Business and Economy

Mayor cautious on more gaming revenue

Oct 23, 2017
John Gibson

Now that Tropicana has opened its land-based casino in Evansville, will the city and county see an increase in gaming revenue? 

The lively 75,000 square-foot casino replaces Evansville’s gaming boat, which opened 22 years ago as the state’s first floating casino.

Tropicana is predicting more revenue with the new casino, but Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke told WNIN the city is not taking it for granted…

Tropicana opens land-based casino in Evansville

Oct 20, 2017
John Gibson

A ribbon is cut, opening the state’s first land-based casino in Evansville. 

People waited in long lines to be among the first customers at the new single-story Tropicana casino, built between the Tropicana Hotel and the Le Marigot on Riverside Drive.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke noted it’s the first land-based casino to open in Indiana.

("That's as a result of a lot of hard work by the Indiana legislature, specifically the local legislative delegation, the state gaming commission had to approve this, so a lot of things had to happen to get to this day.")

Floating casino to chug away soon

Oct 16, 2017
John Gibson

Evansville’s floating casino will soon pull away from the riverfront after more than two decades of gaming. 

Tropicana plans to open a new land-based casino along Riverside Drive this Friday.

The riverboat has been docked at Evansville since 1995, two years after state legislators approved gaming and local voters approved a referendum.

Former State Rep. Dennis Avery voted against the measure in 1993, and told WNIN he would have voted “no” on land-based gaming too…

Gillenwater headed to Chattanooga

Sep 28, 2017
Southwest Indiana Chamber

The Southwest Indiana Chamber is looking for a new leader. 












State board approves Vectren plans, rate increases

Sep 22, 2017

You can expect higher Vectren bills, starting next year. 

The Indiana Office of Consumer Counselor approved the Evansville-based utility company’s plan to upgrade and modernize its electrical grid, involving more than 800 projects and seven years of annual rate increases.

The plan was originally presented as costing $516 million. The state board, Vectren, and a coalition of industrial customers reached an agreement to reduce the cost to $446 million.