Caterpillar Donates $100,000 to Plaza ProjectFriday, August 22, 2014
Today, the Morton Economic Development Council announced that Caterpillar Inc. has pledged $100,000 in support of the new Morton Downtown Plaza. The donation will go to support the water fountain feature, a centerpiece for the project.
“We believe a vibrant downtown can spur economic development for the community, and the Morton Downtown Plaza is an example of a project that can help beautify the area and drive visitors,” said Henry Vicary, Caterpillar’s Community Relations Manager. “It’s important to Caterpillar that Morton thrives because it’s not only home to many of our employees, but also where more than 2,000 people work at our worldwide parts distribution headquarters. As a values-based company, it’s important that we are proactive members of our communities that contribute time and resources to bettering the communities where we work and live. To us, investing in projects like the Morton Downtown Plaza is our values in action.”
The Morton Downtown Plaza will be located on the corner of Main and Washington Streets on a parcel owned by the Village of Morton. The Plaza was designed by the Farnsworth Group, and includes shaded seating, a Veterans Memorial, water fountain, play spaces, entertainment area, and public restrooms. The Plaza is designed to draw people of all ages into Morton’s downtown district, reconnect and beautify Main Street, and offer infrastructure to support downtown events and activities. The interactive water fountain is located in the heart of the project. It will appeal to visitors of all ages, but especially children as the back of the fountain has a wall of water perfect for small hands to touch and feel.
“Bruce Brown with the Farnsworth Group did an outstanding job designing this special feature in our Downtown Plaza” said Jennifer Daly, CEO for the Morton EDC. “Caterpillar’s commitment to this project will play a monumental role in helping us reach our campaign goal so we can build this beautiful gathering space for our community.”
The Village of Morton has committed $1 Million from its business district fund to support the construction of the Morton Downtown Plaza. The Village is partnering with the Morton EDC to raise the remaining $1 Million needed to complete the project. To date, the Morton EDC has secured $652,000 of that goal.