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Alexander County

Important Assets
  • City of Cairo is a vital shipping location at confluence of Ohio and Mississippi rivers.
  • Location of historic sites such as Fort Defiance Park in Cairo.
  • Largest population percentage of Black residents in region.
  • Centrally located -just under 250,000 people within 35-mile radius of Cairo.
  • Other investment incentives: Enterprise Zone (in Cairo), TIF District (in Cairo), and Empowerment Zone.
Top Industries (Private Sector)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance: 203 Employees
  • Transportation and Warehousing: 195 Employees
  • Manufacturing: 161 Employees

By the Numbers

Poverty Rate

cairo opportunity zone

Alexander County: Cairo Port District Development

The Assets
  • Located at confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, two of the busiest shipping waterways in the US.
  • Easy access to rail (Canadian National) and major roadways (I 57, I 55, I 24).
  • Just under 250,000 people located within a 35 mile radius of Cairo.
  • $40 million in committed state funding to construct new river port terminals and other infrastructure improvements.
  • Potential for new jobs for local residents in historically Black community.
The Opportunity
  • Invest in new port terminal development.
  • Invest in relocation of existing companies from other locations to new Cairo port district.
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