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Located in the heart of Southern Illinois, Downtown Mt. Vernon is the epicenter of Jefferson County. Just one hour east of St. Louis, MO, and one hour west of Evansville, IN, we are in the middle of it all. Mt. Vernon is not only a wonderful place to work, it's an even better place to raise a family boasting low cost of living and access to a multitude of recreational activities. 

For a full report of Mt. Vernon and Jefferson County Demographics, click HERE.


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Mt. Vernon Tourism

The friendly and helpful staff at Mt. Vernon Convention & Visitors Bureau will assist you in finding the information you need to plan a trip, an event or to provide you with other area information you may need.

Jefferson Co. Development Corp.

The JCDC provides a resourceful and flexible environment to implement strategy for economic development, focusing on business attraction, expansion, retention, workforce development and entrepreneurship assistance for Jefferson County and its communities in collaboration with the Southern Illinois region and our neighboring communities.

Champion Community investments

Champion Community Investments is one of Southern Illinois's leading providers of capital to small businesses. CCI helps ensure that sufficient capital is available to fuel business growth and job creation.

City of

Mt. Vernon

Located at the crossroads of I-57 and I-64, Mt. Vernon is the perfect location for many industries, retail businesses, regional medical services and tourism. Over one billion public and private dollars have been spent on development during the last six years.

Greater Jefferson Co. Chamber of Commerce

The Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce has over 440 members, including home-based businesses, non-profit organizations, and large corporations. Their job is to serve members through promotion, networking opportunities, and assisting businesses and organizations to thrive and reach their goals.

Small Business Development Center

The Illinois Small Business Development Center at SIU has provided consulting and training designed to teach and assist new entrepreneurs the basics of starting and successfully operating a business. It takes more than a great idea to have a successful business and the SBDC is here to help you succeed. 



2021 Facade Improvement Program

Thanks to a generous contribution from the Hassakis & Hassakis Law Firm, Downtown Mount Vernon Development Corporation can fund the Façade Improvement Program formerly known as the 50/50 Beautification Program.

The Façade Improvement Program encourages the revitalization of and reinvestment in the (Downtown Business District) to improve the appearance of buildings which are street-facing or in prominent view. This program provides up to $2,500 in reimbursement grant funds to finance exterior improvements to a property owner or tenant’s commercial building that will be aesthetically pleasing and complimentary to local design guidelines or concepts acceptable to the city.


The program is designed to retain and attract businesses, strengthen the commercial corridor, increase utilization of those commercial buildings, restore economic vitality, and enhance property values. The program is a 50/50 match reimbursement grant and shall be reviewed on a first come first served basis. Project award will be based on criteria developed by the DMDC Design Committee. A formal grant application must be completed and submitted to be considered.

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