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Mt. Vernon Project Selected as Beautify the Bluegrass Finalist


Commitment to community is one of the cooperative principles... Jackson Energy’s volunteer work to upgrade the Mt. Vernon Welcome signs is recognized as a finalist for the “Beautify the Bluegrass” contest.

Governor Bevin created the “Beautify the Bluegrass” initiative in 2017 to get Kentuckians involved in enhancing the existing beauty of the Commonwealth. The campaign follows a simple model: identify a public area in the community that needs attention, gather a team to take on the project, and put the ideas into action to beautify the space.

In 2018, Jackson Energy became involved in the project, which is a partnership between Gov. Bevin and Kentucky Living magazine, the flagship publication of Kentucky’s electric cooperatives.

“Co-ops are committed to improving the quality of life in the communities they serve,” says Jackson Energy President & CEO Carol Wright, “so Beautify the Bluegrass is a natural fit for us.” Jackson Energy Executive Administrative Assistant Lisa Baker organized the project.

Jackson Energy is a finalist for the Beautify the Bluegrass Co-op Award, which will be decided by Gov. Bevin. “We were proud to complete work on the project,” said Baker. “We actually completed two community improvement projects this year – one at Mt. Vernon and one at the Three Forks History Museum and Welcome Center in Beattyville.” More than 20 employees worked on both projects, which included updating landscaping, mulch and trimming overgrown trees and shrubs.

Employees worked with city and county officials in both cities to plan and implement the projects.

Other co-op finalist are Big Rivers Electric in Henderson for upgrades to the Webster County Office of Community & Economic Development, Jackson Purchase Energy in Paducah for a project at Clarks River National Wildlife Refuge and West Kentucky RECC in Mayfield for improvements to Kirksey Park.

The Beautify the Bluegrass 2019 winners will be announced at Kentucky Living’s Best in Kentucky awards show at the Kentucky State Fair on Thursday, August 22 at 10 a.m.