Mayor Bobby Baker and the Board of Aldermen have selected the man they believe can make the new Civic Center a success.
On Nov. 15, 2005, Roy Hyde, a veteran of the Civic Center business, was on the job for his first day at the Batesville Civic Center.
Hyde comes to Batesville after a six-year stint with the Shelby Showplace Arena in Memphis.
"After talking to Roy it was easy to see that he knew what he was talking about when it came to the Civic Center," Baker said.
So, just why would Hyde leave his job in Memphis for a new facility in Batesville? Opportunity.
Hyde said the chance to open a new Civic Center is a huge opportunity for someone in the field.
"Coming into a new facility has its hardships," he said. "But there are several things that make it a great opportunity."
One of the biggest things Hyde said he likes about the chance to run a new center is not having to deal with things that were grandfathered in.
Hyde said the support from the community has been overwhelming, and he expects the facility to do quite well in the near future.
"Support from the board and the community are very important for the success of any facility," he said. "The Mayor and board here have been extremely positive about the project, and it certainly makes you feel good when you have that kind of support."
Hyde said one thing the people of Batesville need to understand is that centers like the one here are created for two reasons.
"These kinds of centers are created for community service like offering diversified entertainment for everyone," he said. "There has to be something for everybody if a center is going to succeed."
Hyde said the second reason for civic centers is economic impact for the community.
"The entertainment type of event is pretty much a regional impact event," he said. "The bigger impact comes from the livestock and equine shows and conferences that will take place over a two to three day period.
"When you get those kinds of events, it provides consecutive days of impact in the restaurants and hotels," Hyde added. "The people that come into town for these kinds of things are going to have to have a place to eat and sleep and that is where the community will see a big impact from the Civic Center."
As for entertainment Hyde wants to see in the Batesville Civic Center, he adds it will be a variety.
"I am planning to get some concerts, a circus, arena cross events, monster truck rallies and rodeos," he said.
Hyde said there has been some preliminary talk with the Pro Bull Riding circuit about hosting an event, but said it is not in concrete yet.
"There are a lot of people out there that are fishing, but you never know how serious they are until you can get a signed contract," he said.
"This venue is well suited for a broad range of events, and I will pursue every type," Hyde added.
Hyde said it is important for the community to feel like the Civic Center is their facility.
"With that in mind, I am going to work very hard to get events in here that will be suited for everyone in the community," he said.