The Joplin Globe
As I have busied myself with educating developers in distant lands, I wonder why we are looking any further than our own backyards. As I talk with property owners and landlords with impeding higher taxes wondering where their quality, working tenants and investors will come from, I wonder why we are giving our rebuilding business to contractors who have no ownership in the future of Joplin.
As the future of our schools relies on property taxes, who will have the funds to purchase property for their homes or businesses for the long-term sustainability of our community?
As evidenced in the decrease of sales tax revenue, out-of-town contractors will not stay; they will take our dollars back to their own families and their own hometowns. Or they may springboard their one project here into many more as they now have greater funds and the experience that came with it. Give local business the opportunity to expand. We want to own property, start businesses and spend our money in our own backyards.
Businesses are better able to serve, grow and sustain with business. Employing local business is our future. Challenge local business to serve you. Our neighbors are our best customer.
Although Joplin is still on a strict timeline for recovery, take time to work with local businesses for the long-term recovery. Educate out-of-town contractors about the Joplin workforce. They do not see local advertisement or talk with local referrals. Make them aware and service them as you would your neighbor as they will remember our business.
Use local business for your rebuilding project. As Dorothy from the “Wizard of Oz” realized at the end of her journey, she will look no further than her own backyard. What a beautiful philosophy to adopt.
I am a property and business owner and a lifetime area resident who was affected by the tornado. My family rebuilt at 2029 E. 17th St. using Landis Construction.