Hattiesburg inspires exchange program visitors

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - This week five English visitors are in the Hub City to learn how the community recovered from Hurricane Katrina.

The English plan to use those lessons and apply them to their own hometown, which is located just north of London.

Three women and two men are learning how communities in Mississippi and Louisiana reacted following the devastating storm. They will be in the region throughout October as part of a Rotary club study exchange program.

During their Hattiesburg trip some of the visitors like Kate Lang, who works in her town's planning department, took part in a group discussion at the Cultural Center Wednesday about Hattiesburg's downtown revitalization efforts

Lang said, "Our town center is suffering from the recession and we've got a lot of empty units, the area is quite run down, not many people are going there. So hopefully we can take back some of the lessons that we've learned today and try and improve that area so that it becomes more prosperous like yours."

The group's next stop is the Mississippi coast, where they'll be meeting will officials from Ocean Springs.

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