Named for George Washington’s estate in Virginia, Mount Vernon is the seat of Posey County. The community’s proximity to Evansville enables employers to draw from a larger market than just the community. Mount Vernon has access to a 26-county tri-state region with a population of 820,000. Mount Vernon is the largest industrial community in Southwest Indiana due largely to the Ports of Indiana- Mount Vernon. Companies such as plastics giant SABIC Innovative Plastics and ethanol producers Valero Renewable Fuels and Abengoa are some of the many companies that utilize the Port helping it to become the seventh busiest inland water port in America. The Port move 3-5 million tons of cargo every year.
Other industrial partners in Mt. Vernon include: CountryMark Cooperative, B&W Nuclear Operations Group, Aventine Renewable Resources, Abengoa, Consolidated Grain & Barge, ADM, Cargill, Vectren’s AB Brown Power Generation facility, Bristol Meyer Squibb, and Mead Johnson Nutrition.
Mount Vernon’s new waterfront development includes condominiums, retail shops, walking trails along with an amphitheater that draws thousands each year to the scenic Ohio River.
New Harmony is a small historic town located on the Wabash River in southwestern Indiana. During the early part of the 19th century, New Harmony was the site of two attempts to establish Utopian communities. Today, residents and tourists enjoy the slower pace of New Harmony’s opportunities for dining, antique shopping, visiting the community’s many art galleries, and admiring the quaint surroundings. New Harmony is known for its many gardens, sculptures, restored historic buildings, and public spaces designed for quiet contemplation and spiritual renewal.
Visitors come from all over the experience New Harmony’s legacy of creative endeavor which has spanned nearly 200 years. They discover a distinctive small town, where the simple wooden structures of the Harmonists, blended with modern architectural masterpieces on quiet tree-lined streets. With it’s unique assemblage of contemporary buildings within the context of the historic community, New Harmony offers the comforts of city-living in a rural setting.
Towns of Cynthiana, Poseyville and Griffin
Small scenic towns comprise the remainder of Posey County with historic family farms and rolling hills. But don’t let that fool you. Within the town of Cynthiana, population 525, lies Pearison Incorporated, one of the largest distributors of band uniforms in the United States. Brands Band Shoppe and Embroidery Direct, divisions of Pearison, manufacture and distribute to drum corps, colleges and high schools throughout the U.S. The town of Griffin was once host to the legendary Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival which hosted over 200,000 people on the Indiana side of the Wabash River; and, the town of Poseyville is a great example of Mainstreet U.S.A.