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‘We did what we said we would do’

Evansville Mayor Stephanie Terry discussed the state of city pools — including the closing of Helfrich and Hartke pools due to disrepair. "We're addressing the challenges head on by creating an aquatics plan," Terry said. "This plan will explore options such as building new pools or splash pads, and gathering cost estimates and community input. " Her speech included a synchronized video presentation.
Tim Jagielo
Evansville Mayor Stephanie Terry discussed the state of city pools — including the closing of Helfrich and Hartke pools due to disrepair. "We're addressing the challenges head on by creating an aquatics plan," Terry said. "This plan will explore options such as building new pools or splash pads, and gathering cost estimates and community input." Her speech included a synchronized video presentation.

Evansville Mayor Stephanie Terry delivers inaugural State of the City Address, catching attendees up on recent progress, coming projects

Terry opens her state of the city address Tuesday, April 9. "In many ways, it's hard to believe it's been 100 days since I stood on the stage at Bosse High School and took the oath to become Evansville's 35th mayor."
Tim Jagielo
Terry opens her state of the city address Tuesday, April 9. "In many ways, it's hard to believe it's been 100 days since I stood on the stage at Bosse High School and took the oath to become Evansville's 35th mayor."

Mayor Stephanie Terry took the stage at the Rotary Club Luncheon to recount her and her team’s accomplishments and challenges so far based on her 100 Day Roadmap.

Terry is Evansville’s first female, and first black mayor.

“We did what we said we would do,” she said from the podium. “Today, I will share the details of what was in that plan and what we've accomplished and these first 100 days.”

Terry’s promises kept include establishing the interfaith council, connecting with state, local and national leaders, restarting the traveling city hall and more. She discusses engaging with youth, improving neighborhoods and public safety.

This meeting marked her 100th day in office. She describes this phase as “the opening chapter.”

“We're kind of I feel like, coming out of that ‘honeymoon stage,’” she said. “But we were intentional and really charting out a plan — number one that was realistic, but also showed people that we were serious about the work that we had set out before us.”

Listen to the full presentation, below

2024 Evansville State of City FULL AUDIO.mp3

One item she wishes was further along is the full review of the city’s finances — which has been started and will possibly be available in the fall.

“Transparency is critical,” Terry said. “So we will receive a report of the Finance Review once it's completed later this year.”

She talked about challenges with funding, infrastructure and public transportation.

Terry gave various departments accolades and caught attendees up on recent city accomplishments.

Surprise news included possible private investment in Mesker Amphitheater.

“I've received a lot of questions about Mesker Amphitheater, and I've said the same answer — ‘We don't have any plans. But if a private developer reached out with an interest in revitalizing Mesker, I would take that meeting enthusiastically.’ Well, we are in the early stages, having a conversation with a private developer.”

“I know for many, this is the crown jewel of Evansville. And while I don't want to over promise, I am cautiously I mean cautiously optimistic that we will have news in the coming months.”

A rendering of one idea from the Ohio River Vision Plan
A rendering of one idea from the Ohio River Vision Plan

She also said the big Ohio River Vision plan will be revealed in May. This is the overall vision plan in collaboration with the Evansville Regional Economic Development Corporation (EREP) and consulting group Sasaki for 50 miles of the Ohio River, with Evansville in the center.

Terry could share scant details.

“People want to be active … they want to have sports and recreation, places to lounge, they want restaurants and other amenities. Again, that will draw them down here. And I think you'll see that in the plan for sure.”

She said around the same time as the River Vision unveiling, the groundbreaking for the new mixed-use, fifth and main building called “The Vault” will occur.

“I think I'm pretty excited about downtown,” she said when asked about her favorite announcements. “But I think also the potential of our flight to Chicago possibly coming back, you know, at some time, I would love for that to have that announcement to happen, like yesterday. But that would probably be the other thing that I'm really hopeful that that's going to happen sometime in the near future.”

Terry’s next step is drafting a plan for the next one 1,360 days “and beyond.”

Evansville Mayor Stephanie Terry finishes her inaugural State of the City address at the Bally's Riverfront Event Center in Evansville.
Tim Jagielo
Evansville Mayor Stephanie Terry finishes her inaugural State of the City address at the Bally's Riverfront Event Center in Evansville.

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Full address transcript below

In many ways, it’s hard to believe it’s been 100 days since I stood on the
stage at Bosse High School and took the oath to become Evansville’s 35th mayor. In many other ways, it’s hard to believe it’s only been 100 days.

Good afternoon. It is a pleasure to be with you today to present my first
state of the city address. I’m grateful to the Rotary Club of Evansville for
this opportunity and your willingness to make this event available for all to attend. I’d also like to thank UE Department of Theatre students Brynna Waters, Lillian Carlson, Bailey Crawford, Lindsay Perr for their beautiful singing, and Hadlie Comer who will be painting the vision.

A lot has happened since January 1.

One hundred days ago, we launched a new era in Evansville. We broke
two glass ceilings, swearing in the first Black mayor and the first female
mayor in the city’s 212-year history. The energy ... the enthusiasm ... the
hope that I felt that day has carried us through these first 100 days, as
we’ve finished assembling our team and gone right to work moving
Evansville forward.

First I want to thank my team. We held our first Cabinet meeting on Day 1; the mayor’s office staff and all of the city department heads. There was a sense of opportunity in that meeting - the excitement of a new administration, of a new beginning. I felt 1 that from the cabinet; I feel that from city employees when we invite different departments down for coffee and conversation once a month. I appreciate what they do for our city, and their enthusiasm for serving the people of Evansville. These are true public servants who love our city, and who are excited about the opportunity to make it a better place for everyone. It’s that kind of passion for this place that makes Evansville the city it is today, and that will move it forward into the city it can become.

So we’ve assembled a great team and we have good partners in our city
council. I also have a great partner in Marques at home who reminds me everyday to be great.

We all have hope, enthusiasm, and a passion for moving Evansville forward. But we need more than that to show for 100 days in office, right?

As they say, actions speak louder than words.....

Don’t worry. We have it. Does everybody remember this?
(Display 100 Day Roadmap)

I said at my inauguration that I knew I was going to be held to a higher
standard, and I knew you were going to be watching. And I told you I was ready - I told you I was going to make sure Evansville is a city that works for everyone, and I knew you were going to hold me accountable for that. I knew I was going to hold myself accountable, too.

That’s why this document - our 100 Day Roadmap - was ambitious, it was specific, and it was measurable. So everyone could see if we did what we said we were going to do.

(Display 100 Day Roadmap with completed items checked off)

Connected with local, state and national leaders

Established an interfaith council

Engaged the community to strengthen public trust and confidence in our team

We did what we said we would do...

Today, I will share the details of what was in that plan, and what we’ve

accomplished in these first 100 days. But I think it’s important to note that

the 100 Day Roadmap is just the introduction - it’s the opening chapter.

Because the other thing that happened in these first 100 days was that we

learned more about the state of our city. We learned more about the

challenges facing us; we learned more about the opportunities in front of

us. And we learned more about what it will take to overcome those

challenges. That’s the rest of the story - it’s what the next 1,360 days are


So as we stand - or sit - here today, what is the state of our city? I think

Evansville is a city with great things going for it ... and with even greater



How do we reach that potential?

It starts by acknowledging the challenges that are in our way. Challenges

like funding, which I’m gonna stick a pin in and come back to later.

Challenges like public transportation, where our METS bus system is

constantly working to find enough drivers to cover its full set of routes. In

spite of that, the system has carried more than 132,000 fixed route rides in

the first two months of 2024.

We also face challenges in infrastructure - let’s face it: some of it is in

disrepair. Our water filtration plant is more than 100 years old; it needs to

be updated, and significant portions of it need to be replaced. But that

comes at a cost; last week, the average Evansville resident saw their water

bill go up by $3 per month. That increase was set in 2022; it will be followed

by two more that were set at the same time. I know that’s hard for some

Evansville residents, who are already hurting from the high cost of utilities. I

want you to know that I hear your concerns, and I was proud to echo them

at the February Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission hearing on

CenterPoint’s rate increase.

Unfortunately, some increases are necessary for maintaining our quality of

life - and I can’t think of many things more basic and necessary to having a

strong quality of life in a city than clean, healthy drinking water. A new

water filtration plant is critical to continuing to have that into the future.

That’s why we’re moving forward with plans to update and upgrade the

plant; construction is expected to begin by the end of this year, with a goal


of bringing the plant online in 2028. But it’s also why we’re looking at

options to expand assistance programs for those who are struggling.

Another significant infrastructure challenge in these first 100 day has been

our pools.

We had to close Hartke Pool in February and Helfrich Pool last month due

to safety concerns, leaving three out of six public pools closed this summer.

Despite these difficult decisions, we're addressing the challenge head-on

by creating an aquatics plan. This plan will explore options such as building

new pools or splash pads, and gathering cost estimates and community

input. Meanwhile, we're increasing swimming hours by opening Lorraine

Pool seven days a week and adding programming like free swimming

lessons. I commend our Department of Parks & Recreation for their efforts

in maintaining and expanding opportunities despite these challenges. This

proactive approach demonstrates our commitment to moving Evansville


We saw another example of creative problem solving in Jacobsville this

winter. Because if we’re going to talk about infrastructure challenges, we

have to talk about our city’s roads and sidewalks. In the first quarter of this

year, our street maintenance department patched 3,638 potholes - almost

50 per day. That’s one of the topics we hear about a lot: the potholes, and

the overall condition of our roads. Which is not about the effort being put in

by our city employees - because if you need more evidence than patching

50 potholes a day, how about all of the orange barrels out there closing

roads? They’re working on the roads; they’re doing their jobs. We lack the


resources to do more, though, and that’s another challenge we need to


That’s why I want to call out the creative thinking that got about 1,200

square feet of new sidewalks in Jacobsville. But instead of telling you what

was unique and creative about it, I’d like to show you.


After the success of that project, we now are looking at how this can be

used as a template for funding future sidewalk projects in the city.

This is how we will overcome the challenges facing our city - how we will

realize Evansville’s potential. We’ll recognize and acknowledge our

obstacles; we will get creative to overcome them. And then, we’ll be

transparent about it.

Now...let’s talk about funding, starting with some good news.

During the pandemic, the city received approximately $65 million in

American Recovery Plan Act funds. Former Mayor Winnecke’s

administration distributed those funds across several buckets. Those funds

were allocated toward:

● Public Health

● Alleviating Negative Economic Impact

● Service to Displaced Communities


● Revenue Replacement, and

● Grant Administration

These are board buckets but examples of the type of projects funded

include affordable housing projects, utility assistance, upgrading public

safety technology, a weatherization project, adding new trails and more.

Some of the ARPA funds were disbursed immediately; about $32.3 million

remains in an account, allocated but not yet paid out. Drawing interest. And

that’s the good news.

Right now, we have more than $2 million in interest from those ARPA

funds. These funds are uncommitted, and because they are drawn from

interest, they do not have the spending restrictions that were on the original

ARPA funds. My staff has had several conversations about the appropriate

use for these funds; and one thing I will commit to right now, is to hire a city

grant writer who can help us identify, apply for, and obtain the funds to help

us overcome some of our challenges.

I also will request this year we make a $250,000 allocation from ARPA

interest to the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, with the goal of increasing

our community's affordable housing initiatives. This investment coupled

with the $500,000 already budgeted will not only enhance our home repair

program but also contribute to the revitalization of our neighborhoods. By

providing affordable housing options, we ensure that our residents,

especially our aging population, can remain in their homes with dignity and



Neighborhoods are the cornerstones of our community. The places where

people live, where they play, where they raise their children ... our

neighborhoods are the center of our lives, and collectively, they make up

the heart of our community. Without thriving neighborhoods, we can’t truly

have a thriving city.

In the past few years, we have seen some great things happening in our

neighborhoods. We’ve seen Haynie’s Corner transform into an Arts District;

we’ve seen the Franklin Street Corridor completely revitalized. More

recently, we’ve seen strides in the Jacobsville neighborhood; in fact, this

January, I cut my first ribbon as mayor on the new front door to Jacobsville,

when they raised the arch at the head of North Main Street.

Our challenge now is to bring that same energy to other neighborhoods

across the city. One piece of that is the one I hope to impact with those

ARPA funds: ensuring that all of our neighborhoods - and especially the

children and families who live there - have access to enough stable,

affordable housing.

And we already are making strides in this area. Right now, we have 81

newly-constructed, affordable rental units either completed or underway.

We also have rehabilitated 46 others. Additionally, there are 10 new or

renovated owner-occupied units. This totals to 127 newly constructed or

rehabilitated affordable housing units.

That’s good. But we can do more. We need to do more.


According to the Housing Needs Assessment completed by Bowen

National Research last year, we need to build about 2,812 new rental units

over the next five years to accommodate the housing need in this area.

Nearly 45% of renter households burdened by high housing costs are

paying a significant portion of their income towards housing. This highlights

the need for additional efforts in creating affordable housing, despite the

progress we’ve made, we need to do more.

So we will do more.

I’ve set a goal for our administration to help facilitate the construction or

rehabilitation of at least 350 units of affordable housing inside the city limits,

and to have those projects underway by the time I give this talk again next

year. We will do this through public- private partnerships and utilizing a

variety of residential development tools. We will also take steps to eliminate

blight and will enhance our code enforcement efforts.

Doing this is critical, because strong cities are made up of strong

neighborhoods - neighborhoods where residents feel safe, have stable

homes, and have access to beautiful, safe parks and public spaces for

recreation and entertainment.

In some areas of this city, our parks fit that description. Evansville has 46

parks; some are beautiful, they’re safe, and if you happen to walk or drive

through them on an average sunny day, you’ll see people relaxing, jogging,

or playing sports.


Others offer opportunities for improvement. So we’re going to improve

them; we’re going to make sure our parks are working for you.

In fact, we’ve already started. In February, we created a Park Police unit

within the Evansville Police Department, so that we now have five officers

and one lieutenant - whose primary job is to patrol our city’s parks. That

was less than two months ago, and we’re already hearing about the results.

From simple “thank you’s” to residents telling us that the increase in police

presence has made them feel safer in the parks, public feedback has been

overwhelmingly positive.

That’s the first thing we’ve done. The second is that the Parks Department

has identified parks where, shall we say, less than desirable behavior was

taking place, and they have worked with the Park Police unit to do safety

sweeps of those parks, helping to make them safer spaces for the general

public. At the same time, park officials have begun working through items in

our five-year Master Plan that will help make our parks even safer - things

like new lighting and beginning the process of replacing damaged

equipment in various playgrounds.

I know those little things aren’t always the most exciting. But they’re

important to maintaining the safety and quality of place - and one thing we

have heard about, especially in conversations about one particular outdoor

music venue, is that Evansville doesn’t always excel in maintaining spaces.

I’ve received a lot of questions about Mesker Amphitheatre. And I’ve

always had the same answer: We don’t have any plans, but if a private


developer reached out with an interest in revitalizing Mesker, I would take

that meeting. Enthusiastically.

Well ... We are in the early stages of conversation with a private developer,

discussing the feasibility and extent of what could be done to revitalize

Mesker Amphitheatre. I know for many, this is a crown jewel of Evansville,

and while I don’t want to over-promise, I’m cautiously ... and I do mean

cautiously ... optimistic that we will have news in the coming months.

These are the kinds of big swings we need to take if we want to build the

best version of our city. An Evansville that is vibrant; an Evansville that is


And, of course, an Evansville that is SAFE..

I keep using that word - SAFE.. And I keep using it because if we’re going

to reach that potential that I talked about at the beginning, public safety has

to continue to be a top priority of my administration. And it is.

Recently, we’ve had a few big wins in this area. For the Evansville Police

Department, it was a February arrest that took more than 60 Glock

Switches off the street. For those who don’t know, Glock Switches are

devices added to handguns to turn them into automatic weapons, making

those weapons significantly more deadly. Every Evansville resident owes a

debt of gratitude to the officers who removed those from our streets.


Public safety is critical and the Evansville Fire Department is delivering too-

that is why EFD was awarded the Indiana Fire Chief’s Association LIFE

Award last year. This award recognizes fire departments for their work and

efforts in firefighter Health, Safety, and Wellness; this is the third time EFD

has won the award ... the other two were in 2011 and 2017.

And for what it’s worth, the District Chief of Health and Safety who applied

for that award is now our fire chief.

I am confident in the leadership of the men and women who serve us

every day at both the Police & Fire Departments. Both of these

departments are continuing to find ways to be better ... to better serve the

community, and to be better community partners.

This summer, the Evansville Fire Department is launching a new Fire Safe

Community program, where firefighters of each station will work with the

specific areas of the community they serve to offer free smoke detector

installation and/or replacement, as well as free in-home fire safety


The EPD is focusing on community policing and expanding the Group

Violence Intervention program. We’re using advanced technology and tools

to enforce laws and hold serious offenders accountable. This includes tools

like the Crime Gun Intelligence Center and Flock Camera system.

However, we recognize not all involved in violent crimes are serious

offenders. That’s where the Group Violence Intervention program steps in.

Officers identify all involved and offer support to steer them away from


violence. Our goal is to prevent crime by addressing its root causes,

whether through interventions like GVI or guiding individuals with addiction

towards treatment.

That’s one facet of what we’re hoping to do with our share of the Federal

Opioid Settlement funds. Last week, we announced a request for proposals

for more than $1.3 million in funding to help fight the opioid epidemic, with

an emphasis on programs ranging from prevention to law enforcement to

treatment and everything in between. In 2023, the city of Evansville

awarded almost $650,000 of these funds to Youth First and Forefront

Community Therapy. It’s our hope to again award these funds to programs

that can make a difference in the battle against opioids.

Crime prevention also means reaching out to our other vulnerable

populations, and in this, I want to commend the Evansville Police

Department for creating a Mental Health & Homelessness Outreach


Let’s take a look...


This is just one example of how Evansville has become a statewide leader

in behavioral health. Next week, Dr. Steven Becker will be here to give an

update on another community effort, this one coming out of the Mary

O'Daniel Stone and Bill Stone Center for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

in Downtown Evansville.


It is critical that we continue programs like these, supporting our most

vulnerable citizens. That also includes helping our children/teens - looking

for the best ways to support them as they grow into adults. That doesn’t

mean getting into their curriculum at school ... but it does mean helping

ensure that they have the wraparound support they need to succeed.

That’s all the things we’ve been talking about: Stable homes, safe

neighborhoods, and parks and other opportunities for development

activities outside of school.

Plans are underway and this summer, we're launching a Safe Summer

initiative to provide exciting opportunities for our community youth. The

Evansville Police Department will host Friday movie nights in our parks,

featuring different films each week. Additionally, the Department of Parks &

Recreation will offer open gym sessions at the CK Newsome Center, a

Splash Into Summer Remix program, and Field Trip Fridays for youth

programs. The initiative will kick off in May with a Summer Activities Fair,

where parents and children can explore various summer camps, programs,

and volunteer opportunities in one convenient location. Stay tuned for more

information coming soon. We need to ensure our kids have a safe and

enjoyable summer vacation.

And that’s just the start - because we all know summer isn’t the only time

we need to support our children. Evansville needs to work for them every

day - to ensure every day that they have a safe, vibrant environment where

they can live, learn, and thrive.


As part of that effort, I recently convened the first meeting of the Mayor’s

Education Roundtable - a group of educators, business leaders, nonprofit

professionals, and community stakeholders who are coming together to

address local educational and youth development needs. Our collective

aim is to craft a comprehensive, citywide youth master plan, laying the

groundwork for enhancing the lives of all youth.

We’re also engaging local youth directly in this effort with the creation of a

new Youth Advisory Council. This group, comprised one member from each

City Council ward, nominated by their City Council representative, and

three “at-large” members selected through an application process, will

advise my administration about the issues that matter most to them, and

engage with us about how to face the challenges confronting our children.

It’s a cliche to say that “the children are our future.” But these children are

the future of our city; it’s critical that we offer them the opportunities and the

support that they need to succeed from the cradle to career.

I remember the days as a middle and high schooler even beyond my

school activities I had safe options for fun- Carver Ridley Rollerome, New

Hope Baptist Church Carnival on Lincoln Ave, numerous activities at the

CK Newsome Center, and teen dances at the Victory.

Engaging our youth also means moving Evansville forward in a way that

excites them - building a better Evansville where our young people want to

live. Where they can get a good job; where they will choose to raise their

family. To do that, we need to ensure Evansville is a place that cares about


what they care about ... and today, more and more young people are

concerned about the environment. As a city, that’s an area where we can

step up ... and we’ve already started.

In our first 100 days, we renamed our EPA to the Evansville Climate

Collaborative. Through this city department, we are on our way to

recognition as a Clean Community - a state certification program by the

Indiana Department of Environmental Management that recognizes cities

that are proactive in taking environmental sustainability actions. And we

have been designated a SolSmart community - a national program that

helps cities expand solar energy use, making it more affordable and

accessible to everyone.

We also have secured federal dollars toward reducing our city’s

greenhouse gas emissions, we’ve partnered with Leadership Everyone to

launch a citizen engagement group, Community Voices for Climate Action;

and we have partnered with WNIN on a PBS Climate Engagement grant

that will fund the creation of educational videos and materials to increase

awareness about the climate issues that we face, and the solutions we can


This all comes in addition to METS adding four new, solar bus stops - with

four more coming quickly on their heels - to complement a METS bus

system that is growing increasingly hybrid.

We’ve gone to work to make Evansville a leader in climate readiness and

resiliency - and that’s one step in building a better Evansville for all.


Another is ensuring that Evansville remains the anchor for development in

our region - and we have several projects coming up that keep us moving

in that direction.

On May 21, the Evansville Regional Economic Partnership and Sasaki

unveil the River Vision plan - a master strategy for 50 miles of the Ohio

Riverfront, centered on Downtown Evansville. It’s an exciting plan, and ...

you know what? I’m gonna show you part of it. Just a sneak peek ... just a

picture. An image of the proposed rethinking of the Downtown riverfront,

showing a place for relaxation, for recreation, and for all of our residents

and visitors to play.

Around the same time developers break ground on the new 5th and Main

building. That building - The Vault - you’ve heard a lot about will feature

first-floor commercial, with 160 residences upstairs. It is expected to be

completed in 2026.

Then, later this summer, INDOT will break ground on Section 3 of the I-69

Ohio River Crossing project, which will continue to advance the state’s

priority - and our priority - to complete the I-69 corridor throughout the state

of Indiana. At the moment, this new section of I-69 is slated for completion

in 2031, but we are working with other stakeholders to look for federal grant

opportunities that would accelerate that timeline.

Because we need a strong connection to the rest of the state ... we also

need strong connections around the country. I am pleased to share that


Evansville Regional Airport is making positive progress in that direction.

Recently, they have announced several routes to Florida, including Breeze

Airways service to Orlando International, Allegiant’s flights to St.

Pete-Clearwater, and flights to Destin. They have seen American Airlines’

seat capacities return near pre-pandemic levels thanks to increased aircraft

sizes and more frequent flights to Charlotte and Dallas-Fort Worth.

And I know the team at EVV are working hard to re-establish a few routes

we lost. I’m optimistic that our Chicago flight will return this year. That’s why

is up to us to fly EVVFirst in order to keep these flights.

These partnerships built through the Evansville Regional Airport - along

with projects like I-69 and the establishment of a new TIF district at the

South Kentucky Ave Corridor is a tool to attract new businesses and spur

economic development - all are part of the collaborative, regional approach

that this administration has embraced. This is why we are in regular

communication with Evansville Regional Economic Partnership as we

partner to try and attract new development to the region; it’s also why we

continue to advocate for competitive utility rates, quality schools, workforce

training, lower crime, better investments in quality of place ( our local

amenities likes parks, trails, our zoo, museums etc), all which are critical to

attracting new industry, as well as to encouraging the expansion of existing


And it’s why we’re working to streamline our own development process and

make it easier for new development in our city. We want to be well

positioned for growth when I-69 is complete.


In February, we held the first meeting of our Blue Ribbon Committee to

discuss Evansville’s code, zoning, and permitting practices, with the goal of

modernizing and streamlining the development process. The initial meeting

was filled with good discussion, and the committee members raised a

number of strong ideas. Since that meeting, Area Plan Commission has

reached out to invite each member to meet individually as we begin the

work of making Evansville more friendly to develop.

This - like so many of the things I’ve talked about so far today - was part of

our 100-Day Roadmap ... the plan we set for our first 100 days. Today is

Day 100. So ... where do we go from here?

Well, the first part is to make a plan.

We’ve already contracted for a full review of the city’s finances, and that

process - which was also part of our 100-Day Roadmap - has already

begun. Financial transparency is critical, so you will receive a report of the

finance review once completed. At the same time, we will begin preparing

the 2025 budget. Next month, we will start an organizational assessment

and strategic plan for this administration. Using the interest generated from

our American Recovery Plan Act funds, we will contract with an outside

consultant to chart the course for our service delivery. Through this

process, we will define clear goals, strategies, and key objectives to ensure

your city government is efficiently aligned to work for you.

Call it our Roadmap for the next 1,360 days ... and beyond.


Because like I said: Evansville today is a city with a lot of great things going

for it. We have momentum in revitalizing neighborhoods like Haynie’s

Corner, Franklin Street, and Jacobsville. But we have the potential to do

more - to bring all of our neighborhoods along, ensuring no one gets left


We have momentum in developing our Downtown - momentum that’s

moving to our Riverfront. But we also have the potential to take that

momentum beyond Downtown, so that all parts of our city share in thriving

economic development.

And we have momentum in our population. Because make no mistake: We

are the most important asset this city has. We are the people who have

chosen to live here. To work here. To raise families here. We are the ones

working every day to move Evansville forward. We may not always agree

on the best route to get there, and that’s okay. The important thing is that

we continue to work together to build up our city - all of our city - and that

we continue that work until Evansville is a city that works for all of us.

I know that’s an ambitious vision. But you - the people who live in

Evansville today, and the people who will be here in the future - don’t

deserve anything less. I’m proud to be your mayor, and I’m excited about

working alongside you to build a city that works for everyone.

I know we can do it. I know we will do it. I know it won’t be easy, and I know

there will be challenges. But I also know that we, as a city, have shown the


resiliency to fight through those challenges, and the creativity to overcome


So over the next 1,360 days, Evansville will be at work for you. We will

build on the great things we have going for us, and begin to realize the

untapped potential of this city.

And we’ll do it together - let’s write the next chapter of Evansville’s story -

one of progress, prosperity, and promise for generations to come.

Thank you for your trust, your partnership, and your unwavering

commitment to our great city. May God bless all of us and the city we call