WEST LIBERTY, Ky (WYMT) - For two years now, the city of West Liberty has worked to rebuild following a deadly tornado outbreak back in March of 2012.
On Thursday, city leaders celebrated the announcement that the Clinton Global Initiative is backing their plans to redevelop their beloved home.
When looking at City Hall in downtown West Liberty, you would never know that a tornado nearly leveled the town. Mayor Mark Walter said that is thanks to a lot of hard work.
"We lost so many of our residents to the tornado and we invite them back. This is an avenue we will have to bring them back," said Walter.
The avenue that Mayor Walter is referring to is a multi-faceted development project known as Rebuilding West Liberty.
Bobby Clark with Midwest Clean Energy Enterprise helped organize the plan with the city.
"There are so many opportunities here. We just need to help them and spread the word around the country that this community needs help," said Clark.
One way they plan to get that help is by building four energy efficient homes that will have absolutely no utility costs. They will be built in place of others destroyed in the storm.
Clark said that aspect of their plan is what got the attention of the Clinton Global Initiative.
"What they do is they recognize projects and programs around the country that are going to help rebuild the economy and jobs and opportunities throughout America," said Clark.
In addition, the city's plan includes an informational kiosk, which will demonstrate to users how the homes are energy efficient. Clark said the local schools in Morgan County can also use the technology to teach their kids about living energy efficient
"We want that message to go beyond the schools. We want to teach the community," said Clark.
While the Clinton Global Initiative will not fund the four homes, the partnership allows local officials to network with national leaders who can help with fundraising.
We are told the city will need to raise half a million dollars for the homes before construction can begin.