Today, Mt. Vernon is a city nationally recognized for its water conservation program and poised for economic growth, according to Gray. “Right now we’ve got a small power plant that’s being built here. We’re going to have a large fertilizer plant that’s going to be built here. And a steel mill is looking to locate here. Things are really picking up for Mount Vernon.”
Gray credits the turnaround to the city’s partnership with Johnson Controls and an innovative financing method that made it possible to implement much-needed change without increasing taxes or municipal water rates.
The results have been so impressive, a fourth phase of the project is currently underway, designed to improve the city’s water distribution system. More important than the accolades, however, is that Mt. Vernon’s water system improvement initiatives will have a lasting impact on the community. With safe water and significant cost savings, the city is transforming itself into a place where people want to live and businesses hope to thrive.