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Leadership Batesville

The Batesville Area Leadership Program prepares emerging leaders to serve our community. Through shared experiences and frequent interactions, participants will engage in an eight-month curriculum inspired by IMPACT Independence County

IMPACT is a strategic plan developed with the input of more than 1,200 area residents. This plan identifies four areas of importance for the overall growth and sustainability of Independence County: Economic Prosperity, Educational Excellence, Healthy Living/Wellbeing and Tourism.

Class participants are highly motivated individuals who are interested in learning, pursuing first-hand experience, and interacting with community leaders, businesses, and organizations. Upon graduation, Independence County will welcome a dynamic group fully equipped to take action and work toward a better community. Priority is given to members of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce. 

The application process for the Batesville Area Leadership Program will open in February.  Qualifying participants will be notified in March. All participants will take part in a mandatory overnight retreat in May. Regular monthly programming will take place June – December. Graduates of the program will be recognized at the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Gala on January 24, 2020. 

Applications Open February 22
Notice of Acceptance March 22
Session 1 - Mandatory Overnight Retreat: Eagles Nest @ John 3:16, Tuesday, May 7 
Session 2 – Introduction to State Government: Travel to Little Rock, Monday, June 10
Session 3 – Tourism: Hospitality Industry Tours, Ropes Course, Float Trip, Friday, July 26
Session 4 – Economic Prosperity:  Industry Tours, Friday, August 23
Session 5 – Water Carnival Parade/Project, Saturday, September 7
Session 6 – Heathy Living and Wellbeing Conference, Friday, October 4
Session 7 – Educational Excellence, Thursday, November 7
Session 8 – Chamber Board Retreat, Wednesday, December 18
Graduation, January 24 

No more than two absences are allowed. Attendees who miss more than two sessions will be disqualified from the program. Participants are required to sign in and out of each session. Leaving early or arriving late will result in an absence, unless prior approval has been granted. Refunds will not be issued for any reason. 

For more information, please contact Crystal Johnson at 

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