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A strong commercial and industrial economy makes up the prosperous and growing city of Carthage. The community’s positive business environment has generated an abundance of diverse job opportunities within Carthage and its bordering areas. Several hundred thousand square feet of retail space lies within the city, housed in three shopping districts and a number of other businesses, many established in Carthage’s downtown area. Altogether, 27 commercial permits were given out through the 2005 year, valued at close to $9.1 million.

The city’s ideal location makes it an appealing site for businesses to relocate or establish themselves. Situated in the core of the U.S., Southwest Missouri affords accessibility to a number of major roadways: Interstate 29, Interstate 49 and U.S. 71 run north-south; Interstate 70, Interstate 44 and Interstate 40 travel east-west; other obtainable highways include U.S. 59, U.S. 85, Interstate 35 and Highway 96. Air service is available through Joplin Regional Airport, and rail service is within reach through the Kansas City Southern, Burlington Northern and Missouri and Northern Arkansas rail lines. Intermodal travel is also established in Carthage.


New development is being encouraged in areas in need of rejuvenation and economic aid throughout Carthage and its nearby communities. Carthage currently has one Enhanced Enterprise Zone, spanning approximately 8,000 acres on the west side of town. Neighboring Joplin has established a new Enhanced Enterprise Zone that is aiding in developing the southern section of Carthage as well. In hopes of attracting new, significant businesses to the area, the new Enhanced Enterprise Zone offers incentives for locating to the region. The city of Carthage expects to benefit additionally from Joplin’s Enhanced Enterprise Zone, bringing even more business to contribute to its already growing economy.

Another important development in Carthage is the Myers Park Development, offering commercial property ranging from three to 12 acres. The area is located near Highway 71, Highway 571 and State Highway HH.

Property taxes in the region are reasonable and total $4.843 per $100 assessed value. This total includes $0.77 in city taxes, $3.58 for Carthage R-9 School District and $0.4921 for miscellaneous coverage for state, county and the road district.


Every business, both large and small, needs support in the community. The Carthage Chamber of Commerce is a valuable resource for businesses in the region looking to relocate to a new site, establish a new business or inquire about new local and regional trends and programs. The Chamber consistently aims to enhance Carthage’s local business atmosphere through an abundance of programs and member benefits.

Top Employers in the Area

Leggett & Platt, Inc.
•Butterball, LLC
•Schreiber Foods, Inc.
•R-9 School District
•McCune-Brooks Hospital
•H.E. Williams/Infinity Lighting

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