Jefferson County

Jefferson County/Monticello

1. Apalachee Regional Planning Council: The ARPC has produced a five-year 2013 – 2017 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). A downloadable version of the Plan is available here (  and through the project Website. It includes varied data and other information of direct relevance and importance for planning and decision-making in Jefferson County.

The CEDS is an ongoing, participatory planning process involving invited leaders of organizations that represent the different social and economic conditions in the region, including economic development and planning organizations, employment and training groups, business organizations, and community organizations representing minority groups and the elderly. The CEDS is designed to guide economic growth by fostering a more stable and diversified economy, assisting in the creation of jobs, and maintaining our unique sense of place and quality of life in our
member counties. It also provides a mechanism for coordinating the efforts of individuals, organizations, local governments, and private industry concerned with economic development.

2. City of Monticello: City/County 2004 Vision Plan: Development of this Plan involved a community-wide education and participation process on a range of issues. A community-wide survey was conducted that drew a strong response on identification of issues, needs and priorities for the community. The result was an action-oriented plan. Primary funding came from the US Department of Commerce and economic vitality was a priority theme. The Plan is not currently available online but remains a useful resource.

3. Jefferson County Economic Development Council: The JCEDC serves as the economic development agency for Jefferson County, Florida. The EDC is supported by and works closely with Jefferson County government. Further details are on its Website at:

4. Monticello Main Street: Main Street is a nonprofit entity that supports tourism, historic preservation, cultural awareness and business development in Monticello. It has adopted a 5 year Work Plan for 2012 – 2016. The Work Plan outlines annual activities and priorities.Main_Street_Monticello_Florida_5_year_plan

5. Jefferson County Tourism Development Council: The TDC’s stated mission is “to enhance the tourist economy of Jefferson County by expanding awareness of our natural and historic resources to current and potential overnight visitors”. It has published a 2013 -14 Marketing Plan: Maketing plan 2013-2014. The Plan identifies strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, strategies and tactics. It outlines PR and advertising methods as well as target parties. It appears in abbreviated form and the Stakeholders Advisory Team (including a Tourism sub-group) is working on related detail and expansion.

6. North Florida Regional Workforce Board: The North Florida Workforce Development Board, a private non-profit organization, brings together businesses, elected officials, educators and other collaborative partners to build and enhance a workforce to meet the needs of a demand driven economy. Supported by federal funds, NFWDB is affiliated with Workforce Florida, Inc. and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. It serves Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Madison,
Suwannee & Taylor Counties


North Florida Workforce Development Board Strategic Plan: Executive summary RWB06 WIA plan (1)
• Info to come on and links to employment data reports, etc.

7. North Florida Economic Development Partnership (NFEDP): The North Florida Economic Development Partnership (NFEDP) was formed to carry out economic development programs for the North Central Florida Rural Area of Critical Economic Concern. It is a public/private partnership comprised of local economic developers, county commissioners, workforce development boards, regional planning councils, and private businesses. The Partnership promotes economic development in the region by overseeing the Catalyst Sites project, working with Relocation/Site Selection Consultants, and creating programs to assist existing business retention and growth.

NFEDP serves Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Dixie, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy, Madison, Putnam, Suwannee, Taylor and Union Counties.

8. Jefferson County Small Business Development Program: The Jefferson County small business development program is aimed at fostering new business development and providing needed support for existing small businesses. Details are here:


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