Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree spent the weekend in Washington, D.C., lobbying for various issues effecting Hattiesburg as well as the entire nation.
The mayor serves as the president of the Mississippi Municipal League and he visits D.C. each year in hopes of receiving grant money for projects throughout the state. Dupree also spent time speaking with local representaives in order to secure funds for several projects in the Hattiesburg area. He was joined by members of the Area Development Partnership and representatives from Forrest and Lamar County.
"We're going to talk to our representatives for funds for projects that people in Hattiesburg tell me they're interested in," said DuPree. "We'll do that, and then the last day we're there we'll have the ADP and representatives from Forrest and Lamar counties and myself. We'll be going back around to senators and representatives to talk to them about securing funds for the Western Belt Loop."
The proposed Western Belt Loop will tie Hwy 98 east to Highway 98 west. This will be the first phase of a much larger project that will extend the Evelyn Gandy Parkway to Hwy 49.