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President's Letter

On behalf of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, I would like to welcome you to our community. Let us be your first stop for information about our town. We hope your stay is pleasant, whether as a new resident, business or visitor. Established in 1814, Jackson is the oldest town named Jackson in the United States. Traditionally, Jackson has been known for its beautiful homes, churches, schools and parks. However, Jackson’s continued growth is likely due to a combination of factors such as expansion in industry, schools, chamber and the residents’ desire to live in a progressive community.

We are very proud of our community, which is also the county seat of Cape Girardeau County. Jackson is located within minutes of interstate highways and regional shopping. We have some of the finest restaurants, specialty shops, and golf courses in the area while keeping the charm of a town that is rich in history and tradition.

There are many parks: the Jackson City, Brookside and Litz Parks and a huge soccer park, comprising over 225 acres of the most beautiful and well-maintained parks in the area. The City and Litz Parks have tennis courts, playground equipment, picnic areas, and walking trails around their respective lakes. Additionally, the City Park has a public swimming pool, Rotary Lake (a four-acre lake), a band pavilion (which hosts concerts every Thursday through the summer), and the internationally recognized Safety City (a bicycle safety area for children). Also, at Brookside Park there is a memorial to Veterans of All Wars.

Jackson has boasted a high quality of residential life for almost two hundred years. People move here because they desire safe and secure neighborhoods and excellent schools for their children. Many residents have lived here their entire lives, and the strong sense of community and tradition is prevalent.

Over the past 10 years, Jackson has been the fastest growing community in southeast Missouri with a growth rate of 29.1 percent. Furthermore, Cape Girardeau County has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the area and has stayed at or below 4.1 percent for several years. This is largely due to the tremendous growth in industry and expansions by local branches of Rubbermaid Closet Organization Products, ARI, Procter and Gamble, Nordenia USA, Ceramo, and Midwest Sterilization.

Our schools have long been known for their continued commitment to high quality education to all students. Jackson R-2 students continue to exceed state averages on the MAP test, while our graduates outperform both state and national averages on the ACT. A dedicated faculty and staff and strong parent community support make it possible for our students to perform well. The district works efficiently, educating students at a per-pupil cost that is less than the state average. With the near completion of the high school expansion, these facilities make a positive statement about the emphasis we place on educating our students.

The Jackson Chamber of Commerce is instrumental in aiding new and existing business. With a membership of over 400, the chamber is continually growing and changing to meet the needs of its members. With several committees such as agriculture, retail, education, tourism, membership, beautification, the non-profit alliance, small business alliance and the sub- company Jackson Industrial Development Company (J.I.D.C. for industrial recruitment and retention), the chamber is known as the premier business-related organization in the community.

For more information on Jackson, stop by our office at 125 E. Main Street, just off the courthouse square, and we’ll be happy to assist you to meet your individual needs.

Geoff Parker President

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