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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 children to be successful. We offer a wide varity of knowledgeable and skilled employees through various businesses such as Memorial Hospital (healthcare) , Computing Made Easy (technology) , Gary Grimm and Associates (publishing) , Methode Electronics (automotive switches and technology) , Carl Sandburg College (higher education), and many, many more. Volunteers work hard to support our Chamber of Commerce and its many programs, which demonstrates how much everyone believes in Carthage.”

Ginny Johnson
Vice President/Retail Branch Manager
First State Bank of Western Illinois


“The people here are the most positive asset that this community has to offer. They are well-educated and progressive. Their work ethic is outstanding, and they have a pride in doing things well, which is what makes it a good place to do business. There is a ‘can do’ attitude, which is reflected in the business climate, the Chamber of Commerce, and the schools. We’re a small community, which is ideally poised for growth and development. And the people are ready to help that happen.”

Brenda Gorrell Pyatt
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 excellent and as modern as any large city. I am proud to have raised my family here and am confident they received the education they need 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 Human Resources Director for a major employer in our area!”

Ann Dunham
Human Resources Director
Memorial Hospital and Hancock County Nursing Home

Quality of Life

“Due to our strong farm presence, we have an excellent labor force with a good work ethic and attitude. The quality of life is the main reason I live here, i.e. raising a family in a safe, clean enviroment, good schools and quality medical care. No traffic, no tee times, no hassle: It doesn't get any better. People care about each other and are committed to the betterment of the area.”

Jerald L. Bartell
Marine Bank and Trust

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