Central Location. Connected Routes. Capable Workforce.

The power of the Joplin Region lies in the highly effective workforce coupled with an array of location options. Anchored by the Joplin, Missouri metropolitan area and Pittsburg, KS and Miami, OK micropolitan areas, this region has an affordable business climate, excellent transportation access and a high quality of living.

Why Choose the Joplin Region?

The Joplin Region is comprised of Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma. Here you’ll find communities in seven counties working in partnership to ensure your business expansion or location is successful. Explore the region and you will find a quality labor force, available buildings and sites and an efficient transportation network that reaches from coast to coast and Canada to Mexico.

Numerous education and training facilities support the skilled workforce and competitive state and local incentives, in all three states, give companies options to find the best place for their operation.

Our Communities

The Joplin Regional Partnership has a variety of communities in seven counties across three states.

This part of the world, the Joplin Region, has become known as the Heart of Work. Ideally located near the geographic and population centers of the continental United States, the Joplin Region offers an abundance of both intrinsic and man-made benefits to growing companies. Those benefits have combined to create a broad-based economy that has withstood some of the nation’s most challenging times.

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Ottawa County Is A Certified Work Ready Community

Ottawa County is a certified Work Ready Community that is actively engaged in maintaining their status.

Target Industries

The Joplin Region is known as the Heart of Work, not only because we have an eager, self-motivated workforce that’s focused on quality, or because we have a central location that is served by a highway and rail transportation network that stretches in every direction, making it easier for companies to connect with everywhere that’s important.

We’re also the Heart of Work because of the broad base of industries that do business here.

The wide-open spaces and endless skies of our area make us an ideal location for many alternative approaches to energy production.
We’re located in the center of North American consumer markets and central to the 100 auto plants that stretch from Ontario to Michigan to Chihuahua.
The seven-county Joplin Region alone produces 13.7 million bushels of wheat, 12.2 million bushels of corn, and 346,000 head of cattle each year.
We’re right in the heart of the United States, giving distribution centers and warehouse operations fast access to markets throughout North America.
The Joplin region has a long history of making things that America and the world need, and our central location and access to transportation give manufacturers a significant strategic advantage.
The Joplin Region has a remarkably vibrant white-collar business community that has created an ongoing need for professional services.
From plastic extrusions to molded and formed components, companies and workers in the Joplin Region have long been major contributors to the industry.
We offer strategic advantages to companies exploring opportunities in technology, starting with a skilled workforce and a broadband backbone that provides nearly unlimited fiber capacity.
From attractions along the Mother Road to extensive outdoor recreation and casino excitement, our area has much to offer travelers.