When companies in the Joplin Region talk about our being the Heart of Work, they’ll tell you that one of our most important assets is a remarkably motivated and well-skilled workforce. Our seven-county region boasts a population of more than 300,000, with a workforce that has a strong heritage in a broad range of industries.
Today, you’ll find people with solid skills in fields such as manufacturing, food, plastics, technology, professional services, energy, and logistics. That means even companies with challenging needs will be able to staff new facilities much more quickly and build upon the experience our residents already have.
We’re constantly working to ensure that employers have a steady supply of high-quality employees, too. In addition to worker development programs in our area’s K-12 schools, the Joplin Region is served by a variety of higher education institutions that are focused on everything from vocational training to postgraduate options. We have a strong network of community colleges that provides programs in areas that are in high demand by employers, such as business, plastics, manufacturing, healthcare, and alternative energy. And even though our region crosses state lines, local workers can take advantage of in-state tuition thanks to reciprocal agreements.