Here in the northern part of the Joplin Region, Barton County, Missouri, we’re accustomed to helping things grow. Whether that involves using some of our state’s most productive land or helping innovative companies compete in the world market, we understand that success doesn’t happen by accident.

We’re the birthplace of President Harry Truman, and you’ll find his plainspoken, common-sense style reflected in the attitude of local residents. This is a part of the world where people take responsibility for themselves, but still look out for their neighbors’ needs. When it comes to the workplace, you’ll see that in a willingness to acquire new skills and be productive, along with a collaborative approach that’s perfect for industries such as manufacturing and materials. With plenty of beautiful cropland, and easy access to rail and state and interstate highways, we’re also a natural site for agriculture, food, and feed companies.

Harry valued practical knowledge, and so do local residents. That’s why local schools focus on delivering the skills our young people need to help businesses succeed, including an advanced manufacturing partnership with Crowder College. Other postsecondary options include nearby Pittsburg State University and Neosho County Community College, giving local workers access to excellent programs in technology, manufacturing, engineering, alternative energy, and management.