Industrial & Economic Development

Morgantown is widely known for its small town charm as well as its community involvement. As a part of Team Butler County, an economic development partnership comprised of public and private entities, spreads the welcome mat for potential business owners and developers with phenomenal results. Countless events offered through the Chamber of Commerce, schools, churches and other community groups make Butler County a great place to live, work and play.

Butler County provides an ideal location for business, only a half days drive from 75% of the U.S. population.

Butler County’s location, at the crossroads of the Natcher Parkway and the rapidly approaching Interstate 66, makes it a regional hub for the U.S. A new industrial park with a fiber optic internet gateway and a large manufacturing complex are ideally situated to host any number of business activities. Both new and long-time residents are discovering and rediscovering the joys of living in this delightful community. Butler County provides an ideal location for business, only a half days drive from 75% of the U.S. population.

Overview

The most critical aspect of a local economy may be the communities’ workforce and the skills of those residents. Unlike previous years in which a community could market itself as having workers who would work for low wages, that is no longer the key requirement. Although there is still such employment, the increasing requirement is for an available skilled workforce with key technical abilities. These jobs are higher paying with much of the previous lower paying jobs having been relocated to other countries.

  • Since decreasing in 2008, the Butler County civilian labor force has continued a slow increase with 5,623 in 2011.
  • Butler County’s basic/non-basic job ratio has nearly doubled over the last decade. Much of this increase is likely due to external employment and increasing government transfer payments.
  • Since 2009, unemployment rates in Butler County have subsided from a high 14.7%, and county rates have now fallen nearly even with state and national rates.
  • Manufacturing is the major economic sector of Butler County in terms of employment and total wages. However, the number of manufacturing jobs has declined from 1688 in 2001 to 546 in 2010.
  • From 2001 to 2010, Butler County lost 20 business establishments with most coming from the construction sector and retail trade sector.
  • In 2010, 72% of Butler County’s workforce commuted outside the county for employment, with an average commute time of 28.9 minutes.
  • Although Butler County cash receipts from crops and livestock are lower than BRADD and State averages, agriculture has continued to expand as part of the county economy.
  • Average weekly wages have improved for employees in Butler County, but they are still lower than the state’s average weekly wages for respective industrial sectors.
  • Compared to the BRADD and the state, wages have been lower for Butler County employees. However, since 2009, the county’s annual increase in wages has outpaced both the BRADD and the state.
  • With festivals like the annual Catfish Festival and numerous historical attractions, Morgantown and Butler County have increased their travel expenditures at a greater percentage rate than the BRADD or State rate.
Last Modified: August 31, 2015