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Friday, December 9, 2022

April / May 2020

Building Evansville

New Life

The Evansville Sanitarium was opened in Downtown Evansville on Jan. 18, 1894, by Dr. Edwin Walker and a group of local physicians. In its 126-year life, the building has had quite a history.

Back Talk

Nate Hahn

Education: Bachelor’s degree in aviation administration, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana Resume: Airport operations, Midland International Airport (Midland, Texas), 2005-2011; director of operations and maintenance, Evansville Regional Airport, 2011-2019; executive director, Evansville Regional Airport, 2019-present Hometown: Nappanee, Indiana

Business Front

Selling Our City

A Valley of Opportunity. Feel the Pride Come Alive. Go Forward with Evansville. Gateway to the South. e is for everyone. Over the course of Evansville’s 208 years as a city, we’ve marketed ourselves through many phrases and slogans. Each has its own story — some are tied to specific business or tourism campaigns, while others were a part of efforts to share Evansville with the country and the world.

Head to Head

“I enjoyed making women look pretty,” says Anne Duncan. Duncan has worked in the wig industry for about 45 years and has watched Evansville’s business and wig needs grow and change. While her customers originally bought wigs to match popular styles, Duncan’s wig sales have shifted to a medical focus in recent years, providing looks to clients who have experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy, alopecia, or other conditions.

Evolving Care

Sheila Seiler was 25 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, the second youngest person in the country to be diagnosed at the time. In 2004, after working as a secretary for the Warrick Education Center for nine years, the Boonville, Indiana, resident began working with Susan G. Komen Evansville Tri-State in the affiliate’s 28-county region. Two years later, she became the executive director. Seiler says, though, it isn’t about her. It’s about the 380,000 women who will be diagnosed this year.

Break the Rut

Staying creative and motivated at work can be tough. In 2016, the World Economic Forum predicted creativity would be the third top skill needed in 2020 to succeed. Now is the time to find ways to stay inventive in our jobs. On March 11, I attended the annual IGNITE It! Creative Forum at the Children’s Museum of Evansville. cMoe has hosted this event for the last six years, offering business leaders and employees an opportunity to workshop with speakers on creative professional development.

Combating the Crisis

On March 23, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb passed an executive stay-at-home order for the entire state, beginning March 24, to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 that is sweeping the globe. Indiana’s order was extended to last until April 20 at the beginning of the month, though it is unknown how long these restrictions will ultimately remain in place.

A City Pulls Together

Count me among the mayors who feel they represent the city with the biggest heart. Evansville is pulling together like never before as a result of the novel coronavirus. As we all acclimate to the new normals of our world, it’s my pleasure to witness a city full of grace, charity, kindness, compassion, and a profound sense of humanity.

We Stand Together, Six Feet Apart

I would imagine the two of you who read this letter regularly would agree that I am not a writer. I am a late 50s, fat, balding man whose training for a career in magazine publishing consisted of 15 years in the surgical business selling to hospitals. I then left a terrific career I enjoyed, with nothing broken, and took a giant leap of faith on Evansville. I bet big.