After three years of planning and coordinating city disaster recovery projects following the May 2011 disaster, Tony Robyn has recently been promoted to the Assistant Director of Planning, Development & Neighborhood Services for the City of Joplin.
Troy Bolander, Department Director, has worked with Robyn since he joined the City in June 2012. “Tony has numerous skills that are beneficial to planners in managing multiple projects and providing oversight of the goals in residential or commercial developments,” said Bolander. “He played a critical role in detail management and grant documentation to ensure projects move forward during our recovery. He will continue to be an asset for the City in this new role.”
Robyn's most recent projects are focused on the new public library facility, serving as the City's project manager, and the Mercy Park project being developed at 26th and McClelland Boulevard. He will also work closely with Planning and Community Development staff on other projects.
In this position, Robyn will assist with the recently revamped Neighborhood Services Division to increase proactive measures in cooperation with citizens while developing more organizational volunteer support of neighborhood efforts that the City has utilized in the past.
“We frequently partner with local community organizations to assist residents with various neighborhood matters and this has resulted in positive benefits we would like to explore further,” states Robyn. In recent years, the City has initiated Neighborhood Improvement Districts by partnering with neighborhood citizens. This partnership provides a focused impact on infrastructure improvements with available and partners' resources while coordinating neighborhood cleanups in these targeted areas. In 2014, cleanups resulted in over ten tons of trash and debris removed from neighborhoods.
Robyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and Administration from Webster University in Kansas City and has more than 20 years of experience in management, project planning and coordination, fundraising, and administering public and private funds.
While working for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Tony held several senior management positions in Parks and Recreation as the zoo building and grounds curator, associate zoo director, and eventually a city park division director overseeing environmental programs and facilities. More recently, as an executive director and regional vice-president for the National Audubon Society, Tony was responsible for planning and coordinating Audubon's regional operations across 13 states and was previously executive director of Joplin's Wildcat Glades Audubon Center and the Audubon Missouri State Office.
Tony lives in Joplin with his wife Katherine and daughter, Clara.
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