USM hosts 2nd annual Community Engagement Summit

USM hosts 2nd annual Community Engagement Summit

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - About 150 people from non-profit organizations, businesses and civic groups gathered at the University of Southern Mississippi Tuesday to discuss new ways of working together to improve the community.

It was all part of the second annual President's Summit on Community Engagement.

It was held at the Thad Cochran Center.

The United Way, Volunteer Mississippi, the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation, Extra Table and Magnolia State Bank participated.

Breakout sessions focused on topics such as effective use of social media, how businesses and non-profits can form partnerships and fundamentals of effective board membership.

"I think it's a great opportunity to interact and network with other non-profits, to see some of the other things they're doing, what's working for them, kind of share some ideas and to hear some new things that are coming up," said Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association.

"Maybe we'll have some working groups that can come out of the event of things that can go on after we leave here to really work together and compare notes and try to combine impact," said Christy Arrazattee, director of the Center for Community and Civic Engagement at USM.

Keynote speaker for the event was Jeff Good, a Jackson restaurateur and social entrepreneur.