The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Local News

June 6, 2012

VIDEO: Joplin is counting on its future

JOPLIN, Mo. —  There was a time after the furor of the May 22 tornado when Joplin had to count it’s misfortune:

 161 dead; 7,500 houses smashed; 850 businesses lost; $2.8 billion in losses.

But, no more.

Today, barely a year after the historic storm, residents are instead counting their blessings and the achievements made, with the help of generous souls nationwide, toward recovery.

 — 68 percent of those houses and apartments are repaired or rebuilt with more on the mend everyday.

 — 85 percent of those affected businesses reopened or relocated and 25 new businesses that have come to share Joplin’s future.

 — About half of the families who had to take refuge in trailers provided by FEMA as temporary housing returned to more permanent homes.


And, there’s more on the way.

 — Community Development Block Grant funds of $45 million that will go toward housing and other projects.

— More than 100,000 volunteers who have come to work and more on the way.

—  Corporate sponsorships for home building projects that Rebuild Joplin will announce soon and described as “major” by co-founder Jerrod Hogan.

— Up to $1 billion worth of projects that a master developer, the Wallace-Bajjali Development Firm of Sugarland, Texas, says it can put on the table for consideration if the city inks a deal with the firm.

Joplin is not merely rebuilding, says City Manager Mark Rohr. Joplin is rebuilding better.



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