The next step in boosting the economy of a rural county near the Quad Cities is jobs. Each week an organization called Mercer County Better Together emails a list of job openings collected by a regional group called the American Job Center.
After several years of planning how to improve their economy, residents of Mercer County are ready to take the next steps. Led by the group Mercer County Better Together, they're starting to fix up their parks and promote tourism.
A long effort to plan the future of Mercer County is about to move into the next phase. An organization called Mercer County Better Together will hold the 11th and final community meeting Wednesday night in New Boston.