Mayor Lloyd Winnecke met with members of various groups of young leaders to discuss ways to keep improving the city of Evansville Wednesday morning.
One of the groups at the meeting was Young Leaders United, which is a non-profit organization sponsored by the United Way of Southwestern Indiana that was created to inspire young professionals under the age of 40 to get involved in their communities through volunteerism, community leadership and philanthropy.
Mayor Winnecke plans to hold a series of similar meetings in order to develop better ways to retain younger talent in the city.
The main focus of Wednesday's discussion was on major development projects around the city, including those for the new convention center and hotel, the Indiana University Medical Center and Roberts Park.
After every project was introduced, participants broke into groups to further discus their ideas.
Mayor Winnecke is eager to hear new ideas from a younger demographic.
"I fully expect that we'll hear ideas in these meetings that maybe we haven't heard before from the perspective of someone who's in their 20s or 30s about, really what can the city do make it more inviting to retain young people," Mayor Winnecke said.
During the meeting, Mayor Winnecke mentioned that significant progress was being made toward finalizing the development agreement with HCW for the downtown convention center and hotel.
It was also said that Downtown Evansville was a priority location for the new IU Medical school campus.
Plans for Roberts Park currently include a garden and outdoor exercise stations, as well as dog and skate parks.
More public meetings will be held in the near future to preview more plans for the park.
Also discussed was the use of $1 million in funds that have been raised to make improvements to Wesselman Nature Center.
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