Batesville city council members have a full agenda Tuesday night.
The council will consider inking a deal with Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce for $100,000 worth of economic development services to create new jobs, retain existing jobs, and expand the city’s tax base.
The pandemic brought to light the importance of having a broad portfolio of businesses within the city, and attracting those industries means having an adequately funded economic development team.
The agreement will pay the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce as a contractor for planning, marketing, and strategic advice, as well as, staff an office of economic and industrial development with a professionally qualified senior manager and necessary staff.
The industrial development office will work with the mayor to seek and attract industry within the city. Additionally, the office will develop and secure the tools necessary for economic development to adequately promote and expand industry within the Batesville area.
In this agreement the Chamber will assist employers with workforce training, counseling, problem solving and other services pertinent to expanding the area workforce, along with grant writing.
There will also be a graphically engaging website that puts information like demographics, districtions, awards, available workspaces, incentive packages at the fingertips of prospective industries. The partnership will strengthen the existing bond between the city and the chamber, with a renewed emphasis on solving problems through robust partnerships with the state and regional entities.
In other city business, the council will consider an ordinance to amend the Batesville Zoning District map, in order to build eight single-family residences, none of which will exceed 640 square feet in size along Harrison Street.
A resolution authorizing the mayor to apply for a $1.2 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration on behalf of the Batesville Airport Commission for improved runway and taxiway lighting will also be considered, along with a resolution of willingness to utilize federal aid to construct the Main Street Pedestrian Improvement Project.
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