Cherokee County, Kansas

Located in the western part of the Joplin Region, Cherokee County, Kansas is a great destination for businesses for so many reasons — including a workforce of 496,000 within a ninety-munute driving radius, that was raised with an appreciation for gaining skills and taking pride in a job well done (that’s why Kansas is a right-to-work state). With fast and easy Interstate access to Kansas City, Tulsa, St. Louis, and the many markets beyond them, along with frequent rail service, you’ll be able to move product to most of the nation’s consumer markets in just a day and a half. We’re also a tourist destination, with attractions along storied Route 66, plenty of outdoor recreation, 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.

That workforce is strengthened by significant investments in education. That starts with our top-quality K-12 schools, and extends to our area’s many local universities and community colleges. Local residents and employers benefit from access to programs at Pittsburg State University, Neosho County Community College, Labette Community College, and Crowder College, with programs in plastics, manufacturing technology, management, alternative energy, industrial engineering, health science, and more. In fact, we’re an ACT-Certified Work Ready Community, so you can be confident that local 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 land and waters abound with trophies waiting to be taken. The Mined Land Wildlife Areas are a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts around the nation. We’re also a destination for tourists who appreciate history, as well as folks who prefer the excitement of modern gaming and Vegas-style entertainment.


Baxter Springs

Baxter Springs, a city full of history, with a population of 4,238 is located in extreme southeast Kansas, at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Within minutes, you can drive to Joplin, MO, which is a regional business center for the 4-State region of KS, OK, MO & AR. Baxter Springs is centrally located with Tulsa, OK 90 minutes to the south, Kansas City 2 hours to the north, Wichita, KS 2.5 hours to the west and Branson, MO 2 hours east.

The entire business district of Baxter Springs is located on ROUTE 66, which is our “main” street, known as Military Avenue. Come and experience the “mother road”, walk where Civil War battles were fought, visit our National Cemetery, designated by President Abraham Lincoln, and experience our rich mining and cow town heritage.

Baxter Springs is home to such companies as KMT Waterjet, YRC Freight, & Atec Steel.

Baxter Springs Chamber of Commerce

City of Baxter Springs



Columbus is the second largest city and county seat of Cherokee County, Kansas, United States, located 15 miles south-southwest of Pittsburg, Kansas. It has a population of 3,312.

In 2004 Columbus became one of the first cities to have 100% fiber to the home networks. Columbus is the home for the headquarters of Crossland Construction Company, one of the largest in the Midwest. It is also home to Butterball, Tamko Building Products, Calibrated Forms, Inc, and Advantage Metals Recycling.

City of Columbus

Columbus Chamber of Commerce



Incorporated in 1877, Galena is the oldest mining town in Kansas. The road that would later become Route 66 was initially an important corridor for the mining network.  Around the turn of the 20th century, Galena boasted a population of nearly 30,000 people, and its burgeoning prosperity was such that it became one of the most important towns west of New York City. Today Galena’s population is 3,085. Walking the streets of this once-booming mining town with its fine old buildings offers a glimpse into a grand past.  East Galena’s historic business district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. Galena is home to Evonik Jayhawk chemical plant and Celltron, which is an internationally known contract manufacturer of electrical cable assemblies, wire harnesses, electro-mechanical sub-assemblies, and box build assemblies for various industries including aerospace, defense, commercial, and semi-conductor.

City of Galena

Galena Chamber of Commerce