Area Development Partnership Wins Two Prestigious Communication Awards

August 21, 2017

Economic Development Website and West Hattiesburg- Highway 98 Retail Packet place in Top 3 in the Southeast


Hattiesburg, MS (August 21, 2017)

The Area Development Partnership received two prestigious awards from The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) today at the SEDC Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC. The ADP’s Economic Development website which serves as on online point of reference for Greater Hattiesburg’s economic development efforts won the “Award of Excellent.”  The economic development website’s landing page includes “quick links” to the need-to-know information such as sites and buildings, taxes and incentives, top employers and demographics. The call to action navigation of “Launch”, “Grow”, “Live”, and “Succeed” provide all the information needed to launch a business, grow or expand a business or to learn more about the vibrant economy of Greater Hattiesburg.


In addition to the Award of Excellent the ADP’s West Hattiesburg – Highway 98 Retail Packet won the “Award of Merit.”  The 28-page retail property packet was created to promote and encourage additional retail growth along the U.S Highway 98 Retail Corridor in Lamar County and West Hattiesburg, one of the fastest growing retail corridors in Greater Hattiesburg. This packet highlights big box retailers such as Old Navy, PetSmart, Academy Sports and Hobby Lobby. Multiple grocery magnets, Turtle Creek Mall and established restaurants continue to make U.S Highway 98 a top location for new retail development. The ADP also has retail packets for Evelyn Gandy Parkway, Midtown and Downtown Hattiesburg. The organization uses these retail packets as a comprehensive, one-stop informative brochure for commercial development and at events such as the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

About SEDC

The Southern Economic Development Council is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America. SEDC has members in 17 states in the American South, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

SEDC is a non-profit, 501 (c)(6), membership organization governed by a Board of Directors and Executive Committee. One director is elected by each member state to serve with elected officers on the Board of Directors. Their office is located in Atlanta and managed by a professional staff.