Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

Evansville wins Promise Zone designation

Jun 6, 2016
John Gibson

 The Obama administration has declared parts of Evansville a “Promise Zone.” 

Antonio Riley of the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the designation before a crowd of community leaders and residents outside St. Lucas Hall.

The crowd cheered and gave Riley a standing ovation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Riley says the “Promise Zone” designation gives Evansville an edge in requesting federal aid for areas dealing with joblessness, crime, and sub-standard housing. 

 

Flights to Orlando underway

Jun 2, 2016

You may notice larger aircraft flying in and out of Evansville Regional Airport.

 

Allegiant Air is now offering two direct flights a week between Evansville and Orlando/Sanford International Airport.

The Orlando flights will be on MD-80 jet aircraft, which seat 166 people. Most flights at the Evansville airport use smaller, 50-seat jets.

The home of Disney World becomes the local airport’s sixth direct destination, along with Chicago, Atlanta, Charlotte, Detroit, and Dallas.

City refinancing Ford Center

May 5, 2016

The Evansville Redevelopment Commission has approved refinancing the bonds for the Ford Center.

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says the move will save the city $20 million over 23 years.

He says a combination of sources is paying off the bonds, including gaming revenue, food and beverage taxes, and tax increment money.

Winnecke says the combination will change slightly.

Winnecke promotes Build 4 Evansville

May 4, 2016
John Gibson

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke wants to ramp-up plans for four local projects. 

Winnecke is promoting Build 4 Evansville as a way to improve quality of life.

He says one of the projects is Mesker Amphitheatre, where Leadership Evansville will conduct three public meetings in June.

Winnecke also touted plans for a carousel and aviary at Mesker Park Zoo, and he says money needs to be raised to install a penguin exhibit. 

John Gibson

Governor Mike Pence visited Evansville for a ceremonial signing of the Regional Cities Initiative. 

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke welcomed Pence to the second floor of Evansville’s Signature School, which will use Regional Cities money to expand its Science Center.

Winnecke said the expansion will create doctors, other health care professionals, and scientists.

The Sig School project is one of 19 in four Southwest Indiana counties to receive money from Regional Cities.

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