Missouri-based developer HCW LLC has received approval to brand its $71 million convention hotel in downtown Evansville as a DoubleTree by Hilton. Last month, the City of Evansville confirmed a verbal agreement between the two companies. June 30, 2014

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. – HCW Evansville Development Inc. (“HCWE”) an Indiana corporation, headquartered in Branson, Missouri, announced today, that HCWE's franchise application has received final approval by the applicable franchising subsidiary of Hilton Worldwide, Inc (“HILTON”). HCWE has been working with HILTON and the DoubleTree brand since late 2012 when the two entities responded together to answer the City of Evansville “Request for Proposal” for a downtown hotel and Convention Center developer.

“We are obviously pleased to confirm Hilton's approval for branding the Evansville downtown hotel under the DoubleTree brand,” said Rick Huffman, CEO and Managing Member of the downtown hotel and convention center. Huffman further stated, “The HILTON franchise has placed a great deal of interest and focus on the DoubleTree brand throughout the world. The brand is highly recognized and the brand standards are designed to maximize customer satisfaction. The DoubleTree makes the sixth (6th) Hilton hotel in our hotel portfolio,” Huffman said.

The Double Tree Evansville Downtown Hotel and Convention Center by Hilton is a 258 room hotel with 6,000 sq.ft. of ballroom space, two restaurants including a roof top tenth floor bar open to the outdoors with retractable windows. The hotel also included a fitness facility, business center and all the amenities of a full service hotel.

The Hotel and Convention Center will be managed by Pillar Hotels and Resorts (“PHR”). PHR operates three (3) other properties under Ownership, including two full service Hiltons of Branson, located in Branson, Missouri.

Chris Russell, CEO of PHR stated, “The DoubleTree brand is the perfect flag for downtown Evansville. The hotel will provide hotel service and accommodations and enhance the customer experience of those patrons taking advantage of the events at both the Ford Center and The Old national Events Plaza.” Russell also said, “we are excited to join the Evansville Community and look forward to working with all the various individuals and entities that make the city so great.”

HCWE has begun the preconstruction move-in process, bid packages have been distributed and HCWE anticipates receiving the proper building permits allowing the site infrastructure to move forward.

HCW, LLC is a nationwide development company with offices in Wichita, KS, Branson, MO, and Phoenix, AZ. HCW, LLC is widely known for its unique ability to assess the needs and wishes of a community and bring esthetically appropriate development that blends with the best features of each community. For more information about HCW, LLC please visit http://www.HCWDevelopment.com or call 417.332.3400

Source: HCW LLC

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