Bourbon County Economic Development • Rob Harrington •

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!

Find An Ideal Location For Your Business

Featured Sites in Bourbon County

Bourbon County Industrial Park


Bourbon County Economic News

Road Closure

Bourbon County Public Works will be closing 195th Street approximately ½ mile south of Hackberry Rd for culvert replacements starting Monday, July 8th. The road will be closed daily to ALL traffic from 8 am to 5 pm until the projects are completed. If you have any...

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