At the very southwest corner of the Joplin metro area and the northeast corner of Oklahoma, Ottawa County is a key part of the MOKAN region. Its communities offer employers a 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 access to the materials and marketplaces they need. We're a prime site for manufacturers and the plastics, and leaders in chemicals, alternative energy, distribution and logistics are quickly discovering Ottawa County's merits.
One of our biggest advantages is a strong emphasis on education. Our K-12 schools are introducing students to robotics and computer skills while Northeast Oklahoma A&M is preparing workers with skills in business, computers, healthcare, process technology, management, marketing, and other fields. Local residents are also close to 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, and management.