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Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke delivered his third State of the City speech today at the Evansville Noon Rotary Club meeting at Tropicana Evansville’s Conference Center. Speaking to a capacity crowd, Mayor Winnecke declared the city is officially “back in the convention business” with the announcement of the first major convention to be booked at the new Hilton DoubleTree Convention Center in Downtown Evansville. A groundbreaking for the $71.3 million project held Monday.
“The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns has agreed to book its annual convention in the new hotel shortly after it opens in the fall of 2015,” said Mayor Winnecke. “The last time the statewide conference was held in Evansville was in 2007, and IACT leadership is thrilled to return to our great city.” Mayor Winnecke introduced HCW Evansville Development, Inc. (HCWE) President Rick Huffman to the audience and thanked him for his “interest, patience and investment in Evansville.
The Mayor recapped highlights of his second year in office, including a commitment from the Indiana Department of Transportation to build a full cloverleaf interchange at U.S. 41 and the Lloyd Expressway, the success of Clean Evansville (the initiative earned Evansville recognition as the 2013 Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Community of the Year), and the launch of the Integrated Long Term Control Plan to improve the city’s sewer infrastructure.
In his speech, Mayor Winnecke also announced that the Rotary Club will sponsor the “Rotary Centennial Wetlands” at Roberts Park. “The wetlands will provide both an aesthetic and educational component to the park that will be inviting and usable to all ages,” Winnecke said.
For full video of the speech, go to: http://www.youtube.com/user/lloydwinnecke?feature=results_main