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Fourth Public Hearing Held Today on Convention Hotel Project

Another public hearing tonight on the proposed hotel for downtown Evansville.
Another public hearing tonight on the proposed hotel for downtown Evansville. The fourth hearing was at Dexter Elementary School.

Residents weighed-in on the $74 million project with $37.5 million in tax money. The new hotel, if approved, is expected to create 800 construction jobs and 200 permanent positions.

While some people have expressed concerns about whether the hotel will actually benefit the community, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says he believes the reaction has been mostly positive.

"Meeting after meeting after meeting, people are saying Evansville deserves this," said Mayor Winnecke. "Evansville's time is now. And what we've put together is a great public-private partnership where the private developer actually has more equity in the game, more skin in the game than the city of Evansville. They have more at risk, so this is a win-win for our community."

The new convention hotel calls for a little more than 250 rooms.

The next public hearing is scheduled for Thursday, August 29th at 6:00p.m.  The meeting will be held at the C.K. Newsome Center.
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