Workforce

300,000

people make up Jackson's workforce.

As a regional hub of over 300,000 people, Jackson is well connected. The nine county regional workforce is fueled by seven colleges and universities and a state technology center in Jackson, plus more in the region. With a median age of 37.7, 88.5 percent of the region’s population has a high school diploma or higher. Employers give the workforce high ratings for work ethic and productivity.


In addition to developing talent, Jackson is drawing a top-ranked labor pool from major cities throughout the nation. A variety of entrepreneurs, creative professionals and technical specialists in manufacturing, IT and healthcare are calling Jackson home because of the quality of life, excellent schools and low cost of living.

News

Jackson Ranks Sixth Most Affordable Place to Live in U.S.

Fortune Magazine recognizes Jackson as one of the most cost effective places to live in America.

Team
Madison
County

Team Madison County is the single most important factor in Madison County’s economic and industrial development success the past few years. The Jackson Chamber acts as the lead contact for industrial recruitment and existing industry support, bringing together members of the team, as needed, that include City of Jackson, Madison County, Jackson Energy Authority, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the State of Tennessee.


Our community’s decision-makers are at the table from day one to help land high quality deals as well as to support existing companies to encourage growth. All team members work together as one cohesive unit and in a confidential manner, offering a level of comfort for company decision makers when discussing potential projects.

Services


Team Madison County provides a variety of services to local companies and companies considering the community for the first time.


Business Expansion and Retention

Team Madison County’s business expansion and retention team provides existing businesses access to many local, regional, state and federal business resources. From workforce training to sources of financing and incentives, and more, the team will help businesses currently operating in Madison County connect with the right agency or organization to address specific needs


Site Selection Services

For companies considering Madison County for business location or relocation, Team Madison County serves as a resource to streamline the site selection process and assists companies with support that ranges from identifying buildings and sites, to financing and workforce training, to providing research data and identifying qualified incentives. Services include: Confidential access to local and state officials, real estate professionals, land and building owners, education officials, corporate executives, and other key contacts; Customized site and building tours; Facilitating incentives, agreements, and permit expedition.

Jackson Economic Development


197 Auditorium Street
Jackson, TN 38301


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Jackson Economic Development


197 Auditorium Street
Jackson, TN 38301


Questions or Need Assistance?

731.422.9152 | mwhite@jacksontn.com

Workforce Education

In Jackson, we know education is the key to a prosperous economy and a strong workforce. A quality education at every level is highly needed to fulfill the needs of our business community. Our education institutions are regarded as some of the best in the nation.   Part of our workforce development strategy is talent retention. Jackson continuously produces great minds, skilled workers, and remarkable talents who have gone on to accomplish great things. It is our goal to motivate our best and brightest to call Jackson home, to stay here and make an impact.

Educational Attainment

 
 

Public Schools

The Jackson-Madison County School System (JMCSS) is an award-winning school district, serving approximately 13,000 students in 23 schools. The schools offer quality education programs and enrichment opportunities to a diverse population of students.  

Jackson‐Madison County School System (JMCSS)

  Jackson-Madison County School System (JMCSS) is home to over 13,000 students that speak over 17 languages from very diverse backgrounds. Our district is home to nine elementary schools, three K-8 schools, four middle schools, three traditional high schools, one magnet high school and one early college high school. Our high schools have career and technical education opportunities and dual enrollment. Additionally, our district is also home to one Pre-K Center for the youngest citizens ages 2-4.
CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES:  

Pathways to Prosperity

  Our local schools offer a variety of career-based opportunities. Technical programs available in our high schools include coding, mechatronics, welding and networking systems.   LIBERTY TECHNOLOGY MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL MADISON ACADEMIC MAGNET SCHOOL NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL  

Dual Enrollment

  High school students can be dually enrolled at two institutions at the same time. At the high school level, the class is applied toward their high school diploma and while at Jackson State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology they are receiving hours toward their programs certificate or diploma.  

Early College High

  Jackson Central Merry Early College high gives students the unique opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree simultaneously. Early college high offers a rigorous college prep/workforce readiness curriculum through courses in advanced manufacturing, information technology, allied health and education. Visit Website.  

Achievements

  The Tennessee Department of Education provides a profile of academic achievement, demographics, discipline, and attendance and graduation rates for the state, each school district and every school. The 2015 report card is based on performance and statistics from the 2014-15 school year. Some of our district highlights from the 2015‐2016 State Report Card:  
  • Jackson-Madison County School System district-wide TVAAS Composite Score earns a Level 5 which is the highest possible score and represents significant growth in our students.
  • Madison Academic and Liberty Technology Magnet High School earned Level 5 and South Side High School earned Level 4 in TVAAS. TVAAS is a statistical analysis that measures student growth. Level 4 or 5 means that students tended to grow more in literacy than their peers across the state.
  • The graduation rate for the district is up from the previous year (from 91.0% to 92.4%) and is also higher than the state average (88.5%).
  • Our schools are among the best, earning a place on the 2016 U.S. News & World Report list of the best schools in the nation.

Private Schools

 

Community & Technical Colleges

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) and Jackson State Community College’s Ned McWherter Center for Advanced Industrial Technologies are both located here in Jackson, with multiple satellite locations in the labor draw area. In addition to their own quality programs, each works closely with existing and new companies to develop targeted training programs that are customized to the clients' needs. They provide opportunities for the highest quality technical and professional training for our service delivery area. Tennessee residents can also attend these institutions tuition free through the Drive to 55 initiatives, TN Promise and TN Reconnect. Our community and technical colleges recently graduated over 1,400 students, all prepared to enter the workforce.
 

Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT)

Dual Enrollment

  High school students can be dually enrolled at two institutions at the same time. At the high school level, the class is applied toward their high school diploma and while at Jackson State Community College and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology they are receiving hours toward their programs certificate or diploma.

Drive to 55

  Governor Bill Haslam has challenged Tennesseans with a goal to get 55% of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. Drive to 55 is creating more opportunities for Tennesseans — to improve our quality of life. This initiative will substantially improve Tennessee’s future workforce and economic development. Complete Tennessee advocates for increased post-secondary access and completion. Tennessee residents can attend Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) and Jackson State Community College two years tuition free through TN Promise and TN Reconnect.  
 

Colleges & Universities

The Jackson area's six accredited four-year and postgraduate institutions are an important part of the economic climate of the area. The talent pool of such varied higher education choices creates an extremely well- prepared workforce for area companies. Our area colleges recently graduated over 4,500 students.

Labor
Market

Labor Demographics

Jackson, TN has a Labor Region Population of over 300,000. Madison County, the geographic and cultural center of West Tennessee. Jackson's labor draw is comprised of Madison and the surrounding eight counties. Thirty percent of Madison County's workforce commutes from the surrounding counties, and the number is even higher in the manufacturing sector. The percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher is above state average.


Educational Attainment


Unemployment Rates

Commute Patterns

Mean travel time to work (commute): 15.9 minutes
Daytime population change due to commuting: +22,933 (+33.9%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 23,306 (84.5%)


Commute Patterns

Income & Wages

The average wage for the top 50 manufacturing occupations is 21% lower in the Jackson labor market than the national average wage for these workers.


The area's pro-business environment and affordable and competitive labor are often the reasons cited for a company's decision to expand or locate in Jackson. The region is unrivaled in its supply of high-quality workers with dedication and work ethic to match.


With wage rates lower than most parts of the country, a manufacturing union membership of less than one percent, and the fact that Tennessee is a right to work state, Jackson has the type of workforce that new and expanding industries need.


Income & Households


Summary of Wages

Resources

TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development


Manufacturing Labor Study



Employment & Recruiting Services


Jobs4TN offers free assistance with the recruitment and screening of job applicants based on a company’s specific job requirements. More than 70,000 potential employees in statewide database. For more information, click here.


Hiring & Training Incentives


Two of the reasons Jackson and West Tennessee are such great places for doing business are the business-friendly Tax structure and incentive packages available for new and expanding industries. These incentives include grants and tax credits for hiring and training employees.


State Incentive Information Guide


TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Major Employers

Jackson boasts the names of business in all sizes, from all across the globe. Our employers include advanced manufacturing and distribution, health services and education. From a strategic location to cost advantages and incentives, we are positioned for success. Join us, and you'll be in good company.


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Testimonials

Lyondellbasell

Rebecca White
Site Leader | LyondellBasell



"Team Madison County is different to any other local Chamber or Economic Development group I have ever worked with. They are actively engaged in supporting existing industry in this area, not just focused on trying to develop the area by adding new industry and businesses. They have helped me grow my business by providing economic benefits to expansion of our facility. Team Madison County is focused on serving the industry in the community — in any way that is necessary to keep this area thriving."


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Existing
Industries

Gerdau

One of the largest recyclers in North America, Gerdau has been in Jackson since 1981. At the Jackson mill, Gerdau recycles more than 600,000 tons of scrap steel annually, to be transformed into merchant bar finished products that include angels, channels, flats and reinforced steel. The Jackson location is one of 17 mini-mill steel production and steel recycling plants that Gerdau Long Steel North America operates.


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Existing
Industries

Kellogg Company

From snacks and frozen foods to its breakfast icons, The Kellogg Company is passionate about is family of brands and the markets where it is located. Since 1971, Pringles have been made in Jackson, TN. The local Kellogg plant now produces not only Pringles, but also Saltines, Graham Crackers and Club Crackers.


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Existing
Industries

TBDN Tennessee Company

TBDN Tennessee Company is a joint venture between Toyota Boshoku Corporation and Denso Corporation. TBDN Tennessee Company blends the marketing, engineering and manufacturing strengths of each of the parent companies into a highly flexible manufacturing organization. TBDN Tennessee Company manufactures the highest quality air filter elements, cabin air filters, air induction systems, oil filters, and fuel system filters and components for the automotive industry, and has done so, locally, since 1990.


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Existing
Industries

The Carlstar Group

Since 2009, Carlstar has produced agricultural and construction tires and wheels at its Jackson facility. Headquartered in Franklin, TN, The Carlstar Group is the industry leader of specialty tires and wheels for the agriculture, construction, lawn and garden, ATV and UTV, high speed trailer, aftermarket automotive wheels and flat free/manual markets.


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Existing
Industries

UGN Automotive

UGN, Inc. was founded as a partnership between Nihon Tokushu Toryo Co. Ltd., (Nittoku), and Autoneum Holding AG. It is the preferred producer of high-quality acoustic, interior trim, thermal management products, and a recognized leader in customer satisfaction for the Japanese transplant automotive industry in North America. The local plant has been in operation since 2002.


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Existing
Industries

Pinnacle Foods Group

Pinnacle's portfolio of iconic brands has touched the lives of consumers for more than 150 years. The admirable stories of the innovators behind each brand inspire us to continually renovate and innovate its products to keep them in sync with the needs of today's consumers. The Jackson plant produces frozen waffles, pancakes, French toast, pizzas, breakfast entrees, and fish, and has done so since 1971.


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Existing
Industries

Delta Faucet

The Delta brand lives by three tenets: water has the power to transform the way people feel every day, there can be magic in simple solutions and innovations flow from human insight. The local plant, which has been in Jackson since 1995, produces Commercial and residential faucets.


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Jackson News

Jackson Ranks Sixth Most Affordable Place to Live in U.S.

August 11, 2017

Reverend Jesse & The Holy Smokes play at Jackson's AMP at the market for one of its free outdoor concerts provided to the community.

Jackson, Tennessee has been recognized as one of the “Best Cities to Live in on a $100K Salary” in the U.S. according to Fortune Magazine’s August issue. The article is based on MagnifyMoney’s look at the cost of living in 381 U.S. major metropolitan areas. This comparison loan-shopping site ranks their results by comparing how much cash is leftover after paying household expenses. In their study, Jackson ranked number six in the nation, with five metro areas in Tennessee falling into the top 10. The $100,000 income level can be used as a comparison tool for families either below or above that combined income level.

“We are pleased to receive this ranking,” said City of Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist. “We have a great city that not only offers healthy living, a great education, health care and a thriving workforce; but this reinstates that we are one of the most affordable places to live in the U.S.”

The analysis was made by comparing a two-earner household with one child and a gross annual income of $100,000 in U.S. Metro areas. Estimated monthly expenses included childcare, transportation, food, housing, student loans, savings and entertainment. These were subtracted from after-tax income. The percentage of remaining income verses total monthly expenses were the defining factors. Jackson, Tennessee can boast that it is a great place to live to stretch a paycheck with only 64% of annual income being paid for routine expenses.

“Jackson, Tennessee is one of the top places in the country to maximize your income while enjoying a wonderful quality of life,” says Jackson Chamber President/CEO Kyle Spurgeon. “Low cost of living is one factor that makes us attractive to industry, businesses and entrepreneurs of all kinds. We have and are continuing to create an environment centered around healthy lifestyles, an educated workforce, and strong cultural amenities.”

Jackson's latest mural painted by local artists in Downtown.

Jackson boasts a great community, touting health-consciousness, great medical facilities, a robust econmomic climate, a strong workforce, and contiuous improvements to education and public safety. Known for its innovation and forward thinking, Jackson is also recognized as a Smart Gigabit Community (or “Gig City”) bringing ultra-fast Internet speeds for the next generation of education, medical care, public safety and economic development.

Jackson also provides great entertainment including festivals, outdoors and parks, The Jackson Generals - a AA minor league baseball team, arts, symphony concerts, free outdoor concerts at the AMP, a farmer’s market and much more. On Jackson’s horizon are amenities such as new greenways, bike trails, kayaking, bike share, theLOCAL which is a micro-retail development for entrepreneurs and artisans, and many good things to come.

“We strive to attain the best environment for creating jobs and expanding existing businesses in Jackson and Madison County,” said Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris. “Knowing that our workforce can make a great living while providing for their family, sets us apart from many cities in America.”


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Economic Indicators and Demographics

Properties

Location

When it comes to location, Jackson has the right connections. Major highways and interstates radiate from Jackson like spokes on a wheel. Just 80 miles east of Memphis and 120 miles west of Nashville, Jackson is located on Interstate 40. Located in the Central time zone, Jackson is one hour behind the East Coast and two hours ahead of the West, extending the working day for companies that do business throughout the country. Jackson’s transportation assets offer absolute advantages for product and supply distribution, just‐in‐time delivery, and business travel.

Logistics Summary


  • Located on Interstate 40, with ten interchanges and easy access to Interstate 55
  • Major highways include: U.S. 70 and U.S. 412 provide east-west routes, while U.S. 45 and U.S. 45 Bypass go north and south. State routes include Highways 18, 198, and 223.
  • Tennessee is within a day’s drive of 76% of the US Population
  • CSX, Norfolk-Southern and the West Tennessee Railroad connect Jackson by rail to the rest of North America.
  • McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport offers multiple daily flights to St. Louis, MO, through Air Choice One.
  • The FedEx World Headquarters is located in nearby Memphis, which means lower transportation costs and faster delivery times for our growing industry base.
  • Located one hour, twenty minutes to Memphis International Airport and two hours from Nashville International Airport.

Highways/ Interstates


  • Located on Interstate 40, with ten interchanges and easy access to Interstate 55

  • Major highways include: U.S. 70 and U.S. 412 provide east-west routes, while U.S. 45 and U.S. 45 Bypass go north and south. State routes include Highways 18, 198, and 223.

  • Tennessee is within a day’s drive of 76% of the US Population

  • Industrial parks are served with direct interchange access.

Rail Service


Jackson and Madison County are well connected with the United States rail system through three railroad systems short line West Tennessee Railroad, and two Class I railroads — CSX and Norfolk Southern. West Tennessee Railroad connects Madison County via direct daily interchanges with both CXS and Norfolk Southern.


  • CSX


    CSX is a Class 1 railroad with more than 21,000 miles of network track in 23 U.S. states, D.C. and Canada (Quebec and Ontario). CSX has a serving yard in Jackson, known as the “River Yard." CSX serves Jackson using trackage rights over the Norfolk-Southern line from the intersection with the CSX mainline at Milan, just north of Jackson.

  • Norfolk‐Southern


    Norfolk-Southern Railroad offers daily rail service to St. Louis, Atlanta and Chicago, and points beyond through mainline rail connections. The Norfolk-Southern line in Jackson is part of the main north-south line that runs from Mobile, AL, to Centralia, IL. The Norfolk-Southern line ties Jackson service into its main east-west line at Corinth, MS. Intermodal service is available in Memphis.

  • West Tennessee Railroad


    The West Tennessee Railway operates over 180 miles of track moving 15,000 annual carloads with 12 locomotives. Its main switching yard in Jackson moves grain, metals, chemicals, paper, flour, frozen foods, plastics, building materials and other products to and from industrial sites served by the West Tennessee Railroad in West Tennessee counties. The local management team is equipped to make local service decisions. The transloading facility in Jackson is a tremendous asset to the region. West Tennessee Railroad is a shortline railroad for Norfolk-Southern.

  • Intermodal


    In nearby Memphis, there are several choices for intermodal transportation which provides distinct advantages to companies for both inbound and outbound freight. Intermodal facilities in Memphis include: BNSF Railway, CSX, Norfolk Southern

Air Service


  • McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport


    Jackson is home to McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport. Located seven miles west of downtown Jackson. It provides regional commercial airline service, aircraft charter, major aircraft repairs and air freight handling. Open 365 days a year, the airport’s commercial air service to St. Louis, MO, is provided by Air Choice One and is served by Hertz Rent-a-Car. The airport has a fully functioning FBO with amenities including crew cars, pilot’s lounge, weather station and ramp services.

  • Memphis International Airport


    Located just 80 miles (one hour, twenty minutes) from Jackson, Memphis International Airport is a world class facility serving more than 10 million passengers a year. Non-stop passenger service is available from Southwest, Delta, United, American, Frontier and Allegiant airlines with limited delays. For 22 years in a row, the Memphis International Airport has been North America’s busiest air cargo airport.

  • Nashville International Airport


    Located just 120 miles (1 hour, 45 minutes) from Jackson, Nashville International Airport is easily accessible. With 10 airlines operating 390 average daily flights to 50 non-stop destinations, BNA is an ideal choice for your business or personal travel.

Water Service/ Ports


For a company that needs use of a port, there are two excellent options in West Tennessee— The International Port of Memphis and the Port of Cates Landing.

Public and Commuter Transit


Public Transportation is available through Jackson Transit Authority bus system which serves the entire city. Commuter transit and shuttle service is available through Affordable Taxi Services or KlickGO on demand transportation.

Doing Business Here

Existing Industry


When a company chooses to locate in Jackson, Team Madison County’s work is not done—it’s just beginning. Local companies know that the support they received throughout the recruitment process continues not only during the announcement and start-up process, but through the ongoing operations here in Jackson. Team Madison County stays in regular contact with area industrial leaders in a variety of ways including personal visits and emails, bi-monthly plant managers’ roundtables, monthly industrial human resources meetings, bi-monthly safety managers meetings, energy efficiency audits and more. Additionally, Team Madison County makes corporate office visits multiple times throughout the year to continue to foster relationships with existing companies. Training is also offered to area industrial leaders on topics such as: Remaining Union Free, Supervisor Training, Healthcare Reform Updates, and others, as requested by local companies. Our existing industry base continues to thrive here as a result of the business environment that has been afforded to them.

Incentives and Taxes


Two of the reasons Jackson and West Tennessee are such great places for doing business are the business-friendly tax structure and incentive packages available for new and expanding industries.


Incentives and Grants


    State

  • In Tennessee, experience incentives designed specifically with your business in-mind. Lower operating costs reduce capital outlay and minimize risk. We know what it takes to earn your business. In Tennessee, we're fostering economic growth with flexible tax credits, incentives and grants geared toward your investment. For more information on the competitive state incentives available, click here.

  • Local

  • Real and Personal Property Tax Abatement
    Manufacturing, distribution, call center or data center projects involving a significant capital investment and number of new jobs may qualify for Jackson-Madison County’s aggressive Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) program. This program can enable a company to substantially reduce its tax burden during the critical early phases of operation. Companies are eligible to take advantage of the PILOT by entering into a lease-back arrangement with the Jackson Industrial Development Bond Board.
    A PILOT is offered as an incentive to both new and expanding companies. It can apply to industrial real property, such as the land and building, as well as personal property, such as equipment.
    PILOTs are considered on a case-by-case basis and are based on an analysis of job creation, capital investment and wage rates.

  • Foreign Trade Zone 283

  • Industrial Parks located within Madison County have been designated as part of Foreign Trade Zone Number 283. This designation enables companies locating in those areas to receive equipment, raw materials, inventory and elements that might be added to the manufacturing or distribution process without paying federal duties until the finished product is sold. A duty is a federal tax generally charged on foreign trade items. This status enables companies locating in Jackson to take benefit from significant logistical and competitive advantages. Operation of the 10-area trade zone is overseen by the U.S. Border Patrol’s Memphis office.

  • TVA Valley Investment Initiative

  • The Valley Investment Initiative (VII) is an economic development incentive program jointly offered by TVA and participating distributors of TVA power. VII offers financial incentives to qualifying power customers who contribute to the economic development of the seven-state Tennessee Valley region and complement TVA’s power system resources. For more information, click here.

Taxes

  • Local

  • Type of Tax City Rate County Rate
    Property tax (per $100 value) $1.97 $2.15
    Ratio of assessment:
         Residential 25% 25%
         Industrial 40% 40%
         Personal (equipment) 35% 35%
    Sales Tax: 9.75% (7% state tax, 2.75% local option tax)

  • State
    Tax Rates in tennessee
    Tennessee has the second lowest state and local tax burden per capita, and no income tax on wages.

  • Type of Tax Rate
    Excise 6.5% on the net earnings of the company derived from doing business in Tennessee
    Franchise 0.25% of the greater of net worth or real and tangible property in Tennessee
    Sales The sales tax rate on food is 5%. All other tangible personal property, unless specifically exempted, is 7%
    Unemployment Insurance The first $9,000 in wages paid to each employee are subject to this tax. The new employer premium rate for most industries, including manufacturing sector 31, is 2.7%. The rate is higher for construction (7.5%), mining and extraction (5.0%), manufacturing sector 32 (5.0%), and manufacturing sector 33 (6.5%). Minimum and maximum experience rates are 1.0% and 10.6%, respectively.

Industrial Utilities


Reliable Delivery. Customized Service. Competitive Cost. This is what industrial customers can expect in Jackson. A strong utility system is important to a community's economic future. Jackson Energy Authority (JEA) and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) are major players in Jackson's industrial and economic growth and in its ability to attract more jobs. JEA provides the necessary infrastructure of water, wastewater, electric and gas services so the community can grow.

Through a variety of rate schedules and incentive programs, JEA can provide the utility service any industry needs at competitive costs. JEA's administrative and technical staff assist commercial and industrial customers with utility site information, rate calculations, technical assistance and engineering expertise.

JEA's utilities are monitored continuously by a sophisticated computer network to provide reliable service and a quick response time. JEA is on hand 24 hours a day to handle emergency situations, such as voltage or pressure problems.

Infrastructure is extremely important to companies as they decide where to expand and build new plants. JEA has a reputation for having a well-maintained utility system, long-term and reliable sources of supply and employees who know how to get the job done right.

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Target Industries


A healthy economy has a diverse portfolio of competitive and emerging clusters. Jackson has an experienced and diverse workforce, but there are also significant concentrations in a few key industries. Based on the skill sets of our workforce, our location and our strong infrastructure assets, there are five targeted industry clusters for which we recruit.


Advanced Food Processing


Jackson provides food processing companies with redundant, reliable energy at a competitive rate. Our community boasts a unique mix of assets to accommodate this fast-changing industry, including a location with logistical advantages, a well-developed transportation infrastructure and a competent, experienced workforce in the food manufacturing sector. While other parts of the U.S. face water shortages, the Jackson Region has an abundant supply of water. The aquifer from which the Jackson Energy Authority (JEA) obtains its water is considered one of the best supplies in the country. Jackson Energy Authority’s water distribution system, which includes a network of elevated storage tanks and 800 miles of mains, ranging in size from four to 24 inches, has the infrastructure in place to support both new and expanding industry.

Several food companies area already located in Jackson and they include Kellogg, ADM Milling, Pinnacle Foods, Mrs. Sullivan’s Pies, Pictsweet, and others.


Automotive Suppliers


With its central location in the rapidly expanding Southern automotive corridor, Jackson offers automotive manufacturers accessibility and convenience in production and transportation. Jackson is home to a variety of automotive suppliers represent all stages of the supply chain. Jackson companies will experience low operating costs, an experienced labor pool and the utility infrastructure in place to support their growing needs. Jackson also boasts a cluster of Japanese automotive suppliers, seven of which call Jackson home.

The existing automotive companies located in Jackson include Finishing Brands, LyondellBasell Industries, Metal Technologies, Pacific Manufacturing Tennessee, TBDN Tennessee Company, Tennalum, Toyota Bodine Aluminum, Toyota Boshoku Tennessee, UGN, and US Farathane.


Customer Care Centers


Jackson has been established as a “Gig City” and companies that locate here enjoy fhe advanced fiber infrastructure provided by Jackson Energy Authority. Jackson already calls the call center industry home and has a workforce available that is experienced with both in-bound and out bound calls, and with calls requiring a technical component.

Existing call center operations include Apria Healthcare, Coram, Jackson Energy Authority, Kirkland’s, Portfolio Recovery Associates and Stanley Black and Decker.


Logistics


Companies located in Jackson will benefit from our strong transportation network. Sitting right on Interstate 40, and with 4 lane highways in every direction, Jackson offers the convenience of access to Interstate 55. Centrally located in the southeast, Jackson offers extensive access to rail transportation, and is within an hour of three intermodal facilities as well as the 2nd largest inland water port, the International Port of Memphis. Because of our transportation infrastructure and excellent connectivity, we can offer supply chain management solutions that give your company the competitive edge that will improve the bottom line.

Jackson is home to major distribution centers including Kirkland’s, Perseus Distribution and Ryder/Kellogg.


Data Centers


Jackson is an attractive choice for data center facilities thanks to a number of competitive advantages, including a low natural disaster risk, low cost power, and redundant fiber. Jackson, a Gig City, is home to the only Enterprise Data Center site in the State of Tennessee, a designation established by Deloitte Consulting and Tennessee Valley Authority. This site, Tiger Jones Technology Park, was deemed as ready-for-development, meaning it meets the requirements to support a major data center.

Living in Jackson

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Cultural

Jackson’s cultural amenities offer symphony concerts to music fests, from community theater productions to the ballet, Jackson is known for the many art forms and celebrations of the arts. As a Jacksonian explained it, "Not only is there a great deal of art to be enjoyed in Jackson, you can often be a participant in the creation of the art, the theatre productions, the music."


The Jackson Arts Council's mission is to connect and strengthen the arts. It promotes excellence in and access to the creation and experience of the arts.


Serving as cultural partners with many organizations in the city, the Jackson Arts Council facilitates and supports the Arts Coalition, advocates locally and on a state level for the Arts, and also administers two grant programs: ABC and JAC.


A variety of cultural/arts festivals are held in Jackson, including the African Street Festival, Archeofest, Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour, the Jackson International Food and Art Festival and Rockabilly Fest.


The Arts Coalition of Jackson Arts Council is made up of representatives of non-profit arts organizations and arts presenters in Jackson-Madison County. Their mission is to advance the arts through cooperation, education, communication and support. Some of the many arts groups in Jackson include:


For the complete list of Festivals and members of the Arts Coalition of the Jackson Arts Council, go to www.jacksonartscouncil.tn.org.


Shopping

West Tennessee shoppers flock to Jackson because they like the variety of retail stores that Jackson offers in its two million square feet of retail space. Many of those stores are found in one of the many shopping centers. Let’s go shopping.

Eat.

Dining

From down‐home cooking to fine dining and multicultural foods, Jackson’s array of restaurants also brings people to town. Local specialties include pulled pork barbecue and catfish. Home‐grown entrepreneur Isaac Tigrett made Jackson’s barbecue world famous at the Hard Rock Cafes found in major cities.

Find a local restaurant.

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Outdoors and Parks

Jackson and Madison county’s park system is a well-kept gem. The Jackson Recreation and Parks Department has been nationally recognized for its variety and depth of program services and its parks system. It has been ranked in the top 20 nationally for cities of similar size. The Department operates 12 parks, covering 850 acres.


Madison County Parks offer a wide variety of activities for the entire family from youth football, cheerleading, wheelchair basketball, youth softball and baseball, BMX races, rodeos and horse shows, and historic reenactments. Facilities are also provided for volleyball, walking, and fishing.


Jackson’s residents also are within an hour or two drive from several state parks, including Reelfoot Lake, which America’s bald eagle calls home in winter; and Chickasaw State Park and Natchez Trace State Park with their rustic trails and picnic areas. Paris Landing State Park and Pickwick State Park – northeast and southeast respectively from Jackson – sit on the scenic Tennessee River and offer boating, golf courses, lodging and other recreational activities.

Sports and Recreation

In 1998, the Jackson Generals were born when the formerly Memphis-based Southern League franchise moved to Jackson. The AA minor league team is an affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. "The Ballpark at Jackson" is extremely fan-friendly. The last row of seats is a mere 30 feet above the playing surface. There are great sightlines and a well-stocked concession area. Corporate boxes round out the offerings.

From college football to a host of adult and children’s recreational leagues also vie for the town’s attention.

Jackson also offers golf courses, indoor swimming pools, tennis courts, two bowling centers, an outdoor inline hockey rink and well-kept fields for baseball, T-ball, softball, soccer and other activities.

Jackson is home to the West Tennessee Healthcare Baseball/Softball Sportsplex it is located on approximately 65 acres adjacent to Pringles Park. It includes a 17-field facility that is used for local play, and also hosts national and regional tournaments.

With 17 lighted and immaculately groomed baseball and softball fields sitting on 70 acres, The West Tennessee Healthcare Sportsplex offers the perfect location for teams from any region.

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