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Jackson County

Important Assets
  • Location of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, a national public research university with over 14,000 students. SIU is the largest employer in the county with over 6,000 employees.
  • Carbondale recognized as a top city to start a business in 2019 according to WalletHub.
  • Proximity to Interstate Highway 57 and Veterans Airport in Marion.
  • Other incentives: Enterprise Zone, New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC), TIF District (in Carbondale).
Top Industries (Private Sector)
  • Health Care and Social Assistance: 3,807 Employees
  • Retail Trade: 3,419 Employees
  • Accommodation and Food Services: 2,447

By the Numbers

Median Age
Residents with a Bachelor’s or Graduate degree

Carbondale Opportunity Zone

Jackson County: Carbondale Business Park East

The Assets
  • 83-acre business park with easy access to interstate highway, airports, and railways.
  • 11 miles from Interstate Highway 57.
  • 9.5 miles from Southern Illinois Airport. Commercial air service available at Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois (8.5 miles from park).
  • 3 miles from Canadian National Railway and Amtrak.
  • On-site access to natural gas, electric, and high-speed fiber internet.
  • Located within Enterprise Zone.
The Opportunity
  • Invest in existing businesses looking to relocate to the park.

Jackson County: Carbondale Grand Avenue and East Retail Districts

The Assets
  • University Mall, a regional destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment located in Carbondale East retail district.
  • Grand Avenue retail district located between Southern Illinois University (SIU) campus and off-campus student housing.
  • Convenient location for students to access shopping, dining, and entertainment options within walking distance of their homes or classes.
The Opportunity
  • Invest in existing businesses looking to relocate to the retail districts.
  • Invest in businesses currently located in retail districts.

Jackson County: Southern Illinois University Research Park

The Assets
  • University related organization, public private partnership, and foundation of University’s outreach commitment in the region.
  • 25+ companies operating in technology and knowledge based industries including food innovation, software development, and healthcare support/infrastructure transformation.
  • Home to vital regional business support services such as a Small Business Development Center (SBDC), incubator, and technology entrepreneurship programs.
  • 80,000 square feet of office, conference room, and co working spaces located in three buildings 43 acre plot.
The Opportunity
  • Invest in emerging and expanding small businesses housed in Research Park.
  • Invest in general building improvements, park infrastructure, and innovation facilities and programs.
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