Southern Business & Development – Ten great small towns to operate a business and to retire (2010)
Kiplinger – Top College Town for Grown Ups (2007) and MS as #2 in Top 10 Tax-Friendly States for Retirees (2011)
Top 10 Affordable College Towns (2006)
Where to Retire – Top 100 Places (2009) and one of eight towns with safe and maintained cycling trails and amenities suitable for retirement.
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Hattiesburg Area Development Partnership: Everything you need to know concerning local Economic Development Promotions and activities taking place in Hattiesburg and the surrounding counties of the Pine Belt!
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Hattiesburg Tourism and Visitors Guide: Official visitor guide to services available and event calendar for Hattiesburg.
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Recreation Opportunities in Hattiesburg Area:
South Mississippi is well-known for its multitude of outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, boating, camping, and biking. Hattiesburg, uniquely located at the confluence of the Leaf and Bouie Rivers offers all of these activities and more. Whether canoeing on the Okatoma or Black Creek Rivers, camping and boating at Paul B. Johnson State Park, biking or rollerblading on The Longleaf Trace or enjoying the close proximity of the DeSoto National Forest, Hattiesburg has it all. Sporting events, horse and livestock shows at the Lamar County and Forrest County Multi-Purpose Facilities are sure to please!
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Hattiesburg, fondly known as the “Hub City”, is home to a vibrant culture, diverse economy, high quality of life and unlimited opportunity. Centrally located between Jackson, MS, New Orleans, LA, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and Mobile, AL, Hattiesburg offers a unique blend of big city advantages, while maintaining its historical, small town charm. Hattiesburg has received many commendations for its high quality of life, supported by amenities including universities, acclaimed public and private schools, award-winning health care systems, 300+ churches and synagogues, 14 golf courses and outstanding recreational facilities.
Unlike many cities of comparable size, Greater Hattiesburg’s economy stands strong on the diversity of three pillars – Education, Healthcare and Military. Hattiesburg is home to The University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University. While the strength in education fuels the region's workforce, the comprehensive and thriving healthcare sector is a cornerstone of the local economy and a major value to the surrounding region for employment and quality health care services. A full range of dining and entertainment opportunities, the picturesque Hattiesburg Historic Neighborhood, the restored Saenger Theatre, and University educational and cultural offerings all contribute to the quality of life that has brought accolades to Hattiesburg in the following publications, as well as recognition of Hattiesburg as a Certified Retirement Community.
Laurel, Mississippi, a charming southern town located Jones County in the Pine Belt of Mississippi, is just 50 miles from Big Bay Lake. There are oak-lined streets, turn of the century homes and a quaint downtown which has been recently revitalized with shops and restaurants which make for a perfect day trip! Laurel was originally established in 1882 and flourished through the years on the timber industry. Of course, economies come and go and Laurel had its years of disrepair. However, due to the recent success of the HGTV series, Hometown, with Ben and Erin Napier and many fascinating home renovation projects, the entire town has experienced a resurgence and revitalization. Downtown now bustles, visitors come from far and wide and the town enjoys a spirit of community that is hard to match! Now a Certified Retirement City, Laurel welcomes you in true southern hospitality style to visit, live and retire in this small-town miracle in south central Mississippi.
There is truly something for everyone.… all while experiencing true southern hospitality! Major communities include Biloxi, Gulfport, Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis to name a few.
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Just 1.5 hours south of Big Bay Lake you can find white sand beaches and 62 miles of coastal communities along the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. Coastal Mississippi makes for a quick day trip to experience the excitement of exceptional entertainment venues to outdoor recreation opportunities. In an atmosphere of old historic live oaks and swaying palm trees, you get the best of all worlds with 12 world class casinos, fine dining, art galleries and museums, shopping and outdoor adventures with a coastal flair! Plan a day trip to Gulf Islands National Seashore, the newly opened Mississippi Aquarium or visit the artsy communities of Ocean Springs and Bay St. Louis. Go deep sea fishing or take a ferry to Ship Island! Walk the Pirate’s Alley Nature Trail in Buccaneer State Park or take a kayak through the bayou or take the kids for a day at the waterpark. Discover the history within each unique beach community or just enjoy a great meal, complete with sunset and live music along the Gulf of Mexico. Take an eco-tour and discover endangered species that call the coast home or learn more and visit the Pascagoula River Audubon Center.
Needing no introduction, New Orleans, known worldwide for its arts, lively music scene, famous festivals and antebellum history, is one of our country’s and the South’s true treasures! Only 1.45 hours southwest of Big Bay Lake, New Orleans is another day trip opportunity for those who like to combine a little city life diversion along with their quiet country getaway! Whether you are interested in professional sports, performing arts, culinary events or a visit to the French Quarter, you will surely find entertainment in the “Big Easy”. New Orleans is located along the Mississippi River, and is a melting pot of culture reflecting its French, African and American culture. Birthplace of jazz, home of the National World War II Museum, home of the New Orleans Saints and within close proximity to area plantations and attractions, New Orleans will not disappoint those looking for a day of exploration. So, come on down, hop a streetcar, stop for a café au lait at the French Market and “Let the Good Times Roll” in the fascinating city of New Orleans!
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