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New numbers show recovery progress after Joplin tornado

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City officials in Joplin release new numbers that show more progress of rebuilding after the tornado.  The city's manager says progress has been made, but the city still has a long way to go.

City manager Mark Rohr considers it an emergency to rebuild as much as possible; matching, if not surpassing, the number of people and businesses around before the tornado.

In a media conference, Rohr says numbers from utility meters ad building permits show Joplin right now has only a 4.1% population loss because of the tornado.  Some people have moved elsewhere.

Of the businesses that were damaged or destroyed, 500 have since reopened, 30 will not reopen, and there's 145 new businesses in Joplin.

Rohr says one goal now is setting a deadline for even more re growth.

"That goal is population gain within five years.  We've stated that before.  It's an ambitious goal.  To my knowledge, based on our research of different disasters, it has not been accomplished in the past.  But that's the goal we've laid out for ourselves," says city manager Rohr.

The city is encouraging this growth through its home buyers assistance program, which helps people afford payments on a home.  Click here for more information.  

Click here to learn more information on Joplin's rebuilding efforts.

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