JOB TRAINING ASSISTANCE
Job training assistance may be found through the local Kiamichi Technology Center located next to Carl Albert State College. Various safety programs are offered at little or no cost to area manufacturers.
Poteau works with various federal agencies to provide financial assistance for industries interested in locating in the area.
LOCAL BANKING INSTITUTIONS
Poteau currently has 4 different banking institutions: Central National Bank, The Community State Bank , First National Bank and Arvest Bank with combined assets of over $1,400,000,000.
Property tax is assessed at 11% Market Value per $1000 valuation (city ) $86.59
Poteau has a city sales tax of 3.0%
County Sales Tax = 2%
State Sales Tax = 4.50%
Total Sales Tax = 9.50%
Already established industries include coal mining, rock and gravel production, plastics, sheet metal fabrication, and tool and die manufacturing, assembly plants and a poultry plant. Industrial facilities include Burton Tool & Cutting, Old Castle, Ok Foods, Inc., and L&W Equipment.
The 2000 census reported a population of 7939.
Estimated 2010 reported population 8520 for Poteau and 50,384 for LeFlore County.
Local and rural electrical services are provided by OG&E Electrical Service 1-800-522-0280 and Kiamichi Rural Electric Corporation 1-800-888-2731 .
Water services are provided by the Poteau Valley Industrial Authority to the City of Poteau. A modern water treatment plant, located at Lake Wister, has a capacity of 10 million gallons per day. Contact: 918-647-4191
The Arkansas-Oklahoma Gas Company provides gas service. Contact: 1-800-344-7349 orwww.aogc.com
The Windstream Telephone Company provides the telephone service. Contact: 1-800-501-1754 orwww.windstream.net
STEAM and CO2
Applied Energy Services, Inc. has constructed a co-generation facility just 10 miles north of Poteau. This plant produces up to 250,000 pounds per hour of steam and 250 tons per day of CO2.
Poteau is governed by a Mayor and an eight member City Council.
There is a full-time Police Department,27 members including the chief of Police
The Fire Department has 18 volunteer firefighters including the chief. Poteau has a class 4 fire insurance classification.
Poteau has full garbage removal service, provided by Green Country Sanitation
All major streets in Poteau are hardsurfaced.