Leadership Pinebelt celebrates 25 years

Leadership Pinebelt celebrates 25 years

Hundreds of alumni of a Hub City-area leadership program gathered at the Hattiesburg Train Depot Thursday night to celebrate its silver anniversary.

They participated in a 25th birthday party for Leadership Pinebelt.

That's a program of the Area Development Partnership that's been improving leadership skills of young adults since 1989. Leadership classes also take part in various community projects.

Each class has about 20 members.

"It's an opportunity to bring all of the previous alumni together, to keep us involved and engaged in the program," said Lindsey Lewis, co-chair of the Leadership Pinebelt steering committee. "Because we did not make 25 years by not staying engaged and not contributing to the new classes and the development of new leaders," she said.

The first Leadership Pinebelt class helped establish the Hattiesburg Chapter of Habitat for Humanity.