What VOICE is all about.

VOICE is Evansville’s community-wide, citizen-driven planning process that encourages citizens to share their ideas, hopes, and visions for Evansville’s preferred future in order to build strategic actions toward collaborative goals. Multiple sessions are held throughout the year so that we can hear from people of all ages, ethnic and religious backgrounds, and multiple neighborhoods. Community participation is essential for creating a shared future, and VOICE ensures all members will be heard.

In the earliest VOICE sessions, three themes arose as areas of importance in order to begin collaborative, strategic planning and action.

  1. Healthy Green Spaces- Voice respondents have continuously expressed a desire to be outside and active in our community. The importance that is  placed on our community’s health and wellbeing is tremendous and encouraging.
  2. City Core- Evansville consists of many great neighborhoods and cultural hot spots such as Franklin Street, Haynies Corner, downtown, the historic district, and the universities. It is our goal to further support, connect, and promote these treasures that our city has to offer.
  3. Experience- Evansville’s residents recognize that there are a variety of opportunities to engage with their city and want to highlight, showcase, and celebrate them in a more organized and collective way. Also, bring fresh, new opportunities for citizens to intensively experience with the goal of creating demand for these experiences to remain in our community.

We need you!

You're invited to learn and celebrate what over 1,700 citizens said they wanted for our community, what three topics emerged to begin collaborative strategic planning and actions, and how you can get involved.


Because it takes all of us to create our shared future.

  • Big Action Meeting (BAM) October 3 @ The Centre 5:30 p.m.
  • BAM 2 @ Central Library Browning Room 8 a.m.
  • BAM 3 @ Career & Technical Center 5:30 p.m.
  • Topic #1 @ Old National Bank Atrium 5:30 p.m.
  • Topic #2 @ Arts Council Gallery 5:30 p.m.
  • Topic #3 @ Tin Man Brewing Co. 5:30 p.m.


Where we held our visioning sessions from August 2012- May 2013:


  • August 15 @ The Centre 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • August 20 @ Helfrich Park Middle School 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • August 25 @ Harrison High School 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • September 5 @ Career & Technical Center 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • September 10 @ Central Library 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
  • September 26 @ Potter’s Wheel 5:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m.
  • September 29 @ Caze School 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • October 10-12 @ Evans School 
  • October 10 @ Ivy Tech Community College
  • October 29 @ University of Evansville
  • November 14 @ University of Southern Indiana
  • November 30 @ Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana
  • December 5 @ St. Lucas United Church of Christ
  • January 22 @ New Tech Institute*
  • January 24 @ New Tech Institute*
  • January 25 @ New Tech Institute*
  • January 28 @ Harrison High School*
  • January 29 @ Reitz High School*
  • February 12 @ North High School*
  • February 17 @ Nativity Church (Hosted by HOLA) 12:30- 2:30 p.m.
  • February 19 @ Central High School*
  • February 20 @ Bosse High School*
  • February 26 @ Signature School*
  • February 27@ Cross Point Corridor 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • March 21 @ Memorial Baptist Church 4-6 p.m.
  • April 3 @ Eastland Mall 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • April 15 @ Evansville Day School*
  • April 24 @ Memorial High School*
  • May 22 @ Mater Dei High School*

*Denotes private session



Let us know you are coming by sending an email to voice@evansvillevoice.com or call us at 812.425.3828.



Markus and Coreen Christel are already working on many of the ideas discussed during Tuesday night’s “flower pot” meeting on brainstorming ideas and a plan for developing green space in Evansville.


In this segment, The Trend’s new host Cass Herrington digs around Evansville’s history to find context for local attitudes toward change and developments.

First, David Coker sets the stage with an expose of Evansville’s manufacturing heyday. Coker has written extensively about the automotive history of Evansville and Southern Indiana for the Courier and Press and several publications.

History lives on at a local watering hole, Lamasco Bar and Grill. Owner Amy Word talks about the significance of the name, “Lamasco,” which was initially a separate township from the city of Evansville. Word is also the president of the Franklin Street Events Association, a coalition of local businesses that is striving to breathe new life and development into the West Side of town. 

Finally, Executive Director of Leadership Evansville Lynn Miller-Pease will round out the conversation by sharing the visions and dreams for the future of Evansville. Miller-Pease represents VOICE, which conducted 32 brainstorming sessions across town to record and analyze Evansville residents’ wishes for the future.




VOICE is an Evansville community organization giving residents an opportunity to express their vision of the city's future.  
Today, Evansville leaders unveil a research project about the good and bad parts of Evansville. The VOICE project asked people across the city at several public meetings about how the city can be better.