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February / March 2018

Evansville Business

Cracking the Code

Matt McBride stands in the drive-thru of the Pizza Hut on the West Side of Evansville with a pry bar in his hand. The two manhole-type covers in the ground usually would go unnoticed by the average passerby; but, as fats, oils, and grease (FOG) coordinator for the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility, the holes lead to a complex system McBride navigates every day. He pries the cover off the first hole and steam carrying a pungent smell infuses the cold air — the smell of hot, stale grease.

Building Evansville

Turning the Corner

 On an unusually warm day in late January, stepping into the Alhambra Theatre located in Haynie’s Corner Arts District is akin to stepping into an air-conditioned hall. “It’s about 20 degrees cooler,” warns Ken Haynie III, vice president of sales at F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors, as he opens the main lobby doors. It’s not an exaggeration — with no heating or air conditioning in the building, the space of the Alhambra offers a chill to those who walk in. The building also lacks bathrooms and plumbing.

Back Talk

Amy Romain Barron

EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in public management, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana FAMILY: Husband Josh and three children, Caroline, 11; Ellie, 8; and Lila, 5

Business Front

What Exactly is an “Oxy” Anyway?

 If your time and patience permits, please allow me to empty some of the vast areas of unused crevices of my mind (heavy cleaning, not a dusting) to be, well, all over the board. Have a conversation with me sometime. It’s what I do best.

A Step Above the Rest

Brian Mackey has spent his entire life living, working, and playing in Evansville. His lifelong commitment to the community, years of experience in the flooring business, and special connections he has made all add to the success BK Flooring has found in the Tri-State.

Second in Command

Deputy mayor Steve Schaefer is no stranger to the Tri-State. A Mater Dei High School alumnus who holds a master’s degree from the University of Southern Indiana (Schaefer earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana), he knows the area and its people well. After a stint on Capitol Hill working in the offices of congressmen John Hostettler and John Boehner, Schaefer returned to his hometown to continue his career in government.

Priming the Pump

Drivers in Downtown Evansville no longer have to go far to top off their tanks. In October 2017, a new Marathon gas station opened at the corner of Eighth Street and Bellemeade Avenue. “I like the location here,” says owner Gulshan Gora. “We don’t have any other gas stations here, so we opened one.”

In a Word: Change

We asked three community influencers to share their thoughts on one word: CHANGE