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The Joplin Region is comprised of Southwest Missouri, Southeast Kansas, & Northeast Oklahoma where you'll find seven counties working together to make your business expansion or location successful and profitable. Explore our region and you will find a quality labor force, available buildings and sites, a strong transportation network, competitive state and local incentives, numerous education and training facilities and many other resources available to grow your company.
Pittsburg, KS   


Pittsburg Kansas, located in the geographic center of the United States, offers a considerable advantage for the transport of raw material and finished goods. US 69 4-lane is just north of Pittsburg and US 71 4-lane is only 25 minutes from the community. Rail is provided by KCS or Watco Company, whose corporate office is located in Pittsburg and is the largest privately owned short line railroad in the United States.

The closest port is the Port of Catoosa. The port is approximately 120 minutes by road (I-44) and also assessable by rail from Pittsburg.  It is located at the head of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, a 440-mile waterway linking Oklahoma and the surrounding five-state area with ports on the nation’s 25,000-mile inland waterway system, and foreign and domestic ports beyond by way of New Orleans and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.

Recent plant closings make skilled workforce readily available to meet your employment needs.  Most of these employees remained in the area. These workers have the skill sets for the metal industry.  Metal fabrication is strength of Pittsburg and the region.  The average wage of the Pittsburg Micropolitan area is below the national and state average. Pittsburg also has four industrial parks.

Our community is the home of Pittsburg State University, one of six regents’ institutions in Kansas.  Pittsburg State University had the highest enrollment ever in the fall semester of 2010 with over 7,800 students. PSU provides product research through the Kansas Polymer Research Center while The Kansas Technology Center offers education and workforce training for students in electrical, plastics and wood technology, graphic design, and automotive service and management. PSU also offers industry consulting and workforce education through the Business and Technology Institute. Both short term customized training and extended workforce education is available. Training is provided on site at the plant or in locations located on the campuses of Pittsburg State University or community colleges.

Also keep in mind that:

  • Kansas is a “right-to-work” state by Constitutional amendment.

  • All manufacturers’ inventories are exempt from property taxes by constitutional amendment. 

  • The City of Pittsburg has funded the NationsJob employee recruitment program through the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. This free service to employers is targeted to assist local employers with a national search capability.

City of Pittsburg         

Pittsburg Economic Development