Texarkana completes Prospect Readiness Education Program


Thursday, October 13, 2016, Texarkana, Arkansas will be presented their certification of the Prospect Readiness Education Program (PREP).

This is the recognition of all the work to achieve the special recognition certifying their resources and abilities to meet economic development opportunities.

The presentation will take place at the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce, 819 N State Line Avenue, at 4:45 pm following their Economic Development Council meeting. Photo ops will be available at that time.

The Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s (AEDC) Community Development Division announced a couple months ago that Texarkana, Arkansas, has successfully completed the requirements for Arkansas’ Prospect Readiness Education Program. Curtis Schneekloth, Chairman of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council, has expressed his excitement about the completion of this project that has taken over a year.

Texarkana is the state’s 19th city to complete the program. An additional seven cities are working toward completion.

“It is exciting to bring together community leaders and the Arkansas Economic Development team to work on the Project Readiness Educational Program,” said Mike Malone, president of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce. “It provided a learning experience for everyone about the Texarkana community, its many assets, and the opportunities companies can find here. Our excitement continues as we grow economic opportunities.”

PREP offers communities hands-on training in all aspects of the economic development prospect visit. The program provides local economic development teams with the necessary training and resources to properly prepare for, execute, and follow-up on prospect visits to their respective communities.

“Prospective companies are drawn toward strong communities,” said AEDC Executive Director Mike Preston. “The PREP program gives Arkansas communities the information and tools they need to become vibrant and more competitive in the site-selection process. I would encourage all Arkansas communities to become involved in the program.”

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