In 2005, the City of Mount Vernon commissioned a study by Prager Consulting to identify the most effective organizational structure for the activities of Economic Development. The study recommended a Public/Private organizational structure made up of area industry representatives as well as economic development allies and local government representatives. The City of Mount Vernon administration initiated the implementation of the new structure and passed a resolution for financial and in-kind support for the development of a new economic development entity.
On May 1, 2006, the Jefferson County Development Corporation (JCDC) started official operation and the organization leveraged the City of Mount Vernon financial commitment with private funds pledged from area businesses, organizations, and individuals.
The JCDC Board quickly adopted their vision and mission statement as well as long term priorities to encourage the retention of existing business, attract new business, and to work to improve the overall quality of life in Jefferson County.
By October 2006, the JCDC had qualified for the Ameren Partners in Development Program at the Prepared Level. They operate with four standing committees: Building and Site Development, Budget and Finance, Retention and Expansion, and Marketing and Public Relations. They also have three teams working on specific concerns: Workforce Development, Community Image Enhancement, and Industry Impact.
Although the organizations of the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce and City of Mount Vernon Tourism are separate entities, they believe and practice collaboration and support of each other and their programs.
The JCDC is a partnership of private industry, local and state government, local and state agencies, education, cultural entities and faith-based organizations, which provides a resourceful and flexible environment to meet ever changing demands and implement strategies to attract, maintain and develop business in our community.