Located in the western part of the Joplin Region, Cherokee County, Kansas is a great destination for businesses for so many reasons — including a workforce that was raised with an appreciation for gaining skills and taking pride in a job well done (that’s why Kansas is a right-to-work state). With fast and easy Interstate access to Kansas City, Tulsa, St. Louis, and the many markets beyond them, along with frequent rail service, you’ll be able to move product to most of the nation’s consumer markets in just a day and a half. We’re also a tourist destination, with attractions along storied Route 66, plenty of outdoor recreation, and modern gaming.
Add in an abundance of affordable utilities, including access to unlimited dark fiber bandwidth, and you’ll see what makes us an ideal choice for companies in agriculture, food, manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, and other industries that need high-quality employees to thrive.
That workforce is strengthened by significant investments in education. That starts with our top-quality K-12 schools, and extends to our area’s many local universities and community colleges. Local residents and employers benefit from access to programs at Pittsburg State University, Neosho County Community College, Labette Community College, and Crowder College, with programs in plastics, manufacturing technology, management, alternative energy, industrial engineering, health science, and more. In fact, we’re an ACT-Certified Work Ready Community, so you can be confident that local residents have the skills your company needs to succeed.