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what’s inside New Venue Nirvana Success of the Ford Center........................................................................................................ 4

I-69 Progress Update Driving Indiana Forward............................................................................................................ 6

business development director of business development George Prudhomme

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customer service director Kathy Risley

regional director of publications Heidi Robson

customer service representative Eric Lambert

Tri-State Manufacturers’ Alliance Offers Tools and Training ................................................ 10

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City-County Unification Proposal.............................................................................................. 8

Factory Forums

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ad research Mary Kopshever Mildred Walker

A Closer Connection

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A Rising Tide Economic Development News................................................................................................ 12

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A Youthful Connection

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YPN Offers Unique Opportunities for the Next Generation of Business Leaders.............. 14

Education

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Report Card: K–12 Schools...................................................................................................... 16 Higher Education Highlights.................................................................................................... 18

publishing systems specialist Christopher Miller

executive leadership chairman and founder Craig Williams

chief financial officer Rhonda Harsy

Medical Care A Very Healthy Outlook............................................................................................................ 22

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Meet Mayor Lloyd Winnecke................................................................................................... 26

A Fore-tunate Development United Leasing Championship Comes to Southwest Indiana.............................................. 28

Recreation Destinations Great Places to Play................................................................................................................. 30 FOR INFORMATION   The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana, 318 Main Street, Suite 401, Evansville, IN 47708, Telephone 812-425-8147, Fax 812-421-5883, www.ccswin.com

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Expanding Horizons Arts, History & Cultural Attractions......................................................................................... 34

Chamber Calendar What’s on Tap............................................................................................................................ 37

Get Connected Numbers to Know.................................................................................................................... 38

Preferred Business Listings

Visit Southwest Indiana online www.communitylink.com/southwest-indiana/

Please Support These Valued Chamber Members................................................................. 40

Index of Advertisers Thank You for Making This Project Possible.......................................... Inside

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Back Cover


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New Venue Nirvana

Success of the Ford Center

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nly five years ago, the idea of replacing an aging Roberts Stadium with a new facility was just that — an idea. But by the early months of 2009, then-mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel, along with the Evansville City Council and the Vanderburgh County Council, had developed and endorsed a plan to construct a brand-new sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Evansville’s downtown area. Construction of the new arena began in early 2010, and on November 11, 2011, the ribbon was cut for the opening of the Ford Center. At 290,000 square feet, the multi-use arena has a flexible seating arrangement capable of seating up to 11,000 and includes over 20 suites of various sizes for premium seat holders. As a sports facility, it serves as the home of Evansville IceMen Hockey and University of Evansville men’s and women’s basketball. The grand opening concerts, which featured music legends Bob Seger and Reba McEntire, took place in early November 2011 and showcased the center’s capabilities as a premier performance venue for big-name performers.

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“It’s a beautiful facility and it’s being extremely well received,” said Laura Libs of the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The facility was built as an arena that is multifaceted and has multiple capabilities, so we are able to present it to a variety of markets. Indoor sporting events are always looking for facilities like this, as are large conferences.” One conference that’s making the move to the Ford Center in summer 2012 is the Jehovah’s Witness Convention, an event that filled Roberts Stadium in Evansville to near capacity during the eight years it was located there. The conference, which takes place over two weekends, is expected to draw approximately 10,000 to 13,000 visitors from a five-state area. Regardless of the type of event being planned, the reaction of promoters and event organizers to the new facility has been positive. All indications are that the Ford Center will not only retain events that have been perennials in Evansville, but will also be very competitive in drawing new ones to town. “Both new and previous promoters have been impressed with the new amenities the building

has to offer,” said Ford Center Executive Director Scott Schoenike. “The touring production staff have given us the best compliment to date: that we are as fast or faster than existing buildings for setting up and tearing down. That is not the norm for buildings in their first year.”


Paying Its Way The financing structure for the $127.5 million arena project included $95 million in longterm financing via bonds issued by the Evansville Redevelopment Authority, with repayment of the bonds being accomplished through leasing fees for the facility. The arena is leased and operated by the Evansville Redevelopment Commission, which then uses revenue from the operation of the center, as well as public support through the Food & Beverage Tax, riverboat revenues and Downtown Development Area TIF funds, to pay the lease. Using this financing structure allowed for a sustainable project without the need to raise general property taxes to support it, but it also hinged on the ability of the new arena to generate sales. The Ford Center wasted no time in displaying its ability to bring in events, people and dollars, hosting 20 performances in its first 25 days of operation. Those events had a total of more than 100,000 attendees, resulting in $2.2 million in total ticket revenue and more than $600,000 in food and beverage sales. The continued positive response from promoters and the public in the months that followed left little doubt that the new downtown venue would be more than just sustainable financially. “The community support has been tremendous for suite and sponsorship sales,” Schoenike continued. “We have surpassed our revenue projections and see that continuing for years to come. With four to six events per week, all sales are doing very well.”

Main Street are seeing a great boost in their sales, especially on event nights, as a result of the Ford Center, and that it’s also creating a real positive buzz in the air.” “The optimism is valid and it has certainly rejuvenated the downtown,” Laura Libs agreed. “There are more restaurants opening and there is a lot more activity, so in terms of the dynamics of revitalizing the downtown, it’s already showing some benefits.” The Ford Center also provides other benefits to the community that are less tangible, yet no less real. In terms of quality of life, having a premier entertainment venue makes Evansville even more enticing. “Specifically, I think the events that are drawn to the Ford Center will be a real motivating factor

in keeping young professionals in Evansville,” Mayor Winnecke said.

More to Come The opening of the Ford Center was a major milestone for Evansville, but it is still just one piece in an overall plan to revitalize the city’s downtown. Other projects on the horizon include a new convention hotel, as well as redevelopment of both the McCurdy Hotel and Old Post Office buildings. These projects will take time to accomplish, but in the meantime, the Ford Center’s success will continue to add momentum and bolster confidence in downtown reinvestment.

A Boost for Downtown Business Another financial consideration that led to construction of the new arena was its potential to accelerate redevelopment and commercial growth in Evansville’s Downtown TIF District. While it is still too soon to quantify the overall economic impact that the Ford Center will have on the surrounding downtown area, the faith of community leaders in the arena’s ability to stimulate redevelopment has proven to be well founded. Even as early as February 2010, when construction was just beginning, Evansville News 25 reported an increase in downtown property sales and values. And since the center’s opening, observations of downtown business activity continue to confirm a positive economic effect. “I think the Ford Center is a tremendous asset for downtown,” Mayor Lloyd Winnecke said. “It’s a real kick to look out of my office window to see people lined up to buy tickets, or just waiting in line for the doors to open before a basketball or hockey game. I know that businesses along www.ccswin.com

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I-69 Progress update

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he construction of I-69, linking Evansville, Indianapolis and all points beyond, is on the fast track to early completion. With progress well ahead of schedule, traffic will flow in earnest by December 2012, when the route between Evansville and Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center is slated to be complete. The stretch between Evansville and Bloomington, Ind., is scheduled to be finished by 2014, and neighboring Kentucky’s segments of the highway are under way. The potential economic development benefits for the region are significant. Joe Dedman, former chair of Hoosier Voices for I-69, says that the presence of a north–south interstate highway in the region can complete a logistical puzzle and can open up a realm of possibilities for southwestern Indiana. “The first question a site selector will ask is, ‘How close are you to an interstate?’” Dedman said. “If you look at a map of Indiana, the southwestern part of Indiana is void of a north–south interstate highway to connect it to the rest of the state.” Dedman says that existing portions of I-69 have a proven track record of boosting economic development, and extending the highway can bring benefits to the entire state of Indiana. “I have personally travelled the I-69 link that was opened between Indianapolis and Michigan in the early ’70s,” he said. “I have watched the development at every interchange that was driven by that highway’s presence. Completing the highway through the southern half of the state will further strengthen the economic development potential of the northern section as well as provide that kind of growth on the new southern part.”

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Project supporters and economic development leaders expect it to attract advanced distribution and logistics companies to the region. Matt Meadors, president and CEO of The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana, says that eventually Evansville will have interstate access, within a day’s drive, to 70 percent of both the U.S. and Canadian populations. Dedman notes that the route of I-69 will come within a few miles of the median population center of the United States. “The extension of Interstate 69 will mean southwest Indiana enjoys full and unfettered interstate access north, south, east and west. That’s huge,” stated Meadors. Economic benefits have already come to the region through the actual construction process. Dedman cites examples from his own personal experience. “I live in a small town — Petersburg — about 40 miles north of Evansville that is right on the route,” he said. “We have seen one of the gravel suppliers open a supply yard in our community with plans to keep a presence there after the highway is completed.” Additionally, the I-69 project is spurring development of other projects, as entrepreneurs see new and expanding potential in the region. “In the past three months, we have seen three new construction projects begin on our Main Street,” Dedman said. “Two are expansions of existing businesses. A fourth project is awaiting final architect plans. All are expanding or building in anticipation of coming development. None of these projects even involve the land adjacent to the exchange. That development will be following soon.” Construction of the new highway has necessitated other infrastructure improvements as

well. As a Corridor of the Future, I-69 will connect Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Michigan. As a result, a new bridge over the Ohio River is necessary to ensure that traffic does not become bottlenecked between southwest Indiana and northwest Kentucky. Work is under way on a strategy to fund and build the bridge — with an estimated cost of $1.4 billion — between Evansville and Henderson, Ky. Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says leaders in the Henderson–Evansville area likely will establish a special authority to develop a financing plan, as is already taking place for a planned pair of Ohio River bridges at Louisville. Dedman notes that a combination of public and private interests may be the solution. “The two states are working together,” he said. “We are still in the very early stages. It is certainly a strong possibility that a public/private partnership will be needed to build the bridge.” As planning for the bridge continues, I-69 proponents are pleased with the progress made so far. “Construction of the highway has been a longstanding top priority in Southwest Indiana,” said Meadors. “It is tremendously rewarding to see the road being built, and to know that Hoosiers in southwest Indiana will soon enjoy a safe and efficient way to travel to their state capitol.” “I feel strongly that the majority are happy to finally see construction under way,” Dedman added. “I believe people are also very pleased that the project has progressed as quickly as it has and that it has continued to be built under budget and on time.”


I-69 Online www.i69indyevn.org The “Official I-69 Evansville to Indianapolis Project Website,” built and maintained by the Indiana Department of Transportation. The site features information on the highway design, construction updates, environmental studies, technical reports, maps and more.

www.buildi69.com The website of Hoosier Voices for I-69, it includes a progress blog, background information, photos, video and more.

http://buildi69-ky.com/ The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce’s site advocating construction of I-69 in Kentucky. The site includes status updates and more.

http://transportation.ky.gov/ Planning/Pages/I-69.aspx The webpage of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet devoted to the I-69 project. Full information includes the master plan, environmental information and more.

For Other States ARKANSAS http://i-69.dina.org LOUISIANA www.i69dotd.com MICHIGAN www.michigan.gov/mdot Mississippi www.gomdot.com/home/ Projects/I69/Home.aspx TENNESSEE www.tdot.state.tn.us/i69/ TEXAS www.dot.state.tx.us/drivenbytexans/ www.i69texasalliance.com

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a closer

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n November 2012, residents of the city of Evansville and Vanderburgh County will be asked to vote on whether the city and county governments should be consolidated into a single, unified entity. Under the plan, the two governments — the city’s mayor and council and the county’s board of commissioners — would be replaced with one governmental unit with one executive (mayor) and one legislative/ fiscal body (a 15-member Common Council). Proponents say there are a number of benefits of unification, and they will come to both city and county residents. Dan McGinn, Evansville 1st Ward city councilman, is an outspoken advocate of unification. He cites reduced cost of government as one of the clearest advantages of the plan, as the larger and more elaborate the government structure, the higher the cost. “Unification will eliminate overlapping positions, both elected and appointed, thus saving costs of salaries and benefit packages,” he said. Further, McGinn says, unification will bring about a simplified local legal code. “Unification will also make it possible to have uniformity of local laws,” he noted. “Currently there are differences in some county ordinances and city ordinances that deal with the same subject matter. Unification will also make it easier to attract economic development. Potential investors will have to deal with only one chief executive rather than two.”

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Additionally, as planned, unification gives both city and county residents a greater voice in regional government. While decisions made by Evansville government leaders affect the entire county, residents outside the city currently have no say in who runs city government. Unification would change this. Further, post-unification, every citizen would have four representatives: one from their neighborhood district and three at-large representatives. Such representation, proponents say, leads to more accountable, transparent and responsive government. While the unification plan recognizes the interdependent relationship of the city and county, there are also provisions in place to ensure that no resident is paying for services they are not actually receiving. “The plan provides for two different types of taxing districts,” McGinn explained. “All county residents will pay the tax rate established for the ‘General Services Area’ and will not be taxed for services they do not receive. Only when additional services are provided to these areas — services which are substantially the same as those received by current city residents — will they have to pay at a higher rate.” Further, while debt incurred by either the city or county prior to unification will be paid by the consolidated government, taxes to pay any such debts can only be levied within the former boundaries of the city and county, as applicable. And current county zoning and

land-use ordinances will continue to apply outside the city’s current limits so that agricultural operations are not affected. While provisions are in place to protect the individual interests of city and county residents after unification, McGinn stresses that it is important for the prosperity of both city and county to begin thinking regionally. “As the core of a city gets older, as things start to break down and need repair, people abandon these areas and move to the county,” McGinn said. “As city populations decline, tax bases decline. There is less money to maintain the roads, streets, and police and fire departments. Things then continue to decline at a faster rate, people move out at a faster rate, and tax bases become inadequate to maintain essential services. Businesses relocate to areas where services are better and infrastructure is newer. Jobs are lost. People move.” “We all need to realize that the city and the county are so connected that they should be considered as one entity,” he continued. “We need to invest in the future of the area, prevent the decline of the central city, and prevent the loss of jobs and businesses, and the sooner we start realizing this, the more likely this area can remain a viable economic area. Nice new homes in the county with their lower tax rates are worthless if the owners have no jobs and cannot pay the mortgage.”


“The citizens of the City of Evansville and Vanderburgh County hereby embrace the concept of a unified and reorganized city and county government and have formulated this Plan with the following goals in mind. The Combined Government is designed to, and must endeavor to:  operate with efficiency, simplicity, and clarity; • • foster and embrace creative, forward-thinking solutions to problems facing the community; • ensure accountable, transparent, responsive and ethical government; • encourage community and stakeholder participation in the civic decision-making process; • elect, appoint and employ professional, ethical and qualified leadership; • distribute the cost of the Combined Government in a fair and equitable manner; and • preserve our unique balance of rural and urban lifestyles. To these ends, it is the will of the public to move forward with pride in our history and a renewed sense of community for the betterment of all our fellow citizens.” Preamble, Plan of Reorganization, City of Evansville - Vanderburgh County, Indiana

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Factory Forums Tri-State Manufacturers’ Alliance Offers Tools and Training

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outhwest Indiana is home to the TriState Manufacturers’ Alliance, an organization that supports area manufacturers in a variety of ways. “TSMA is dedicated to offering tri-state manufacturers forums in which to learn best practices,” said Stephani Catt, chair of the TSMA. With many events throughout the year and specific focus groups, the TSMA offers a wealth of tools to help area manufacturers. “We have quarterly events, which are well attended,” said Catt. “We also have peer groups that meet on a regular basis that are based on a specific area of interest, such as a safety peer group and a quality peer group.”

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The TSMA has enormous relevance in southwest Indiana, home to a large number of manufacturers. “Obviously many jobs in this region of Indiana are very heavily dependent upon manufacturing,” Catt noted. “Not just the large manufacturers such as Toyota, but also the medium-sized and the small manufacturers in this region. We’re in the plastics valley, and manufacturing employs quite a large percentage of the area work force.” Catt says one of the TSMA’s newest initiatives — the Workforce Pipeline Initiative — is designed to identify challenges area manufacturers face in staffing their facilities. “We have identified what we perceive as a weakness in the current available work force,”

Catt explained. “Manufacturers feel that either they are having trouble filling positions with capable individuals or, if they do fill positions, they’re seeing a high turnover of first-year employees. To address that we have a subcommittee that’s a collaboration between TSMA and WorkOne. Together we have put together a survey that’s being distributed to manufacturers in 47 counties in Indiana, primarily in the middle of the state and south, and seven counties in Western Kentucky. “We’re fairly excited about what the Workforce Pipeline Initiative could do to potentially boost the strength of the available work force.”


Once the manufacturers fill out and return the survey, TSMA will formulate a plan that addresses the needs of the manufacturers. “We’ll take a problem-solving approach based on what we learn from the survey, so that we can develop a structured program or course for the unemployed individuals out there interested in manufacturing,” Catt said. “They’ll be able to attend a course that will better prepare them for a

manufacturing environment. If the survey identifies weaknesses in reading or math skills, then we will offer those types of training. Or it might be training in safety. “Graduates of this course would be those individuals that are going to be most sought after to fill entry-level positions,” Catt concluded. “It will identify those individuals that are willing to put forth that commitment to show up to

a structured learning environment and make themselves attractive to the manufacturers.” The initiative is just one aspect of TSMA’s work, as it continues to carry out its mission “to create a vibrant and attractive manufacturing environment that results in improved revenue and profitability as well as an increase in employment for Tri-State manufacturers.”

TsmA Peer Groups Group

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Contact

Energy Conservation Peer Group.............................................. Michael Jackson................429-5086 michael.jackson2@mjn.com Engineering Managers Peer Group.......................................... Joey Ruffin...........................867-2421 joey_ruffin@anchorinc.com Equipment Reliability & Maintenance Peer Group................ Levi Chaffin..........................853-4497 levi.chaffin@alcoa.com Global Business Peer Group....................................................... Charley Storms....................250-0698 cstorms@flanderselectric.com Information Technology (IT) Peer Group.................................. Alex Copeland.....................452-3841 acopeland@brake.com Lean Peer Group............................................................................ Kyle Hanson.........................867-2421 kyle_hanson@anchorinc.com Safety Peer Group......................................................................... Tracy Barber........................425-1361 tbarber@uniseal.com Quality Peer Group........................................................................ Suzan Hamrick....................425-1361 shamrick@uniseal.com

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a rising tide economic development news

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conomic development agencies in southwest Indiana have had quite a lot to celebrate lately. Among excellent news for the region was the recent announcement of Toyota’s multi-million-dollar expansion of its Princeton plant. “They are going to invest $400 million — $131 million directly in the plant and $269 million to support their supply chain — and will hire an additional 400 individuals,” said Greg Wathen, president of the Economic Development Coalition. “They are consolidating all of the Highlander production. The really great thing about it is they are going to be producing the hybrid version of the Highlander, so that is part of our market and that is a great announcement.” The Economic Development Coalition represents Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties in southwest Indiana. Within these counties are a variety of industries, including Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana; Alcoa Warrick Operations; Mead Johnson Nutrition; Whirlpool Corporation; Springleaf Financial Services; AT&T; and many other businesses, manufacturers and health care companies. While the region offers its share of incentives and financial assistance, Wathen says there’s much more to southwest Indiana’s economic appeal. “Companies realize that incentives and the kind of assistance that communities offer to companies — they burn off over a period of time,

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they’re not permanent,” Wathen said. “What they are very much interested in is what the relationship is going to be as they move forward with the community. The fact of the matter is we get along so well with one another that it creates an environment that appeals as a good place to invest.” Firmly in the camp of believing that a rising tide lifts all ships, the counties and communities of southwest Indiana are far more cooperative than competitive. “We look at [southwest Indiana] as purely one region, one economy,” Wathen explained. “So from our perspective, as long as it locates within our region, we are ecstatic about that new investment.” North American Lighting recently broke ground in Warrick County. The development is

expected to create up to 42 new jobs by 2014. Company leaders confirm that not only the region’s manufacturing credentials, but also its friendliness and cooperative spirit, played a role in determining where they located their facility. “Because of its long history of being home to many skilled toolmakers, we believe southwest Indiana is the best place for NAL to add tool manufacturing capability,” said Greg Conrad, president and chief operating officer of North American Lighting. “We are very thankful for the hospitality that has been extended to our organization and the support provided by Governor Daniels’ administration, the state of Indiana, Warrick County and the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana. Their demonstrated commitment to creating new employment


opportunities helped to make this new investment possible.” Southwest Indiana has a few more aces up its sleeve when it comes to economic prosperity. Wathen says the region’s location and infrastructure are a major draw. “In particular, our geographic location helps because we are equidistant between fairly significant markets,” Wathen said. “If you look at Indianapolis, Chicago, Cincinnati, Nashville, St. Louis — we’re right in the center of that area. We have good infrastructure that excels in particular markets.” The region continues to improve its transportation infrastructure, including continued construction of Interstate 69, which will eventually stretch north–south from Canada to Mexico and, along with east–west I-64/I-164, will make Evansville and southwest Indiana a true interstate crossroads. Wathen also credits local educational institutions with helping to create a competitive and knowledgeable work force that moves forward with the changing needs of businesses. “What has changed over time are the skills that are required, in combination with the investment in technology that companies have employed in order to remain competitive,” Wathen noted. “What helps us keep on top of the skills employers need is that we have four universities in our four counties.” While the development news in the region may be dominated by manufacturing, Wathen says that service businesses, offices and retail have also flocked to the region to meet increased demand and to take advantage of the unique blend of fast-paced growth and Midwest charm. Truly, in southwest Indiana, the economic tide is rising.

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a youthful connection YPN Offers Unique Opportunities for the Next Generation of Business Leaders

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he new generation of business leaders is helping to build a more welcoming community for young working adults through the Chamber’s Young Professionals Network (YPN), an organization dedicated to attracting and retaining young professionals in southwest Indiana. The group serves as a networking and development opportunity for the region’s younger professionals, and along the way sponsors projects that help to

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build a better community for professionals and residents of all ages. There are often more than 100 in attendance at the YPN’s monthly meetings, held every third Thursday at 5:30 p.m., typically at The Chamber’s Downtown Evansville Office. YPN meetings allow young professionals the opportunity to meet other young professionals from the southwest Indiana region in a relaxed atmosphere. The meetings are open to any young professional interested

in growing his or her business, meeting other like-minded individuals, and learning more about what southwest Indiana has to offer to its young professionals. Networking through the YPN often takes on a distinctly social vibe, with hip venues like Blush Ultralounge. In addition to getting a chance to meet and greet fellow young professionals, the YPN presents events with seasoned veterans of the area business scene. Keynote addresses feature both inspirational speakers and outstanding community executives willing to share their knowledge and experience with attendees. Informative program topics relate to current needs of young professionals. Hands-on work is often the best way to develop both needed experience and a true sense of teamwork. The YPN partners with various community organizations to not only promote community events, but also volunteer and provide community service. Opportunities like these


give young professionals a sense of community and mission — a vision of everything southwest Indiana has to offer young professionals. YPN offers quarterly volunteer opportunities as well as a major volunteer opportunity that runs throughout the course of the year — in 2011–12, the Fun Steps program, aimed at helping the children of Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation get active and learn healthy habits. Other community involvement opportunities have included: • Local events: Philharmonic, theater, art shows, concerts, festivals and more. • Team sports, including softball and volleyball leagues. • Volunteer opportunities like Tri-State Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Easter Seals and others. Membership in the Young Professionals Network is free for any young professional employed by a member firm of the Chamber. For more information on all the YPN has to offer, contact Ben Wills, the Chamber’s manager of marketing and events, at 812-425-8147 or via e-mail at bwills@ccswin.com.

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education report card: k–12 schools Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation www.evscschools.com

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation provides a host of innovative school options at all levels for parents and students. These options allow the EVSC to best serve personalized educational needs for student success. Now, since school district boundaries in Indiana have been abolished and there are no longer tuition transfer fees, students from other counties can take advantage of the versatility of academic choices the EVSC offers. Recently, $50,000 was donated to EVSC to help those students who need extra financial support through the Cecil A. and Mabel Lene Hamman Foundation. A teacher for over 20 years, Mabel Lene Hamman saw firsthand that some students need help with basics, such as clothing, shoes, coats, glasses and many other items. This donation will help those students in need. Outstanding Academic Options

As a pillar of the EVSC’s Strategic Plan, innovative school models allow students to select the way they want to learn, with an eye to their futures. Options include: • Early College High School: Students earn a high school diploma and work toward an

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associate degree or up to two years of credit toward a bachelor’s degree. • New Tech Institute: Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership: Without traditional classroom boundaries, students work in groups on projects that encompass multiple areas of learning. • EVSC Virtual Academy: Students earn credits for credit recovery or advancement through online learning and the support of a licensed teacher. • Academy for Innovative Studies: For students in grades six through 12 who want or need a non-traditional learning environment. • Helfrich Park STEM Academy: Focused academy for science, technology, engineering and math. • Randall Shepard Academy for Law and Social Justice: Junior and senior high school students study law, social justice, American policy and social values while earning college credit. • Equity Schools: Howard Roosa and Delaware elementary schools and McGary Middle School have been given the authority to ­exercise increased control over school operations without clearance from the Central Office. • Elementary schools offering Project CHILD: A research-based, three-dimensional system, emphasis is placed on reading, writing and mathematics. Science and social studies topics are incorporated throughout.

• Middle and high schools offering Project Based Learning: Students focus on solving a complex problem through a collaborative process of investigation over an extended period. • Elementary schools offering No Excuses University: These schools actively promote a comprehensive model of college readiness to all students the moment they begin elementary school. Top Technology

• All high school students are provided with a netbook or other laptop computer for their use at school and at home. • The Equity Schools — Howard Roosa and Delaware elementary schools and McGary Middle School — are being infused with technological tools for teachers and students. • Glenwood Leadership Academy, a K–8 school, received a large federal grant, a portion of which will be used for 1-to-1 computing.

Warrick County School Corporation www.warrick.k12.in.us

The Warrick County School Corporation proudly provides public educational services to over 9,900 students in 16 schools and one adult/alternative education center. The 2011–12 school year marks the 11th consecutive year that


Warrick County has experienced a growth in student enrollment, and the district now ranks as Indiana’s 25th-largest school corporation. Outstanding Academic Options

Warrick students enjoy a diverse, challenging and expanding curriculum delivered in community-based schools. Course offerings include advanced-placement classes and dual-credit courses offered through Purdue, the University of Evansville, the University of Southern Indiana, Oakland City, Vincennes and Ivy Tech. The district offers the EXCEL program for high-ability students, a wide range of vocational and technological offerings, and numerous fine and practical arts courses. A Well-Rounded Experience

Warrick students are presented with, and encouraged to participate in, a diverse program of extracurricular activities. Students can participate in athletics, academic, student government, National Honor Society, FFA, art, music, drama, community-service projects, and numerous other clubs and organizations. High Achievers

Warrick students excel in the classroom and the competitive arena. Academically, Warrick students consistently score well above state averages at all grade levels and in all subjects tested. Warrick is one of only 28 school corporations to have earned the state’s “exemplary” placement under PL 221. Warrick students and schools have won academic state championships and IHSAA state championships and routinely earn statewide recognition in the areas of art, music, drama and marching band. Improving upon a tradition of excellence is more than a saying in Warrick County, it is the core mission. New Developments & Renewed Commitment

Warrick County School corporation anticipates an exciting year in 2012. The district is celebrating its 50th year as a school corporation, and two new programs have been introduced to enhance student learning. This fall, full-day kindergarten was implemented, and the district assumed full control of its special education services. The School Board and administration are excited to add these programs and feel both programs will improve the educational services we provide our students. The Warrick County School Corporation is comprised of dedicated professional educators, caring support staff members and involved parents working together to ensure students have every opportunity to learn, grow and succeed. www.ccswin.com

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Higher Education Highlights The University of Southern Indiana’s $18.6 million University Center East opened in spring 2011. The facility is distinguished by extensive use of regional building materials, applied in many cases in groundbreaking new ways. The project also creates an architecturally distinctive centerpiece in the 97-foot-tall conical tower. For more information about this innovative building, go to www.usi.edu/uceast/.

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The University of Southern Indiana www.usi.edu

The university was founded in 1965 and will celebrate its first 50th anniversary in 2015.

The University of Southern Indiana enrolls nearly 11,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs with a committed purpose to fully serve and educate them. USI continues to attract transfer students and retain current students, showing increased numbers in upper classes. Campus Highlights

Academics, Experience & Mission

Four colleges and Graduate Studies offer programs in business; liberal arts; nursing; health professions; and science, engineering and education. The Division of Outreach and Engagement extends the university’s reach throughout Indiana. The enthusiasm for being a part of the University of Southern Indiana is high. Students who select USI have a definitive understanding of what they want from their education experience. Faculty, students, and university programs continue to emphasize diversity, international study abroad, and service learning to remain true to the mission of USI to develop in its students the ability to think clearly and live wisely.

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On a campus noted for its natural beauty and modern facilities, USI opened a Business and Engineering Center and expanded the University Center in the 2010–2011 academic year. Both facilities provide opportunities for congregation and interaction by students and faculty. The David L. Rice Library, the Liberal Arts Center and the Technology Center are other anchor buildings around the campus quadrangle. A science and education center, Health Professions Center, the Robert D. Orr Center, a physical activities center, and a fitness, recreation and wellness center round out the academic facilities on the campus. Residence halls and apartments are the housing options for students.

The University of Southern Indiana is located on 1,400 acres in Evansville. Since its founding, the university has made a significant investment in physical facilities. In fall 2010, the Business and Engineering Center opened, and in spring 2011, an $18.6 million expansion of the University Center was completed. Other major facilities added to USI’s campus in recent years include the David L. Rice Library, the Kenneth P. McCutchan Art Center, the Palmina F. and Stephen S. Pace Galleries, the Ceramics Center, and an expanded Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center. Four residence halls have been added since 1999, and the Residence Life Community Center opened in fall 2008. Improvements also have been made to the spectator facilities in the Physical Activities Center and the outdoor athletic fields. Upcoming projects include a new Teaching Theatre and an Advanced Manufacturing Center.


The University of Evansville: Civic Mission, Sacred Trust www.evansville.edu

Founded in 1854, the University of Evansville is an independent, academically selective, internationally committed university affiliated with The United Methodist Church that integrates distinctive liberal arts education and dynamic professional programs. With a total full-time enrollment of approximately 2,700, UE’s diverse student body represents 47 countries and 41 states. Nationally Recognized

U.S. News & World Report recognizes UE as a top 10 master’s-granting university in the Midwest, as well as third in the region for “Great Schools, Great Prices.” UE’s other recent honors include being named a “Best in the Midwest” university by The Princeton Review, a “Military-Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs, and one of the nation’s “Coolest Schools” for sustainability by Sierra Magazine. An Outstanding Experience

At UE, students choose from more than 80 areas of study; some of the most popular majors include biology, exercise science/pre-physical therapy, nursing, psychology and theater. In each discipline, students collaborate

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with prominent scholars, and they gain knowledge of the work world through professional internships and cooperative education experiences. With UE’s small class size (approximately 21 students), students receive personal attention and build strong relationships with their professors. Approximately half of University of Evansville graduates have studied abroad, making UE one of the nation’s top universities for study-abroad participation, as ranked by the Institute for International Education. For more than 40 years, the university has owned and operated its British campus, Harlaxton College, a 100-room Victorian manor near Grantham, England. Students living at Harlaxton attend classes four days a week then spend long weekends traveling in Great Britain and Europe. UE students experience college life outside the classroom by getting involved in their choice of 160 student organizations, cheering on the Purple Aces’ NCAA Division I athletics teams, and attending the many concerts, lectures and performances held on campus. A Proven Track Record

When students complete their UE education, they join the ranks of an accomplished alumni network. Over the past 10 years, more than 96 percent of UE graduates were employed within one year of graduation, four out of five were working in their field of study, and over half had attended graduate school.


Ivy Tech Community College Southwest www.ivytech.edu/southwest

Ivy Tech Community College is the nation’s largest statewide community college with single accreditation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution, serving nearly 200,000 students a year. Ivy Tech Community College - Southwest serves Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties. The region’s main campus, renovated in 2005, is located in Evansville and enrolls more than 8,000 students annually. Ivy Tech Community College - Southwest also has locations in Mt. Vernon, Princeton and Tell City. Ivy Tech’s Corporate College offers local, affordable solutions for Indiana business and industry training needs. The Corporate College Workforce Certification Center, located on the Evansville campus, offers customized training, pre-employment testing, job analysis, certification testing and human resources consulting. Students find personal attention close to home at Ivy Tech Community College. The average class size is only about 22 students, but Ivy Tech also offers the benefits of a large institution in terms of accessibility. Individuals can earn a degree at one of the 30 degree-granting locations throughout the state and take classes in more than 75 communities. Ivy Tech is also the state’s most affordable college. Students can earn a degree for around $3,000 a year. And with credits that transfer, students can save money by completing the first two years of a four-year degree at Ivy Tech. For more information about Ivy Tech Community College, please call 888-IVY-LINE or visit www.ivytech.edu/southwest. www.ccswin.com

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medical care a very healthy outlook St. Mary’s: The Highest Standard of Excellence 3700 Washington Ave., Evansville www.stmarys.org

For more than 135 years, St. Mary’s has provided the highest standard of service to Evansville and the entire Tri-State region. St. Mary’s specializes in cardiac, surgical, orthopedic, rehabilitation, neurosciences, women’s, children’s, seniors, emergency and trauma services. A member of Ascension Health, the nation’s largest Catholic-sponsored, not-for-profit health system, St. Mary’s is guided by its mission of serving all persons, with special attention to those who are poor and vulnerable. Magnet Nursing Recognition

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Center (ANCC). This is recognized as the gold standard in patient care, and serves as a clear testament to the entire community that St. Mary’s places the care of patients at the center of what they do. Only about 6 percent of hospitals nationwide have received such an honor. Business Partnerships

Traditionally, health systems focus on responding to illness and injury after the fact. At St. Mary’s, part of the mission includes helping people before their health is in jeopardy. That’s why St. Mary’s is working in collaboration with businesses to help them incorporate wellness into their culture and recognize the direct and indirect benefits of a healthier work force. Knowing where you stand is the first step, which is why St. Mary’s offers health screenings — including tests for blood sugar levels,


cholesterol, body mass index and blood pressure. The next step is to set realistic goals, and then track your progress over time. St. Mary’s offers an integrative approach to wellness through its Weight Management program, Joslin Diabetes Center Education Affiliate and Health Coaches. Working together, the team and patients can reduce or even eliminate the need for medications, stop pre-diabetes from developing into diabetes, and prevent many other obesity-related illnesses. That can lower health care costs, reduce absenteeism and increase productivity — but it means much more than that. It’s about giving back to those who contribute to the success of a business by helping them feel better — both in and out of the workplace. Trauma Services

St. Mary’s Trauma Services provide rapid responses to all trauma patients, around the clock. For the most seriously ill or injured patients — including children and infants — St. Mary’s LifeFlight provides helicopter transport. In addition, St. Mary’s is the only combined Level II Pediatric and Adult Trauma Center in the region. Heart Care

When a heart attack strikes, seconds count. St. Mary’s ranks in the top 10 percent in the nation for fastest heart attack care. In partnership with Ohio Valley Heart Care, St. Mary’s cares for patients using the most advanced treatment and state-of-the-art technology. Physicians offer pediatric and adult cardiology, electrophysiology, and cardiac, thoracic, and vascular surgery services. Women’s Wellness

Women are often so focused on caring for others that they forget to care for themselves, too. St. Mary’s Women’s Wellness center gives women a place to put themselves first with programs like yoga, tai chi, drumming and guided imagery, and massage therapy. It’s part of St. Mary’s commitment to healing body, mind and spirit.

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Deaconess Health System Deaconess Hospital 600 Mary St., Evansville www.deaconess.com

Deaconess Health System is a premier provider of health care services in southwestern Indiana, western Kentucky and southeastern Illinois. The system includes six hospitals in southern Indiana: • Deaconess Hospital, an acute-care facility. • Deaconess Gateway Hospital, an acute-care facility. • Deaconess Cross Pointe, a behavioral-health hospital. • The Women’s Hospital, serving the needs of women and infants. • The Heart Hospital at Deaconess Gateway, providing leading-edge inpatient and outpatient heart care services. • HealthSouth Deaconess Rehabilitation Hospital, specializing in comprehensive medical rehabilitation. Also included in the system are a freestanding cancer center, a health system and physician-owned managed-care network of preferred hospitals and doctors, two ambulatory-surgery centers, 21 ambulatory-care sites

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(including the largest physician group in the area — Deaconess Clinic), two urgent-care facilities, and multiple partnerships with other health care providers. Deaconess Health System is the largest employer in the Tri-State, with more than 5,500 employees. Deaconess has a rich tradition of community involvement, including providing charity care, conducting health fairs, volunteering and supporting local charities. Growth

Deaconess continues to grow to meet patient needs. In 2011, Deaconess expanded at its main campus to add seven treatment rooms in the emergency department and three large operating rooms. The expansion will be complete in 2012 with the opening of a 23-bed universal intensive care unit. In a universal care unit, the patient may be admitted in a serious condition and discharged from the same unit. The level of care changes as the patient improves, and the patient isn’t moved from one unit to another. Deaconess is also expanding the emergency department at Deaconess Gateway Hospital. Since its opening in 2006, the hospital has experienced tremendous growth, spurring the addition of a second patient tower in late 2010 and the current emergency room expansion.


Technology

HIMSS Analytics recently announced that Deaconess Health System received its Stage 7 award. Deaconess received the highest award given by HIMSS Analytics for implementation of its electronic health record (EHR) system. The award represents attainment of the highest level possible. As of November 2011, Deaconess was one of 65, or 1.1 percent, of the more than 5,000 U.S. hospitals in the HIMSS Analytics Database recognized by HIMSS Analytics with its Stage 7 award. In just over two years, Deaconess made the journey from a paper-based record to a paperless system, culminating with its Stage 7 recognition. Being a very “data-driven� organization, in addition to getting the systems in place, Deaconess has been able to make marked improvements in quality outcomes by using the data from the EHR to change processes and monitor results.

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we the people meet Mayor Lloyd Winnecke

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hen the people of Evansville elected Lloyd Winnecke as their new mayor in November 2011, they elected one of their own. An Evansville native, Winnecke has fond childhood memories of the community, such as playing kickball in the street and daily phone calls from his grandmother to update the family on the latest WIKY Word Jackpot changes. In the years that followed he became a graduate of Central High School and earned a degree in communication from the University of Evansville, but at that time, a future in politics was far from his mind. “In high school and college, I aspired to a successful career in television news,” Winnecke recalled. “I wanted to become a network news correspondent and eventually a television station executive. I always enjoyed politics as a student, but never dreamed that I would one day become a candidate for elected office, much less be elected mayor of Evansville.” While he had no thoughts of political office back then, Winnecke sees now that the seeds of inspiration for public service were planted in his teenage years. “My first political inspiration came from my high school government teacher, the late David Koehler. Mr. Koehler was an Evansville City Council member and an unsuccessful candidate for mayor and Congress. He taught me about the importance of public service and giving back to my community.” Winnecke achieved a successful 17-year career in broadcast news, followed by a move to the banking industry, where he spent more than 13 years as a senior vice president and marketing director at Fifth Third Bank. Along the way he learned many skills in private industry that now shape his leadership style as mayor, including soft skills such as recognizing when to be urgent and when to be deliberate, as well as the value of patience and a good sense of humor. He first stepped into the arena of politics part-time, serving on the Vanderburgh County Council from 2000–2008 and then as a county commissioner from 2009–2011. Having never lost an election, he decided to run for the office of mayor in 2011. “They say that timing is everything, especially in politics. I thought the timing looked good for me, and I felt that my collaborative leadership style and vision for the city would be well received,” he explained. Mayoral duties and maintaining his involvement with local nonprofits have created a busy schedule for Mayor Winnecke and his wife, Carol McClintock. Still, the transition from busy to busier is one he has taken in stride. “Holding a full-time position in local government has forced some changes in my family life, and we are making the transition smoothly. My wife and I try to attend as many community events as possible, which means we are out almost every evening — weekends get booked quickly! I think it’s important that the mayor help organizations raise money and improve their visibility in the community, so I find myself helping a lot of groups. It’s a task that I really enjoy, but many friends have suggested that I slow down just a bit. We’ll see.”

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a fore-tunate development United Leasing Championship Comes to Southwest Indiana

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he PGA Tour will be visiting southwest Indiana in 2012. The United Leasing Championship will be held at Victoria National Golf Club in nearby Newburgh, Thursday, June 28, through Sunday, July 1, with practice rounds and qualifiers held Monday, June 25, and Tuesday, June 26. “This is a Nationwide Tour event,” said Becky Kasha, tournament director. “The Nationwide is one of the three tours sanctioned by the PGA Tour. This is the tour that’s designed for the people that are mostly up-and-coming golfers that are trying to get their cards to play on the big tour; but it also has people on it who have maybe lost their eligibility to stay on the big tour. ‘The next stars of the PGA’ is what they like to say of the Nationwide Tour.” Victoria National Golf Club will host the United Leasing Championship for the next three years. The tournament will be televised in prime time on the Golf Channel, reaching approximately 123 million households. There will even be an opportunity for local duffers to golf with the professionals on the tour.

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“There is a pro-amateur event on Wednesday, June 27, where you can play with one of the Nationwide Tour pros,” Kasha said. In addition to enjoying top-notch golf, attendees will have the satisfaction of supporting a good cause. “All tickets proceeds will go to charity, and buyers can pick what charity they are interested in,” said Kasha. “When you go online to purchase the tickets, you are given the option of choosing which charity you want the money to go to, or just choosing the general charity fund. The charities help us by selling tickets and getting the word out.” The charities are all local to the area, so by supporting the tournament, guests are also supporting local causes. There will even be a fun spirit of competition, as the charity with the most donations will receive a bonus donation. “Vectren Corporation is underwriting the bonus, so that is getting them some incentive to get out there and sell some tickets,” Kasha said. Since the June 2012 tournament is the first one, the focus will be primarily on the

t­ournament itself, but Kasha is hoping to grow future tournaments. “I am hoping that the tournament grows each year and that we add events,” she said. “A lot of tournaments do concerts and that sort of thing during tournament week. We figured it would be better to just do the golf tournament the first time around and save the concert promoting for another time. I think it will keep growing as it goes on.” The tournament on its own is a large event. Kasha says that 156 golfers will participate in the first two days. While there is no parking at Victoria National Golf Club, there will be free shuttles available to take guests from the parking areas designated for the tour to the tournament, as well as concessions with plenty of food and drink. Tickets can either be purchased online prior to the event or on the grounds the day of the event. For more information on the United Leasing Championship, including the schedule, ticket purchasing, sponsorship and more, visit www.unitedleasingchampionship.com.


recreation destinations great places to play Boonville City Lake Park Boonville, Ind. www.cityofboonvilleindiana.com/parks.htm

Boonville, just 18 miles east of Evansville, is home to Boonville City Lake Park, highlighted by a 15-acre lake that’s open for fishing for bass, bluegill, crappie and channel catfish. A lighted, paved walking path circles the lake. In addition to playground equipment, a basketball court and picnic facilities, the park features a spray park, open June–August for children 11 and under. Admission is free.

Restaurant choices include Rí Rá’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, the trendy nightclub Blush Ultralounge, Corky’s Ribs and BBQ, Temptations Buffet, Cavanaugh’s for steak and seafood, and Max & Erma’s all-American fare. There are two hotels — Le Merigot, a luxury waterfront boutique hotel offering a sophisticated getaway, and the 250-room Casino Aztar Hotel. Stoney’s Rockin’ Country Night Club is a country-themed club with dance floor, full-service bars, pool tables, beer pong, a cowboy arcade, a fullservice restaurant and even a mechanical bull.

Burdette Park and Aquatic Center 5301 Nurrenbern Road, Evansville 435-5602 • www.vanderburghgov.org

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Set amidst scenic rolling hills, this 170-acre park offers BMX racing, hiking trails, miniature golf, batting cages, fishing, tennis courts and athletic fields. Shelters, cabins, chalets and camping sites for primitive or RV hook-up are available. The centerpiece, Burdette Park Aquatic Center, is one of the Midwest’s largest and features waterslides and a children’s spray park. The park grounds are open year-round, while the Aquatic Center and miniature golf course are open seasonally.

Casino Aztar/ Downtown Waterfront Entertainment District Northwest Riverside Drive, Evansville 800-342-5386 • www.casinoaztar.com

Located at Riverfront Park on the Ohio River, Casino Aztar offers exciting casino action in a 2,700-passenger riverboat and live entertainment seven nights a week. Three levels of Las Vegas-style play include 1,000 slot machines and table games like blackjack, craps, roulette, poker and more. The Riverfront Pavilion houses pre-boarding facilities, retail shops, restaurants and a lounge area. The casino is the centerpiece of the Downtown Waterfront Entertainment District, a multi-venue entertainment facility surrounding Riverfront Park.

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Ellis Park Racing 3300 U.S. Highway 41 North, Henderson, Ky. 425-1456 • www.ellisparkracing.com

With a tradition dating to the 1920s, Ellis Park welcomes everyone from novices to expert horse players. Live Thoroughbred races are held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from early July through Labor Day, with simulcasting available year-round, Wednesday through Sunday.


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Golf: Municipal Courses For Information: Evansville Department of Parks & Recreation 435-6141

The Evansville Department of Parks & Recreation oversees four municipal golf courses: • Fendrich (1900 Diamond Ave.; 435-6070): An 18-hole, par-70 course featuring rolling hills and woodland. Facilities include a golf shop and restaurant. • Helfrich (1550 Mesker Park Drive; 435-6075): An 18-hole, par-70 course with tree-lined fairways. Facilities include a golf shop and restaurant. • McDonald (2905 E. Morgan Ave.; 475-2578): A nine-hole, par-36 course with rolling greens. Facilities include a golf shop. • Wesselman (551 N. Boeke Road; 475-2579): An 18-hole, par-54 course that’s excellent for practicing your short game. Snack bar and club rental available.

Evansville IceMen Professional Hockey League Swonder Ice Arena: 209 N. Boeke Road, Evansville 435-8971 • www.evansvilleicemen.com

Playing to packed houses since coming to town in 2008, Evansville’s first professional hockey team hosts home games in the brand-new Ford Center from October through March. Though now part of the Turner Conference of the Central Hockey League (CHL), the IceMen were one of the founding franchises of the All-American Hockey Association (AAHL) and were the 2010 AAHL Davidson Cup Champions.

Holiday Drive-In 646 N. State Road 161, Rockport, Ind. 649-2857 • www.holidaydrivein.com

Offering a fun taste of nostalgic Americana, the Holiday Drive-In features five screens of double features — 10 movies a night — and offers great concessions. The drive-in is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, with the season starting in spring.

Evansville Otters Professional Baseball Bosse Field: 1900 Stringtown Road, Evansville 435-8686 • www.evansvilleotters.com

The locally owned Evansville Otters professional baseball team offers exciting play combined with fun promotions throughout the season. Games are played at historic Bosse Field, the third-oldest ballpark in the country, built in 1915. Ballpark blogger Mike Castro called Bosse Field “one of the great unknown baseball treasures,” and said, “Places like Evansville, supporting independent ball, are national treasures.” A member of the West Division and champions of the Frontier League in 2006, the Otters’ season runs from May through September. Several Otters alum have gone on to successful careers in the majors.

Garvin Park Heidelbach Ave., Evansville 435-6141

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, 80-acre Garvin Park features a large lake circled by a paved walking path, a swimming pool, playground, and tennis and basketball courts. The park is also home to the colorful Ritzy Fantasy Lights Christmas lights tour.

Goebel Soccer Complex 6800 N. Green River Road, Evansville 435-6141 • www.evansvillegov.org

The state-of-the-art Goebel Soccer Complex features 10 Olympic-size fields: two sport fescue fields, seven Bermuda fields and one synthetic turf field. In addition to soccer, the complex hosts football and lacrosse events and was proud to host Indiana Soccer’s 2011 preliminary rounds of the State Cup, President Cup and Challenge Cup.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari 452 E. Christmas Blvd., Santa Claus, Ind. 877-463-2645 • www.holidayworld.com

Voted the “Nation’s Friendliest Park” for the 13th straight year and the “Nation’s Cleanest Park” for the 12th straight year in 2011 (Amusement Today magazine), Holiday World, founded in 1946, was America’s first themed amusement park, preceding Disneyland by nine years. Holiday World is home to four roller coasters. These include the Voyage, voted the “No. 1 Wooden Rollercoaster on the Planet” for the fifth consecutive year in 2011, and the Raven, featured on the CBS show 48 Hours, Public Broadcasting’s Great Old Amusement Parks and The Discovery Channel’s Wild Rides and named one of the U.S.’s Top 10 Roller Coasters by Forbes American Heritage magazine.

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Holiday World also boasts plenty of family-friendly and tot rides and live entertainment. Visitors can enjoy free unlimited soft drinks. The adjacent Splashin’ Safari is home to numerous water slides and rides, including the Wildebeast, voted the “No. 1 Water Park Ride in the Nation” for the second year in 2011.

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden 1545 Mesker Park Drive, Evansville 435-6143 • www.meskerparkzoo.com

Founded in 1928 and situated on 50 acres of rolling hills on Evansville’s northwest side, the Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden is home to more than 700 animals from around the globe as well as hundreds of diverse plant species, from exotic orchids to delicate spring flowers. The zoo’s geographically grouped and realistically themed regions include North America, Africa, Asia and Australia. The South American exhibit “AMAZONIA: Forest of Riches” is the zoo’s newest, featuring a lush rainforest setting inhabited by monkeys, colorful birds and jaguar. Other animal inhabitants include cheetahs, otters, camels, zebras, hippos, llamas and many others, including giraffes, who meet guests in an up-close and personal fashion during daily feedings. Engaging family programs typically include age-appropriate crafts, meeting animal ambassadors and activities, and visitors can enjoy paddleboats and bumper boats in season. The zoo is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., 365 days a year.

Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage Evansville Parks Foundation 435-6141

Leading through the heart of Evansville and overlooking Pigeon Creek and the Ohio River, the Pigeon Creek Greenway is a paved, 10-foot-wide trail that will eventually encircle the city. Connecting neighborhoods and parks, business districts and nature areas, the trail is open for runners, walkers, bikers and skaters. Leashed dogs are also welcome. With the completion of Phase 3 in December 2011, the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage extends in a 3.1-mile continuous trail from Sunrise Park at Waterworks Road to Louisiana Street. Phase 4 should be completed in spring 2012, at which point the Greenway Passage will total 6.75 continuous miles. In addition, several greenway and bikeway projects currently under design and projected to be completed in 2016 will create a 14-mile loop throughout the community and connect with the Newburgh Rivertown Trail at Angel Mounds State Historic Site. Storyboards along the greenway tell the history of Evansville. There are parking areas and restrooms placed at various points along the trail as well. The Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage was designated a National Recreation Trail by the National Parks Service in 2004.

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Swonder Ice Arena & SK8 Park 209 N. Boeke Road, Evansville 479-0989 • www.swonder.evansville.net

Swonder Ice Arena & SK8 Park features two regulation-size rinks for hockey and figure skating. In-line skaters and skateboarders can enjoy indoor and outdoor skate parks. Skating lessons and rink rentals are available, and public ice skating sessions are held daily. The Ice Time Pro Shop, located in the arena, offers leading brands in hockey equipment. The facility is also home to a fitness center, with prices by the month or the day. A personal trainer is available.

Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve & Park 551 North Boeke Road, Evansville 479-0771 • www.wesselmannaturesociety.org

Just minutes from downtown Evansville, is an oasis of more than 190 acres of bottomland hardwood forest, as well as 50 acres of younger forest, fields, ponds and nature trails. Wesselman Woods Nature Preserve’s oldgrowth lowland forest has one of the region’s most dense tree and plant populations and is a crucial habitat for native mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds. The preserve offers plenty of activities. In addition to trails for walking and hiking, a nature center offers hands-on educational exhibits and a wildlife observation area. The preserve is excellent for bird watchers, who can spot indigo buntings, rose-breasted grosbeaks, scarlet tanagers, pileated woodpeckers, barred owls and other species. There are programs in environmental education, and visitors enjoy spring wildflowers and spectacular fall foliage. Howell Wetlands is a 35-acre urban wetland showcasing a diversity of wetland habitats, including a marsh, a cypress slough and an oxbow channel, as well as the surrounding prairie and bottomland hardwood forest. Howell provides habitat for beaver, waterfowl and the rare green tree frog, among many others. Canoe Evansville, offering guided canoe trips on Pigeon Creek and other area waterways, is also managed by the Wesselman Nature Society.

Bicentennial Park Evansville is celebrating its 200th birthday in 2012, and the city is receiving a birthday present that will last in the construction of Bicentennial Park, an exciting new development for downtown. Plans call for the park, which will be located along Second Street between Sycamore and Vine streets, to feature a sloped, semi-circular event lawn; pavilion; promenade; and play fountain, with attractive landscaping. Past Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel, when announcing the project, said the park will be ideal for concerts, movies, festivals and as a locale for the farmers market.

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Expanding Horizons arts, history & cultural attractions Angel Mounds State Historic Site

Evansville African American Museum

8215 Pollack Ave., Evansville 812-853-3956 • www.angelmounds.org

579 S. Garvin Street, Evansville 812-423-5188 • www.evansvilleaamuseum.org

One of the best-preserved prehistoric Native American historic sites in the country, Angel Mounds is a vital cultural and historic resource. From 1100 to 1450 A.D., the site was a Middle Mississippian chiefdom (home of the chief), making it the regional center of a large community that grew outward from it for many miles. Today, the site offers a glimpse into a highly developed culture of the distant past. The Interpretive Center features displays showing daily life of the Middle Mississippian peoples in the region. Admission includes access to the museum and over 100 acres of the site, as well as to any special events or exhibits on display.

Built in 1938, Lincoln Gardens was the second Federal Housing Project created during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration. One building of the apartment complex remains standing and is today the home of the Evansville African American Museum. One section of the building has been restored to interpret African-American family living in 1938. The remaining sections serve as a museum celebrating African-American heritage through exhibits and special events. On display are works by local artists as well as traveling and permanent exhibits. Educational displays tell the stories of the lives of contributing citizens past and present. Cultural and arts events and festivals are also hosted at the museum.

Arts Council of Southwest Indiana 318 Main St., Suite 101, Evansville 812-422-2111 • www.artswin.org

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana serves Gibson, Knox, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh and Warrick counties through artistic and cultural endeavors, serving as an umbrella organization for more than 50 cultural groups. Through grants, workshops and seminars; an information and referral service; publications; art exhibits; online information; public events; and more, the council brings a variety of arts and cultural experiences to the region.

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Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science Cherry Street/SE Riverside Drive, Evansville 812-425-2406 • www.emuseum.org

The Evansville Museum of Arts, History & Science is home to an impressive collection of

artifacts and exhibits and serves as the cornerstone of the city’s cultural experience. With both traveling and permanent exhibits, Evansville Museum has something to offer, whether one is visiting for the first or the 100th time. Artwork in the resident collection is focused on American and European works, including masters like Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, O’Keefe and Hopper. The paintings and drawings are sectioned into still life, landscape, portrait, genre and Gothic galleries. There’s also an outdoor sculpture gallery. Two biennial events — the MidStates Art Exhibition and the Mid-States Craft Exhibition — showcase emerging artists from the Evansville area. The HumanKind Gallery is an anthropological collection with artifacts from North and South America, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Rivertown USA is a recreated, stroll-able streetscape from a 19th-century American river town, while the Transportation Center interprets transport in southern Indiana from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, with a riverboat pilothouse, train and eclectic collection of vintage vehicles. The museum will celebrate the opening of its new FamilyPlace and Center for History and Science in summer 2012. The popular FamilyPlace will reopen its full hands-on science gallery and demonstration area, partially closed in March 2011 to accommodate new construction. Koch Planetarium features live presentations every weekend detailing what’s visible in the local night sky.


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Evansville Philharmonic Main Office: 530 Main Street, Evansville Victory Theater: 600 Main Street, Evansville 812-425-5050 • www.evansvillephilharmonic.org

Each September through May, the 80-member Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Alfred Salva, presents a Grand Series of classic and pops concerts. The Classics Series features classical music from European and American masters, while the Pops Series features lively pop favorites and top-tapping melodies. Holiday performances of Handel’s Messiah, performed with the Philharmonic Chorus, and The Nutcracker, performed with the Evansville Ballet, are community favorites. The orchestra also introduces kids in grades three through five to the joy of music through free Educational Youth Concerts. The orchestra’s home is the beautifully restored 1920s Victory Theatre.

Haynie’s Corner Art Festival/ Spring Art Festival Funk in the City, Inc. 812-575-9138 • www.funkinthecity.com

Sponsored by Funk in the City and celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2012, the Haynie’s Corner Art Festival is held annually the last Saturday of September at historic Haynie’s Corner (the Goosetown, Wheeler, and Culver neighborhoods in downtown Evansville). The festival features music, food, an array of art activities and more than 100 artists from around the country. Because of enthusiastic community interest, in April 2010, for the first time, the corresponding Spring Arts Festival was added to the annual calendar. www.ccswin.com

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Furnished with authentic period pieces, many belonging to the Reitz family, the mansion’s luxurious appointments include silk damask-covered walls, hand-painted ceilings, delicate plaster friezes, French gilt chandeliers and intricately patterned parquet floors. The home also features tile and marble fireplaces, walnut wainscoting in Moorish design and stained-glass window panels. Listed on the National Register on the Historic Places, the home is open to the public for tours Tuesday through Sunday. Also on the grounds is the Carriage House, which houses the Visitors Center and staff offices.

USS LST Ship Memorial 840 LST Drive, Evansville 812-435-8678 • www.lstmemorial.org

Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe) 22 SE Fifth Street, Evansville 812-464-2663 • www.cmoekids.org

Located in downtown Evansville, The Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe) offers over 18,000 square feet of hands-on, interactive galleries. cMoe is the only children’s museum within a 90-mile radius of Evansville and welcomes more than 60,000-plus visitors a year to the historic art deco building that once housed Evansville’s Central Library. The mission of this nonprofit organization is to spark the curious minds and imaginations of children and families through dynamic exhibits, programs and activities. Children can learn about the human body in the Live Big gallery; express their creativity in Speak Loud; climb “Moe” the duck, a 30-foot climbing structure that “supervises” the Quack Factory and Wet Deck; work together and problem-solve in Work Smart; learn responsible spending in The Big Bank; and watch a live performance in the multimedia Freedom Gallery. The museum hosts many special events throughout the year and offers educational field trips and is available for birthday parties and facility rentals.

Reitz Home Museum

Commissioned in February 1943, the USS LST-325 is an amphibious vessel, designed to land troops, tanks and supplies directly to shore. She played an important role during the Second World War, participating in Operation HUSKY, the invasion of Sicily; the landing at Omaha Beach; and in the rescue of more than 700 men from the troop transport Empire Javelin, torpedoed off the coast of France. She was also active in a number of training missions off the coasts of Africa and England. USS LST-325 continued to serve for more than 50 years after WWII, including a long stint in the Greek navy under the name Syros, until 1999, when she was decommissioned. In October 2005, LST-325 arrived in her new home in Evansville, where she was greeted with a $3 million docking facility. Today the historic ship is open to the public for tours Tuesday through Saturday.

Near Neighbors New Harmony New Harmony Business Associates www.newharmony.biz

Named a “Top Insider Spot” by Travelocity.com, New Harmony is a historic town on the Wabash River with many old Harmonist buildings. The colony, founded almost 200 years ago as a spiritual sanctuary by the Harmony Society, now features a variety of galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, inns, historic attractions and parks. Historic Newburgh Historic Newburgh Incorporated 812-853-2815 • www.historicnewburgh.org

A jewel of Victorian architecture and design, the Reitz Home Museum was completed in 1871 by lumber baron John Augustus Reitz, who lived in the home with his wife and five children until his death in 1891. Today, the Reitz Home is noted as one of the country’s finest examples of Second Empire architecture.

Charming, historic Newburgh hosts a variety of events, including downtown farmers markets, Fiddler Fest, Halloween ghost walks, Christmas in Olde Newburgh, the Newburgh Country Store Annual Herb Fest and the annual Wine, Art & Jazz Festival. Both guided and independent historic walking tours are available through Historic Newburgh Incorporated.

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224 S.E. First St., Evansville 812-426-1871 • www.reitzhome.com

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The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana


chamber calendar what’s on tap January/February/March Chamber Night with the USI Screaming Eagles Spend an evening with fellow Chamber members enjoying a VIP reception and men’s basketball game at Chamber Night with the University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles! Details for Chamber Night with the Eagles will be announced prior to the start of the regular season. To purchase tickets to Chamber Night with the USI Screaming Eagles: Contact The Chamber’s marketing & signature events team no later than December 31. Chamber Night with the UE Purple Aces Spend an evening with fellow Chamber members enjoying a VIP reception and men’s basketball game at Chamber Night with the University of Evansville Purple Aces. Details for Chamber Night with the Aces will be announced prior to the start of the regular season. To purchase tickets to Chamber Night with the UE Purple Aces: Contact The Chamber’s marketing & signature events team no later than December 31. Annual Tri-State Business EXPO To highlight the economic power of the business community in the Tri-State, The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana will host its Eighth Annual Tri-State Business EXPO in March 2013. More than 1,000 attendees visit the more than 100 booths each year at the EXPO. Exhibitors have the opportunity to engage with members of the regional business community, including key decision makers and influencers. To purchase a booth at the 2013 Tri-State Business EXPO: Contact The Chamber’s marketing & signature events team no later than December 31. Annual Small Business Awards Brunch The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana will host the Fifth Annual Small Business Awards Brunch in March 2013 to celebrate small businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits for the impact they make on the Tri-State community. Those accepting the award in 2013 will join distinguished alumni of past recipients. Nominations will be accepted beginning late 2012. Visit

www.CCSWIN.com for more information, including a list of past recipients. To purchase a seat or table for the Annual Business Awards Brunch: Contact The Chamber’s marketing & signature events team no later than January 31.

April/May/June The Annual Chamber Golf Outing The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana hosts one of the largest, most business friendly golf outings in the Tri-State each spring. More than 200 golfers, representing more than 50 companies, hit the links to participate in one of two flights offered annually. To purchase a foursome for the Annual Golf Outing: Contact The Chamber’s marketing & signature events team no later than March 31.

July/August/September Chamber Night with the Otters The historic, famed Bosse Field is home to Chamber Night with the Otters. Attendees enjoy premium seats in the outfield pavilion, networking with fellow Chamber members, and baseballthemed refreshments. To purchase tickets to Chamber Night with the Otters: contact The Chamber’s marketing & signature events team no later than June 30. Chamber Day at Ellis Park Each year, The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana hosts Chamber Day at Ellis Park. Guests will enjoy business networking with fellow members in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. To purchase tickets to Chamber Day at Ellis Park: contact The Chamber’s marketing & signature events team no later than June 30. The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana Annual Meeting & Dinner The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana hosts its Annual Meeting & Dinner to share progress on special initiatives and projects that The Chamber has undertaken in the past year. Attendees get a glimpse of future projects and initiatives while enjoying a plated dinner. New

officers are elected to The Chamber’s Board of Directors and members are recognized for their invaluable service and leadership at the Annual Meeting & Dinner. The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana presents awards in three categories: the Norman P. Wagner Business of the Year, the Richard A. Schlottman Business Person of the Year, and the Volunteer of the Year. More than 500 people attend the Annual Meeting & Dinner, and seats sell quickly. To purchase a seat or table at the Annual Meeting & Dinner: Contact The Chamber’s marketing & signature events team no later than July 31.

October/November/December Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana will host the 23rd Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon in October 2012 to honor Tri-State area women who demonstrate leadership, professional excellence and community service. The ATHENA Award recipient is an individual recognized not only for her own professional excellence and community service, but also for actively and generously assisting women in the attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. Those accepting the award in 2012 will join distinguished alumni of past recipients. Nominations will be accepted beginning mid-2012. Visit www.CCSWIN.com for more information, including a list of past recipients. To purchase a seat or table at the Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon: Contact The Chamber’s marketing & signature events team no later than September 30. Chamber Night with the Evansville IceMen Spend an evening with fellow Chamber members enjoying a VIP reception and hockey game at Chamber Night with the Evansville IceMen! Details for Chamber Night with the IceMen will be announced prior to the start of the regular season. To purchase tickets to Chamber Night with the IceMen: Contact The Chamber’s marketing & signature Events team no later than October 31.

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get connected numbers to know All area codes are 812 unless otherwise noted.

Posey County Posey County Courthouse 126 E. 3rd Street, Mount Vernon, IN 47620-0745 www.southwestindiana.org/rr_posey_county

Government Offices Posey County Animal Control.......................................................... 838-1358 Area Plan Commission............................................. 838-1323 Assessor................................................................... 838-1309 Auditor...................................................................... 838-1300 Building Commissioner............................................. 838-1324 Commissioners Office............................................... 838-1311 County Clerk.............................................................. 838-1306 Election Office.......................................................... 838-1339 Health Department................................................... 838-1328 Highway Department................................................ 838-1334 Police & Fire............................................................. 838-1320 Recorder.................................................................... 838-1314 Soil & Water............................................................. 838-4191 Surveyor.................................................................... 838-1340 Treasurer................................................................... 838-1316

Insight Communications............................................. 422-1167

Reo Water, Inc............................................................. 649-4901

Mt. Vernon Wastewater Department.......................... 838-3396

Saint Meinrad Utilities................................................ 357-5080

Mt. Vernon Water Department.................................... 838-2136

Santa Claus Wastewater Treatment........................... 544-2106

Poseyville Gas/Water/Sewage................................... 874-2212

Schools

Sprint............................................................................ 467-0335 TDS Telecom................................................................ 874-2255 Vectren Energy Delivery............................................... 491-4000 WIN Energy REMC................................................800-882-5140 WOW Internet/Cable.................................................. 437-0345

Schools MSD Mt. Vernon.......................................................... 838-4471

Switchboard................................................................. 435-5000

Spencer County Courthouse 200 Main Street, Rockport, IN 47635 http://spencercounty.in.gov

Government Offices Assessor....................................................................... 649-6004

Fire (Rockport).............................................................. 649-2286

Poseyville Marshal..................................................................... 874-3518 Town Hall.................................................................. 874-2211 Treasurer................................................................... 874-1401 Utilities..................................................................... 874-2212

Emergency Management............................................. 649-6020 Health Department...................................................... 649-4441 Highway Department................................................... 362-8331 Plan Commission/Building Inspection......................... 649-6010 Police (Rockport).......................................................... 649-2242 Recorder.................................................... 649-6013 / 649-6014

Government Offices Area Plan Commission................................................. 435-5226 Burdette Park............................................................... 435-5602 The Centre.................................................................... 435-5550 City-County Building Commission................................ 436-7881 City-County Human Relations Commission................. 436-4927 City-County Joint Central Dispatch............................. 426-7325 City-County Levee Authority........................................ 435-6137 City-County Purchasing Department............................ 436-4961 City-County Weights & Measures............................... 435-5745 Emergency Management Agency (EMA)..................... 435-6020 Evansville Animal Control............................................ 435-6015

Solid Waste Management........................................... 362-7401 Surveyor....................................................................... 649-6016

Evansville City Clerk..................................................... 436-4992

Township Trustees Carter........................................................................ 937-2548 Clay........................................................................... 544-2762 Grass......................................................................... 362-7498 Hammond.................................................................. 649-4888 Harrison.................................................................... 357-7980 Huff........................................................................... 529-8250 Jackson..................................................................... 362-7781 Luce........................................................................... 359-5359 Ohio........................................................................... 649-2735

Evansville City Controller/Finance Department.......... 436-4919

Veterans Services........................................................ 649-6031 Voter Registration/Elections........................................ 649-6017

Utilities Cinergy Communications............................................. 359-4285 Community Natural Gas............................................... 937-2376 Gentryville Water Utility.............................................. 937-2407

AT&T......................................................................800-288-2747

Lin Gas, Inc................................................................... 937-2137

Duke Energy..........................................................800-521-2232

Ohio Valley Gas............................................................ 547-2397

Evansville Water & Sewer........................................... 436-7846

Perry Spencer Communications............................800-511-4899

German Township Water............................................. 963-6403

Perry-Spencer Rural Telephone ...........................800-511-4899

The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana

TDD Hearing Impaired................................................. 436-4925

Evansville City Cemeteries Oak Hill..................................................................... 435-6045 Locust Hill................................................................. 435-6040

Sheriff.......................................................................... 649-2286

Utilities

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Civic Center Complex

Spencer County

Cynthiana Fire............................................................................ 845-2584 Police........................................................................ 845-3385 Town Hall.................................................................. 845-2924

New Harmony Police........................................................................ 682-4846 Town Hall.................................................................. 682-4109

Vanderburgh County & City of Evansville One N.W. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Evansville, IN 47708-1833 www.vanderburghgov.org • www.evansvillegov.org

Auditor......................................................................... 649-6004

Mt. Vernon Building Commissioner............................................. 838-5576 Clerk-Treasurer.......................................................... 838-3317 City Hall Annex......................................................... 838-5576 Fire Department........................................................ 838-3447 Mayor........................................................................ 838-5576 Parks & Recreation................................................... 838-3691 Police Department.................................................... 838-8705 Public Works............................................................. 838-5576 Street Department . ................................................. 838-2352 Wastewater Department.......................................... 838-3396 Water Department.................................................... 838-2136

South Spencer School Corporation............................. 649-2591

MSD North Posey County............................................ 874-2243

Black Township Assessor................................................................... 838-1342

Griffin Fire............................................................................ 851-5611 Treasurer................................................................... 851-5228

North Spencer School Corporation.............................. 937-2400

Evansville City Council................................................. 436-4995 Evansville City Engineer............................................... 436-4990 Evansville Department of Administrative Services..... 436-4934 Evansville Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD)........................... 436-7823 Evansville Department of Parks & Recreation............ 435-6141 Evansville Department of Transportation and Services..................................... 436-4988 Evansville Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)..... 435-6145 Evansville Fire Department.......................................... 435-6235 Evansville Law Department......................................... 402-1600 Evansville Mayor’s Office............................................ 436-4962 Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization.......... 436-7833 Evansville Police Department...................................... 436-7956 Evansville Street Maintenance Department............... 435-6000 Evansville Traffic Engineering Department................. 435-6003 Evansville Water & Sewer Utility................................ 436-7846


Legal Aid Society......................................................... 435-5173

Area Plan Commission................................................. 897-6190

Treasurer...................................................................... 897-6166

Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden............................ 435-6143

Assessor....................................................................... 897-6125

Veterans Affairs........................................................... 897-6177

Metropolitan Evansville Transit Systems (METS)...................................................................... 435-6166 METS TDD Hearing Impaired................................... 435-6172

Auditor......................................................................... 897-6110

Utilities

Public Safety, Board of................................................ 436-7897 Sustainability, Energy and Environmental Quality, Department of..................... 435-6145 Vanderburgh County Assessor..................................... 435-5267 Vanderburgh County Auditor....................................... 435-5293 Vanderburgh County Circuit Court............................... 435-5192 Vanderburgh County Clerk........................................... 435-5160 Vanderburgh County Commissioners........................... 435-5241 Vanderburgh County Coroner....................................... 435-5730 Vanderburgh County Council....................................... 435-5791 Vanderburgh County Engineer..................................... 435-5773 Vanderburgh County Health Department.................... 436-4925 Vanderburgh County Highway Department................. 435-5777 Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office Child Support Division.............................................. 435-5326 Criminal Division....................................................... 435-5150 TDD Hearing Impaired.............................................. 436-4925 Vanderburgh County Public Defender’s Agency.......... 435-5900 Vanderburgh County Recorder..................................... 435-5215 Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office........................... 421-6203 Vanderburgh County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD)................... 867-0729 Vanderburgh County Solid Waste Management......... 436-7800 Vanderburgh County Surveyor..................................... 435-5210 Vanderburgh County Treasurer.................................... 435-5248 Vanderburgh County Veterans Services...................... 435-5239 TDD Hearing Impaired.............................................. 436-4925 Vanderburgh County Voters Registration.................... 435-5222

Utilities

Building Commission................................................... 897-6188 Circuit Court................................................................. 897-6130 Clerk............................................................................. 897-6160 Commissioners............................................................. 897-6120 County Council............................................................. 897-6202 Disposal Center............................................................ 897-6155 Economic Development............................................... 858-3555 Emergency Management............................................. 897-6178 Health Department...................................................... 897-6105 Highway Department................................................... 897-6126 Parks and Recreation................................................... 897-6200

AT&T......................................................................800-288-2747 Indiana American Water...................................... 800-492-8373 Insight Communications.............................................. 422-1167 Solid Waste Management........................................... 897-6210 Sprint............................................................................ 467-0335 TDS Telecom................................................................ 874-2255 Vectren Energy Delivery........................................800-491-4000 WOW Internet/Cable................................................... 437-0345

Schools Warrick County School Corporation............................ 897-0400

Prosecutor.................................................................... 897-6199 Purchasing.................................................................... 897-8622 Recorder....................................................................... 897-6165 Sheriff.......................................................................... 897-6180

Heritage Federal Credit Union Quad Panel (QUAD)

4.833" x 6.5" Get Connected

Darmstadt Sewer Utility.............................................. 963-6760 DirecTV..................................................................888-777-2454 Evansville Water & Sewer........................................... 436-7846 Insight Communications.............................................. 422-1167 Midwest Telecom........................................................ 421-0111 SIT-CO....................................................................877-805-7409 Sprint............................................................................ 467-0335 TDS Telecom................................................................ 874-2255 Vanderburgh County Solid Waste Management......... 436-7800 Vectren Energy Delivery........................................800-227-1376 Verizon...................................................................800-922-0204 WOW Internet/Cable................................................... 437-0345

Schools Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation............... 435-8453

Warrick County Warrick County Administrative Offices One County Square Booneville, IN 47601 www.warrickcounty.gov

Government Offices Animal Control............................................................. 897-6107

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preferred business listings please support these valued chamber members Accountant

Riney Hancock CPAs PSC 313 SE 1st St. Evansville, IN 47713 812-423-0300 fax 812-423-6282 jsorrells@rineyhancock.com www.rineyhancock.com

Architecture & Engineering

TEG Architects 117 SE Fourth St. Evansville, IN 47708 812-425-3600 fax 812-425-3636 jahartz@teg123.com www.teg123.com TEG is a creative team of passionate engaged professionals committed to planning and designing facilities that improve life. Automobile Dealers

Riney Hancock CPAs provides traditional accounting, tax, audit & assurance services, as well as financial consulting, comprehensive tax planning, litigation support, valuations, & medical/dental practice management. Advertising Sales

Viamedia 600 N Weinbach Ave. Suite 860 Evansville, IN 47711-5888 812-401-9445 fax 812-401-9449 rwilkerson@viamediatv.com From local cable advertising to online services such as SEM, SEO, Web design & pre-roll video, Viamedia can help your business target customers cost-effectively to provide the best return on your marketing investment. Call Viamedia at 812-401-9448. Apartments

Cash Waggner & Associates, PC 414 Citadel Cr. Evansville, IN 47714 812-401-5561 fax 812-401-5563 www.cashwaggner.com Specializing in ALTA, Boundary, GPS control & topo surveys; Construction Staking & 3D GPS models, and Land Development Consulting with cost-effective, yet practical solutions. Simply put, we MAKE IT HAPPEN. Let us partner with you on your next project. financial advisors

Kenny Kent Chevrolet Co., Inc. 4600 Division St. Evansville, IN 47715 812-477-4600 www.kennykentchevrolet.com Kenny Kent Chevrolet treats the needs of each customer with paramount concern. We know that you have high expectations, and as a car dealer we enjoy the challenge of exceeding those standards. Allow us to demonstrate our commitment to excellence!

J.J. B. Hilliard, W. L. Lyons, LLC 110 Main St. Evansville, IN 47708 812-428-5101 fax 812-428-8697 jpate@hilliard.com Hilliard Lyons focuses on the creation, preservation, distribution and transfer of wealth; specializing in planning issues including retirement, business succession, trust and estate planning and education funding. Heating & Cooling

Kenny Kent Toyota Lexus Scion 5600 E. Division St. Evansville, IN 47715 812-473-5600 fax 812-476-8810 sauer@kennykent.com At Kenny Kent Toyota Scion and Kenny Kent Lexus, we offer you the highest level of customer care along with Kenny Kent’s legendary service and savings. Construction

JBI Construction, Inc. 10335 Hedden Rd. Evansville, IN 47725 812-867-5959 fax 812-867-5993 tim@jbiconst.com or kristi@jbiconst.com www.jbiconcrete.com

Hornbrook Estates Apartments 5001 E. Riverside Dr. Evansville, IN 47715 812-475-2878 fax 812-475-2883 hornbrookestates@mrdapartments.com FREE heat and FREE water aren’t the only amazing things about Hornbrook. We offer 1 & 2 bedroom apartments starting as low as $550 a month! Located just off I-164 and South Green River Road, we’re in the perfect spot! Call to schedule a tour today!

Consulting Engineers

Heavy Highway Concrete Union Contractor specializing in various concrete such as Slip Form Concrete Paving, Curbs & Gutters, Barrier Walls & Modular Block Walls.

Koch Air LLCYour Local Carrier Dealers 1900 W. Lloyd Expressway Evansville, IN 47712 812-962-5200 fax 812-962-5310 awatson@kochair.com www.CarrierComfortTeam.com

The Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana

Non-Profit

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Greater Evansville Affiliate 4424 Vogel Rd. Suite 205 Evansville, IN 47715 812-962-2202 fax 812-962-2204 www.komenevansville.org Raising funds to provide education programs, mammograms, diagnostic testing and treatment of breast cancer for those uninsured or underinsured within the tristate area. 25% is used to fund research. Restaurants

Black Buggy Restaurant and Catering P.O. Box 5048 Evansville, IN 47716 812-473-0012 fax 812-477-2546 mwoehler@blackbuggy.com Located at the corner of Green River & Lynch Roads, we are an Amish restaurant specializing in home-style cuisine. Featuring Grand Buffet, Plated Meals, Fresh Bakery Items, Deli Meats & Cheeses, General Store, and Drive Thru. Open daily at 7a.m.! Security-Guards-Products

Carrier heating and cooling dealers will make sure your comfort needs are met, give you expert advice on whether to repair or replace, deliver superior technical skills and provide ongoing support and performance maintenance. Janitors-Equipment, Supplies & Services

American Sanitary Supply Co., Inc. P.O. Box 4067 Evansville, IN 47724-0067 812-426-0201 fax 812-429-0054 amsansupply@sigecom.net

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American Sanitary Supply, located at 811 N. Main St., Evansville, IN, is one of the largest cleaning supply companies in the tri-state area. We have earned a reputation as a major supplier of industrial/ commercial equipment and supplies.

Crescent City Security, Inc. P.O. Box 144 Evansville, IN 47701 812-426-2603 fax 812-426-6873 Crescent City Security, Inc. provides Commercial, Medical and Industrial Security and patrol services.


index of advertisers thank you for making this project possible 4C of Southern Indiana, Inc...................................................................................1 Adele’s Naturally..................................................................................................27 Bethel Manor.......................................................................................................27 BKD LLP................................................................................................................25 Bob’s Gym.......................................................................................................32, 33 BrightStar Lifecare...............................................................................................25 Carpenters Local 90...............................................................................................9 Casino Aztar.........................................................................................................13 CountryMark........................................................................................................11 Crossroads Christian Church................................................................................23 Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc...........................................................................24 David Matthews Associates................................................................................24 Dunn Hospitality Group........................................................................................29 Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana........Outside Back Cover Evansville Commerce Bank....................................................................................3 Evansville Regional Airport....................................................................................1 Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library.................................................................17 Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation.......................................................15 F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors....................................................................................21 Fifth Third Bank....................................................................................................25

First Security Bank.................................................................................................1 Herb Curry Inc......................................................................................................13 Heritage Federal Credit Union.............................................................................39 Insurance & Business Planning Inc.....................................................................22 National Electrical Contractors Association Southern Indiana Chapter / International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 16................................7 O’Hairs Happy Dog Day Care...............................................................................35 Schneiders...........................................................................................................10 Schulz Realtors – Mike Schulz............................................................................24 Shepherd Services Inc.........................................................................................23 Shoe Carnival.......................................................................................................25 Smiling Moose Deli...............................................................................................9 St. Mary’s................................................................................... Inside Front Cover Synthetic Stone / BMG, Inc.................................................................................10 Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana........................................Inside Back Cover Travel Smart.........................................................................................................13 University of Southern Indiana............................................................................19 Vectren.................................................................................................................27 Walmart.................................................................................................................9


Southwest Indiana 2012 Community Profile and Resource Guide  

Southwest Indiana 2012 Community Profile and Resource Guide