Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

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. 

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.

Ribbon cut, opening renovated nature center

Mar 31, 2016
John Gibson

A ribbon has been cut, opening the renovated nature center at Wesselman Woods. 

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke cut the ribbon, allowing dozens of students from Harper Elementary School to go inside.

He told the kids that the community raised $1.5 million for the renovation. Nature Society Executive Director John Scott Foster asked the kids a few questions, like "do you like being outside? do you like animals? do you like big, huge trees?"

The kids -- and the mayor -- all held up their hands.