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West Point, Georgia – Batson-Cook Construction is pleased to announce that Becca Hardin has joined the Batson-Cook team as Vice President of Business Development. In this role, she will lead Batson-Cook’s business development efforts in the industrial and manufacturing construction markets. Hardin’s proven background in building relationships and her overall senior level of experience will further enhance Batson-Cook’s presence in the marketplace.

“We couldn’t be more excited about the addition of Becca to our team,” stated Joe Appleton, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Batson-Cook’s West Point, Georgia, office. “Her experience and success as an economic developer will allow us to offer added value to our potential clients as she will be able to assist them with their objectives - such as site selection - well before a project is in the design or construction stages,” he added.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with an exceptional organization such at Batson-Cook,” said Hardin. “I have worked with the Batson-Cook team for many years in my capacity in the public sector and it will be a great experience to transfer my economic development skills to the private side of business in supporting Batson-Cook's continued success.”

Previously, Hardin served as the Executive Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority. In this role, Hardin was instrumental in leading and implementing the business recruitment strategy for the Valley Partnership region which is a bi-state entity covering seven counties and two cities. She was involved in efforts to recruit Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia and Kia suppliers to the region. She also led the efforts to recruit NCR to Columbus, Georgia.

Prior to joining the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Hardin was human resource manager for the Columbus operations of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and also directed activities for state-wide employee recruitment efforts.

Upon graduation from Troy State University, Hardin began her professional career as a broadcast journalist in Columbus, Georgia, covering state and local news for the CBS-affiliate television station in that market.

Hardin is a three-time recipient of Georgia Trend’s “Top100 Most Influential Georgians.” She has also received the “Women of Achievement” award from the Concharty Council of Girl Scouts and the Columbus “Legend” award from the SaMarc organization. Hardin is actively involved in the Georgia Economic Development Association (GEDA), Rotary International, and serves on the boards of Springer Theater Opera House and Mid-Town Columbus.

Batson-Cook, founded in 1915, specializes in providing commercial general contracting, preconstruction, construction management, and design-build services to a wide range of clients. The firm has offices in West Point and Atlanta, Georgia, and in Tampa and Jacksonville, Florida. Batson-Cook has brought its dedication to quality construction to nearly every major category of building, including industrial, manufacturing, office, multi-family housing, retail, institutional, healthcare, hospitality, education, and resort facilities.