LAMAR COUNTY, Miss. - The following is a press release from Governor Phil Bryant's office.
Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Regions Bank announced the company will build a 75,000-square-foot operations facility in Hattiesburg, Miss., investing $23 million and creating 91 jobs.
“Hattiesburg and the Pine Belt Region have celebrated significant economic development wins in recent years. Regions’ investment in this new facility and commitment to adding 90 new jobs, bringing the company’s total employment in the city to more than 400, will benefit the local community for many years to come,” Gov. Phil Bryant said.
The new operations center will accommodate Regions Bank associates who currently work across various business groups at Regions’ Kress, Front Street and Forrest Tower facilities in downtown Hattiesburg. The facility will be located at the intersection of Lamar Boulevard and Lincoln Road.
“Regions Bank is committed to Hattiesburg, the Pine Belt and the state of Mississippi,” said South Mississippi President for Regions Bank Greg Garraway. “People who work for Regions in Hattiesburg are dedicated to serving customers here at home and across the country. When it came time to grow and expand our operations, we knew we wanted to do so here in this community.”
The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for site preparation and infrastructure improvements. The city of Hattiesburg and Lamar County are also providing assistance.
“The addition of 91 new career opportunities for the people of Hattiesburg is a strong testament to the fact the city and county are well-positioned for continued community and economic growth,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “We salute the teamwork of the Area Development Partnership, the city of Hattiesburg and Lamar County which, together with MDA, played an integral role in making this expansion possible.”
Regions currently employs more than 300 in the Hattiesburg area. Once complete, the new operations center will house approximately 420 Regions employees. Following the transition of office personnel to the new facility, Regions plans to continue its branch-banking presence in downtown Hattiesburg. Additionally, a private developer has secured the current office space downtown for future redevelopment opportunities, allowing for further investments into the downtown area.