About Us

The Chamber is here to connect your business with visitors, residents, and other business members of the community.
Together we can build a foundation that will help Jasper County be stronger.

On behalf of the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce, we would like to extend a warm welcome to visitors and residents alike. Jasper County is a small community with big ambition. The local motto is “catch the spirit, live the dream” and we see so much spirit around us!

Our mission is to support the diverse business community in town. In order to facilitate this, Chamber committees work on the beautification of our commercial districts, create fun events that bring residents together and promote local business, hold informative workshops, sponsor local festivals and much more. We also strive to make sure that information is easily accessible on our newly renovated website, at the Chamber office and, at the Heritage Information Center on the square thanks to our local tourism council. (While there, be sure to capture a photo opp with our very own Burl Ives!)

What do we love about Jasper County? Our quaint town square in the county seat of Newton, the beautiful wildlife facilities scattered across the country and the family centered activities that are hosted throughout the year. Winter welcomes snowmobiles, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, bowling and Holly Jolly Fridays. When Spring arrives, our ball fields come alive with youngsters and their families, and in summer, the local parks offer fun for all. You can enjoy tennis, aquatics, a batting cage, miniature golf and refreshments. One could spend hours outdoors entertaining the kids. Spring is also a prime time for bird enthusiasts. Prairie Ridge State Natural Area is one of the best sites in Illinois for observing rare species of grassland wildlife. You can also go fishing and hiking on the 1,775 acre lake and 540 acres of shoreline at Newton Lake and conservation area. It is a favorite of professional anglers and hikers alike. Twenty-two miles of trail along the picturesque shoreline of the lake are open to hiking, cross country skiing and equestrian use. A 5 mile mountain bike trail also is open. It doesn’t stop there! Sam Parr State Park is full of natural resources with boating, fishing, hunting, trails and camping options, which bring many tourists to the area. Several guided hunting options are here to assist hunters and anglers from out of town. Airport pickup is even available if needed.

Hospitality is our forte! Stay in one of our hotels and dine at one of our local restaurants. Check out one of our locally owned shops on the square and shop hop around the county! Join us for one of our Chamber-sponsored festivals. Fall Festival, Strawberry Fest, and Holly Jolly Jasper County Christmas bring visitors from near and far. Veterans Day is a special treat as well. Come see the breathtaking view of over 400 American Flags displayed on our courthouse lawn to pay respect to our veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Whether you are spending a day, a weekend, a week, or relocating permanently to Jasper County, we invite you to contact the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce for current information, helpful tips, a calendar of our goings-on, and general questions about town.

Staff

Executive Director: Natalie Hopson

Board Members

President:
Ryan Millsap
Richland Memorial Hospital

Vice President:
Kenny Kemper
Expert Collision Center

Treasurer:
Kyle Klier
Peoples State Bank of Newton

Secretary:
Erika Brooks
Crawford Memorial Hospital

Dustin Brooks
Individual Member

Vanette King
Newton Press Mentor

Steve Rubsam
City of Newton Representative

Susan Spellbring
Eastern Star Representative

Doug Weddell
Jasper County Board Representative

Alec Westrich
Individual Member

Kayla Westrich
Individual Member

Embarras River Tourism Council
Rotating Member

Jasper County CEO
Rotating Student Member

Mission Statement

The primary role of the Jasper County Chamber of Commerce is to promote the livelihood of existing businesses and organizations, and welcome new businesses and organizations throughout Jasper County. The Chamber strives to create a better quality of life in the county through sponsorship or support of festivals and events in our communities. The Chamber provides supplemental information and assistance to the City of Newton, County of Jasper, Economic Development, Jasper Jobs, Inc. and any other group working toward recruiting new and/or retaining existing business and industry.