About Us

About West Plains, MO

The City of West Plains, the county seat, is a vibrant, dynamic and prosperous place to live, work and raise a family. Nestled in the “Heart of the Ozarks”, West Plains/Howell County is a Work Ready Community that offers great opportunity to the citizens and business community.

Howell County is in an area known for its manufacturing and agricultural surroundings plus its backdrop to the hills of the Ozarks. It offers year-around recreation and leisure opportunities. An energetic workforce, excellent schools, very low crime, great weather, wonderful air quality and abundant resources are just a few of the many reasons businesses come to our area.

The role of the West Plains Economic Development Corporation is to create awareness of the business opportunities and resources that are available to companies and business executives. As a part of that role, it is our commitment to see that interested companies and executives have a central location to gather pertinent, up-to-date information on our economy.

Specifically, the Economic Development Corporation is responsible for:
• Retention, expansion, and /or relocation of existing businesses within the City of West Plains / Howell County.
• Marketing the City of West Plains / Howell County to targeted industries, businesses, and commercial retail users.
• To encourage commercial/industrial development by offering facilities and site location assistance.
• To leverage federal, state, and local funding for private investment in targeted projects and infrastructure improvement.
• Promotion, marketing and facilitations of key development opportunities within Howell County.
• Coordination with appropriate City departments to facilitate development projects.
• Develop and coordination a network of strong education opportunities.
• Promote and encourage strong legislative relations.

About Willow Springs, MO

Willow Springs is located 70 miles east of Springfield, MO and 20 miles north of West Plains, Mo where north/south bound Highway 63 and east/west Highway 60 intersect forming four-lane U.S Highway 60/63.  The Willow Springs Industrial Park and new retail ventures are located directly on this four-lane highway making it a very busy intersection.  We are located just 10 miles northeast of 121,000 acres of Mark Twain National Forest with many scenic rivers and recently was designated the “Bear City of Missouri” by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Willow Springs is rich in history; a historic downtown built together with the logging industry, Old Frisco Railroad, now called Burlington Northern Santa Fe and a deep tradition for extraordinary public education.  Willow Springs r-IV School was awarded in 2013 as a “Blue Ribbon School” by the United States Department of Education.

So, just to summarize, Willow Springs is proud of our heritage and we work very hard to protect that , however we are also very aggressively working to move forward with new innovations, new technology and thriving new businesses as well.

About Mountain View, MO

Mountain View is in South Central Missouri on Highway 60, about 15 to 20 minutes from the 63/60 junction. Our town is a great place to grow your family or enjoy your retirement because we have everything one could want in a home town. We are proud of our hospital and medical clinics, the satellite university campus in the heart of our downtown, our Youth Center, and the good shopping, restaurants, and many locally owned businesses in our town. In Mountain View, you are truly a neighbor.

Because our town is surrounded by beautiful nature, Mountain View is a great place to begin your family’s Ozarks adventure. We are within minutes of Mark Twain National Forest, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, Jacks Fork River and less than 30 minutes from Alley Springs and Rocky Falls. Outdoor sports including hunting, fishing, floating, and hiking are enjoyed by visitors and our residents year round.


Please contact me directly if I may be of assistance in any way. We look forward to partnering with you to make our community an even better place to live and do business.