In an effort to more fully harness their expertise, energy and resources, three area organizations focused on the growth and prosperity of the region are actively exploring a merger. The organizations involved in this discussion are the Economic Development Coalition (EDC) of Southwest Indiana, the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville (GAGE), and the Southwest Indiana Chamber.
Board members for all three organizations have been briefed on the merger concept, and there is agreement among all three boards to continue actively exploring the opportunity. If a merger occurs it would be anticipated by mid-year 2021.
“The overarching goal is regional alignment and collaboration that extends well beyond the three organizations involved in the merger,” said Greg Wathen, president and CEO of the EDC. “If the merger occurs, it will enable us to more effectively and efficiently utilize taxpayer resources to provide high impact services.”
“Many of the essential services required to drive growth and opportunity throughout our region are currently housed within these three organizations,” noted Southwest Indiana Chamber President & CEO Tara Barney. “That’s why this merger concept makes so much sense for the entire community.”
GAGE Board Chair Brad Ellsworth noted the high degree of collaboration among the three organizations. “We have a long history of working side-by-side, and many times arm-in-arm, to drive the growth and prosperity of our region,” Ellsworth said.
Assuming the merger plan comes to fruition, plans are for the new organization to be housed in Downtown Evansville. No decisions have yet been made about the new organizational structure or specific roles and responsibilities within that structure.