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 network system with convenient access to interstates and air/water ports.
Several communities rely on McAlester as their primary destination point for employment, retail, and healthcare services, creating a dynamic trade area that encompasses over 70,000 residents and invites additional investment.
Nestled within the surrounding foothills of the Ouachita Mountains near the banks of the Eufaula Lake Reservoir, McAlester’s landscape is unexpected and captivating. Any outdoor enthusiast could appreciate all the amenities.
McAlester's historic Downtown and Old Town districts are brimming with a century’s worth of flavorful architecture, including many buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places or those that even predate statehood.
McAlester is a premier Defense & Aerospace community. Home to Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. and the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, the local workforce contains unique skillsets for the production of high-precision equipment.
The nationally recognized Oklahoma CareerTech Network fosters a growing, competitive workforce with its low and no-cost training packages. Offered to new and existing industries, training can be customized to fit any process.
McAlester utilizes a cooperative approach for economic development by maintaining partnerships with several regional organizations and local businesses to assist with development projects and to address community needs.
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma serves as a principal investor and developer for each community within their jurisdiction. The Nation is committed to enhancing the region and is always seeking new growth opportunities.
Many residents in the McAlester area share a common Italian heritage, which is celebrated annually with a festival that showcases the famous and distinct flavor of the local, authentic Italian restaurants and deli market.
McAlester has a rich history with Freemasonry, including being home to the oldest Mason building in Oklahoma, the McAlester Scottish Rite Temple, as well as the headquarters City for the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.