The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 17, 2012

Economic development official for Pittsburg announces retirement

From staff reports

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Mark Turnbull, director of economic development for the city of Pittsburg, has announced his retirement effective Dec. 15. Turnbull has held the position since 2007.

His career has included 38 years in public service, including 18 with the city of Pittsburg, as director of community development and housing before taking over economic development.

Turnbull listed as accomplishments during his tenure the development of a five-year comprehensive strategic plan and the sale of the 500,000-square-foot former Superior Industries building to Jake’s Fireworks.

This year, Turnbull has been involved in expansions at Masonite, PRG Prototyping, Via Christi Hospital, Atkinson Industries and the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, which combined represent capital investment of more than $30 million and more than 300 new jobs for the area.

Turnbull also was instrumental in assisting with the construction of corporate hangars at Atkinson Municipal Airport, and expanded use of the Internet to market available buildings, properties and sites within the community.

"We have survived the Great Recession. Our employers have expanded in 2011 and 2012, with several others nearing the announcement of bringing additional physical expansions and hundreds of new, high-paying jobs to Pittsburg. Our community will continue to grow in the years to come," Turnbull said in a statement issued late Friday.

Turnbull resume

Mark Turnbull has served for more than 25 years as a board member of Team Kansas, the state’s private economic development partner. He also serves on the board of the Kansas Economic Development Alliance and on the Joplin Regional Partnership Governing Board. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Pittsburg State University and is nationally licensed as a certified workforce development professional.