC's Newest Member Outlines Changes for the Trouble Agency - The Sun Herald  Related: Full Text of   Changes 

News - Ethics Commission Issues Decision on HCDC Land Sales Issue-The Sun Herald

News: Louisiana's Economic Development Secretary Michael Olivier, Formerly of Harrison County, Criticized for Cuba Trip - The Times Picayune   12/6/04

News: HCDC Critic Appointed to the Commission - GulfCoastNews.com   Related   11/22/04

News - Land Appraisals Ordered by County Supervisors Net Gain for HCDC - The Sun Herald  10/12/04  Related

News - Interim Director Named for HCDC, Another Employee Leaves - The Sun Herald

News - Supervisors Block HCDC from Selling Land Without an Appraisal - The Sun Herald 9/28/04

News - Harrison County Supervisor Cut HCDC Budget to Bare Bones - GulfCoastNews.com 9/23/04

News - HCDC's Finances to be Scrutinized, Supervisors Reject Three HCDC Actions - The Sun Herald 9/13/04

News - Additional Audits of the HCDC and Headhunter Contract Approved by Supervisors-Sun Herald  9/8/04

News - Pass Christian Man Turns Up Heat on HCDC - The Sun Herald

News - Harrison County Gets Approval to Conduct Special Audits of the HCDC - GulfCoastNews.com 9/2/04

News - Another Key HCDC Official Resigns from Troubled Agency - The Sun Herald  9/2/04

News - Supervisors Question HCDC Contract for Headhunter - The Sun Herald 8/24/04

News - Progress Only Viable Option for HCDC - The Sun Herald/Opinion 8/22/04

News - HCDC Chooses Tupelo Firm to Find New Director - The Sun Herald - 8/19/04

News - Industrial Park Blocked by Woman's Effort - The Sun Herald (HCDC related)

News - State Auditors Finish Probe of HCDC - The Sun Herald 8/13/04

News - State Buys Salesman's Line - The Times Picayune - HCDC Related   (May Require Free Registration)

News - Former HCDC Director Olivier Spared No Expense as Recruiter - The Times Picayune - 8/8/04

News - Hattiesburg's Economic Developer Resigns After Only 100 Days-Hattiesburg American - HCDC/Olivier Related (Ed.) 8/8/04

News - HCDC Resists County Demand to Turn Over Fund Surplus - The Sun Herald 8/5/04

News - HCDC Attorney says Agency will Fight County - The Sun Herald 8/3/04

News - Board of Supervisors Vote to Take Over HCDC Finances - GulfCoastNews.com  8/2/04

News - HCDC In Hot Water Again with County Supervisors Over Road - The Sun Herald   7/27/04

News - Interim HCDC Director Resigns Post As Expected - The Sun Herald 7/21/04

News - HCDC: No Record Of Keith Burton Contract; No Record Of Work By Burton - GulfCoastNews.com 7/17/04

News - Harrison County Supervisors Go on Offensive with Development Commission -GulfCoastNews.com   Related

News - Former HCDC Director Olivier Sets Economic Initiatives in Louisiana - The Advocate.com

News - HCDC Marketing Chief Resigns for New Job - The Sun Herald 7/15/04

News - Resignations Follow Olivier Appointment in Louisiana - The Sun Herald 7/15/04

News - Harrison County Supervisors Go on Offensive with Development Commission -GulfCoastNews.com   Related

News - News Coverage of Former HCDC Director Heats Up in Louisiana - GulfCoastNews.com 7/7/04

News - Tearful Olivier Says Goodbye to Supporters on the Coast - The Sun Herald 7/7/04

News - GCN Owner Issues Formal Demand for Apology from HCDC and Former Director - GCN

News - Newsman Challenges Allegations - theAdvocate.com 6/29/04  Related Story

News - Blanco Avoids Senate Review of Olivier - Advocate.com 6/25/04

News - Questions Raised Over Economic Director's Appointment in Louisiana - The Sun Herald 6/27/04

News - HCDC's Olivier Leaving Quickly - GulfCoastnews.com 6/24/04

News - Olivier's New Job Just in Time, Current Job at HCDC Was at Risk - The Sun Herald 6/24/04

News - Louisiana Governor Says Olivier's Troubles Not a Problem in Selection - Times Picayune  6/24/04

News - HCDC Director Michael Olivier to Take New Job in Louisiana - The Times Picayune 6/23/04

News - Questions Arise in HCDC Director's Contract with Harrison County- GCN 6/23/04

News - HCDC Considers Consultants to Help it Become a Public/Private Agency - The Sun Herald 6/23/04

News - Radio Station Owner Says Supreme Court Judge Had Conflict in HCDC Lawsuit Decision- The Sun Herald

News - Sun Herald Editors Challenged on HCDC Saucier Development Opinion-Sun Herald - 6/22/04

News - HCDC Director in Running for Job in Louisiana - The Sun Herald 6/17/04

News - Supreme Court Reverses Judgment in Lawsuit, Favors HCDC - The Sun Herald 6/11/04

News - HCDC Wants to Improve Public Communications - The Sun Herald 6/10/04

News - HCDC Seeks Guidance for a New Direction - GulfCoastNews.com related-Sun Herald story

News - HCDC Loses Appeal on Violating Open Records Laws - GulfCoastNews.com 4/12/04

News - Supervisors May Hold Workshop on HCDC's Problems - The Sun Herald 4/13/04

News - Collateral Damage in HCDC Investigation - Auditors Issue Demand Letters -GCN Updated 4/9/04

News - HCDC Seeks AG Opinion on Incentive Pay for Director - The Sun Herald 4/8/04

News - More Trouble for the HCDC-State Auditors Issuing Repayment Letters to Former Development Commission Directors - The Sun Herald 4/4/04

News - HCDC to Change Focus on Its Activities - The Sun Herald 3/24/04

News - HCDC Director Michael Olivier Inline for Job Interview for State Economic Job in Louisiana - The Times Picayune 3/20/04

Related - Sun Herald Editorial on HCDC - Feb. 22, 2004

Related - Review Recommends Public/Private Funding for HCDC - The Sun Herald - 2/18/04

Related - Links to the Sun Herald's The Development Game Series on Economic Development and the Harrison County Development Commisson and Commentaries by Royce Hignight 2/8/04

GCN Message Board Open Letter on HCDC - Publius  11/26/03 updated with Response 11/29/03

Related - GCN Guest Opinion - Sacred Trust -It's a Free Press that Keeps America Free - Is it any wonder that more and more of the general public get their news from “alternative” sources? - By Perry Hicks 11/29/03

News - Commissioner Resigns From Harrison County Development Commission Cites Improper Procedures and Lack of Reform - GulfCoastNews.com 10/29/03

News - Development Commission Responds to Allegations - GulfCoastNews.com 10/29/03

Related - Secret Vote by Development Commission Improper - The Sun Herald 10/31/03

Related - Another Agency Tries to Vote by Improper Secret Ballot, Caught - The Clarion Ledger 12/18/03

News - Gutierrez Says Development Commission President Owes Her Apology - GulfCoastNews.com 11/4/03

Related - WLOX Story on Development Commissioner Misses Important Facts and Misleads the
              Public - GCN - Filed   11/18/03

News - Development Commission Votes Openly - However Reverses Direction on Legal
           Representation - GCN - Filed 11/26/03

Related Development Commission At Odds with Developer - The Sun Herald 12/1/03

News - Harrison County Supervisor Connie Rockco Denied Board President Position over Her Stand Against Development Commission - The Sun Herald - Filed 1/06/04

News - Supervisor Connie Rockco Says She Will Not Be a Victim After Being Rejected for Board Presidency 1/07/04

Guest Opinion Article 1:Harrison County's Development Commission Needs Reform - By C. Paige Gutierrez, Ph.D.-HCDC Commissioner

Guest Opinion Article 2: State Law Requires Reform of Harrison County Development Commission Policies - By C. Paige Gutierrez and Richard Bennett