We’re ready to tell you more about Cherokee County, Kansas


Cherokee County, Kansas and the entire Joplin region are well-known for welcoming companies with open arms, and for supporting their efforts once they’re here. We work closely with companies that are seeking new locations for their operations, and also with existing employers that are considering upgrades and additions to local facilities.

We’re ready to answer your questions about doing business in Cherokee County and helping you meet your company’s unique needs. Whether that involves special utility considerations, rail service, or housing that meets the tastes of your executive team, we’re here to help. Just call us, and we’ll put Cherokee County to work for you!

Contact Information

Janet Miller
Cherokee County Economic Development Director
201 E. Pine
P.O. Box 432
Columbus, KS 66725
620-762-0717 (cell)


CDBG-CV Grant Program – Cherokee County was recently awarded $127,600 in CDBG-CV grant funds to assist local businesses impacted by COVID-19 who employ persons from low to moderate income households. The county will be providing grants of:

  • Up to $5,000 for businesses with 1 to 5 employees (including the owner), and;
  • Up to $10,000 for businesses with 6 to 50 employees.

Program Guidelines

Fillable Application Form – type in your responses & print

Application Form – print & write in your responses

Employee Certification Form

Business applications will be accepted until funds have been depleted.


2021-2022 Membership Levels

2021-2022 Membership Form

Current Economic Development Corporation Members



Membership Options