Area Development Partnership hosts State of the Region discussion panel

Area Development Partnership hosts State of the Region discussion panel

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Area Development Partnership held its Business Before Hours State of the Region breakfast aimed at discussing 2014's accomplishments and planning ahead for 2015. Representatives and residents of Hattiesburg, Petal, Forrest County, Lamar County, and Perry County were in attendance.

"Well, we had a good regional contingency from the City of Hattiesburg, City of Petal, Forrest, Perry, and Lamar Counties," said Phillip Carlisle, Lamar County District 4 Supervisor. "Just a good round table about what's going on in the Pinebelt region and some things on the horizon and some accomplishments from the past year."

The discussion panel included Mayor Johnny DuPree of Hattiesburg, Mayor Hal Marx of Petal, Forrest County Board Supervisor Chris Bowen, Lamar County Board Supervisor Phillip Carlisle, and Perry County Board Supervisor Tommy Walley.

"Well I mean this is our region and you find out that what effects Hattiesburg naturally effects Forrest county, Petal ,Lamar County, Perry County and vice-versa with the rest of them," Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree said. "We all affect each other in one way or another. So if we can work together better, we can be more effective in making like better for the citizens we all represent."

The Breakfast meeting including several drawings and plans for future development in the area.

"The ADP is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for citizens of Greater Hattiesburg through community and economic development. The ADP unites hundreds of individuals, businesses and organizations, thus creating a unique agency working to enhance the region's economy and build a better community."