The VOICE Process

Leadership Evansville has been facilitating discussion sessions nearly every month at easy-to-access public locations, such as Evansville Public Library System branches and Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation schools. The sessions have been advertised in neighborhood newsletters, the newspaper, television, radio, and via the initiative’s website: www.evansvillevoice.com.

Comments from each session are made available to the participants and the public. A summary and detailed notes from the discussion are posted on the VOICE Web site within one week of the session.

Once all comments are collected, additional community sessions occur to verify that the information collected truly represents participants’ opinions.

At this point in the process, common themes and ideas are grouped by topic area to serve guidance for those organizations, businesses, universities, individuals, and government bodies with interest in that topic to move forward with further research and planning toward common goals.



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.