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Hub City

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

148,148 Total Population (ESRI 2019)

COST OF HOUSING: 29% lower than the national average (COLI 2018)


  • 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

Support On the Way for MS Small Businesses

  Sites and Buildings   Business Assistance   Top Employers   Demographics 148,916 Total Population Cost of Housing: 34% Lower than National Average Over $300M investment in green solar energy Franco DeFelice Plant Manager at Sofidel America   “In the span of 10 short months, our site and...

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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 Business Development Director
Markus Simmons

Markus SimmonsBusiness Development Director

Markus Simmons serves as the Economic Development division’s Business Development Director 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.

Chelsey Everett Research Director
Chelsey Everett

Chelsey EverettResearch Director

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 elected into the first (annual) 2015 graduate student hall of fame for her capstone project on Adventure Tourism Impact Study in Covington County.

After graduating from the Master’s Program in 2014, Chelsey came onboard at the Area Development Partnership as Research Manager where she managed numerous research initiatives focused on job creation/retention, workforce development, and business recruitment for the Economic Development Team. Since her beginning at the ADP, Chelsey has now grown into a Research Director role and has recently been recognized for her achievements as one of Mississippi Business Journals Top 50 under 40 business leaders in the state for 2019. In 2017, the Southeastern Economic Development Council (SEDC) recognized Chelsey and the ADP Team for excellence in research and marketing, awarding them two top awards in the economic development marketing for the Southeastern United States.

When not at work, Chelsey is an avid reader, a master of power tools and woodworking, and a loving mom to her four-legged child (Keely). She is a proud member of CrossPoint Church, where she also serves as Media Director.

Callison Richardson Community Development Director
Callison Richardson

Callison RichardsonCommunity Development Director

Callison Richardson serves as the Director of Community Development where she is part of the ADP’s economic development team, overseeing the organization’s education initiatives, government and military affairs, and the Southeast MS Community Investment Corporation (SEMCIC).

Callison is a native of Columbia, South Carolina and came to Hattiesburg in 2015 with her husband, Jay. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. She has ten years of experience in community development, nonprofit management, public policy advocacy, and fundraising for organizations with missions ranging from improving k-12 education through innovative solutions and economic development to helping families move out of poverty. Before joining the ADP team, Callison was the Principal of United Christian Academy (UCA), an urban Christian school serving financially disadvantaged children in the Hattiesburg community that she helped develop and launch in 2016. She was selected as the 2019 Great American All-Star by the Allstar Real Estate Team for her service to children and families. Before moving to Mississippi, Callison was the Director of Public Policy and Education Partnerships for United Way of the Midlands in Columbia, SC. She also worked as the Director of Public and Investor Relations for the Central SC Alliance, an economic development alliance serving a 10-county region and was heavily involved in the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Callison was chosen by her 2013 Leadership Columbia Class to receive the Glenn Jacobus Award for outstanding leadership.

In her spare time, she enjoys mentoring high school students, gardening, yoga, and serving as the Director of Philanthropy for the Southern District of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Callison and Jay are members of First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg.

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.