Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

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.

Holtz to lead Parks Department

Mar 14, 2016

The city of Evansville has a new parks director. 

Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has promoted Brian Holtz to head-up the Department of Parks and Recreation. He’s been serving as Deputy Parks Director.

Winnecke says in a news release that Holtz has a “thorough knowledge” of the parks department, where he’s juggled various projects from fundraising to tree-planting.

For a dozen years, Holtz was executive director of Community Corrections for the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office.

Road bill provides Regional Cities money

Mar 11, 2016

A $1 billion road funding bill headed to Governor Pence’s desk will also provide all the money promised to the state’s three Regional Cities winners. 

House Bill 1001 earmarks $126 million for the three winners, including Southwest Indiana.

Vanderburgh , Warrick, Posey, and Gibson counties will receive the full $42 million to boost a number of projects, including a renovation of Evansville Regional Airport.