Caney Community Profile
Caney is set in a valley surrounded by the Chautauqua Hills on the west and Oklahoma lakes (Copan and Hulah Lake) on the south. Caney is rich in historical culture and has a strong historical society. Caney is home to large manufacturing companies such as Spears Manufacturing and Engineered Systems and Equipment Inc. who are two of the region's best employers.
Community pride is clear in Caney, especially each Memorial Day Weekend as the Mayfest Festival draws people from around the world to gather and celebrate spring. Construction of a new city hall in 2006, a recreation center in 2011, the fire department in 2012 and the city library in 2017 all show the community’s dedication to making improvements. The City was also recently awarded a $1,000,000 grant to help replace its swimming pool which was built in 1957. Caney also just purchased a vacant building in the downtown area and started interior demolition to put in a city-owned grocery store.
Caney has a large industrial park ready for additional development, and the city is willing to partner with new businesses to relocate to their community. Probably one of the most appealing reasons for a business to locate in Caney is the immediate highway access to Highway 75, which is a direct 4-lane highway to Tulsa, OK, and Tulsa International Airport. Existing manufacturers in Caney include Spears Manufacturing Co., WE-MAC, E.S.E./Intec, KOPCO, and Arrow Valve. Caney also has outstanding utility partners that will help support new growth in the system. There is a new substation going online in 2020 that serves the Caney Industrial Park with 25 MVA transformers with three breakers, and a large transformer will be installed in 2021 which will serve as a back up for this substation if the load requires. Westar/Evergy can grow at the pace that Caney needs, and can accelerate any of these projects if a customer needs this capacity.
Both Independence and Coffeyville Community College are economic development partners for employers in Caney. Employers in Caney can take advantage of customized training opportunities for their new employees. Each College works diligently to support the educational growth of our labor force and works with local employers to establish innovative training programs that local employers need to improve the skills of their employees. Coffeyville Community College, for example, will work directly with companies to identify their specific training and/or testing needs. CCC has access to national certifications for many program areas and on-line testing is available through the Pearson VUE testing centers within 80 miles of our campus. Coffeyville Community College has the flexibility to run customized long or short-term training for credit or non-credit as desired by the company. Training courses may be arranged on campus in our classroom and lab areas or can be conducted on-site at the company location.
As the economic development organization for the area, Montgomery County Action Council (MCAC), the City and the County work collaboratively together. This allows us to ensure that our county and community work efficiently just as your business would. MCAC serves as a business concierge and will work from the very beginning stages of project development to the anniversary celebrations of your business opening in Independence to make sure that you always have a partner for growth in Montgomery County.
The City of Caney is innovative and will work collaboratively to put together a package that makes sense for both the City and the business. Programs like Industrial Revenue Bonds, Kansas EDX tax rebates, Neighborhood revitalization, Community Improvement Districts, and entrepreneurship development loans are all programs that the City has utilized to help a business grow.
Caney also has outstanding utility partners that will help support new growth in the system. Evergy and the Caney Valley Rural Electric Cooperative are strong economic development partners and have innovative programs to help support new development in this region.
Montgomery County also offers incentives for new job creation. The County has a program that offers incentives based on the number of full-time employees or FTE expected to be created in Montgomery County, with additional bonuses offered for locally hired or employees that move to Montgomery County.