Tri-County Region

Considering the Manhattan area for your business? Prepare to get more than you expected from the tri-county region. The city of Manhattan resides in two counties, Riley and Pottawatomie, and so these two counties are natural partners. A third partner is our neighbor to the west, Junction City/Geary County. That makes a great team, and where you'll find tremendous value for your business. Plus, we’re part of the Kansas I-70 Talent Corridor.


  • Population tri-county region: 125,000
  • Nearly 40,000 households
  • More than 200,000 in the retail market area
  • 30,200 in the “available labor pool” according to the 2002 labor study

Major Employers

Our region is home to two major employers, Kansas State University and Fort Riley, which provide valuable business and human resources to many employers in our region.

Small Business Development Center
The tri-county region shares the same Small Business Development Center that provides business services to those who consider starting a business. Seminars and business counseling services are conveniently available in Junction City, Manhattan and Wamego to serve the needs of future entrepreneurs.

Small Business Development