“IS IT TRUE” MAY 15, 2024

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IS IT TRUE that it’s downright shameful the way the EVSC School Board members quietly watched and allowed the Superintendent, Dr Dave Smith mishandle addressing some serious allegations by parents concerning the verbal mistreatment by a classroom teacher of”SPECIAL NEEDS” students?  …that it’s time to remind members of the EVSC School Board that Dr. David Smith works for them and not the other way around?  … that it is also time that members of the EVSC School Board provide a first-class learning environment for EVSC “SPECIAL NEEDS” students?

IS IT TRUE that a public revelation made in 2023 that the three entities that have partnered for more than a decade to do the economic development work for the City of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, and parts of the surrounding counties have been merged into a single organization impressed some people as a way to save money and concerned others about the concentration of efforts?…the merged entities consist of the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana that did traditional chamber activities like mixers, lobbying, and the Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) to mentor micro businesses, the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville (GAGE) that was formed to foster entrepreneurship in industries that pay a thriving wage, and the Southwest Indiana Coalition for Economic Development that focused on attraction of outside businesses were merged into a new entity called E-REP that stands for Evansville Regional Economic Partnership?…historically government supported the two economic development entities and private businesses supported the Chamber of Commerce?

IS IT TRUE there is much curiosity in the Tri-State about the benefits of merging these entities into one and why the need to do such a thing culminated so rapidly?…it may not have been as fast as it was revealed as an examination of the 990 tax forms for E-REP showing that it was formed three years ago in 2021 inside the Chamber by Tara Barney during her reign as CEO?  …that right after Ms. Barney departed from E-REP the Executive Board did a “National Search” and selected the former Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke to replace MS Barney?

IS IT TRUE one of the City-County Observer “Moles” that is adept at cyber-sleuthing techniques was able to learn that E-REP is a 501c6 which is typical for organizations that employ lobbyists like Chambers of Commerce do?… that Economic Development entities like GAGE and the Coalition are typically either 501c3 or 501c4 organizations that can accept deductible donations from anywhere?…this begs the question “Can E-REP accept money from the governmental entities without reporting where the money was spent?

IS IT TRUE that E-REP has big plans for the Evansville Riverfront?  … that E-REP is planning to develop the Riverfront property starting at the LST down to the Water Pump Station? …that this proposed multi-million dollar capital project along the Evansville Riverfront will include new residential, retail/food & beverage space, and new recreation areas with elevated and street-level walking paths?  …that this project may propose to reroute  Riverfront traffic and move some of the existing attractions/structures?  …that we expect to learn about this big ticket capital project at a formal announcement on the 21st of this month?

IS IT TRUE when the people fear the Government we have Tyranny and when the government fears the people we have Liberty!


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