Jewell County, the gem of north central Kansas, is located in the northern tier of counties, centrally located between the eastern and western state borders, and is 90 minutes from both Interstates 70 and 80. The county is served by U.S. Highway 36, and multiple state highways that include 14, 28, 128 and 148.
Graced with both rolling hills and fertile farmland, Jewell County is fortunate to have a variety of topography. Outdoor recreational opportunities abound. Lovewell Lake and State Park, located in the northern part of the county, offers excellent fishing, camping, hunting, nature study, and water sports. Good fishing is also available at the Jewell County State Lake. Renowned for pheasant and quail hunting, Jewell County also offers hunting of deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, and other game. Bald eagles nest close to Lovewell Lake; migratory pelicans add an unusual dimension to bird watching. Other wildlife include herons, cranes, prairie chickens, red foxes, prairie dogs etc.
Jewell County offers a safe and secure lifestyle you can afford. Living in a comfortable home and surrounded by friendly people who care about you, you can access all necessary goods and services. Excellent highways and no traffic congestion make travel easy. Jewell County is centrally located between I-70 and I-80.
Local healthcare is prompt and professional at the Jewell County Rural Health Clinic and at the Jewell County Hospital. If necessary, speedy transport to regional care centers by ground or air ambulance is available. Health maintenance is easy with walking and jogging safety, lack of smog or other pollutants, and a relaxed and stress-free lifestyle. Close to family and frineds, be they old or new, you can enjoy life.
Local venture capital funds and other business incentives combine with a quality workforce to make Jewell County an ideal location for new, expanding or relocating businesses. Quality schools, a low crime rate, and community involvement make Jewell County attractive to families with children as well as to 'empty-nesters' or retirees.
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The Jewell County Sheriff Department, located in the county courthouse, provides law enforcement under the leadership of an elected sheriff..
Jewell County offers excellent hunting of pheasant, quail, water fowl, deer and wild turkey. The Jewell County State Lake and Lovewell Lake provide excellent fishing. Hunting and fishing licenses are available at many locations throughout the county. Water-skiing and other water sports are available at Lovewell Lake and State Park. Nature trails are also marked at the Lovewell State Park.
Tennis courts, a 9 hole sand green golf course, numerous city parks, outdoor basketball courts, and a municipal swimming pool add more dimension to recreation possiblities.
The annual Steam Tractor and Antique Engine Show sponsored by the Jewell County Historical Society provides plenty of nostalgia, as does the Jewell County Historical Society Museum and several city museums. For more information, please contact:
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Assistance for existing, new, expanding or relocating businesses is available through the Jewell County Community Development Association, the North Central Kansas Regional Planning Commission, the Kansas Small Business Development Center, and the Kansas Department of Commerce and Housing, as well as a multitude of other specialized sources.
Local venture capital for qualifying businesses is available through the City of Mankato Revolving Loan Fund (contact Jewell County Community Development for details). There are other regional and state loan and grant programs for qualifying businesses.
The entire county is designated an Enterprise Zone by the State of Kansas. Qualifying businesses are eligible for a variety of local and state incentives.
Industrial sites are available.
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This Web Page last updated Sept. 5 1997