USM Community Engagement Summit to be Held April 18

USM Community Engagement Summit to be Held April 18

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

Community stakeholders are invited to attend the 2017 President's Summit on Community Engagement on Tuesday, April 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Thad Cochran Center on The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus.

The Summit is a day-long event for non-profits, businesses, civic groups, and other community stakeholders to discuss ways to work together for positive change.

The Summit is organized by representatives from Southern Miss, the United Way of Southeast Mississippi, Volunteer Mississippi, Extra Table, the Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation and Magnolia State Bank. The Summit will feature workshops and presentations on a variety of topics, including media relations, business and nonprofit partnerships, board membership, and social media.

Jeff Good – restaurateur, social entrepreneur, and recipient of the 2014 GIVE Award for Outstanding Community Support by a Business Owner – will serve as the event's keynote speaker. State Representative Toby Barker, District 102 will provide welcoming remarks and the framework for a continuing discussion regarding community challenges and ways that different stakeholders can work together to achieve potential solutions.

Individuals interested in registering for the summit can sign up at The advanced registration fee is $25 for professionals ($10 for students) and includes lunch. Registration will also be available onsite for an additional fee.

Sponsors include the Area Development Partnership; Hattiesburg Clinic; Keesler Federal Credit Union; Magnolia State Bank; Mississippi Power; Southern Miss Federal Credit Union; The First, A National Banking Association; USM College of Business; USM Eagle Dining; USM Event and Conference Services; and Volunteer Mississippi.

For additional information on the Summit, contact Christy Arrazattee, Director of the Center for Community and Civic Engagement at USM, at (601) 266-6467 or or visit