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Mission Statement

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The JCEA Board of Directors adopted the following mission statement for the Alliance in 2012. 

 

“It is the mission of the Jackson County Economic Alliance (JCEA) to facilitate, lead and promote organized economic growth in order to improve the quality of life and to protect and create jobs through innovative and conventional programs within our community. The Jackson County Economic Alliance is responsible for developing and implementing an overall economic development plan for Jackson County. The objective of this plan is to permanently bolster economic climate through the county and fully utilize the county's assets to enhance economic growth.”

 

JCEA Goal Objectives

The Board of Directors has also established goals and objectives for the Alliance for the next five years (2013-2018). The three goals include:

Goal 1:

Business Retention, Expansion and Recruitment. JCEA will further develop a business Retention, Expansion and Recruitment program for the Jackson County area to evaluate the local business climate, offer assistance to employers through meetings or actions pertaining to economic development guidelines and incentives hiring, training, and other appropriate activity to expansion, relocation, recruitment, and attract targeted industry to increase local tax base, sales tax collection and to create or retain jobs.

  • Implement a campaign offering business incentives to utilize empty commercial buildings.
  • Actively market for Jackson County as a pro business community.
  • Implement and utilize Synchronist software to identify needs of existing industry.
  • Visit four businesses per month and provide them with the wide array of resources available.

Goal 2:

Create Higher Wage Industry Jobs. Increase the Jackson County Statistical Labor average wage for jobs to $13.50 per hour. Jackson County wage levels will be monitored on an annual basis using the Iowa Department of Workforce Development Data.

Goal 3:

New Construction Plan. Promote and facilitate $10 million in new construction in Jackson County. We will track construction data through information provided by the individual city building permits and the Jackson County Assessor’s office.

Fast Fact Image

Maquoketa has been known as the “Timber City” since about 1870 because  of the many trees that line the streets.


Photos throughout the JCEA Website are courtesy of David Namanny, Bellevue Herald Leader, The Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, The Maquoketa Chamber of Commerce, and Patti Hoffman, who represents Preston Growth and Development and The Preston Times.