A forum focusing on the profession of planning in Mississippi and planning education will be hosted by The University of Southern Mississippi’ s Department of Geography and Geology Wednesday, April 28 from noon – 12:50 p.m. in the International Center, room 101.
Forum presenters will include Pattie Brantley, director of urban development for the city of Hattiesburg and Forrest County planner Kara Drane. Both are Southern Miss alumni.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, planners promote the best use of a community's land and resources for residential, commercial, institutional and recreational purposes. They address environmental, economic and social health issues of a community as it grows and changes.
Forum discussion topics will include opportunities in the planning profession, the state of planning in Mississippi and Southern Miss’ role in educating the next generation of planners. For more information on this event, contact Dr. Mark Miller at 601.818.6608 or e-mail
About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.