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CEO Letter

A message from CEO, Tara Barney

Tara Barney, E-REP CEO

Evansville Region – Providing help, hope and a place to call home

You likely pass by the American Red Cross countless times along the Lloyd Expressway, but the roots of its mission spread far beyond what you simply see during your commute.

For more than a century, the Southwest Indiana Chapter has provided the upmost critical humanitarian aid to neighbors here in our region, as well as to those across the country and globe. The mission of the Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies through the power of volunteers and generosity of donors, and I am especially grateful for the agency’s good work and relief efforts right here at home.

To celebrate the impact within our region, we join together with Evansville Regional Airport to shine an even brighter light on our local Red Cross during March Red Cross Month. Various events are planned at the airport throughout the month of March. And, it’s not the first time the paths of EVV and the Red Cross have crossed. During World War II, the military utilized the EVV airstrip to transport aircraft overseas. At the request of the local Ferrying Command, the Red Cross organized a canteen on airport property, providing meals and first aid services to pilots and other military personnel assisting in the war effort.

Today, the Southwest Indiana Chapter continues to carry out the mission. Last year alone, local volunteers and staff provided assistance to thousands of families and individuals – the statistics are quite impressive. From disaster relief to fire prevention and safety to blood collections and military and veteran family assistance, our local Red Cross continually delivers. Thanks to generous donors, dedicated volunteers and community partners like our home airport and many of you and your companies, our local Red Cross will continue to answer the call, providing help and hope to those who need it most.

Please join me in making this year’s March Red Cross Month one for the history books. Together, we can make an even greater impact. To learn how you can become involved, visit

I wouldn’t be doing my job if missed an opportunity to tout our region’s recent ranking from the Wall Street Journal as the #3 Top Place for Remote Workers in the United States. For nearly a decade, many in our region worked tirelessly advocating for high-speed internet, one of the deciding factors in making our region a top place for remote work. Our affordable living, access to an airport, arts, restaurants and recreation all played into the ranking as well. Check it out! Learn more about the ranking online at