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Convention Hotel Opens In Downtown Evansville
Updated February 16, 2017 7:21 AM | Filed under: Business
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(EVANSVILLE) - Downtown Evansville now has a convention hotel for the first time since 2009.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports that a few hundred people gathered to celebrate the Hilton DoubleTree's opening Tuesday.

Local taxpayers helped fund the five-floor, $61 million hotel, which has more than 240 rooms, an event room, a restaurant and a bar.

The Evansville City Council approved a bond not to exceed $20 million, while Vanderburgh County and the Convention & Visitors Bureau gave a total of $3.5 million. The building's other investors are HCW Evansville and Old National Bank.

The hotel's property taxes will go into a Downtown Tax Increment Financing District, which is to retire the city's bonds.

Local resident Jim Evans says it's an impressive building for the size of the community.

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