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Economic Development

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Collage of just a few of Carthage's businesses and sites


Work Ethic

“The Carthage community work force is one that strives to maintain the outstanding work ethic needed to make our businesses productive and encourage our youth to be successful. The Hancock County CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) Program, an accredited business growth and leadership program for high school juniors and seniors, provides a pathway for young adults to transform their lives and strengthen their work ethic as well as entrepreneurial thinking. Carthage is home to a wide variety of knowledgeable and skilled employees through various businesses such as Memorial Hospital, Carthage Veterinary Service/Professional Swine Management, and Carl Sandburg College. A strong work ethic is evident through the many people serving the Carthage Area Chamber of Commerce, Carthage Industrial Development Corporation, the City of Carthage, and all the clubs/organizations that make up the fabric of this community."

Hancock County CEO Board of Directors



“Carthage is ideally poised for growth and development.  Centrally located between Chicago and Kansas City, Carthage is easily accessible off of the CKC 110 Expressway.  The people of Carthage are the most positive asset that this community has to offer. They are progressive thinkers and visionaries.  There is an outstanding work ethic and spirit of entrepreneurship that makes Carthage a good place to do business.  Workforce development is ongoing thanks to many partnerships with regional organizations and our institutions for higher learning.  Carthage pride shows through in our local government, health care system, schools, Chamber of Commerce, and local service organizations.  Carthage is a vibrant community focused on preserving its rich heritage, small-town charm and long-standing agricultural roots.  By advancing technology, tourism, and enterprises, Carthage establishes itself as a premier place to raise a family and for residents of all ages to call home."

Amy Graham
Community Development Director



“The quality of life is beyond compare in this Midwestern area. We also have a good employee base with a great work ethic. The business community is very active and inviting. The schools are devoted to preparing our youth to be successful adults and active members of society. I am proud to have raised my family here and am confident they received the education they needed to succeed in this world. There are many community events that make our area special and keep people moving to our area, many of whom grew up here and are returning home. The pool of employees is varied and quite competent. I should know since I am a former Human Resources Director for a major employer in our area!” 

Ann Dunham
Former Human Resources Director
Memorial Hospital


Quality of Life

“Quality of life is at the top of my list of reasons why we decided to live here and raise our family.  I am always stunned by the congestion and gnarly traffic I have to fight through when visiting most larger metropolitan "destinations".   I find myself thinking "Ok for a visit but can't wait to get back home."  I am grateful for the many attributes our community has to offer that many places can only wish for:  strong work ethic, safe neighborhoods, quality health care and schools, and a healthy pace of life that makes this place such a great place to live."

Andy Bastert
Regional President and Ag Division Manager
Fortress Bank


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