Moving Forward


Mayor Johnny DuPree will collaborate with the Hattiesburg School District “Discover What Success Looks Like” and support ongoing programs in the following ways:

  • Recruit More School Counselors to Discover “What Success Looks Like” from Students, and Design Plan of Action
  • Build Stronger Relationships between USM, WCU, PRCC, and HPSD to Improve Teacher Training and School Quality
  • Increase Adult Literacy Programs to Provide Parents/Guardians Tools Needed for Child’s Academic Success
  • Expand School Readiness By 5 Initiatives (Hattiesburg Reads; Little Free Libraries; smArt Program; Certified Excel By 5 Community)


Mayor Johnny DuPree will create partnerships and alliances among Hattiesburg businesses/organizations and create opportunities for expansion and innovation. Examples of this innovation include:

  • Transform former Hattiesburg American building into Hattiesburg Arts Center
  • Connect Longleaf Trace to Chain Park and Chain Park Amphitheater
  • Build State-of-the-Art Interactive Children’s Museum at Kamper Park


Mayor Johnny DuPree will help build transparency to increase safe neighborhoods with the following initiatives:

  • Complete construction of Hattiesburg Public Safety Complex
  • Increase participation in Citizens Police Academy among law enforcement and community members
  • Create additional Safe Route to Schools