From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Despite a tornado and an economic downturn, the Joplin area made gains in attracting new jobs and businesses over the last two years, officials of the Joplin Regional Prosperity Initiative were told Wednesday.
Leaders in the group outlined returns on recent efforts and plans for future programs during a breakfast meeting held at the Continental Banquet Center.
The goal of the initiative is to work with organizations in the region to market the Joplin area and surrounding counties and to develop a stronger workforce, attract new business and support the expansion of existing businesses.
Communities represented by the initiative have added 1,859 jobs over the past three years, according to Rob O’Brian, president of the Joplin Chamber of Commerce.