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Proposed Joplin annexation aims at attracting new industries

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Update:  City council unanimously approved the annexation measure.  The item now moves to the consent agenda at the next council meeting where there won't be further discussion unless a council member pulls it off the consent agenda for more discussion.


Joplin City Council members look over plans to attract more industry to the area.  The City Council will be deciding on this proposed annexation during its council meeting tonight.  The idea has already been approved by the City's Planning Commission.

If approved, development on some land could start by this coming summer.

Thomas Crook looks over plans for outside his place of work.

"I think it's going to be good for Joplin," says Crook.

Crook works at NEI Industrial inside Joplin's Crossroads Industrial Park.

"It entices people from the east of Joplin, in the Sarcoxie area, to travel to Joplin for work," says Crook.

To the north of NEI Industrial sits sixty acres of land and even more opportunity.  Joplin's Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Development Authority want to annex this land, which would be included in the 670 acres already in the Crossroads Industrial Park.

"There's probably well over 300 acres that is still open for development," says Rob O'Brian, president of Joplin's Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Development Authority board member.

But a new annexation with new utilities could bring more interest to the area, with the help of MODOT.  There will soon be a new Interstate 44 interchange to the north of the proposed annex.

"I used to be in the personnel business.  One of the big complaints was working in Joplin is fine, but you have to travel so far into Joplin to find work.  And now that's no longer the case," says Crook.

"So about 700 jobs are out there right now," says O'Brian.

Adding to those existing jobs, the Chamber of Commerce president says one business is already eyeing five acres of the proposed annexed land.  Current business owners in the area say it's all about looking towards the future to make jobs for the future.

Joplin's Industrial Development Authority owns the proposed annexed land.  Joplin's Chamber of Commerce president says 30 acres of the proposed annexation would be developed first.  Then, Joplin's Industrial Development Authority would decide on how to develop the rest of the land based on needs from interested businesses.
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