Vanderburgh Co. leaders give State of the County address

Vanderburgh Co. leaders give State of the County address

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Vanderburgh County leaders gave the State of the County address Tuesday at noon.

You can watch it here.

Commissioners Ben Shoulders, Jeff Hatfield and Cheryl Musgrave delivered the speech during the Rotary Club luncheon.

The Commissioners focused on the county’s roads, re-opening the economy, and economic development.

Commissioner Jeff Hatfield kicked things off by commending the health department for their work during the pandemic and their willingness to collaborate with local officials.

“But then all of a sudden this thing comes along, and they’re so trained to go to the books, go to the information, go to the data, that it wasn’t very long at all when they were giving us as good of advice as you could get anywhere,” explained Hatfield.

Cheryl Musgrave gave updates on road projects. The Kansas Road project should complete phase one in November or December of this year. She is also determined to increase accessibility to rural broadband outside the Evansville city limits.

“Population in the rural parts of our state has either declined or it’s remained stagnant. And we owe it to our rural residents to give them a fighting chance to stay on their property and keep their kids there too with high quality, affordable access to the internet,” said Musgrave.

Commissioner Ben Shoulders spoke about tourism and how Burdette Park had a record year of chalet rentals despite the pool being closed. The pool is set to open after Memorial Day.

“You know, as long as we continue to focus on talent, retaining talent, attracting talent, good-paying jobs, while always focusing on our public safety and health. We will get through this together, and we will move the needle,” said Shoulders.

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