Aug. 16, 2007
IRVING, Texas -- - Two Conference USA cities, Tulsa, Okla. and Hattiesburg, Miss. have been recognized by National Geographic Adventure Magazine as being one of this year's top destinations. For the September 2007 issue, contributing editor Dan Koeppel spent months tracking down and compiling a list of this year's top adventure towns. With an ideal mix of terrain, activity, and opportunity, each of the action hubs he found could inspire a complete and total life change.
In the magazine's first guide to the best mountain, urban, coastal, wilderness, and small towns in every state, Conference USA cities Tulsa and Hattiesburg were both featured as top cities in their respective states.
The people of Tulsa enjoy a lifestyle that is family-oriented and civic-minded. There is a widespread support for sporting events, the performing arts and cultural festivals. Another asset of the city of Tulsa is the Tulsa Sports Commission. The TSC creates position economic impact in the Tulsa region through attracting, developing and facilitating amateur spots events, sports related conventions and other ventures and facilities, thus enhancing the community's quality of life.
Positioned at the fork of the Leaf and Bouie Rivers, Hattiesburg was founded in 1882 by Captain William H. Hardy, pioneer lumberman and civil engineer. Throughout the 20th Century, Hattiesburg benefited from the founding of Camp Shelby, two major hospitals, and most notably, the University of Southern Mississippi. Hattiesburg is also known for its Police Department, as it was the first, and for almost a decade the only, CELEA federally accredited law enforcement agency in the State of Mississippi. The department is serviced by its own training academy, which has traditionally been one of the most difficult basic academies in the country.