HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi Power hosted the Downtown Destiny economic development workshop at The Venue Wednesday.
City and county government officials from many areas of the Pine Belt and several economic developers attended.
The event focused on attracting business and successfully marketing downtown communities.
"It's about working with our partners, our community leaders, investors, financial institutions, just equipping them with the tools and resources to draw growth back to our downtown areas and our commercial corridors," said Michael Harvey, manager of the Pine Belt Division of Mississippi Power Company.
"I think this is a great networking opportunity," said Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association. "There are representatives here from all across Central Mississippi, different communities that are similar to Hattiesburg."
"These kinds of workshops like the one Mississippi Power is putting on, give the City of Laurel a great opportunity to explore these things," said Johnny Magee, mayor of Laurel.
The event is the third held in the state.
Other workshops have taken place in Meridian and on the Gulf Coast.