Shawnee is a growing regional city of over 31,000 offering small town charm with numerous micropolitan amenities. Incorporated in 1894, the community is rich in history and culture, offers easy access to Oklahoma’s largest metropolitan area, boasts high-tech manufacturing plants owned by both Fortune 500 and International Corporations, and provides a wonderful, relaxed lifestyle. Shawnee’s population continues to attract new residents due to the ever-increasing number of housing options offered to those who wish to live in close proximity to the OKC metro area, but in a smaller sized community.
Shawnee is strategically located 40 minutes east from downtown Oklahoma City (MSA 1.3 million) with the Nation’s major east/west transportation artery Interstate 40, running through the northern portion of the community. Shawnee serves as the county seat for Pottawatomie County and also headquarters for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the Absentee Shawnee and Kickapoo Tribes. The community also has a strong business and residential presence by Sac and Fox Tribe.
Business Location Advantages
For decades, major firms like Shawnee Milling, Georg Fischer, Eaton, Jindal Films, Wolverine Tube and others have discovered the business location advantages of Shawnee. The community has reasonably priced properties, ample utilities, and is actively seeking to grow its economic base by increasing its industrial, commercial and retail employment base. Over 70 manufacturing companies call Shawnee and the surrounding county home, plus the community is a growing regional destination for education, healthcare, employment, retail and entertainment options.
Key advantages include a proven, productive labor force, low cost power, easy access to the interstate and rail systems, along with the nation’s premier technical education program. Shawnee has an updated regional jet airport and is just minutes away from Will Rogers World Airport. The community is strategically located just 30 miles from the world’s largest military aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility, Tinker Air Logistics Center.
Quality of Life
Shawnee is truly one city that mixes a small town appeal with the amenities typically found in a much larger city. The community provides outstanding and recently upgraded medical facilities, offers excellent housing options, numerous quality public schools systems and is home to two outstanding liberal arts Universities, Oklahoma Baptist University and St Gregory’s University, plus two Career Tech skills development campuses.
The Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center located in Shawnee continues its long tradition of providing national and regional equine and agricultural events, plus an ever-growing variety of entertainment opportunities.
Shawnee is the hometown of Mercury Astronaut Gordon Cooper, actor Brad Pitt and former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry.