Advocacy

Advocating for transformational growth.

We are the collective voice of business and economic development leaders for the Evansville Region on the local, state and federal levels.

Our policy positions are a reflection of our members and proposals they believe will advance the growth and prosperity of our region. From upgraded infrastructure to talent attraction/investment and the elevation of regional partnerships, E-REP focuses on positive outcomes for our community through proactive and strong relationships with the Southwest Indiana legislative delegation and a grassroots support of our membership. We advocate for public policies that facilitate business success and a welcoming ecosystem for talent.

2022 legislative priorities

For the 2022 Indiana General Assembly session, E-REP is actively engaging with policymakers to discuss issues and advance our legislative priorities that will impact the region’s businesses and communities for years to come. This year’s Indiana General Assembly session is a “short session,” following last year’s approval of a new two-year state budget. Lawmakers are required to conclude their work no later than midnight on March 14. As always, E-REP will be working in Indianapolis and here at home with our local legislators to advocate on our initiviates.

Member feedback and our Government Affairs Committee determine our public policy priorities surrounding economic development work and ensuring the long-term success of the Evansville Region.

Complete I-69

Support swift completion of Interstate 69 in Indiana between the Kentucky/Indiana state line on the southern border and Indianapolis on the northern border; completion to include a new Ohio River bridge.

Upgrade Infrastructure

Support regulatory environment and funding streams that enable the movement of people, products and information around our region and around the world; from increased broadband accessibility and capacity to expanded services at Evansville Regional Airport (EVV), to water and sewer piping and all the other investments that make the economy flow.

Fortify Our Talent

Support local and state efforts designed to grow our talent pool, enhance the skills of our workforce and align our state’s talent base with the needs of employers in a system that values the spectrum of educational options from vocational education to professional degrees.

Elevate Regional Success

Support policies and projects designed to stimulate and leverage public and private investment as part of a regionally driven plan to make our communities even more livable and attractive, with the ultimate goal of growing out of the pandemic with a strong workforce.

Strengthen Community Health

Support policies and programs designed to improve the physical and mental health and overall wellness of our workforce, including: reducing tobacco use; addressing the drug epidemic; ensuring access to affordable, high-quality care; supporting walkability initiatives; etc.

Embrace Diversity & Inclusion

Keep the value of diversity, inclusion and equity at the core of all of our efforts, embracing protections for vulnerable members of our community and working to eliminate legislation and regulations that have a more significant impact on minority populations.

We continue to work with Sally Rideout of Rideout Public Affairs, Inc. to lead our legislative efforts and be our daily voice inside the Statehouse. If you have E-REP-related issues to discuss with Sally, you can reach her at sally@rideoutpublicaffairs.com. Watch your email and the E-REP website, www.evansvilleregion.com, for legislative updates and other events to engage with our government affairs activities.

Connecting Evansville to neighboring Henderson, Kentucky, by a new bridge is regarded as the economic investment of a lifetime. Learn more about the Interstate 69 Ohio River Bridge project and its ability to increase job creation and spur local economic growth.