While many small towns are still dealing with the effects from the economic downtown, Pike County, Illinois is seeing a boom in business.
Back during the economic downtown small businesses were the first ones to go under. Now, Pittsfield economic leaders say an uptick in the local economy has been bringing back several new restaurants and companies to the area.
"Entrepreneurship and small businesses are really the heart and soul of Pike County and we have those popping up every day, and that's truly what drives a community such as this," said Gina Sheurman, Pike County Economic Development Director.
In fact, officials with Pittsfield Main Street say they've seen more growth in the downtown area in the last 6 months than they've seen in years.
"We have a huge hunting population and things that come into our area, as well as different events that happen throughout the year, and so we do need things to offer to those people as new businesses come in," said Christy Davenport, Pittsfield Main Street Executive Director.
The city has also been asked to apply for a market study by the USDA to gauge what kind of businesses would be appropriate for the Pike County community. And, more specifically, what types of businesses the City of Pittsfield needs for future growth.
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