Here in the western edge of Joplin Region, you’ll find Labette County, Kansas, a shining example of the Heartland here in the Heart of Work. For more than a century, local farmers have been hard at work feeding the nation. Their independent, self-reliant spirit has helped to create a work ethic few areas can match. Our county’s highly skilled workers appreciate the value of a job done well and see a full day’s work as a proud accomplishment. No wonder they’re proud to be part of a right-to-work state.

Combine that attitude with excellent highway and rail access to the rest of the region and the nation, plus an abundance of productive land, and you’ll see what makes us the ideal destination for companies in animal health and feed, food, agritourism, manufacturing and fabrication, and healthcare.

Our natural resources are bolstered by a wealth of local educational opportunities. At the K-12 level, school leaders understand the importance of the local economy, so they ensure that vocational programs provide in-demand skills such as robotics and welding. When it comes to postsecondary education, locally based Labette Community College prepares residents for careers in nursing and the health sciences. Local workers can also attend programs at nearby Pittsburg State University, Crowder College, and Neosho County Community College for job-focused training in technology, manufacturing, engineering, alternative energy, and management.