HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - This week a nine member delegation from a South African city is in Hattiesburg to learn more about the region's economy.
The government and business representatives are from Ladysmith, South Africa. The city shares some similarities with Hattiesburg because it is also considered a transportation hub.
Members of the delegation hope to establish meaningful economic exchange programs with Hattiesburg. In addition, they would like to foster cultural, health and educational partnerships.
This will be Ladysmith's first and likely only exchange program with an American city. During a meeting on Wednesday, Hattiesburg's Mayor, Johnny DuPree gave a presentation on the Hub City and it's qualities for the South African visitors.
According to DuPree, "They are looking for partners, we are looking for partners, we are looking for jobs, they are looking for jobs and we are all looking for the same things. And it all equates to us having a better quality of life for everybody. So I think as we continue to do this the world will be much closer and a better place to live."
While in Hattiesburg, the delegation plans to visit the city's universities and participate in an economic summit. The group departs the Pine Belt on Saturday.