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Since it became a rail center in the late 19th century and the “Hub of Southeast Kansas,” Chanute has proven to be a viable and successful location for business and industry. Businesses in Chanute continue to grow with revitalization initiatives in the downtown district, development opportunities, and numerous incentives.

The city’s diversity of business and industry includes manufacturers of recreational vehicles, electronics, wire and cable, furniture, power-generating equipment, and cement. Professional business services and retail businesses are growing at an exceptional rate in both the downtown district and in the south Santa Fe Avenue area.

The Chanute Area Chamber of Commerce has developed cooperative and productive economic development partnerships with the City of Chanute, and area businesses are supported through a wide range of policies, services and incentives. These efforts have allowed businesses to experience capital expansion and job creation.

The City of Chanute owns over 100 available acres in Safari Industrial Park, which offers full utility service, paved concrete streets and has a one million gallon water tower in the park to assist industrial expansion and future growth opportunities. As a full-service city, the City of Chanute meets the utility requirements for almost all economic development projects within its current utility systems and capacities.

As the center of a 45-mile, multi-county region, Chanute draws a workforce of nearly 23,000 people to its broad base of commercial and industrial businesses. Numerous workforce training opportunities and programs are also available through the Southeast Kansas Workforce Development Center (located on the campus of NCCC) and the Workforce Development Center offered locally through the Kansas Department of Human Resources office (located at 119 N. Grant). Both agencies assist individuals and businesses in their employment and training needs.


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