Industry and Workforce

Miami County's diverse industry base focuses on government, manufacturing, retail trade, agriculture, healthcare and social assistance, and construction. 

Available skilled labor allows employers to fill positions while training programs allow prospective employees to expand their skill sets.
What Employers Say
Award-winning employees
"Miami County Medical Center has many dedicated staff from Miami and Linn counties.  Our medical center has experienced significant achievements with state and national awards for the quality of our patient care and the experience that patients have in our facility.  These are directly related to the dedication and commitment of the local staff who are providing top quality care day in and day out.  We have no problems filling positions in any of our health professions or the supporting services of the medical center.  

"I believe the quality of the workforce in Miami and Linn Counties is superior to most in the state and the region.  We have been able to select from several highly qualified candidates for most of our open positions and continue to recruit top talent from Miami County and the surrounding region." -- Paul Luce, Miami County Medical Center

Quality applicants, highly trained professionals
"KCP&L is proud to serve Miami County out of our Service Center based in Paola.We have served Miami County for over 50 years. We currently have 32 employees based out of our Paola facility.

"We have no problem attracting quality applicants for employment at our Paola location and historically our employees are drawn from a labor pool that includes Miami County residents.

"Our employees are highly trained professionals and our non-management employees are represented by the following bargaining units: IBEW Local 1464, IBEW Local 1613 and IBEW Local 412.

Many of these employees go through a rigorous four year Apprentice program before becoming journeymen. Our employees that serve Miami County have average job tenure with KCP&L of 20 years." -- Lance Midyett, Manager District Service Center-South District

Dependable and safety conscious 

"L&K Services currently employs about 34 employees and 15 temporary employees.  We are proud to say that of these 34 employees; 52% have been with our company more than five years. 

"We prefer to have employees from the Miami County area for the fact that they know the area, and the level of service that our local customers have come to expect in the trash and recycling industry. They help customers who are disabled or elderly by going to their front door to get their waste. They sometimes help customers carry their waste to the curb and are known for waving at them when they see them at the street.  

"Our employees are very dependable and safety conscious individuals, which is important in our business.  These employees have been responsible for the growth of L&K from 300 customers in 1974 to more than 22,000 customers today." -- Bryce Smith, L&K Services

Awesome employees
"We have always been able to find awesome employees here in Louisburg. Of course, we have had a few who don't measure up, but they are very few in number." -- Dave Mingucci, manager, Price Chopper

High level of personal service
"First Option Bank has many dedicated employees who strive to provide quality customer service to residents and businesses in Miami and Linn Counties.  We currently have 76 employees in our five locations which include Osawatomie, Paola, LaCgyne, Louisburg and Spring Hill.  We employee citizens of the local communities because of the relationships they already have within that community.  Our employees participate in local events, are involved in community organizations and support the schools.   First Option Bank has a long history of dedicated and committed employees and has remained under the same family ownership since 1970.  As a locally owned community bank, we want to know our customers and provide them with a high level of personal service; that same type of personal service that Ted Lewis built the foundation of this bank on." – Megan Vohs, human resources director, First Option Bank

Desirable workplace
"Our quality staff is the most important component in providing a great educational experience for each student. We are fortunate to be located in a desirable area which has allowed us to recruit and retain the highest quality teachers and support staff for our families.  We are proud of our community and we hire many of our employees from within our community.

"Families move to Spring Hill for the exceptional schools, affordable housing and proximity to the metro area.  They stay for the high quality of life, the supportive community, and the great people they call neighbors and friends." -- Brad Willson, assistant superintendent,  Spring Hill School District 

Dedicated to community
"The City of Paola is very fortunate to have a staff of quality employees. They have risen to the challenge during adverse times and celebrated the good things that have occurred in the community.

"Many of our employees are involved in local charities and volunteer for a number of various projects throughout Miami County. It is not always easy to leave your job and attend another meeting or go to work on a community project. Their hard work and dedication to community projects and charities certainly demonstrates their commitment to our community and the desire to make it a better place to live, work and play." -- Vicki Belt, human resources director, City of Paola

Professional development and pride
"The staff who help educate the students of the Louisburg community are highly-trained educators who care about each individual student.  Our local and state assessments indicate our staff prepare our students as well as district with a larger population and more resources.  The professional development and pride that our classified and certified staff have make an education in Louisburg as good as anywhere in the KC-metro area.  

"Each year, the district creates more opportunities for students so they can be ready for the 21st century and beyond. The staff have many years of service and many have advanced degrees.  The district hires staff from area school districts and surrounding states and the new staff always comments on the type of educational environment in Louisburg and how successful of an educational setting it is for all learners." -- Dr. Brian Biermann, superintendent, Louisburg School District 

Long employee tenure
"'I want to work and live in Miami County' is what we hear from candidates and employees.  There is a lot of pride within Miami County residents, and many choose to work in public service to keep the high community quality and customer service including, safety, law enforcement, road and bridge and other county services.  Many employees have worked in the Kansas City metro area and have grown tired of the traffic, long commute and corporate environment.  

"Low turnover, high employee tenure, and large volume of applicants indicate that Miami County continues to be an employer of choice." -- Holly Ray, human resource director, Miami County

Quality teachers support strong workforce 

"The district is an integral part of a progressive community located in Miami County. The schools not only provide excellent learning opportunities for students but also provide employment opportunities for adults.  The district is fortunate to have excellent employees.  The collaboration between community members, businesses, organizations and agencies truly enhances the district’s mission of academic success and personal growth for all students.  District student successes relate to exemplary academic awards and state ratings for academics, athletics and programs.  These achievements are made possible with the support and expertise of a progressive staff." – Judy Welter, superintendent, Paola School District