McAlester is a regional hub of economic activity for Southeast Oklahoma.
Centrally positioned in Southeast Oklahoma between the Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa metro regions, McAlester contains a favorable highway and railway system with convenient access to interstates and air and inlands ports.
Several rural communities rely on McAlester for employment, commerce, and healthcare services, creating a dynamic trade area that encompasses approximately 125,000 people.
Nestled within the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains near the Eufaula Lake Reservoir, McAlester’s landscape is unexpected and captivating. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy
a variety of natural sceneries and amenities.
McAlester's historic Downtown and Old Town districts are brimming with a century’s worth of flavorful architecture, including many of the original buildings that predate statehood.
Home to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, McAlester is a premier Defense Sector community with a unique workforce for the production of high-precision hardware.
The Oklahoma CareerTech Network is the state's nationally recognized labor program that fosters a competitive workforce with low and no-cost training programs that can be customized to fit most industrial processes.
McAlester utilizes a cooperative approach for development by partnering with local, tribal, and state entities to assist with development projects and to address community needs.
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is a sovereign government and a primary developer and investor for the region. The Nation supports its communities and is always seeking new partnerships and growth opportunities.
Many McAlester residents share a common Italian heritage, which showcases itself in the famous and distinct flavor of the local, authentic Italian restaurants and deli market.
McAlester also has a deep history with Freemasonry, containing the oldest Mason building in Oklahoma, the McAlester Scottish Rite Temple and the headquarters City for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.