BACC Announces Upcoming Chamber University Session

The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce (BACC) proudly announces the next Chamber University session, presented by First Community Bank. BACC’s Chamber University program brings relevant information to members in a quick and engaging format.

Join us on Tuesday, August 3, to hear from Ted Abernathy as he talks about “Workforce Challenges in 2022…and beyond.” Ted will interactively address why we are all challenged to find enough workers with the right skills—and what we can do about it.

Abernathy is the managing partner of Economic Leadership, a small group of data, strategy, and policy experts working with private and public clients to analyze competitiveness, develop strategy, support leadership, and reimagine the future.

Over the past nine years, the Economic Leadership team has worked on 146 projects in 20+ states and internationally. Abernathy is the principal author of nearly 100 reports on future trends, economic and workforce development, technology, and leadership, and he speaks on the economy regularly.

“We are fortunate to be able to offer face time with a leading national economist to the professionals leading our businesses in Independence County,” said BACC COO Jamie Rayford. “Our Chamber staff have been the beneficiaries of Ted’s foresight in the past and are proud to partner with First Community Bank to offer our members useful information to combat current challenges and plan for future success.”

In his 42-year career, Abernathy has led city, county, and regional economic development organizations and an economic policy thinktank.

In August, Economic Leadership will release a new report detailing how the business community in all 50 states has responded to national workforce challenges.

“One of my favorite things about Ted’s presentations is his ability to dig deep and openly address the why behind data, information, and workplace trends,” concluded Rayford.

Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce members can enjoy free admission to this event to learn directly from Ted’s expertise. Admission is $40 for non-members. All attendees must register by July 29 at

About The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce: The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice of business in Independence County, providing advocacy, promotion and resources for chamber members. The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce sets the standard for excellence in member service, community collaboration, business growth and achieving a high quality of life in the Batesville area.