Webb City, named a Missouri “Dream City” in 2008 is a gem of the Ozarks. The city defies national trends in that it continues to grow and prosper. Webb City’s business friendly climate has resulted in new businesses locating in the city. New home growth and an expanding school system demonstrate the confidence in the city.
A fast growing community with an outstanding school system and high civic pride, Webb City is a prime destination for those who want to establish a new enterprise in a city of outstanding potential. Taxes are extremely low to encourage entrepreneurs to make Webb City their business home. Manufacturers will enjoy the advantages of a dynamic enterprise zone as well as many state incentives for providing jobs and investment.
In addition to the heavily traveled Madison Avenue business district, the city has a highly unique downtown area. Due to a recent study by Drury University and their recommendations, investors are coming back downtown to establish restaurants and small businesses. The establishment of a planned historic district will allow the city to offer incentives to those who wish to be a part of an historic business district. Now that the city has been designated a DREAM city by the State of Missouri, this revitalization will be accelerated. DREAM stands for Downtown Revitalization and Economic Assistance for Missouri, an initiative based on the collaboration of three Missouri State agencies, the Missouri of Department Economic Development, Development Finance Board and Housing Development Commission. Only ten cities in Missouri receive this designation each year.
The city is unique in comparison to many other cities in that the “Mother Road”, Route 66, runs though the downtown area. The tourism created by Route 66 and the city’s emphasis on that tourism (a Route 66 park and visitor center is planned) allow a business owner to cater to both the tourism patron as well as a local customer base.
Webb City is ideally located for those with transportation needs. More than 1000 acres of prime commercial real estate, available for development is located along the U.S. 171 and South Madison/Range Line corridors. The new Highway 249 interchange empties on the eastern boundary of the city. Immediately to the west sits the Joplin Airport. East/West highway access is provided by Interstate 44 giving a Webb City manufacturer or entrepreneur easy transportation access in all directions. Webb City boasts a well trained workforce with a solid work ethic that has been praised by those who have invested in the city. Reasonable utility rates are a plus for large and small operations.
The city points with pride to existing successful businesses such as Cardinal-Detecto Scale Manufacturing Company. A local startup company, it is a world leader in the manufacture of small as well as the largest industrial scales with sales to over 225 countries. Webb City is proud to note that Cardinal-Detecto is the Missouri Exporter of the Year for 2008.
The Chamber of Commerce and the new Webb City Department of Economic Development work hand in hand to assist business owners and those who wish to establish businesses in Webb City. Whether it is a small venture or large manufacturer the city and chamber are ready to assist.
Planned Industrial Development
Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas Development Alliance
Missouri Department of Economic Development
Missouri Secretary of State
Webb City Population - 10,764 (2005 census Update)
Jasper County Population - 112,505 (2006-FedStats.gov)
Average Seasonal Temperatures - Spring: 47 to 70
Summer: 70 to 90
Fall: 49 to 71
Winter: 23 to 42
Average Precipitation: 46 inches
A Mayor/Council Form of Government -
John Biggs, Mayor
Carl Francis, City Administrator
Ray Edwards & Doug Goodall, First Ward Councilmen
Gina Monson and Don Darby, Second Ward Councilmen
Jerry Fisher and , Third Ward Councilmen
Gene Mense and Brandon Wilson, Fourth Ward Councilmen
Community Development Director - Erin Braker- 417-673-1154 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
City Hall - 417-673-4651
Public Works - 417-673-6297
Police Department - 417-673-1911
Fire Department(Non-Emergency) - 417-673-2254
Fire and Ambulance - 911
Webb City Public Library - 417-673-4326
Water Service - 417-673-4651
Gas: Missouri Gas Energy - 800-582-1234
Electricity: Empire District Electric Co. - 417-624-0300
Cable TV: CableOne - 417-624-6340
Telephone: AT & T - Residential - 800-464-7928 Commercial - 800-499-7928
CableOne - 417-624-6340