In April 2009, the Jacksboro Economic Development Corporation (JEDC) contacted the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) Technology and Economic Development Division (TED) seeking technical assistance that would help the JEDC develop a program of activities to increase their local understanding of economic development, develop a strategic plan, and gain awareness of and access to federal and state resources. In support of these activities, TED conducted research and prepared a baseline report for the community. The baseline report represents a “snapshot” of the community demographics at a particular point in time and will serve as a basis for comparison for measuring effectiveness of future development efforts. The document that follows is the result of TEEX’s research, data collection, and evaluation.
The City of Jacksboro is a small community of 6.5 square miles and approximately 4,700 people. It is home to several significant employers, including the 1031 bed Lindsey State Jail, a minimum/ medium security facility operated by Corrections Corporation of America, which is the largest employer in the city. In addition to the availability of quality jobs, Jacksboro citizens enjoy a high quality of life with recreational opportunities, and amenities not found in larger communities, notably the Fort Richardson Historical State Park, Lost Creek Reservoir State Trailways and the Jack County Museum.