Sarah Lamping hit the ground running when she began her new job as community development director Oct. 14. On Nov. 1 she told Batesville Economic Development Commission members about her first three weeks.
Lamping attended an Oct. 18 Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center “Saving Small Towns” seminar in Madison. “It showed me all these services we have available to us.” She and Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce director Melissa Tucker listened to Michael Wilcox of the Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service speak about “Cultivating Entrepreneurship at a Small Town Level.” She will approach him “to see if there’s some way we could partner.”
According to her, “We’re trying to revitalize the Main Street program” in Batesville. At the SISBDC workshop, she met with director Pat Krider of the nationally-accredited Lawrenceburg Main Street, which is “very active.” Sheridan Main Street leaders also briefed attendees about their successes. Later she had a conference call with Indiana Main Street program manager Shae Kmicikewycz about national resources for the Batesville effort.
Because the group has been dormant for awhile, Lamping has been reading Batesville Main Street minutes “trying to find out who the players are.” President Debbie Enneking and Secretary Deanna Hookway have agreed to stay on. Lamping will contact other board members about their willingness to participate in the program going forward. “We’re going to be having a Ladies Night Out Nov. 15.”
“I’ve had an opportunity to meet with a lot of different groups,” she observed. To discover community assets, the director attended an October Batesville chamber board meeting and learned more about Batesville Aviation Services, the now public airport, which she said has “a great future.” Lamping also went to the Southeastern Indiana YMCA dinner celebrating volunteers who raised funds for its Strong Kids campaign, which helps disadvantaged families and individuals participate in Y activities.