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Keep Evansville Beautiful Timeline


1972 Operation City Beautiful formed as Chamber of Commerce committee
1973 George Koch Sons adds first adopt-a-spot on Lloyd Expressway
1975 Incorporated as an independent not-for-profit agency
1980 Assisted in forming West Side Improvement Association
1987 Planned and placed Welcome Sign on Highway 41
1989 Renovated Garvin Park Fountain
1990 – 1995

Planted Richard A. Schlottman Gateway of Green, hundreds of trees and shrubs along 7 miles of US Highway 41

1993 Assisted in establishing Cedar Hall Neighborhood Association
1995-2000 Spearheaded passage of public tree ordinance.
2001 Celebrated Tree City USA status with City of Evansville
2002 – 2003

Launched aggressive anti-litter campaign promoting use of a litter


2004 Changed agency name to Keep Evansville Beautiful
2006 Began watering program for Adopt-A-Spot from agency budget.
2007 Freedom Plaza Park Renewal
Carolyn Georgette Memorial Greenscape
Retrieving with EVIE hardback book published
Created the KEB Agency Endowment

First Place and Second place National Award in Litter Prevention and Beautification, Keep America Beautiful
I-164/Lloyd Expressway Community Urban Forestry planting, 60 trees

2009 First and Second place National Award, Keep America Beautiful
2010 Moved to new offices at 209 Main Street
First and Second Place National Award, Keep America Beautiful
2011 Dedicated Richard J. Borries Memorial Greenscape
Second major renovation of Garvin Park Fountain
Planted Phase 1 Airport Gateway with dozens of trees and shrubs
2012 Implemented the Great America Cleanup and coordinating with the city administration on the mayor’s CLean Evansville Initiative. Over 2,000 volunteers hit the streets removing tons of litter from the streets of Evansville.
Dedicated Ed Ziemer Celebration Garden at 10th and Vine Street downtown Evansville
Visiting and teaching over 10,000 students about litter abatement and sustainability with EVIE, our Labrador mascot
2013 KEB Board appoints new Executive Director, Marcia Dowell – March
Phase 2 Evansville Airport Gateway Groundbreaking Ceremony – October
Phase 2 Evansville Airport Gateway Wall and Landscaping – December 2013
First place national award KAB for Great American Clean Up, Hot Mess – October 2013
2014 KEB Board appoints new Executive Director, Julie Welch. Bob Zasadny wins airport design contest with “Aerial Beauty”. Final funding is received for the Airport Gateway Monument. Gateway wall is landscaped with 1,400 native plants.



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