Join the ADP


The ADP is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for citizens of Greater Hattiesburg through economic progress. The ADP unites hundreds of individuals, businesses and organizations, in a vibrant chamber of commerce, working to enhance the region’s economy and build a better community.

The goal of the ADP is to enhance the regional economy through creating new jobs and investment and by providing programs and services that strengthen existing local companies. The ADP has more than 850 members including individuals, small businesses, and large multinational companies.

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  • Randy Wallace
    Randy Wallace
    Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association

    Pearl River Valley EPA’s investment in the Area Development Partnership is more than a chamber membership, it is an investment in the community. The ADP’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development efforts allow us to have the best of both worlds: We have the exposure and sponsorship opportunities of the Chamber, and the knowledge that our investment goes toward economic progress as well.

    The ADP’s economic development efforts have played a vital role in the growth of our community since its inception. Chad Newell and his staff bring professionalism and credibility to each opportunity, and the results speak for themselves. I do not know of another organization of its size or resources that has accomplished anything comparable.

  • Bill & Mary Nolan
    Bill & Mary Nolan
    Retired

    When we decided to relocate to Hattiesburg, we contacted the ADP and they set up a tour for us to see the neighborhoods and surrounding areas with another retiree couple. This was a great introduction to Hattiesburg and all that it offered retirees. Now, 8 years later, we now have the opportunity to give tours to people just like us, who are considering retiring to Hattiesburg.

    The ADP is a valuable way to learn more about what is going on in this beautiful community which we now call home. We enjoy the First Friday Breakfasts and guest speakers, and the Business After Hours for meeting business people and touring their companies.

  • Van Jones
    Van Jones
    After School Academic & Arts Program

    The Area Development Partnership has proven to be a valuable resource for Pine Belt residents and businesses alike. Through its education initiatives and community development efforts, the ADP is creating opportunities for workforce development and small businesses to flourish and thrive. As a graduate of the 2012 Class of Leadership Pinebelt and a member of the ADP’s board of directors, I’ve seen first-hand how the organization provides resources and a platform for business professionals to network, make solid connections, and to build lasting relationships. The After School Academics & Arts Program is a product of the ADP’s small business loan program We sincerely thank you for continuing to enhance the business community, one dream at a time!

  • Evan Nicolosi
    Evan Nicolosi
    Trustmark Bank

    The Area Development Partnership has provided me a direct pathway to connect to the inner workings and foundation that makes the Greater Hattiesburg Area so congenial.  Through the ADP and its sub group, Pine Belt Young Professionals, I have been able to cultivate the key relationships in order to be successful within my professional banking industry. The ADP has provided workshop events and professional development seminars, which give me the confidence to work within the community. On a personal note, I have gained lifelong friends in a diverse community, who share the same belief to add value to the Pine Belt Area.

  • Leigh Ann Underwood
    Leigh Ann Underwood
    Southern Bone and Joint

    Southern Bone and Joint Specialists, P.A. values our relationship with the Area Development Partnership because they recognize the importance of healthcare for our community and economy. We have been active ADP members for many years. We have participated in many events and have had our staff volunteer in leadership positions.

    We consider our partnership with the ADP an investment in the future that pays dividends now as it seeks both to grow our local economy and improve the health care options of those who call the Pine Belt home.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join the ADP?

Joining the ADP is a simple 3 step process:

  1. Set up a meeting with our membership director by calling our office, or by filling out the request for information form on this page. This personal meeting will introduce you to the many programs and benefits of the ADP while answering any question you may have.
  2. Fill out an Application. Our Membership Director will provide you with an application, or you can apply online here. We will then consult with you to determine the proper categories and classifications for your membership.
  3. Submit your payment. Once your application has been approved, you will submit payment for your first year of membership and will become an official member if the ADP. You will see the benefits almost immediately as you receive weekly emails, event invitations and opportunities to connect with other members.

How much is the annual membership investment?

Your annual investment depends on the type and size of your business. Most businesses pay a base rate of $300 plus $7 for each additional full-time employee located within our service area. However, there is separate pricing for apartments, banks, education, government, individuals, firms with partners, and non-profits. Consult with our Membership Director to determine your business’ investment. New members are also required to pay a one-time application fee of $25.00.

Can I join the ADP as an individual?

Yes! We offer individual membership for $150 annually. Individuals enjoy all the benefits of ADP membership, including networking and professional development opportunities.

I used to be a member. How do I rejoin?

Please complete the Request to Join Form below, and our Membership team will be in touch with you. Our benefits and services may have changed since you originally joined and your price of investment may have changed as well, as it is based on your current number of full-time employees.

How do I know if my company is a member?

Please search our Chamber Member Directory. It is possible to search by business category, keyword, or company name.

I work at a company that is already a member of the ADP. Do I need to join the Chamber separately to take advantage of member benefits?

All employees of Chamber-member companies are considered Chamber members and are eligible to receive full member benefits, including participating in Chamber programs and attending events at the member rate. Contact our Investor Relations Coordinator to begin receiving our weekly email newsletter The Rundown and to learn how employees in your organization can become more involved in the ADP.

How do I contact other Chamber members?

There are many opportunities to connect with Chamber members in person at programs and events throughout the year. Because we respect our members’ privacy, we do not make their email addresses available to the public. If you are interested in purchasing direct-mail lists or labels, please contact our Investor Relations Coordinator.

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