City of Jasper
Jasper is a regional economic center with a thriving industrial base and a high employment rate. Most of the population is employed through industries, local industries in manufacturing, specifically wood manufacturing, and wood and metal combinations for furniture, both in the hospitality and office furniture markets. Other major industries showing growth include electronic components, engines and remanufactured engines, and logistics. Jasper is home to multinational companies, national companies, and several companies that are publicly traded. Entrepreneurship is strong in Jasper, where many commercial and retail businesses are locally owned. The population of Jasper inflates from 16,500 residents to roughly 24,000 during the day as the employment opportunities draw residents from surrounding counties.
Jasper excels as a stand-alone destination and is the county seat of Dubois County. Inviting and inclusive, the city of Jasper, Indiana lives up to its reputation as one of America’s best communities. Ideally situated less than half an hour away from popular Indiana attractions, such as French Lick Casino and Resort, Patoka Lake, and Holiday World. Jasper is home to the Indiana Baseball Hall of Fame, The Dubois County Museum (voted the best small town museum in the state), the Spirit of Jasper Train, The Jasper City Mill, The Parklands of Jasper (75-acre nature destination), The River Walk, The Thyen-Clark Cultural Center and many other points of interest. Residents and visitors can enjoy the city’s rich history, while exploring the beautiful parks and trails, or enjoying the diverse art, entertainment, shopping, and dining experiences.
At its heart, Jasper is a city with a rich history built on community values, entrepreneurship, and faith. Jasper is a small, very proud and growing community where newcomers are always welcome. Protecting its safe neighborhoods, clean streets, and quality of place are priorities in the city and it’s noticeable. Jasper has an excellent school system, excellent sports, parks, and recreation programs, and is known for the arts.
Jasper boasts the only municipally supported Arts Council in the state of Indiana. The city of Jasper and the Jasper Community Arts Commission is the only group to have won the Governor's Arts Award twice.
Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center is one of Jasper’s largest employers. Memorial provides primary, specialty, and emergency services to residents of Jasper and eight other regions in Dubois County. Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center was the recipient of the coveted Malcolm Baldridge Quality Award.
The city believes strongly in the importance of education and its schools are ranked as some of the best in the state. We have excellent facilities and we keep investing in our schools, locally. Education is core to economic development. Jasper is home to a satellite campus of Vincennes University and Oakland City University.
Challenges by City of Jasper
Creating public-use indoor recreational facilities in the City of Jasper
Connecting visitors and residents to local Jasper attractions using the existing Spirit of Jasper train
Increasing transportation accessibility to residents and visitors within the region