Downtown Hattiesburg launches expanded website

By STAFF REPORTS,

The Downtown Hattiesburg Association unveiled an updated website recently with a redesigned layout and numerous features geared toward the local community and out of town visitors. From tours and shopping to dining and annual events, the new site at downtownhattiesburg.com highlights places to go and things to do in downtown Hattiesburg throughout the year.

 As part of DHA’s goals in 2019, the association will complete its rebranding efforts. The new website puts DHA one step closer to achieving its upgraded efforts in marketing and outreach.

 “We invite the community to visit us online to check out our fresh, new look,” said Andrea Saffle, executive director of the Downtown Hattiesburg Association. “As a certified Main Street Community, we strive to be a great resource for businesses, locals, and tourists on all things downtown.

“This site offers a comprehensive look at downtown Hattiesburg, including our promotion partners and businesses who are our lifeblood. Thanks to a strong membership year and numerous successful events, we can reinvest in our brand to better share our story.”

 Several enhancements to downtown’s atmosphere have created an influx of event attendees, shoppers, and restaurant-goers over the past two years. New and returning guests can now enjoy blocks of outdoor string lights, a go-cup leisure district, a ramped up indoor and outdoor live music scene, and other added attractions downtown.

 “Downtown Hattiesburg is a destination with something happening in all year long,” said Marlo Dorsey, executive director of VisitHattiesburg and DHA Board member. “We regularly see families having a great experience or couples enjoying a date night out. With the  site’s expanded ‘Things to Do’ section and updated events calendar, it can become a go-to resource for locals and a trip planning tool for visitors.

 “At VisitHattiesburg, we are working to attract groups to tour hotspots throughout the city, and downtown Hattiesburg has impressive attractions and events we will continue marketing to the travel industry.”

Economic vitality is a pillar of the Main Street Community model. The updated site now includes an invest section, which highlights economic incentives and available commercial properties in downtown Hattiesburg.

 “In addition to being a destination, downtown Hattiesburg is also a significant commerce center with potential for growth,” Saffle said. “Working with the city and county, along with economic development partners and realtors, the site contains business investment details and opportunities. By making this information readily available, we are further increasing our ability to attract investment in an already business-friendly community.”

 Visit downtownhattiesburg.com on desktop or mobile devices to learn more.