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Batesville completes P.R.E.P.
Batesville completes P.R.E.P.

BATESVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) - Batesville has successfully completed the requirements for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Prospect Readiness Education Program (PREP).

PREP offers communities hands-on training in all aspects of the economic development prospect visit. The program provides local economic development teams with the necessary training and resources to properly prepare for, execute, and follow up on prospect visits to their respective communities. To date, 14 Arkansas communities have completed the program.

Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Crystal Johnson said of the certification: “Independence County, Batesville, and the Batesville Area Chamber are serious about economic development, and we are excited to be one of just 14 communities in Arkansas that can apply PREP toward our economic prosperity. Our certification timing is perfect because of the recent IMPACT Independence County developments. The Chamber is anxious to apply what we have learned through PREP with the future IMPACT Committees.”

Through PREP, community leaders in Batesville have:

·         Promoted teambuilding and cohesion among community leadership that will have a role in the site-selection process for future economic growth.

·         Enabled the community to be better prepared for future prospect visits.

·         Provided tools and resources necessary to help make Batesville more competitive during the site selection process, particularly the site visit.

·         Encouraged its local leaders to be more proactive in the site selection process by developing local incentive programs.


·         Learned about the site selection process from start to finish.

·         Developed comprehensible and achievable strategies that can be used during local site visits.

For more information about the Prospect Readiness Education Program or the City of Batesville’s PREP completion, contact Scott Hardin, AEDC Communications Director, at (501) 682-7306 or shardin@arkansasedc.com.