FRENCH LICK, IN. – The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) announced today that Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke has been elected to succeed Kokomo’s Greg Goodnight in 2017 as the group’s president. Winnecke was elected by the membership at IACT’s 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition held this week in French Lick.
“Under the leadership of Mayor Winnecke I look forward to expanding our conversations about the high level of innovation taking place in Hoosier cities and towns. Around 70% of Hoosiers live in a municipality. We are literally the economic glue holding our state together,” said IACT Executive Director and CEO Matt Greller.
Currently serving in his second term as mayor of Evansville, Winnecke has been an active member of IACT’s Legislative Committee and was first elected to the IACT Board of Directors in 2013. He was elected IACT’s Second Vice President in 2014 and First Vice President in 2015 at the IACT Annual Conference & Exhibition in French Lick.
“I enjoy talking with legislators and thought leaders about the amazing things we have going on in Evansville and the tools we need to be even more successful. Expanding my role to advocate for the health of all Indiana municipalities is something I’m honored to undertake. It will take collaboration and a lot of guts to unleash the power of Indiana’s communities so we can attract and retain the best and brightest talent,” said Mayor Winnecke.
Also elected were Nashville Clerk-Treasurer Brenda Young who will serve as 1st Vice President and Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner to serve as 2nd Vice President. All three take office January 1, 2017.
“Mayor Goodnight has been an outstanding champion for cities and towns. I’m glad he’ll remain an IACT officer for another year, as our Immediate Past President. Incoming officers, Mayor Winnecke, Clerk-Treasurer Young, Mayor Spinner, along with Mayor Goodnight, will be tireless advocates for municipalities all around the state in their efforts to build vibrant, quality communities,” said Greller.
The Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) is a coalition of municipal officials who seek to improve the quality of life in Indiana through effective government, and is a member of the National League of Cities. Founded in 1891, IACT is one of the oldest state municipal organizations in the country, with 470 cities and towns as members. IACT advocates for municipalities as the official voice of municipal government in Indiana, and promotes good government through education, training and leadership.