Stone county is a great place to live and do business. From the sparkling waters of the James River to the sprawling Table Rock Lake, teeming with fish and fun, this area is not just a great vacation destination but one of the faster growing areas of Missouri. The traditional values that spawned American exceptionalism - faith, family and country - are still alive and well here. We also benefit from:
Theme park, a draw from many states in our region; good proximity to Branson
Uncongested north-south highway access, east-west rail lines
Excellent hospitals, colleges and universities in nearby Springfield and Branson
Continuing graduate education & vocational workforce training inside the county
Our community wants to share the good things we enjoy here by making a business move and startup affordable and profitable. The Enhanced Enterprise Zone (EEZ) is such an incentive.
Unending wholesome family entertainment, traditional values and patriotism like no other place in America.
Located in the county seat, MU Extension is an amazing wealth of information and training for Stone County from business plans, budgeting and tax reporting to conferences on dairy, livestock grazing and courses on master gardening.
In the heart of Stone County, GTC offers quality technical education to students from our area high schools as well as a variety of Community Educational opportunities. Courses such as automotive technology, construction technology, welding technology, graphic design and a wide range of other subjects are available.
Customized Training is available for businesses to help train their workers through skill training. Skill training may take place in a classroom setting, at the business facility or at one of more than 80 educational facilities throughout Missouri. This program is administered by the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Division of Workforce Development, in cooperation with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Local educational agencies implement the program locally. Training may include technical or soft skills. Training is offered in such diverse topics as ISO 9001 training, Excel, welding, ISO 17025 certification, SolidWorks, conflict resolution, robotic maintenance, Dreamweaver, and many others. Instruction may be provided by local educational agencies, vendor trainers or employees of the business involved. Training assistance may be available for training costs such as curriculum development, instructional salaries, and training materials. It strives to enhance Missouri’s economy by helping job seekers find gainful employment with family sustaining wages and providing businesses with a skilled, trained workforce to successfully compete in the global economy. A network of Missouri Career Centers and collaboration with partner organizations (such as Ozarks Technical Community College, below) allows them to offer a robust menu of vital services to Missouri’s job seekers and businesses.
Nearby in Branson with another new campus in Hollister, OTC is a two-year community college with campuses both local and around the state. Its Center for Workforce Development – is an important part of the training opportunities offered by OTC. This program works closely with the Missouri Department of Economic Development, Division of Workforce Development to provide customized workforce training services for businesses and job seekers