Welcome to the
Hub City

1
Interstate,
3 U.S. Highways
3
Class 1 Rail Lines
4
International Airports within 2 hours
5
Gulf of Mexico Ports within 2 hours

148,916 Total Population

Cost of Housing: 28% Lower than National Average

Over $300M investment in green solar energy

  • Franco DeFelice
    Franco DeFelice
    Plant Manager at Sofidel America

    “In the span of 10 short months, our site and 400,000 square foot facility was grubbed, graded and constructed. The seamless partnership between public and private sector community leaders has been an outstanding representation of the unparalleled support we have received from the Hattiesburg community. We look forward to a future of success here in our Hattiesburg home.”

  • Jerry Stone
    Jerry Stone
    Plant Manager at KOHLER Engines

    “In this market, quality makes the biggest difference. With a recent $7.5M expansion and over 100 new jobs, KOHLER Engines has been able to maintain our high quality end product by leveraging a high quality workforce. We’ve become a very high quality manufacturer of small engines, and that’s what has really driven our growth.”

  • Pete Westrate
    Pete Westrate
    Plant Director, Select Product Group

    “Because of the support we’ve received from the Hattiesburg community, SPG sees expansion in its horizon. With an abundant, quality workforce, we are able to excel in our market with the confidence that our community can adequately support our growth demands and needs. We take pride in being a corporate citizen in this community, and we look forward to growing alongside it.”

Recent Success

Job seekers in Forrest, Lamar counties could soon be taking ACT employment test

Article originally posted by Hattiesburg American Gene Escolas gives his prospective hourly workers a special test to make sure they can handle the many tasks that come with working at Berry Global — the Hattiesburg bottle cap-making plant. It’s called the ACT WorkKeys Assessment, and the human resource manager...

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Todd Jackson Executive Vice President
Todd Jackson

Todd JacksonExecutive Vice President


Todd Jackson has spent the last ten years as an Engineer in advanced manufacturing facilities and is utilizing that background to serve the Area Development Partnership as Executive Vice President of the Economic Development division. Todd’s focus in this role is to support the recruitment of new industry to Greater Hattiesburg and to assist existing employers in their growth needs. He is responsible for working with the local business community and local entities of government on economic development initiatives that support the growth of the Greater Hattiesburg economy.

The first seven years of Todd’s career were spent in the engineering ranks of GE Plastics at various locations around the country as a part of GE’s Operations Management and Leadership Program. This unique experience afforded him the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and skills in the manufacturing sector, as well as exposure to hands-on engineering practices in a variety of settings. In 2011, Todd was afforded the privilege of moving back home to work with Stion, and spent three years in technical leadership roles with the hi-tech startup company.

A native of Poplarville, Mississippi, Todd is a 2004 graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. He serves as a Deacon at Crosspoint Community Church and enjoys serving the church and local community as much as possible. In 2013, Todd was honored by his Leadership Pinebelt Class with the Susan Walker Community Leadership Award, for exemplifying outstanding leadership and commitment to the enhancement of Greater Hattiesburg.

Markus Simmons Project Manager
Markus Simmons

Markus SimmonsProject Manager


Markus Simmons serves as the Economic Development division’s Project Manager at the Area Development Partnership (ADP). In this role, Markus is responsible for business recruitment, retention and expansion, as well as development of available economic development sites for commercial and industrial use. In addition to these duties, he assists the community development and research managers in their initiatives to support the growth of Greater Hattiesburg.

A native of Petal, Markus attended The University of Mississippi and earned his B.B.A in Marketing Communication in 2011. Markus  began his career as a sales representative for New York Life Insurance and Annuity Corporation and most recently worked in housing administration at Southern Miss while earning his Master of Business Administration.

Daniel Jayroe Community Development Director
Daniel Jayroe

Daniel JayroeCommunity Development Director


Daniel Jayroe serves as the Community Development Director in the Economic Development division at the Area Development Partnership (ADP). In this role, Daniel is responsible for workforce development efforts, legislative and military affairs, K-12 Post-Graduate Success Support Initiatives, and the Southeast Mississippi Community Investment Corporation (SEMCIC) loan program. Daniel is Treasurer for the Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association board and is charged with numerous other community outreach endeavors. In addition to these duties, he assists the rest of the Economic Development team with various projects to further diversify and continue the growth of the regional economy.

Daniel received his M.S. in Economic Development (MSED) from The University of Southern Mississippi. Prior to graduate work, Daniel earned his B.S.B.A in Healthcare Marketing from Southern Miss while being actively involved in leadership roles and volunteer work for various student organizations. Daniel is originally from Mobile, Alabama.

Chelsey Everett Research Manager
Chelsey Everett

Chelsey EverettResearch Manager


Chelsey was born in Denver, Colorado and moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi in 2001 where she graduated with a Bachelors of Art in Public Relations and Marketing from The University of Southern Mississippi in May of 2013. After completing her undergraduate studies, Chelsey entered the Economic Development and Tourism Master’s program in Spring of 2014. Throughout her graduate career Chelsey served as President of the Student Economic Development Association, Research Assistant to the Director of the Trent Lott National Center and as an economic development intern for Stone County Economic Development Partnership. In Fall of 2014 Chelsey was selected as one of 12 graduate students to be elected into the first (annual) 2015 graduate student hall of fame for her capstone project on Adventure Tourism Impact Study in Covington County. She recently accepted a position as Research Manager for the Area Development Partnership and is thrilled about the opportunity to support the Greater Hattiesburg Area.

Stancey Collins Community Development Coordinator
Stancey Collins

Stancey CollinsCommunity Development Coordinator


Stancey Collins serves as the Community Development Coordinator in the Economic Development division at the Area Development Partnership (ADP). In this role, Stancey is responsible for creating and leading efforts to help entrepreneurs, identifying grant funding opportunities, marketing and administrative duties of the SEMCIC loan program, and assisting in planning and executing educational initiatives and job fairs. Stancey previously worked as a Marketing Associate for Jones Companies and YAK ACCESS. She received her B.S.B.A in Healthcare Marketing from The University of Southern Mississippi and was an active member of Delta Sigma Pi Business Fraternity where she served as the Public Relations Chair.  She is from Columbia, MS.

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