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UCA, BACC. WRPDD to host "Saving Your Small Town" training event

BATESVILLE, Ark. - The University of Central Arkansas’ (UCA) Center for Community & Economic Development is partnering with the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to host “Saving Your Small Town: Homegrown Community and Economic Development” for North Central Arkansas community leaders.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, UCA will partner with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) and White River Planning and Development District (WRPDD) to offer the boot camp in Independence County. The training will be held from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Maxfield Room (Room 119) in the Edwards Commons on the Lyon College campus.

The boot camp will feature training sessions presented by community and economic development professionals from across the state. The event is free of charge and is provided through grant funding from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Director of UCA’s Center for Community & Economic Development Amy Whitehead said of the training, "Economically competitive rural communities are critical to Arkansas' future success, and informed and engaged leadership will be the difference-maker at the local level. This training will provide a baseline for local leaders on what they need to know and do to support economic development efforts in their city and region." BACC President/CEO Crystal Johnson echoed Whitehead’s words: “We are responsible for the success of Independence County, and such success cannot be achieved without determined and involved leadership. Our community has exceptional leadership and has shown strong will to prosper, and we have taken steps to ensure that prosperity. UCA’s ‘Saving Your Small Town’ boot camp is another step in equipping our community’s leadership with the tools they need to steer us in the right direction.” Registration is required. Elected officials, city employees, chamber board members, planningcommissioners, quorum court members, and other community leaders involved in communityand economic development within North Central Arkansas are encouraged to participate.Contact Shelby Fiegel at sfiegel@uca.edu for additional information, or visithttp://uca.edu/cced/saving-your-small-town/.