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What must Joplin do differently to aid in rebuilding and progress?

Jack Golden
< Insure that funds are available to adequately staff PUBLIC WORKS/BUILDING DEPARTMENT
< Insure that funds are available to adequately staff POLICE/FIRE DEPARTMENTS
< Employment opportunities that will support families
< Workforce Retention
< City of Joplin must develop adequate Unrestricted Cash Reserves
< Quality of Life projects: such as Cultural, Historic Preservation, Senior's Services and a pleasant environment for all citizens.  Maintained and a need exist for long term usage without creating a burden of debt.  For 2014/15 is excellent. Councilmen predicting doom and gloom based on a change in administration need to check with the Chamber of Commerce.
< The renewal of the Sales Tax should be considered to allow for infrastructure and necessary services that are not eligible for funding from federal funds received as a result of the Tornado.
Projects promised that are not eligible need to be explained.

Harvey Hutchinson
The City needs to make this the #1 priority. We are at the three year point, and past the half way point of the five year rebuilding goal. We are behind the pace on the public side, although the private sector is on or ahead of pace and proceeding in most cases with the highest of quality, and many times over improved and enhanced results. We will need to closely monitor the progress (or lack thereof) of the City’s contracted master planner. We urgently have to offer leadership and get the infrastructure and public building on a straight and fast track. Public projects that are currently on the boards and need to become something beyond a gleam in our eyes are: (1) Becker ball park rebuild,(2) Commons development, (2) Memorial Hall, and (3) Interface or infrastructure that will be needed by the new medical school.

These are things that will provide impetus for the private sector to achieve even more; and not compete with them in real estate acquisition, inventory, and their own marketing efforts.

Miranda Lewis
The city’s focus has been diverted over the past few months and needs to be placed back on not only rebuilding efforts but also the city’s progress in general. This community has great potential and the next few years will be pivotal in establishing Joplin as a destination city. We must focus on utilizing the tools we already possess such as a university right here at home, access to major distribution channels and an educated and skilled work force. Joplin needs to continue to work on improving quality of life measures so we can attract businesses to provide new jobs. We need to be good stewards of the resources that have been given to Joplin to ensure we make the best decisions for long-term growth and sustainability.

Trisha Raney
We've made a lot of progress in the almost three years since the tornado when compared to other communities that have suffered such a large loss. It’s important that we stay focused and continue to rebuild, while also being patient with the process.

The City continues to work on the development of projects that will best serve the community and utilize the grant money received within the terms allowed. In addition, the City has the Joplin Homebuyer’s Assistance Program to aid families in purchasing a home in the recovery area.

Most of the rebuilding will need to be done by private industries. It is important that the City work toward creating an environment that is attractive to companies looking for a new location. We should develop and maintain good relationships with private businesses and not be a hindrance to development.

Mike Seibert
More frequent public updates on projects will keep citizens informed on realistic expectations and the complexities of the projects.

Review City staff workload, this is a marathon not a sprint, if there would be staffing needs during this time I would consider a staff increase. I would support sending City staff for additional training or to seminars that would assist them in completing the redevelopment projects.

Gary Shaw
I am not sure that we need to do anything different; perhaps just more of what has been done and what we are doing and pursue it a little more aggressively. Of course we should continue to look for and investigate opportunities to attract others to invest in our city. We have come a long way, and our citizens, professional people and businesses, are to be commended for their hard work and progress.

I believe it is important for us to support our already - established businesses and industries and to seek other, and higher-paying, employment opportunities for our citizens.

Ryan Stanley
I am proud of the progress we have achieved. There are thousands of examples of new growth, returning business, new business, new homes, positive stories, etc... There is one overriding concern on my mind. We are going to be hiring a new City Manager in the next 6 months. We must recruit a new City Manager that is better than our last. This job opportunity will appeal to the best. We cannot allow our talent search to be impaired by our desire to fight yesterday's battles. Joplin, turn your attention to the bright future we have in front of us. Turn your back on the frustrations of the past. When the right candidate comes to this City for the first time, we must display The Joplin we know, The Joplin we love, The Joplin that is bound for great things.

Jim West
I am trying to figure out what you are asking here, from what i can see we are on the right track for re-building, there is two new business that is going to opening soon, one well be hiring around 115 new employees, and another one that is under construction that is planning to started soon with new employees, I see Joplin is on the move.

Mike Woolston
We must get refocused on the recovery and move forward with a much greater level of unity as a community. We’ve been distracted with other short term issues and have lost focus on what should be our one and only priority – the tornado recovery and redevelopment. We’ll soon work our way through these other issues but to move forward with the recovery, we’ll need to attract more private sector development to town. Obviously, the city can offer certain financial incentives to entice development but the city should not put itself in the position of “buying the business”. We should offer incentives that help facilitate development but not to the point that financially unsustainable projects are proposed and built.

We’ve demonstrated that we do things differently in Joplin. I believe very strongly that we have the capability to continue doing so. We just have to reset our focus, reset our priorities and thus reset our future. I hope the citizens will join me in doing so.

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