At the very southwest corner of the Joplin Region and the very northeast corner of Oklahoma, Ottawa County is a key part of the Heart of Work. Our communities offer employers a highly skilled workforce with a solid work ethic and desire to achieve.

We’re right on Interstate 44 and a BNSF Railway mainline, ensuring that companies have fast access to the materials they need and the marketplaces for their products. We’re already a prime site for manufacturers and the plastics industry, and leaders in chemicals, alternative energy, and distribution and logistics are discovering Ottawa County’s many advantages.

One of the biggest advantages is a workforce and communities that place a strong value on education. Our K-12 schools are introducing students to robotics and computer skills, while locally based Northeast Oklahoma A&M is preparing workers with much-needed skills in areas such as business, computers, healthcare, process technology, management, marketing, and more. Local residents are also close to other postsecondary providers such as Pittsburg State University, Crowder College, Neosho County Community College, and Labette Community College, giving them convenient access to programs in plastics, technology, manufacturing, engineering, alternative energy, healthcare, and management.