City of Hattiesburg

The University of Southern Mississippi Trent Lott Center measured the potential economic impact using IMPLAN software of building new structures for municipal offices and renovating two historical buildings in downtown Hattiesburg. This project was prompted by the City of Hattiesburg proposing to renovate the building previously used by the Hattiesburg Police Department, build new structures for the Fire Administration and Crime Scene Investigation, renovate the old Hattiesburg American building to create a Community Arts Center, and repurpose the current temporary site for the Police Department to a neighborhood community center. Under the proposed project, new jobs will be created for construction projects, office staff expansions, and Arts Center services. This summary explores the economic impact in the Hattiesburg Metropolitan Statistical Area that is comprised of Lamar, Forrest and Perry Counties.