Labor & Training

Labor force within 45 minutes= 77,647

The work ethic of employees in the greater Poplar Bluff area is second to none. There is an ample supply of qualified labor.  We don’t just say this, we mean it…………In January of 2014 Butler County was recognized by Governor Nixon as a CERTIFIED ACT WORK READY COMMUNITY.  One of the first in the state of Missouri and only the third in the United States.

In July of 2015, Nortek Global HVAC sent out a press release that they would be bringing back their warehousing/distribution operation to Poplar Bluff due to the “quality of workforce”.

To view a You Tube of the presentation click HERE

Businesses boast productivity numbers that rank high in comparison, both regionally and nationally.

Click HERE for 2016 Labor Study

Click HERE for Labor Statistics for Butler County

Click HERE for workforce development info through Three Rivers College


Click HERE for resources for Entrepreneurs

Click HERE to learn more about Missouri’s Work Ready Program

Educational Facilities

Institution Type Number Enrollment
Elementary Schools Public 7 2,775
Fifth & Sixth Grade Center Public 1 735
Poplar Bluff Junior High Public 1 715
Poplar Bluff Senior High Public 1 1,261
Technical Career Center Public 1 299
Three Rivers College Public 1 4,400
William Woods University Public 1
Sacred Heart Catholic School Private 1 180
Hannibal LaGrange College Private 1
Westwood Baptist Academy Private 1 165

For more information contact:
Steve Halter
Director of Economic Development