McAlester - center of economic activity for Southeast Oklahoma

Why McAlester?

McAlester is connected.
Centered between Dallas, Oklahoma City, and Tulsa, there are more than 15 million residents 
in a 200-mile radius around McAlester. Communities in southeast Oklahoma rely on McAlester
for employment, retail, and healthcare, creating a focal point for development opportunities.

Eco Devo Map

McAlester is competitive.
Home to the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, Choctaw Defense, and Spirit AeroSystems,
McAlester is a premier defense and aerospace community. Raytheon, General Dynamics,
Textron, and Boeing utilize the McAlester workforce for its unique production specializations.


McAlester is pioneering.
Through its partnerships, McAlester is at the forefront of innovation. The Choctaw Nation’s
Integrated Pilot Program (IPP) for unmanned aerial systems is aligning the private sector with
federal, state, tribal, and local governments to test drone operations in the national airspace.

Drone Park

McAlester is captivating.
Nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, the state’s only national forest, the McAlester 
area is unexpected. The region’s many natural amenities include Robber’s Cave State Park, the 
former hideout of Belle Star, the 100,000-acre Eufaula Lake, and the Talimena National Scenic Drive.

Carlton Landing

McAlester is dynamic.
With a history that predates statehood, McAlester contains a unique culture that combines the 
state’s first railroad, coal-mining Italian immigrants, Choctaw tribal heritage, and Scottish Rite 
Freemasonry. McAlester’s Downtown and Old Town are bustling with flavorful architecture.


Business Testimonies
"McAlester's great location, quality workforce, and supportive community are vital for the continued success of Choctaw Defense."

Gary Batton, Chief
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
“McAlester is the heartbeat of SE Oklahoma. Quality healthcare, growing workforce, and opportunity for growth is what places McAlester on the map of great cities in Oklahoma.”
T.Shawn Howard, CEO-MRHC
"We have found the City of McAlester to be one of the most professional cities to work with."

Burk Collins, Owner
Shops at McAlester