A Place Where Many Industries Thrive

Healthcare and Social Assistance

A healthy community is one of Bourbon County’s top priorities. Several healthcare providers serve the Bourbon County community with primary care, emergency department, and many ancillary services.

Nationwide, employment in healthcare services increased 92% from 1990 to 2015. For Bourbon County, in 2017, health services ranked number 3 in terms of employment. Also, in 2017, the health care sector’s impact on retail sales was $19,308,000, county sales tax impact of $270,000, and a total impact of $65,378,000. (Kansas Health Association, 2017)

Retail Trade

Just take a stroll down Historic Downtown Fort Scott and you will see the momentum and revitalization! You will fnd shops, retaurants, bars, and housing. Perfectly situated along Highway 69 directly across from the National Fort Scott Historic Site!


The majority of our land use in Bourbon County is for agriculture, with over 50% of the farms being Beef Cattle Ranch & Farms. We are also very proud of the woodland area, touting some of the best hunting and outdoor recreation in the region.

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The Fort Scott Industrial Park houses several major manufacturers, a sector that pays, on average, 21.7% above average. Located south of Fort Scott on Highway 69, there is plenty of room for growth with shovel ready land available!

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Educational Services

Home to Fort Scott Community College, nationally renowned for the Rodeo Program! Bourbon County also boasts two school districts that see pride in offering fine arts courses!

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Fort Scott Community College

Fort Scott School District 234

Uniontown School District 235

Bourbon County Workforce and Entrepreneur Resource Center

COVID-19 Small Business Support

Guidance and Loan Resources

COVID Relief for Businesses

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Help For Childcare Facilities

In partnership with BWERC, Southeast KANSASWORKS is offering help for unlicensed home child care facilities with a new Childcare Center Support & Incentive Program.

Small Business Development Services

The Kansas SBDC at Pittsburg State University serves as the regional consulting resource for the small business owner. Whether it’s an existing business looking to boost sales or a start-up
trying to get of the ground, the Kansas SBDC at PSU provides their clients with quality professional and personal care. A majority of their services come at no cost.

Free Classes for Local Businesses

Get help reaching customers where they are – online! Bourbon County is offering free help for website-building and online marketing for 20 local businesses.

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Starting a Business?

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Bourbon County Business Incentives

We help our businesses thrive!

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Featured Sites in Bourbon County

Bourbon County Industrial Park


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Economic Development Director

Jody Hoener, LBSW MBA

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Jody Hoener is the Economic Development Director for Bourbon County and serves as the coordinator for the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team’s BCBS Pathways to Healthy Kansas Grant. Jody has led efforts in addressing county health rankings through a policy, systems, and environment approach with a focus to improve quality of life and encourage economic growth. Through her work she gained experience in community development, strategic planning, and community outreach. This work has a broad impact through citizen engagement which Jody fnds very fulfilling. She enjoys bringing people together, learning from others’ experiences and expertise, and driving positive change.

Jody’s passion for rural community development, improving health outcomes, and extensive experience provide the county with a valuable perspective. Living and working in a rural community with health outcomes in the bottom 10% has afforded her the opportunity to learn about building a culture focusing on health through policy, systems, and environmental change. As the leader of the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team, she has learned lessons with a team that has experienced great success in gaining the resources and community support needed to implement initiatives focused on increasing access to physical activity, healthy eating, and tobacco cessation.

As the Economic Development Director for Bourbon County, her professional priorities align regional goals in building and fostering healthy Kansas communities. She is passionate about addressing health outcomes, enhancing quality of life and encouraging economic growth.

Contact Jody:
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Bourbon County Economic News

February 17, 2021 Commission Meeting Minutes

February 17, 2021                                          Wednesday 3:00 pm   The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with all three Commissioners and the County Clerk present.   Susan Bancroft was also present for the meeting.   Clifton made...

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February 9, 2021 Commission Meeting Minutes

February 9, 2021                                                      Tuesday 9:00 am   The Bourbon County Commission met in open session with all three Commissioners, the County Counselor and the County Clerk present.   Also present were the following;...

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February 2, 2021 Commission Meeting Minutes

February 2, 2021                                                      9:00 am   The Bourbon County Commissioners met in open session with all three Commissioners, the County Counselor and the County Clerk present.   Also present were the following; (some...

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