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Exchange Program Visitors Tour Downtown

The Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association (HHDA) will host three representatives of a Rotary Group Study Exchange program from England, Wednesday, October 20, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The Downtown visit will be in response to a specific request from the group for information related to a variety of government and private sector involvements.

According to Rowell a walking tour of Downtown followed by an information session is planned.  “A Forum will allow us to cover several of their preferred topics, and we will show them some of our projects and talk about how we collaborate between various organizations, Rowell said.

Members of the Group Study Exchange participating in the Downtown event include: Pamela Burns, Team Leader, who has a particular interest in Organizational Development and Change Management programs, specifically working with staff to minimize vulnerabilities and maintaining motivation at times of great uncertainties.  Kate Lang is committed to taking forward an exciting package of regeneration and development projects which will deliver real change within her hometown of Hemel Hempstead.  She is also interested in various departments of City Government and other organizations tackling the following issues including:  blight, economic development and inward investment.  Natalie Sullivan works as a Business Improvement District Ranger and her particular interest is Downtown Development District.

“This is a good opportunity to exchange ideas and to share information that will help them and will be beneficial to us as well, “Betsy Rowell, Executive Director of Historic Downtown Hattiesburg said.

The schedule for the visit will be: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Downtown Tour, and a Roundtable Discussion in the Cultural Center, 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.  Following the Roundtable Discussion, the HHDA Design Committee is hosting lunch at 11:45 –1 p.m. at the Cultural Center.

Participants in the Roundtable Discussion include: Andrew Murff, ADP,  Economic Development – Retail vs. Industrial; Catherine Lott, ADP, Special Events Coordination; Kristie Fairley, VisitHattiesburg, Marketing a Community; Andrea Saffle, Historic Neighborhoods, Promoting Neighborhood Development.  Representatives of the City of Hattiesburg also participating in the Roundtable include:  Bert Kuyrkendall, City Engineer; Ann Jones, Grounds Maintenance; Pattie Brantley, Urban Planning; Franklyn Tate, Federal Funding; Justin Heskew, Historic Planning.  House of Representative member, Toby Barker is also schedule to participate.

Information about this event may be obtained by calling the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association t 601-583-4329.