The Joplin Region is known as the Heart of Work because of our workforce, central location, and broad base of current industries.


We’re the Heart of Work in the heart of America. Learn more about our central location and connections to your target markets.

Southwest Missouri, Northeast Oklahoma, and Southeast Kansas communities have joined together to advance regional economic development efforts, known as the MOKAN Partnership.  When you look at a map of the United States you’ll see our tri-state region is located near the geographic and population centers of the United States, with direct linkage to a comprehensive interstate and rail transportation network that gives the region super fast connections to world markets.

Just as important, our region is known for a skilled and motivated workforce and is a leading manufacturing employer and growing medical- and technology-based community. We collaboratively share a sense of determination and a willingness to work and live together to get the job done.

The City of Joplin, MO is the hub of a Metropolitan Statistical Area of nearly 180,000 people with a regional market area of nearly 500,000. The tri-state region is also anchored by the Pittsburg, KS and Miami, OK metro areas. The overall market reach, within 60 miles of the Joplin area, is more than 800,000. Larger metros like Kansas City, St. Louis, and Oklahoma City are only a few hours down the road.

Discover what locating in the area can do for your business. You’ll find detailed descriptions of all of the region’s counties and assets here. And if you want to know more about the opportunities available to you, we’re a quick call or email away!

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