The astronauts aboard the International Space Station can thank Joplin-based EaglePicher for the nickel-hydrogen batteries that keep their space lab operating. The company has recently released the world's smallest implantable medical battery and is working on improved batteries for electric automobiles.
Missouri Southern State University in Joplin offers over 100 degree programs and study abroad opportunities at England's Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Crowder College in Neosho is unlike most two-year colleges with an emphasis on alternative energy research. Crowder designed a coast-to-coast solar car and has several all-solar houses on its campus. Nearby, the former Fort Crowder is being turned into ready-to-go industrial sites - an invitation for expanding companies to capitalize on the region's surprising assets.
"Here in southwest Missouri the economy is good and the work ethic strong. People are serious about their work and take pride in it. Having lived in nine different parts of the country, I'm finding this my favorite."
Sean Anderson, Plant Manager, General Mills, Joplin
Southwest Missouri Development Alliance
Kevin Welch, Director
320 East 4th Street
Joplin, MO 64801