HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -
The Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association held its annual award luncheon at the Hattiesburg Train Depot on Thursday.
Awards for volunteer of the year, leadership, and promotion of the arts were presented as well as a special introduction of the new HHDA Executive Director Andrea Saffle.
Participants enjoyed lunch as well as the company of other community members during the event.
Grant Walker, executive vice president and BancorpSouth banking manager, accepted the new role handed down from outgoing HHDA president Tom White.
“I see great opportunity on the horizon for downtown, we have got a lot of opportunity, we have seen a lot of things over the last year, year and a half, that have made some people disheartened,” said Saffle.
“I see it as only opportunity for growth and the support that i have received since coming into this position in January has been overwhelming and i have no doubt that together we can really get things done downtown,” said Saffle.
Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Keenon Walker
Promotion of the Arts was awarded to Abigail Lenz Allen
Leadership award was presented to Emily Curry
Officials also noted the importance of preserving the historic character while stimulating economic growth in the business district.