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Fort Scott Area
Chamber of Commerce
231 East Wall Street
Fort Scott, KS 66701
800-245-3678
620-223-3566
FAX 620-223-3574

 


CURRENT JOB OPENINGS:
Like our "Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce" page on Facebook, we post a "Job of the Day" posting of current jobs available in the community on a daily basis.  Contact us if you need information on relocating to Fort Scott/Bourbon County for housing and community information.

Fort Scott Area Business & Industry...

The American Dream is alive and prospering right here in Fort Scott, in a productive, right-to-work environment.  A 200-acre industrial park located south of the city offers fully-developed sites served by major highway and rail access.

To assist the development of a trained workforce, Bourbon County's outstanding school districts focus their curricula on science, mathematics and technology, offering both college preparatory and technology programs. Fort Scott Community College offers traditional educational programs, as well as specialized training customized to meet niche markets. Some examples of this are the John Deere and Harley-Davidson Motorcycle programs.

Fort Scott's economy is based on service industries -- medical, insurance and technology -- as well as the manufacturing of printed forms, garments and aluminum products.

The Fort Scott workforce, drawn from the 7 surrounding counties, is highly motivated with traditional mid-western values of integrity, dependability and pride of accomplishment. The culture of the community traditionally affords families freedom and safety with both time and opportunities to share the rich heritage, spiritual freedom, heartland hospitality and kaleidoscope of cultural and recreational activities.

Looking for Office Space?

Fort Scott Professional Building offers Office Space, Medical, Conference and Storage Solutions.  They are currently offering the first 3-months rent FREE!
 
Helpful links:
  • Click here for the 2015 Kansas Statistical Abstract, statistical information on Kansas by city, county and state.
  • Click here for 2010 U.S. Census Bureau data.
  • Click here for KANSASWORKS to find and post jobs available in the Fort Scott area.
  • Click here for the Kansas Department of Commerce.
  • Click here for our "How to Start a Business Brochure".
  • Click here to link for the Kansas EmployAbility website.
  • Click here for KANSAS HEALTH Matters information: Demographics, Community Data, & other Reporting Tools.
  • Click here for Net Migration Patterns by U.S. County.

Grants/Tax Incentives Available for Businesses:

  • Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program, 20% tax credit to property owners who undertake a substantial rehab. of a historic building in a business or income-producing use, while maintaining its historic character.  Click here.
  • StartUp Kansas, NetWork Kansas' loan program, providing gap financing so more entrepreneurs can startup and grow.  Click here.
  • Exporting grants: http://www.kansascommerce.com/STEP

Local Grants & Incentives:

  • Building Renewal/Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Rebate Program, for both commercial and residentail within the city limits of Fort Scott, approved applicants receive a property tax rebate (residential 2-5 yrs., commercial 3-8 yrs.)on the incremental value increase due to property improvements, click here for brochure, click here for application.
  • Bourbon County Economic Development Council (BEDCO) grants new businesses county-wide based on number of FTE's added to the local labor market, upon review and approval by the Council and based on funds available, grants generally are awarded for up to $2,500 per added FTE.  The grants are forgivable after 5-years of operation, if operations cease prior to 5-years, the pro-rated share of the grant would be due and payable to BEDCO.

Downtown Historic District Specific Grants & Incentives:

  • Buerge Paint Grant, pays for up to $500 in paint cost for exterior improvements to buildings in the Downtown Historic District, contributed personally by local philanthropists Steve & Elaine Buerge, click here for application.

Other Community Grants Available:

  • Kansas Health Foundation, click here.
  • Youth Career Connect Grant, click here.

Employer Resources:

Historic Downtown Resources:

Job Openings:

  • If you are seeking job openings in the Fort Scott Area, "like" the Chamber Facebook page as we frequently post a "Job of the Day".
  • Search www.indeed.com for zip code 66701.
  • Search www.kansasworks.com for zip code 66701.
  • Website for Federal Government jobs, search by zip code 66701:  www.usajobs.gov
  • Hire Kansas Talent, www.hirekansastalent.com
  • Click here for the ROZ (Rural Opportunity Zone) student loan repayment program application.

Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards History:

  • Click here for awards history.
  • Click here for Chamber membership as of 2/2017.

If your business is interested in the benefits Fort Scott/Bourbon County has to offer please contact:

Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce
(800) 245-3678
(620) 223-3566
FAX 620-223-3574
231 E. Wall Street
Fort Scott, KS 66701
fschamber@fortscott.com

Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce History of Annual Award Recipients, click here.
Full listing of Chamber members as of March 2016, click here.

City Tax Rate Information - (Information from 2012 League of Kansas Municipalities Kansas Tax Rate & Fiscal Data Book)
City of Fort Scott Assessed Tangible Valuation $45,253,294
City of Fort Scott General Obligation Bonds $4,653,575
City of Fort Scott Utility Revenue Bonds $5,385,331
Total Bond Indebtedness $10,038,906
Temporary Notes $825,000
Total City Levy 48.816
Total Mills Levied in City by All Units 188.701
Statewide USD General Fund 20 Mills
USD-234 Total Levy 23.972
USD-235 Total Levy 24.1
FS Community College Mill Levy 22.99 Mills

2010 Workforce Labor Data for Bourbon County/Fort Scott

  Bourbon County Population....................15,173
  City of Fort Scott Population....................8,087
  Civilian Workforce....................................8,633
  Employed..................................................7,987
  Manufacturing.........................................1,161

  Healthcare/Services.................................2,588

  Government............................................1,286
  Wholesale/Retail.....................................1,316
  Agriculture.................................................206
  Unemployed..............................................646

  Unemployment.........................................7.5%

  Information from SEK, Inc. and Kansas Statistical Abstract

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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