Benvenuto ai nostri nuovi amici Italiani

A group of Italian businessmen and government officials is looking at the Pine Belt as a potential investment.

The Area Development Partnership hosted about 11 Italian visitors Thursday at Lake Terrace Convention Center.

It's possible the group could help bring industry to the Hattiesburg area. Leaders say a partnership with the Italian delegation would bring jobs to the Pine Belt.

"We are working with them to get them here, and I've been working for two years to get them here, and now they've got them and we're having different people talk to them about what we offer in the Hattiesburg area here at the ADP," says State Rep. Rep. Lee Jarrell Davis of Hattiesburg.

The group traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a brief visit after leaving Hattiesburg.