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City receives more than $10K for Polk Bayou development
City receives more than $10K for Polk Bayou development

 

November 17, 2011 - The City of Batesville has been awarded $10,400 toward conducting a feasibility study for the potential development of the Polk Bayou. The feasibility study will address hydrology aspects of the bayou, the projected economic impact of the project and a conclusion as to whether or not the project is suitable for the area and able to support itself financially. The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce submitted this grant on behalf of the City of Batesville.

Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said, "The city developed a nature trail and playground on the Polk Bayou in 2008. The bayou is such a unique feature to have in our own backyard. We hope that the study will prove that additional developments on the Polk Bayou would provide an economic boost for Batesville and Independence County".

Crystal Johnson, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO, said "The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce is committed to community collaboration, business growth and achieving a high quality of life in the Batesville area. If this study proves to be feasible, we will search for additional funding to develop the Polk Bayou into an eco, heritage and adventure sports tourist attraction. We hope to capture more attention from tourists and increase the positive economic impact of tourism in our area."

During 2010 the economic impact of tourism in Arkansas resulted in $285 million in state taxes and $104 million in local taxes. The total cost of the project is $25,400. The additional funds needed to complete the study have been committed by local supporters of community development.

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