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Jersey County is supported by a diversified economy led by the education, healthcare, recreation and government industries. Small shops offering an assortment of items and services line the streets of quaint downtown districts in Jerseyville and Grafton, while large-scale sites such as the South Jersey County Business Park and the Jerseyville Industrial Park house a number of industrial businesses, manufacturers and other larger corporations. In addition, agriculture continues to play a large role in the economic vitality of the region.

The county’s position at the intersection of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers is among its greatest assets, as the rivers serve as an excellent means of transporting goods to regional, national and global markets. In fact, more than 60 percent of American agricultural exports are shipped to foreign markets via the Mississippi River.

Adding to its location and diverse economy is the county’s educated and skilled pool of employees, well-maintained infrastructure and cache of first-rate business resources. The highly supportive business environment is led by such entities as county and municipal governments, as well as the Jersey County Business Association, a member-based organization supplying a medley of business- and community-oriented programs and services. Jersey County and its surrounding counties also take advantage of the resources of the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) Small Business Development Center (SBDC), which houses the International Trade Center. The SBDC presents nearly 50 seminars and workshops covering a variety of topics throughout the year, while also providing one-on-one counseling services, customized consulting and an informational resource room.

Jersey County’s economy has proven itself to be resilient in the face of a challenging national economy, and community planners persevere in their efforts to plan for the future. The county remains one of the fastest-growing areas in the state and continues to exist as an outstanding place to live and work.

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