Crystal Johnson (pictured, left), president/CEO of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, and Batesvile Mayor Rick Elumbaugh visited the White River Now family of radio stations today to preview this week’s HeART Your Community event.
Listen to their conversation with White River Now’s Randy Alan below.
The IMPACT Steering Committee and the city of Batesville are inviting all community members to attend the community design charette, Thursday, Sept. 5, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Batesville Community Center gymnasium.
Community members will participate by sharing their vision for the future of the community using art and design. This meeting will be a collaborative of the city of Batesville Mayor’s Meeting and the quarterly IMPACT Steering Committee Meeting.
Both IMPACT and the city of Batesville have used open format meetings or design charettes in the past. Johnson says community meetings are a great way to communicate progress and engage resident groups.
And Elumbaugh noted the city had a similar meeting in 2008 where ideas from citizens led to many improvements in Batesville.
“If you look at that session right there, some of the things that have come to fruition — you know, you’ve got the community center, your athletic fields, Main Street Batesville, the Polk Bayou…those are just a few of the things that came out of that session. So we want to challenge the community and say ‘What do you want to see? What’s next for our community?'” Elumbaugh said.