Located in West Central Illinois, between the Illinois River and the Mississippi River, Pike County has many resources to offer businesses, and visitors. With a population of 16,337 residents (Source: US Census Bureau, Census estimate 2013), the primary industry for the area is agriculture. The attached Pike County Profile, assembled by the Chamber of Commerce provides a quick overview of our great county. The University of Illinois Extension has prepared this attached Pike County Factsheet as an aid to decisionmakers. Demographic and other county information from the US Census Bureau is here.
Pittsfield serves as the county seat, and is built around one of the many sites of attractions within the county, the historic Pike County Courthouse (pictured). Pike County offers a friendly, relaxing atmosphere with shops and businesses that you would expect to find in a rural community. The City of Pittsfield has an Economic Development Director, Bill McCartney, available to assist businesses. It has also just launched a dedicated website devoted to economic development at developpittsfield.com. In addition, Pittsfield has a website focused on providing its residents and visitors information, www.pittsfieldil.org. The County is proud of the many locally owned businesses and tourism attractions that have developed in recent years. Whether you are a resident interested in starting a new business, or you are coming from outside the County, you'll find Pike County is a great place to do business!
Pike County Economic Development (PCEDC) is a county-based organization that can guide you through the necessary steps to start and grow your business. PCEDC can serve as your facilitator to help identify the service providers to help your business be successful. Two Rivers Resource Conservation and Development Area is the fiduciary sponsor of PCEDC. Two Rivers RC&D is another Pike County organization focused on economic improvement in Pike County. Two Rivers RC&D has a number of projects within its area, including Access Illinois Outdoors and Access Food, and has a Revolving Loan Fund. Details can be found on the organization's website,www.2riversrcd.org
In addition, Western Illinois is home to dozens of organizations whose primary mission is to help startups and people already in business. Some of these organizations - The Entrepreneurship Center, the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Western Illinois University, and the Workforce Development Center at John Wood Community College- are linked with state-funded community colleges and universities. There are also many non-profit organizations and private service providers who work with new and growing businesses throughout the state.
The City of Barry (www.barryil.org) has an economic development office to assist you.
If you want training, technical support, advice, marketing help or even a loan, you can get it here in Pike County!