At the same time, the Atkinson Economic Development Group has its eye on improvements and enhancements for existing business; it also has its eye on several sites that are currently available for new business opportunities. Atkinson is located one mile north of interstate 80 with its own exit and entrance ramps and with US route 6 intersecting Atkinson as well, makes Atkinson's location prime for future growth of all types. Village interests are represented through memberships in the Henry County Economic Development Group, the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Bi States Regional Commission as well as the Atkinson Economic Development Group.

Village officials proudly point to a marketplace that is one "where everybody knows your name."

Fine restaurants, "Old Time" taverns and modern bar/restaurants draw patrons from both near and far. You will find within these diverse restaurants and taverns an opportunity to tantalize your taste buds with some of the finest wines around the region with great tasting inexpensive gourmet food, to the coldest beverages in the area with the greatest hand cut steaks and ribs, to the finest home made pizza and fish fry in the area and finally the hand made breakfast rolls and breads that have been a tradition in Atkinson for generations.

A hardware store/plumbing and heating business, beauty/barber shops, wholesale gift shop, auto repair shops, insurance centers, livestock marketing companies, feed stores and grain elevators, convenience stores, gas stations, and a florist/ gift shop make for a diverse business mix beyond the food and beverage business . A truck stop located at the gateway of Atkinson provides several trucking and automobile needs and is also a great location for future growth. Many transportation companies call Atkinson home too. A produce market is also located a few miles south of Atkinson with seasonal activities for families. Atkinson is also fortunate to have one of the largest family owned RV dealerships in western Illinois and while looking in the direction of recreation, one must remember to check out the new "Atkinson ATV Park", located on the east boundaries of the city. The rivers and strip mine lakes also provide a wonderful place to relax and unwind.

Merchants are very accommodating and customer friendly. The local grocery store specializes in fine cuts of meat and has weekly specials. They even offer catering, plus, they'll deliver groceries to your door!

In addition to the great amenities and current businesses in Atkinson, our Economic Development Team is working hard to grow Atkinson's population base and has offered incentives to companies that are willing to help Atkinson reach these growth goals. The commitment of Atkinson to grow its population base can be seen in its new 24 lot sub-division, a sub-division with modern amenities and spacious building areas, only minutes from downtown and recreational parks. We plan to continue working with new and old businesses to accomplish our needs, in Atkinson Illinois and hope to see you soon.