Joplin Business Outlook
Joplin Business Outlook, launched by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, is an online business journal for the Joplin area business community.Read more...
Many factors make Cherokee County, Kansas a great destination for business, including a workforce of 496,000 within a ninety-minute radius. With fast and easy rail service and interstate access to Kansas City, Tulsa, St. Louis, and beyond, you'll be able to move products to most of the nation's consumer markets in just a day and a half. We're also a tourist destination, with storied Route 66 attractions, outdoor recreation opportunities, 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.
Our workforce is strengthened by educational investments in quality K-12 schools, universities and community colleges. With programs in plastics, manufacturing technology, management, alternative energy, industrial engineering, health science, and more, local residents and employers benefit from access to Pittsburg State University, Neosho County Community College, Labette Community College, and Crowder College. As an ACT-Certified Work Ready Community, you can be confident that our residents have the skills your company needs to succeed.
And our natural and man-made wonders draw thousands of visitors every year. Hunters and fishermen flock to Cherokee County because our area abounds with trophies waiting to be taken. The Mined Wildlife Areas are popular with outdoor enthusiasts around the nation. We're also a popular destination for tourists who appreciate history and love the excitement of modern gaming and Vegas-style entertainment.