'Eastern Jackson County by the Numbers 2010'
Statistical Profile Serves As Tool
To Encourage Development
MAY 13, 2010 -- Statistics don't always tell the whole story, but they are vital to helping spark economic development. In their ongoing effort to attract new businesses looking for a vibrant location to "set up shop" -- while also assisting current businesses already located in the area -- the Eastern Jackson County Development Alliance (EJC) and Jackson County have compiled some key data about the County. Their in-depth statistical report, Eastern Jackson County Missouri By The Numbers 2010, is available to businesses and citizens. Anyone can view the 114-page (PDF) document right now. Just CLICK HERE* to download the report.
Eastern Jackson County By The Numbers provides in-depth research statistics about household characteristics, population, labor force, major employers, education and more. Nine cities participated in the profile: Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Grandview, Greenwood, Independence, Lee's Summit, Oak Grove, Raytown and Sugar Creek. To give the data greater regional context, the report compares Eastern Jackson County with all of Jackson County and with the Kansas City metropolitan area.
"Through the Development Alliance, Jackson County strives to build a consensus and bring communities together to pursue economic development opportunities," Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders wrote in the introduction to Eastern Jackson County By The Numbers. "Development Alliance members understand that they can more effectively spur growth through cooperating as partners rather than competing as rivals. Simply put, we recognize the fact that when one community experiences a development, the positive impact goes beyond its city limits. The benefits extend to each community's neighbors in the Alliance and throughout the entire County and region."
Sander also noted the work of the EJC and Jackson County Economic Development Department to develop the OneConnect Eastern Jackson County program. OneConnect EJC brings together multiple resources -- each participating community's economic development council or corporation, area chambers of commerce, the Full Employment Council, local colleges and more -- under one umbrella as a central "one-stop" source businesses can utilize. Through www.OneConnectEJC.com, businesses and entrepreneurs can tap into information about a wide-array of business issues, ranging from workforce solutions and financing to educational support.
While attracting new developments is a top priority for the EJC, the group also seeks to aid already existing businesses. Those already existing businesses, Jackson County Economic Development Director Robbie Makinen stated, account for approximately 70 percent of the new jobs created in the County.
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