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TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome Message from Chamber President ................................................. 8 The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce: Who We Are................................ 9

BUSINE SS & I N D U S T RY Economic News & Notes ......................................................................................11 Business Profiles......................................................................................................12 Major Employers .....................................................................................................21 Outstanding Business Resources......................................................................22 The Location for Logistics....................................................................................24 Community Profile .................................................................................................26

H E ALTH CA R E Mercy Hospital Joplin ...........................................................................................34 Freeman Health System .......................................................................................36 Orthopaedic Specialists of the Four States ...................................................38 Landmark Hospital.................................................................................................40

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Hometown Pediatrics of Joplin .........................................................................40 Children’s Mercy Kansas City ..............................................................................42

Missouri Southern State University .................................................................51 Pittsburg State University....................................................................................52

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Crowder College .....................................................................................................54

Joplin School District ............................................................................................46

Missouri State University — Joplin Outreach Campus .............................56

Private Schools ........................................................................................................49

Technical Schools ...................................................................................................56 Ozark Christian College ........................................................................................57

R E S I D E N T I AL L I V I N G Joplin — A Great Place to Call Home ..............................................................58

C U LT U R E & AT T R AC T I O N S Active in the Arts ....................................................................................................64 George A. Spiva Center for the Arts .................................................................66 Joplin Museum Complex .....................................................................................68 The Play’s The Thing ..............................................................................................70

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Stained Glass Theatre ............................................................................................71 Joplin’s Annual Events and Festivals................................................................72 Connecting With Nature ......................................................................................74

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Copyright© 2016 Town Square Publications 155 E. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights, IL 60005 www.townsquarepublications.com Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The Chamber and Town Square assume no responsibility for misinformation. Please contact the Chamber with any additions or corrections. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of the Chamber and Town Square is prohibited. Chairman, CEO and Publisher Douglas K. Ray President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Stone Vice President/Director Scott Ray Production Manager Joe Nugara Content Coordinator/Client Liaison Stefanie Nugara Graphic Designer Kirsten Riedl Ad Production Coordinators David Abraham and Tiffany Salerno Directory Coordinator Michael Sumrak Contributing Writer Jean Murphy Photography Drew Kimble

C U LT U R E & AT T R AC T I O N S Fit & Active ................................................................................................................76 Hit the Links..............................................................................................................76 Community Parks & Amenities ..........................................................................77 Cheer on the Home Teams ..................................................................................78 Faith and Service ....................................................................................................80 Important Contacts ...............................................................................................82 Preferred Business Listings .................................................................................84 Advertiser Index......................................................................................................87

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WELCOME MESSAGE FROM CHAMBER PRESIDENT Th e J op l in Area Ch a m b e r o f Co m m e rce, I nvo l v i n g Emp l oyer s, Buil d i n g R e l at i o n s h i p s a n d Co n n e c t i n g Bus in es s an d Com m u n i t y S i n ce 1 9 1 7 . A M E SSAGE F R O M T HE P R E S I D E N T

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ince 1917, the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce has been a progressive force that knows future economic prosperity and improved quality of life go hand in hand. JACC works to improve all of its community’s strengths: economic, educational, physical and spiritual well-being.

Each business day, your Chamber assists small businesses and major industries with issues that affect their ability to thrive in our region. Your Chamber is 5-Star accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and hosts hundreds of programs, committees, events and services each year and takes the lead on local and regional economic development to grow the business community. As the representative of the business community, your Chamber works with city and county governments, area schools, non-profit services and faith-based organizations to help improve the economic climate and quality of life in our region. The community and city are setting the stage for a new home for the community arts center including a much larger visual arts facility and a 500-seat performance venue. The Chamber, with support from the university and community college, is working on turning the building used by the high school technical center into a 50,000-square-foot incubator and training facility for new and existing firms. And in 2017, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU) will open its Joplin campus. When it opens, KCU will be the largest medical school in the country. The Joplin campus is a result of the tireless efforts of the Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance, Mercy Hospital and Freeman Health System. The Chamber’s 7-year-old Young Professionals Network continues to grow and connect, develop and empower the leaders of tomorrow. This dynamic group of 200 professionals is a great asset to our community. In addition, work goes on to address direct business issues, particularly in working with local and state government. We continually work on transportation, workforce and infrastructure development, and many other issues directly impacting business. When you invest your membership dollars in the area’s only 5-Star Chamber, you support a great organization. When you invest your time, you benefit your community and your business. Make the most of your membership.

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THE JOPLIN AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: WHO WE ARE

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hether it’s organizing a networking event to help business owners meet potential customers at a First Friday Coffee or working with the governor to increase economic opportunities, your 5-Star Chamber works hard for businesses and the community. That 5-Star rating comes from the United States Chamber of Commerce in recognition of the Joplin Area Chamber Commerce’s (JACC) sound policies, effective organizational procedures and positive impact on the community. A 5-Star rating is the highest accreditation ranking given by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. JACC’s 17 employees are involved in everything from economic development to membership events. They make events fun, but they know the outcomes are serious. Helping members grow their business and connecting them to customers is their goal. JACC has an excellent relationship with state and local politicians to help advocate for business interests in the Southwest Missouri area. JACC’s goal is to support legislation to address business concerns, improve economic development and transportation, and to promote improved educational opportunities, healthcare and community enhancement. JACC staff knows good education is vital to moving the community forward, which is why JACC was instrumental in bringing a medical school to Joplin. The Kansas City University

of Medicine and Biosciences will hold its first classes at the new Joplin medical school in 2017. This will be the first new medical school location to open in Missouri in 44 years. KCU and Missouri Southern State University have partnered on a program called “Yours to Lose – Advanced Medical School Acceptance Program,” which allows up to 25 MSSU students to be admitted into KCU’s new medical school at the same time as their acceptance to MSSU. Coming in January 2017 is the Advanced Technology & Training Center, a multipurpose facility with five separate program areas addressing the needs of Joplin and the region. Education, business assistance and job creation, specifically targeting low to moderate income (LMI) levels in the community, are the primary mission of the facility. Many of these LMI individuals are veterans, unemployed and under-employed individuals in critical need of skills and training. Center partners include Crowder College, Workforce Investment Board and Joseph Newman Innovation Center. The center is made possible by a HUD CDBG-DR grant with the City of Joplin. In 2013, Jasper County was the first county in the nation to be named a “Certified Work Ready Community” by ACT. The Certified Work Ready Community initiative provides a framework to link workforce development to education and simultaneously align economic development needs of the community so employers know potential

employees have the basic skills needed to do a specific job. The neighboring Kansas county of Cherokee achieved certification in January 2016. Labette County, Kansas, and Ottawa County, Oklahoma, are nearing completion of their certifications in order to build a comprehensive workforce for the region. The region surrounding Joplin is filled with educational and economic opportunities, and JACC works with regional partners in Kansas and Oklahoma to improve the entire region. Combined economic development efforts for the three-state region are led by the Joplin Regional Partnership (JRP), which works closely with JACC staff on a daily basis to promote opportunities in its seven-county, three-state area. A readily available workforce and entrepreneurial spirit means small businesses flourish in the region. The Joseph Newman Innovation Center next door to JACC provides support and resources for startup and existing businesses by partnering with Missouri Southern State University’s Small Business and Technology Development Center. Today’s JACC looks very different from when it started 99 years ago, but its goal is the same: to improve the lives and businesses of its 850 members through increased economic prosperity, superior educational opportunities and a thriving art and cultural scene. ◗

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BUSINESS & INDUSTRY ECONOMIC NEWS & NOTES

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usiness is booming in Joplin! Below are just a few of the latest news and highlights.

ME D ICAL BU Z Z The KCU College of Osteopathic Medicine will open a medical school in Joplin in 2017. The school is predicted to have a $100 million impact on the area. It will be the first new medical school opened in the state in more than four decades.

RE ADY FOR BU SI N E SS In 2013, Jasper County was the first in the nation to be certified a work-ready community by ACT. It also was the first to recertify in early 2015. Neighboring Newton County also became work-ready certified in 2015. This ensures our community is armed with the skills and tools to succeed in today’s economic environment.

BUSINE SS GR OW T H Two local companies recently expanded. Turbo Supply purchased the spec building that previously was home to East Middle School, doubling the size of the facility and creating 70 new jobs. And EaglePicher Technologies broke ground on a new lithium facility. The $26 million expansion is expected to create 171 new jobs for the region. A new addition to the business community is Connecticut-based Blue Buffalo, which selected Joplin for Heartland Pet Products, the company’s first production facility. The factory opened in 2014 and employs 150 people. Owens Corning will open a manufacturing facility in Joplin in late 2016. The nearly $90-million project is expected to create more than 100 jobs. Jasper County, the City of Joplin, Missouri, and the City of Galena, Kansas, worked across state lines to bring the company to the area.

I N F R AS T R U C T U R E I M P R OV E M E N T In 2015, the Missouri Department of Transportation constructed a new interchange to improve access to and from the Crossroads Industrial Park. The project, which involved a multi-partner relationship that included the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, cost $8.6 million. This amount was budgeted by MoDOT two years ago from economic development funds. City transportation also won big with the passing of the City of Joplin Capital Improvement sales tax, which will generate $45 million in revenue over the next decade. The chamber led the successful renewal campaign effort.

I N N OVAT I O N C E N T R AL A stellar resource for local entrepreneurs is the Joseph Newman Innovation Center, which has helped create more than 400 jobs since opening in 2005. The center currently is home to 12 businesses and continues to offer outreach and counseling to startup businesses and entrepreneurs. A new program the center is developing is The Joplin Makers, a dynamic group that

uses space in the center as a collaborative community workshop. Watch for more from this group in the future! The Innovation Center also provided training ground for Express Scripts’ customer service positions, a unique job allowing individuals to work from home. In partnership with the Innovation Center, Missouri Southern State University opened the region’s only DNA lab, which offers training workshops to industries on the use of the technology and helps introduce existing industries to the technology for food safety testing. For students, the DNA lab offers a centralized location for DNA research.

C HAM BE R C HAMPS Your chamber keeps you informed about issues that affect your business and our community and offers legitimate programs that put members in touch with legislators. Your chamber’s membership in the Chamber Federation gives members with 10 or fewer employees a free membership in the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which helps the smallest of businesses stay informed about legislative items that affect business. ◗ www.jo p linc c.c o m

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BUSINESS PROFILES FAR R E L L C O N S TR UC TION fa rrc on. c om

Sometimes a bad turn of fate can evolve into a great opportunity. That’s what happened when Carl Farrell and his son Dennis lost their jobs during the recession in 1976. Offered a small job building a chicken house, the pair decided to start a construction company. Four decades later, the family-run Farrell Construction is still going strong. Today, the company is a full-service commercial and general contractor and is a leader in commercial steel building projects throughout the region. It focuses heavily on warehousing but also services commercial, manufacturing, agricultural and residential clients. Although headquartered in Neosho, it has an office in Joplin. Farrell Construction has continually evolved in order to offer clients the best, said Cory Farrell, the third-generation owner. “I’ve been training with my dad for almost 20 years, and now we’re stepping into our own and taking things into a new generation.” In early 2015, the company purchased a controlling interest in True Style Homes, a Joplin business dedicated to building unique contemporary houses. In recent years, Farrell Construction also has increased its focus on sustainable building. “We started True Energy Group, a division that sells multiple styles of energy, including solar and wind,” Farrell said. “Providing these renewable energy services helps us save our customers money.” Recent award-winning projects include Buffalo Run Casino, which garnered a 2012 Building of the Year Award from Metallic Building Company, Farrell’s steel provider. For that project, Farrell Construction built the casino’s new building over its existing, temporary tent structure, saving the casino millions of dollars, Farrell noted. The company won another Building of the Year Award the next year for its work on Crowder College’s satellite campus in Jane, Missouri. Farrell credits the company’s long success to a steadfast focus on quality. To ensure top-notch work delivered on time and on budget, the company operates under its branded PP2C (Positive Process to Completion) promise. This means that when bidding a project, Farrell Construction sticks with its bidded price and does not add overruns or additional line items. “We honor our word on our bid,” Farrell said. “We might not be the lowest, but we do stick with that hard number.” ◗ 12 JOPLIN A RE A C HAMBER O F C O MMER C E

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Community and culture go hand-in-hand, each strengthening the other. Helping facilitate the growth of community through the arts in Joplin is Connect2Culture (C2C), a nonprofit founded in 2009. “C2C fills a unique niche as the community arts agency that supports the development of the arts and culture in Joplin, increases community involvement in the arts and supports increased audience development,” said Emily Frankoski, community arts director. C2C supports a broad variety of cultural organizations encompassing the arts, history, nature and education. Its website includes a comprehensive arts directory, and the nonprofit also promotes events through social media outlets and an emailed biweekly calendar of events, exhibits and educational opportunities. Since its founding, C2C has worked on developing performing and visual arts venues for Joplin. A public-private partnership with the City of Joplin for development of a community cultural arts center around the Memorial Hall site continues to be explored. Connect2Culture is also exploring potential ways to work with the Joplin School District regarding the new 1,180-seat JHS Performing Arts Center. C2C’s work contributed to the city earning a “Creative Community” designation from the Missouri Arts Council in 2012. Through C2C’s participation in the 2016 American for the Arts’ Arts & Economic Prosperity V study, it will conduct a local economic impact study that will identify the role played by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in strengthening the local economy, Frankoski said. “All Missouri data collected will be used to advocate for funding, both locally and statewide,” she added.

Also in 2016, C2C will host a number of Arts Roundtables, an annual series of professional development events and workshops providing free networking and education opportunities to organizations, artsbased businesses and artists. Access to cultural experiences is an essential ingredient in vibrant communities. “Communities that invest in the arts and culture get a tenfold payback in the creation of jobs, economic growth and an increased quality of life,” Frankoski said. “We’re part of an effort to make Joplin a place people want to live, work, play and stay.” ◗

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Over the years, a great restaurant can become far more to a community than a place to fuel up. For many in Joplin, Casa Montez is an essential part of the community fabric. It’s the place to celebrate accomplishments, mark milestones or simply to gather together with loved ones. Founded in 1965, Casa Montez is the oldest family-run and oldest Mexican restaurant in town. Founder Alex Montez was the uncle of current owner David Amayo’s first wife. Amayo started out working front-of-house in 1966 and purchased the business in 1982. Today, he runs it with his wife, Cindy. Fifty years in business means multiple generations of families have included Casa Montez in their celebrations and special occasions. One couple, for example, recently celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary at Casa, the site of their first date. This is what Amayo loves about owning a beloved local restaurant, he said. “We have four generations of families in Joplin who grew up on our food.” The restaurant is marking its anniversary with a variety of celebrations, including the chance for fans to register to join a VIP club to receive special deals. What keeps everyone coming back is the food. The Montez family came from southern Arizona, and many of the restaurant’s recipes were drawn from that heritage. Although menu items have been added over the years, many of the original dishes are still available. But that doesn’t mean the restaurant hasn’t evolved with the times. It’s added a cantina that serves the ever-popular margarita, including the Perfect Margarita, 16 JOPLIN A RE A C HAMBER O F C O MMER C E

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417-781-6046 If your clothes are not becoming to you , you should ld be coming to Southtown cleaners $ alteration

Locally owned and operated by Brigitte & Kenneth Pippin

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S O P HI E sop hi eshoe s. co m

Joplin fashionistas know where to go to get unique, stylish looks. Sophie, located in downtown Joplin, is a premier boutique offering a wide variety of shoes, handbags, clothing and accessories with a signature look owner Ashley Wakefield describes as casual-chic, perfect for dressing up or down. “We’re constantly on the lookout for new and fresh looks, and we try to bring in lines no one else in town has,” Wakefield said. The popular shop opened in 2007 after Wakefield graduated with a fashion merchandising degree from Missouri State University. The idea was first planted in a class she attended there on establishing a fashion business. At the time, she was no stranger to the retail world. “That course made me realize that owning my own fashion business encompassed all the things I loved most about retail,” she said. Although her hometown is about an hour north of Joplin, business sense and love — her husband is native to town — kept her here. “At that time, there weren’t any other boutiques in Joplin focused on shoes,” Wakefield said. “I knew I could fill a void no one else was filling.” Previously located near the Joplin mall, the hip boutique moved to the vibrant downtown area in early 2014. It was a move Wakefield was eyeing for awhile. When an influx of other boutiques, restaurants and nightlife opened over the past few years, and improvements to sidewalks and landscaping were made downtown, she knew the time was right. “There’s been a lot of movement within the last five years to the downtown scene, and Joplin has worked hard to get it to where it is now,” Wakefield said. “It’s been fantastic — I love the community feel to downtown. We help each other out.” The move downtown was Sophie’s third. Each time, the store has expanded its offerings. Starting out with strictly shoes, bags and accessories, the store later started offering dresses and denim and now offers a wide assortment of clothing. “We still have a huge selection of shoes and bags, but we’ve greatly expanded our clothing assortment,” Wakefield said. “People love it. If we get something in on a Monday, by Friday there’s often only one left.” ◗

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MAJOR EMPLOYERS BUSINESS NAME

Asterisk indicates membership in the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

EMPLOYEES HERE

CITY

BUSINESS NAME

3382

Joplin

*Freeman Health System

EMPLOYEES HERE

CITY

*Teleperformance USA

350

Joplin

*Mercy Hospital Joplin

1400

Joplin

*Crowder College

324

Neosho

*Joplin Schools

1200

Joplin

*Cardinal Detecto Mfg.

327

Webb City

*Leggett & Platt Incorporated

1196

Carthage

Buffalo Run Casino

320

Miami

Sunbeam Products Inc

1050

Neosho

*Economic Security Corporation

320

Joplin

*Downstream Casino Resort

1019

Quapaw

Classic Egg Products Inc

320

Neosho

Tamko Building Products Inc

1000

Joplin

*Schaeffler Group USA Inc

310

Joplin

Baptist Regional Health Center

935

Miami

Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital

290

Carthage

*Crossland Construction Co Inc

850

Columbus

*Able Mfg. & Assembly

250

Joplin

Eastern Shawnee Tribe Oklahoma

850

Miami

Millers Inc

280

Pittsburg Carthage

*EaglePicher Technologies LLC

800

Joplin

Butterball LLC

271

Tri-State Motor Transit Co

800

Joplin

*Bemis Packaging Inc

258

Joplin

*Empire District Electric Co

781

Joplin

*Bill’s Electric Inc

250

Webb City

*Wal-Mart Stores Inc

693

Joplin

*Wyandotte Nation Casino

225

Wyandotte

Crawford County

221

Girard

*Southwest Missouri Bank

220

Joplin

*Missouri Southern State University

620

Joplin

Via Christi Hospital

620

Pittsburg

*Indigo Sky Casino

600

Wyandotte

Labette Community College

220

Parsons

*XPO Logistics Truckload

567

Joplin

D & D Sexton Incorporated

218

Carthage

Integris Health Inc

534

Miami

*WestRock Company

202

Joplin

*City of Joplin

465

Joplin

Bagcraft Papercon LLC

200

Baxter Springs

Labette Health Foundation Inc

459

Parsons

Day and Zimmermann Inc

200

Parsons

Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation

450

Joplin

Nutra Blend LLC

200

Neosho

Twin Rivers Foods Inc

450

Neosho

*EGS

200

Joplin

*AT&T Mobility

448

Joplin

Triple - T Foods Inc

200

Frontenac

*General Mills

441

Joplin

Watco Companies LLC

200

Pittsburg

Bordertown Casino & Arena

421

Wyandotte

Transport Distribution Company

190

Joplin

*Carl Junction Schools

418

Carl Junction

Pitsco Inc

185

Pittsburg

Celltron Inc

400

Galena

*Spring River Christian Village

185

Joplin

*Jasper Products LLC

400

Joplin

*Modine Mfg Co

180

Joplin

Pitt Plastics Inc

400

Pittsburg

*Arvest Bank

175

Joplin

*Ozark Center

362

Joplin

Cott Beverages

160

Joplin

Blitz USA Inc

350

Miami

Atec Steel LLC

140

Baxter Springs

Americold Logistics

350

Carthage

*Branco Enterprises Inc

140

Neosho

Ducommun Labarge Tech Inc

350

Joplin

*US Bank

139

Joplin

*H E Williams Inc

350

Carthage

*Lozier Corporation

135

Joplin

Opal Foods LLC

350

Neosho

VolksAvanti Insurance Agency

Personal

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O U T S TA N D I N G B U S I N E S S R E S O U R C E S

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he Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce’s (JACC) Economic & Workforce Development branch embraces local and regional initiatives in its efforts to improve economic prosperity in the Joplin area. From influencing public policy on behalf of the business community, to leading task forces designed to improve infrastructure and encourage technology-oriented startups, developing Southwest Missouri is a core focus at JACC.

AFFILIATE D O R GA N I Z AT I O N S

chamber staff, strives to develop and market the Crossroads Business Park as well as maintain the Joplin-Webb City Industrial Park. JACC also has a voice in redevelopment, which oversees implementation of the master plan for the region. The master plan encompasses long-range community planning and direction across all sectors, including economic development, downtown development, transportation improvements, medical care, social services and arts, culture and recreation.

The chamber is affiliated with a number of organizations, subsidiary corporations and joint ventures aimed at growing the region. The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, for example, promotes endeavors that support charitable, cultural and educational programs and projects. The foundation supports the Tech Innovation Task Force and oversees the Newman Innovation Center. Chamber staff members also overlap as staff for a variety of these affiliate organizations, including the Joplin Business and Industrial Development Corporation (JBIDC) and Joplin Capital Corporation (JCC). The JBIDC provides revenue sources to support the economic development efforts in the Joplin area, while the JCC furnishes small business loans and/or equity for projects that would not be financed through conventional means. JACC staff also supports efforts specific to the area inside the city limits of Joplin. The Joplin Industrial Development Authority, operated by

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THE JOSE PH N E W M A N I N N OVAT I ON C E N T E R n ew ma n i n n ovationc enter.c om

The Joseph Newman Innovation Center provides a positive environment for entrepreneurs and the development of innovative new businesses. With office and light manufacturing spaces available for lease and shared amenities such as a reception area, conference rooms, break rooms and telecommunications infrastructure, the center provides a professional atmosphere for focusing on your new business without the risk of having to sign a long-term lease agreement. Located downtown, the center blends accessibility with a professional, urban atmosphere.

www.amce.com Corporate Office 7231 E 24th St. Joplin, MO 64804 | 417.680.7200 Rolla Office 112 W. 8th St. Rolla, MO 65401 | 573.341.9487 DEDICATED TO PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE AND EFFICIENT ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS.

Perhaps even more beneficial than the space itself is the network of business experts who can be accessed through connections at the center. Businesses of all types can benefit from the expertise of the Joplin team, which includes Innovation Center staff, JACC staff, the Small Business and Technology Development Center at Missouri Southern State University and other statewide development agencies. Access to these resources is not restricted to the center’s tenants, and these partners are prepared to assist in solving problems ranging from financing, management and relocations to research and manufacturing processes. Center Director Steve Russell emphasizes the significant positive impact the facility has had not only on the fortunes of tenants, but also on the economic prosperity of the region. “Since 2005, the center has assisted over 30 tenants as they created nearly 400 new jobs. However, our outreach programs helped hundreds more within the region,” Russell said. “Further, all of our assistance programs are provided free of charge.” Contact Steve Russell at (417) 624-4150 or steve@joplincc.com for more information about the center and its offerings.

Se r v ing the R e g i ona l B u s i ne s s C o m mu n i ty JOPLIN RE GI O N A L PA R T N E R SH I P j opl i n reg i on alpar tnership.c o m ( 417) 624-415 0

This seven-county partnership across Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma markets the region for the purpose of business attraction. The partnership identifies and helps companies evaluating locations for relocation or expansion. The JRP provides site selection assistance, tax and business incentive information, connections to important contacts in the region, business data, and access to helpful resources for workforce recruitment and training. “The Joplin Region is a great place for any type of business looking for a place to relocate or expand to,“ said Director Kevin Welch. “The region has fantastic community partners, great transportation access, an able and skilled workforce, national and worldwide renowned educational and training facilities, and a low cost of doing business — plus it’s a great place to live!” Contact Kevin Welch for more information on the Joplin Regional Partnership and how they can help you.

JOPLIN RE GI O N A L B I Z CE N T E R j opl i n reg i on albiz c enter.c om ( 417) 624-415 0

Business planning assistance related to feasibility, market data, registration and licensing, insurance, and other topics is available through the center, which also provides guidance related to financial resources. ◗

Comfort. It’s what we do. Our customers are very important to us. We want to offer the highest degree of service possible. We are striving to be the best we can. We have strong ties to our communities and wish to serve them for as long as we can.

C&H Heating & Air Regular Hours Mon-Fri 8:00 am –5:00 pm Sat-Sun Closed 922 Iowa Ave. Joplin, MO 64801

417.627.9894

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T H E LO C AT I O N F O R LO G I S T I C S

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f it needs to be shipped — and everything does — there’s a good chance it’s passed through or close to Joplin. Three Class 1 railroads and two regional short-lines join trucking, rail, air and port concerns to ensure that when shipments need to get somewhere, they get there fast. Close to 6 million Americans are a mere 150 miles from Joplin’s interstate crossroads, and 65 million are within an easy day’s drive. Interstates 44 and 49 provide ultimate access — East Coast to West Coast and Canada to Mexico — while a network of state and federal highways provides unfettered access to the reaches of the four-state area of Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The city’s four industrial parks — Joplin Southern Industrial Park, Crossroads Business and Distribution Park, Joplin/ Webb City Industrial Park and Joplin Airpark — provide ample goods for the more than 50 local trucking firms. Additionally, XPO Logistics Truckload is headquartered in Joplin, and TriState Motor Transit handles potentially dangerous freight. It’s an easy drive to Tulsa’s Port of Catoosa, one of the largest, farthest-inland river ports in the United States. In addition to Kansas City Southern, Burlington Northern-Santa Fe and Union Pacific, the regional short-line Missouri Northern Arkansas Railroad — part of the Genesee & Wyoming system — is headquartered in nearby Carthage and operates nearly 600 miles of line in Arkansas and Missouri. MNA traffic generally consists of coal, grain, frozen foods, minerals, steel, chemicals and asphalt on 527 miles of line. (The line was initially chartered in 1883 and was part of the Missouri Pacific Railroad’s mainline from Kansas City to Memphis.) Watco, one of the largest short-line railroads in the United States, offers direct service to its own port in Houston. These rail lines bring Missouri shipments to ports of import on the Gulf and Pacific Ocean. The city is also home to Joplin Regional Airport (see facing page). A further trio — Springfield Regional, Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa International — are all within 60 to 90 minutes. From here to there or from there to here, Joplin is leading in logistics.

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KELLERWILLIAMS®

JOPLIN RE G I O N A L A I R P O R T j l n a i r por t.com 7331 N or th H ighway 4 3 Web b Ci ty, MO

Owned and operated by the City of Joplin, Joplin Regional Airport (JLN) serves a broad span of aviation needs for the community, including commercial, cargo, corporate, military and general aviation. The airport has been transformed in recent years with both the construction of a new $15 million terminal facility and the replacement of the air traffic control tower.

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The state-of-the art terminal facility provides passengers with the convenience of a small, local airport as well as great amenities such as free parking, wireless Internet, ATM and rental car service through both Avis and Hertz. “The airport impacts the local economy to the tune of over $21 million annually, but more importantly, provides a portal into the aviation system that connects Joplin with the major business and industrial markets worldwide,” said Steve Stockam, airport manager.

THE KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY

The airport’s two commercial service runways are classified to handle aircraft as large as Boeing 737, Airbus A320 and other major commercial aircraft. Passenger jet service is provided by American Airlines, including daily round-trip service to connecting flights at DFW International.

Customers: always come first

There are two Fixed Base Operators (FBOs) offering services at JLN. They are Mizzou Aviation: mizzouaviation.com, (417) 623-1331; and Alpha Air Center: alphaaircenter.com, (417) 623-3113. Services available through the FBOs include: ■

Flight school/instruction

Line service and fuel

Charter flights

Maintenance services/parts

Aircraft sales

Pilot services and supplies

Aircraft rental

For more information about the airport, visit www.jlnairport.com or call (417) 623-0262. ◗

Belief System Win-Win: or no deal Integrity: do the right thing

Commitment: in all things Communication: seek first to understand Creativity: ideas before results Teamwork: together everyone achieves more Trust: starts with honesty Success: results through people

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COMMUNITY PROFILE: THE JOPLIN METRO BY THE NUMBERS POPULATION C H A N GE Number

Percent Change

1980 Census

127,516

1990 Census

134,909

5.8%

2000 Census

157,322

16.6%

2010 Census

175,518

11.6%

2015 Projection

176,571

0.6%

2020 Projection

179,083

1.4%

POPULATION B Y GE N D E R (2 0 1 5 ) Number

Percent

Male

86,895

49.2%

Female

89,676

50.8%

Total

176,571

100.0%

POPULATION B Y AGE (2 0 1 5 )

E D U CAT I O N AL AT TAI N M E N T AG E 25+ ( 2015)

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Age 0-4

12,074

6.8%

< Grade 9

11,022

7.9%

Age 5-9

12,270

6.9%

Grades 9-12

21,340

15.3%

Age 10-14

12,380

7.0%

High School

39,950

28.7%

Age 15-19

12,096

6.9%

Some College

27,298

19.6%

Age 20-24

12,097

6.9%

Associate Degree

8,895

6.4%

Age 25-29

11,640

6.6%

Bachelors Degree

15,464

11.1%

Age 30-34

11,330

6.4%

Graduate Degree

15,302

11.0%

Age 35-39

10,696

6.1%

Total

139,271

100.0%

Age 40-44

10,760

6.1%

Age 45-49

10,793

6.1%

Age 50-54

11,646

6.6%

Age 55-59

11,497

6.5%

Age 60-64

10,195

5.8%

Age 65-69

8,564

4.9%

Age 70-74

6,662

3.8%

Age 75-79

4,894

2.8%

Age 80-84

3,515

2.0%

Age 85+

3,462

2.0%

176,571

100.0%

Total Median

L ABO R F O R C E E M P LOY M E N T S TAT U S 1 6 P L U S ( 2 0 1 5 ) Number

Percent

153

0.2%

Employed

82,173

95.0%

Unemployed

4,203

4.9%

Total

86,529

100.0%

In Armed Forces

37.1

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P OLISHED I NTERIORS . P RIME L OCATION . L OCALLY O WNED .

Locally owned for over five decades 1801 West 32nd Street, Bldg. B, Ste 201 | 417.782.4777

INCOME (2 0 1 5 ) Median Household Income $41,406 Average Household Income $54,560 Average Family Income

$66,624

Per Capita Income

$21,863

COST OF LI V I N G (A N N UA L AVE RAGE 2 0 1 5 ) JOPLIN METRO Composite

86.8

Grocery Items

89.0

Housing

70.7

Utilities

118.0

Transportation

93.5

Health Care

90.9

Miscellaneous

87.0

DAYTIME PO P U LAT I O N (2 0 1 5 ) Establishments Employees

7,652

417-623-3425

96,383

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HEALTH CARE M E R C Y H O S P I TA L J O P L I N

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Mercy’s Chemotherapy Infusion Center is a beautiful environment demonstrating Mercy’s commitment to care for the emotional health of the patient. It is adjacent to the healing garden, which provides a relaxing outdoor retreat for patients and their families.

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cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, scary and stressful. But Joplin residents fighting the disease can depend on the team of expert physicians at Mercy Hospital Joplin to support them through it all.

Mercy Hospital’s Breast Center is a vital part of the cancer program. Mercy offers 3D mammograms, which provide a more accurate picture, allowing for early detection and the reduction of false positives. “This allows breast cancers to be found early when the tumor is smaller, resulting in a higher chance to successfully cure the patient,” Sanders said. “No one else in the region offers this advanced breast imaging, which can be especially beneficial for women with dense breasts.”

Mercy Joplin Cancer Center is the area’s newest health care addition. The stateof-the-art facility utilizes the latest tools and treatment methods. Its cancer center, accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, provides comprehensive, individualized care through a full range of diagnostic and treatment services and offers patients the latest drugs and clinical trials, ensuring that each patient’s needs can be met in one place. Beyond a team of expert physicians, the hospital’s cancer care team also includes nurses, social workers, patient navigators and financial counselors. Having access to the latest tools and treatment methods means patients’ experiences often are less painful and more effective. That’s the case with the Elekta Versa HD, the most advanced linear accelerator available and the first in the area with the capacity for Stereotactic Radiosurgery treatments, which deliver high-powered, focused radiation to the tumor, minimizing damage to the surrounding healthy tissue. Stereotactic radiosurgery is a noninvasive, painless procedure that takes just 15 to 30 minutes per treatment. Used primarily for tumors of the brain and lung, patients treated with radiosurgery can complete their full course of treatment in just five treatments or less, said Whit Sanders, director of cancer services.

Front row seated: Lance Borup, DO, Radiologist; Irving LaFrancis, MD, Oncologist/ Hematologist; Kenneth Watts, MD, General Surgeon. Back row standing: Jose Pacheco-Gil, MD, Radiation Oncologist; Catherine Chatal, MD, Plastic Surgeon; Danny Liu, MD, General Surgeon; Samir Dalia, MD, Oncologist/ Hematologist; David Croy, MD, Oncologist/Hematologist; Duane Myers, MD, Radiation Oncologist; Sonu Suri, MD, Radiologist. Not pictured: Mark Skelley, MD, Oncologist/Hematologist, and Steven Taggart, MD, Radiologist.

Mercy’s cancer program also is fully staffed with general, thoracic and reconstructive surgeons and urologists. The surgical options available include Da Vinci robotic surgical procedures, reconstructive surgery and a full featured laboratory and pathology department.

Additional cutting-edge tools the cancer center utilizes include the latest PET-CT scanner, allowing physicians to accurately discern between cancerous and healthy tissues. Mercy also offers low-dose CT lung cancer screenings for patients at high risk for lung cancer due to smoking. Mercy also has invested in CT scanners that use low doses of radiation for imaging and lung nodule tracking software accurately monitors suspicious nodules to determine if an intervention is needed. “Lung cancer is the No. 1 cancer diagnosis in our area, so this screening program is extremely valuable to our patients,” Sanders said. The Mercy cancer program also offers the STAR Oncology rehabilitation program (Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation), which provides coordinated cancer rehabilitation to minimize physical and emotional side effects, enabling survivors to have the best possible quality of life. Sisters Health Boutique provides products and services for cancer patients, including post-surgery breast forms, mastectomy prosthetics, compression sleeves, wigs, skincare products and a selection of gift items. Free wigs are available through a partnership with American Cancer Society, which also sponsors its Look Good, Feel Better program at the center. This program provides cancer patients with beauty tips and techniques for dealing with the physical changes that occur with treatment, as well as a free makeup kit. From screening and early detection through treatment, Mercy Joplin strives to be a patient’s strongest ally on the journey to health and into survivorship. “Every aspect of the cancer center was designed with the patient in mind,” Sanders said. “We’re able to have all these services in a single location. At Mercy we care for each patient from screening and diagnosis until the time when they ring the survivor bell on their last day of treatment!” ◗

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reeman Health System honored its 90-year rich heritage of delivering exceptional, quality healthcare to the Joplin area and beyond in 2015. Statistics and outcomes can be measured in patient visits, surgeries and births, but they do not tell the full story. The caregivers throughout the health system are the area’s most skilled, dedicated, compassionate and talented individuals. They are neighbors, friends and family, each with a stake in the community. In the last year, Freeman became the first and only hospital in the area to earn accreditation as a Level II Stroke Center that provides rapid and comprehensive care that takes patients all the way through recovery. Time is of the essence when dealing with stroke, and the Freeman stroke team works valiantly and cooperatively to provide the highest level of stroke care in the least amount of time possible. The dream of a medical school in Joplin is becoming a reality. For decades, Freeman has served as a training ground for medical students and resident doctors. With the opening of the new Kansas City University medical school in Joplin, Freeman’s tradition of providing medical education facilities, classrooms and programs continues, with Freeman physicians serving as faculty and preceptors. Thanks to a $3-million gift from the families of Harry and Erin Cornell and Lance and Sharon Beshore, Freeman will be able to expand its cancer program. In honor of this generous donation, the name of

Freeman Cancer Institute has changed to Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute. As part of the institute, the Freeman Radiation Oncology program launched this year, which includes a top-of-the-line Varian TrueBeam™ linear accelerator – the best on the market today. A new PET/CT scanner at Freeman Hospital East is the only in-house stationary scanner of its kind in a 60-mile radius. It provides many benefits to patients, including faster results with a smaller dose of radiation and detection of smaller lesions. At Freeman Hospital West, the ninth operating suite opened this year. The new, fully integrated OR has room for all the latest technologies, including the O-arm® imaging system that gives our neurosurgeons a great advantage in their ability to image the spine during surgery. Freeman Maternity Center renovations were completed in late 2015 as well. The newly remodeled postpartum unit includes a nurses station, a nursery, and mom and baby rooms. Freeman provides many services to people through specialty clinics located across the Four-State Area. In the last year, Freeman increased its breadth and depth of services in Pittsburg, Kansas. Through a partnership with Pittsburg State University, Freeman provides sports medicine and rehabilitation services to Gorilla athletes. Additionally, Freeman Surgical Center of Pittsburg and Freeman Physician Group of Pittsburg opened to provide Southeast Kansas residents with convenient access to high-quality surgery and other medical services.

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To provide convenient access to medical services to the communities north of Joplin, Webb City Neighborhood Care opened in the old May’s Drug building on Madison Street recently and includes a family medicine clinic, urgent care center and new outpatient dialysis center. At long last, the new Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism opened its permanent home. The new facility enables Ozark Center to grow and expand the range of life-changing opportunities for children on the autism spectrum.

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As a testament to Freeman’s dedication to quality care and patient safety, Freeman has been recognized with many distinctions in the last few years. Most recently, we received awards in 90 separate categories from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers make decisions about where to obtain their healthcare. Other honors include Freeman’s grade “A” Hospital Safety Score – awarded by the Leapfrog Group – representing Freeman’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. This is the third year in a row that Freeman earned an “A.” Leapfrog is an independent industry watchdog and leading healthcare performance measurement organization. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report still ranks Freeman as one of the best hospital in southwestern Missouri. ◗

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Ronald McDonald House provides a “home-away-fromhome” for hundreds of families with seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals. The Ronald McDonald House allows families to spend more time together when it matters most-which helps children heal better and faster.

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MRI and Premier Imaging Center

Physical therapy and aquatic rehabilitation (two HydroWorx therapy pools)

Pharmacy

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Stateline Surgery Center (outpatient)

Premier Surgical Institute hospital (inpatient and outpatient)

Red Onion Café Restaurant and Cafeteria

Today, NHC. Tomorrow, Life.

The entire staff works together to provide patients and families with individually created care plans targeted at correcting and eliminating the pain and suffering caused by injuries and disorders of the spine and joints. Ortho Four States cares for patients needing neck-to-toe treatment for accidents, injuries, sports medicine, athletic training, physical therapy and aquatic rehabilitation, joint replacement or revision, bone health, pain management, medical conditions, disease processes and even infection. Patients don’t need a referral to receive care at Ortho Four States, which accepts most insurance plans, including Blue Cross Blue Shield and many Freeman and Mercy directed plans. The friendly staff is always available to help, and encourages patients to call with questions and to be quickly scheduled. Ortho Four States is located only minutes from downtown Joplin, just past the Missouri state line in Galena, Kansas, and offers satellite offices in Pittsburg, Kansas; Carthage, Missouri; and Grove, Oklahoma. ◗

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HC HealthCare, Joplin has been a leader in providing a variety of health care services, delivering a full range of extended health care services designed to maximize the well-being and independence of our patients. Our comprehensive rehabilitation services are a significant part of our dedication to the concept of total patient management. Our rehabilitation services are about getting life back on course. We constantly exceed industry standards and have been recognized for our excellence in service.

At NHC HealthCare, Joplin

“Care Is Our Business.”

Our licensed, 24 hours a day skilled nursing center has 119 beds and we provide a wide array of therapeutic, rehabilitative and continuing care services. SERVICES Rehabilitative Care – NHC HealthCare, Joplin’s comprehensive rehabilitation services are a significant part of our dedication to the concept of total patient management. Physical Therapy • Occupational Therapy • Speech Therapy • Outpatient Therapy Skilled Nursing – Whether provided for several weeks or several months, our physician directed subacute and skilled health care services are designed to complement a hospital stay or, in many cases, be a substitute for continued hospitalization. Wound Care • Diabetes Management • IV Therapy • Pain Management • Enteral Nutrition Medication Management • Orthopedic Care • Nutritional Therapy • Respiratory Therapy Palliative Care – Our Palliative Care team provides specialized medical care for patients with serious, chronic and life-threatening illnesses. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patients and their families. Our care team includes a physician, nurse and social worker. We focus on providing relief from symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness— whatever the diagnosis. Care may involve spiritual counseling, psychological counseling, physical or occupational therapy, and addressing dietitian needs, all depending upon the patient’s needs. Continuing Care – Our health care team provides a private, comfortable environment for patients who may need consistent 24-hour nursing care and supervision. For more information on current room availability, wait list status or other information, please call our Admissions Coordinator or Social Services at (417) 781-1737. Or visit us online at nhcJoplin.com.

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he cardiac patient with post-surgical complications. An airplane crash survivor recovering from neurotrauma. The ALS patient struggling to be weaned off a ventilator.

These are just a few of the types of patients who begin their journey to recovery at Landmark Hospital of Joplin. As a Long-Term Acute Care (LTAC) hospital, Landmark cares for medically complex patients requiring an extended stay in a hospital setting. “We’re dedicated to caring for patients who are among the most medically complex, with critical needs that require a specialized setting,” said CEO Kevin Clement. “Our reputation is built on providing the best care for those patients. We’re a bridge on their road from hospital to home.” Landmark of Joplin is the premier LTAC hospital in the Four-State Area and is fully accredited by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality— among the most rigorous standards for hospital care excellence. “Our nurse-to-patient ratio is among the best,” Clement said. “Our multi-disciplinary approach to care brings together every department, from nursing and respiratory to the pharmacy, social work and rehabilitation teams. We collaborate for patients’ success.” Primary services include ventilator weaning, complex medical and wound care. Most patients come to Landmark from a short-term

acute-care hospital and are discharged from Landmark to home, skilled nursing or a rehab center. Landmark Hospital has strong relationships in the medical community and works in partnership with other hospitals, including local shortterm acute-care hospitals Freeman and Mercy Hospital of Joplin. Landmark of Joplin is one of seven LTAC hospitals across the U.S. operated by Landmark Holdings of Missouri, LLC. It is dedicated to providing excellent care utilizing advanced technology like ChartPad, a cutting-edge electronic health care record system. Incorporating this high-level technology allows Landmark to better serve patients and referring providers with around-the-clock access to vitals and a greater focus on patients — all part of Landmark Hospitals’ commitment to excellence. To learn more about Landmark, visit www.LandmarkHospitals.com. ◗

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for nearly two decades, including 10 years working alongside Stewart before the two decided to branch out and open Hometown Pediatrics. “We both feel that practicing pediatric medicine is our ministry, and we feel blessed to get to do that every day,” Stewart said. “We have an amazing staff and a wonderful group of patients that allow us to be a part of their family and trust us to take care of their kids.” Consistency is vital when it comes to a child’s health care, and consistency is something parents can count on when they rely on Hometown Pediatrics. Both Dr. Smith and Stewart are pediatric certified, which means they have the expertise to treat patients all the way from birth to when they turn 18. They specialize in primary care and also treat children with chronic illnesses. In order to provide the best care possible, Hometown Pediatrics strives to foster an open, trusting and comfortable relationship with each patient. Since opening in 2014, Hometown Pediatrics has seen considerable and consistent growth. In late 2015, it expanded its team with the addition of nurse practitioner Jill Blair. “We are excited to have her as part of our team,” Stewart said. “We’re growing every day and looking forward to expanding our practice.” ◗

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or more than 100 years, the Children’s Mercy mission has been to ensure that all children, no matter where they live, have access to the health care they need. To advance pediatric care in Southwest Missouri, Children’s Mercy joined forces with Freeman Health System. As part of this collaboration, Children’s Mercy opened a permanent location on the Freeman campus. The Joplin clinics, known as Children’s Kansas City, are an extension of Children’s Mercy, a Kansas City-based nationally ranked pediatric medical center housing 600 pediatric specialists. Children’s Mercy and Freeman share a commitment to providing area families with better access to high-quality pediatric specialty care. For more than 20 years, Children’s Mercy specialists have traveled to Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas to provide convenient care to local children. In addition, hundreds of area families also traveled to Kansas City annually. “We’ve heard from both families and physicians that patients want access to our specialty services without having to travel to Kansas City,” said Marshaun Butler, Children’s Mercy vice president. “We are committed to meeting the needs of children in Joplin and Southwest Missouri in partnership with Freeman. We value that partnership and know Children’s Kansas City will complement the exceptional pediatric services already available in this area.” In addition to the permanent location and specialists, the institutions will collaborate on clinical practices, including sharing of data, resources, protocols and guidelines; development and use of standardized pediatric measures and processes; sharing of expertise in particular specialties; and exchange of joint educational opportunities, all of which will contribute to quality care of children and families. ◗

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EDUCATION JOPLIN SCHOOL DISTRICT j opl i n s ch ools.org

The Joplin School District serves more than 7,000 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The district’s mission is “investing in the future today by inspiring students to pursue excellence.” This is achieved by providing individualized and diverse opportunities for learning, ensuring a safe and positive learning environment, and by hiring and retaining qualified and dedicated educators. Students are encouraged to expand their horizons through academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. The schools also invite participation by families to maximize students’ potential. Building positive partnerships with the community also helps ensure mutual success. In January 2014 the district opened three new schools: Irving Elementary, Soaring Heights Elementary and East Middle School. The new facilities, designed to provide a 21st century learning environment, include features like flexible seating and movable walls that allow teachers to customize spaces to fit specific lesson objectives. Apple TVs installed in each classroom provide video and streaming capabilities, while iPads and laptop carts in the schools increase access to mobile technology. The new school buildings have incorporated historic memorabilia into their modern design including the cornerstone from the previous Irving Elementary, a bell from Duquesne Elementary relocated to Soaring Heights, and large wall graphics at all three schools depicting images of the previous school facilities.

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7,671 students K-12

Joplin High School/Franklin Technology Center celebrated its grand opening in September 2014. The innovative campus allows high school students to get a head start on earning college credits while qualifying for up to $7,500 in tuition grant assistance. Students attending the facility may choose from five career paths to prepare for college, trade school or entering the workforce. Career paths include Human Services, Business and Information Technology, Health Services, Technical Services, or Arts and Communications.

1,286 staff members; 718 certified, teachers, counselors, etc.

48.7 percent of teachers hold a master’s degree or higher.

11 elementary schools

3 middle schools

As part of an ongoing focus on enhanced safety for students and staff, the district has constructed 14 community safe rooms that are built to withstand winds up to 250 mph. The safe rooms, designed to meet FEMA criteria, will provide shelter to students, staff and the community during storm emergencies.

1 high school and technical school

14 community safe rooms

346 families served by Parents as Teachers.

1,347 free developmental screenings provided by Parents as Teachers.

580 student needs met by Bright Futures Joplin.

798 registered volunteers serving students and staff daily.

150 businesses, faith-based organizations and human service agencies serving as Bright Futures partners.

To help serve the needs of students who need additional assistance, the district offers several intervention programs. Bright Futures is a unique rapid response system that helps provide for students’ basic needs and allows students and teachers to focus on education and success. Day & Night Flex allows students who have to balance work and school to earn a high school diploma through computer-aided instruction and problem-based service learning. Other successful programs include Fusion, which pairs trained juniors and seniors with freshmen to help guide them through their first year of high school. ◗

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EXPERIENCE an educational atmosphere that supports critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration and empowers students to take ownership in their learning

EXCEL through district-wide student clubs and organizations, numerous Advanced Placement and dual credit courses, and robust music, arts, and athletic programs

EXPLORE a wide variety of career interests and possibilities through activities, classes, internships, personalized learning opportunities, and hands-on training

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P R I V AT E S C H O O L S JOPLIN ARE A CAT H O LI C SC H O O L S j a cs s.org

Joplin Area Catholic Schools has been an educational leader in the community since 1885. St. Mary’s opened its new school in the fall of 2014. This school houses preschool through grade 5. It is located at 32nd Street and Central City Road. Presently, St. Mary’s has 203 students. Being a believer in smaller class sizes, St. Mary’s students consistently score above average on national achievement tests. All students participate in music programs, a project fair, field trips and weekly Mass. Students in grade K-5 attend computer class and Spanish class weekly. St. Peter’s Middle School provides education to students in grades 6-8. St. Peter’s continues the religious education of its students, promotes personal faith development and self-discovery, while maintaining a rigorous academic curriculum. Students are encouraged to engage in extracurricular activities such as athletics, quiz bowl, and theater. Beginning in sixth grade, students are required to perform community service to give them the opportunity to learn the benefits of volunteering. McAuley Catholic High School educates students in grades 9-12. All classes reinforce the morals and values associated with the Catholic faith. More than 95 percent of the students participate in one or more student organizations available to them. To date, McAuley has a 98 to 100 percent graduation rate, with student ACT scores consistently above the local and state averages. McAuley Catholic was awarded the “Best High School” of 2015 by the Joplin Award Program. McAuley has received individual awards from the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau and the Ozark 7 Conference in respect to Distinguished Teacher and Coach of the Year for 2015.

COLLE GE H E I GH T S CH R I S T I A N SC HO O L col l eg eh ei g hts.org

Founded in 1978 as a private non-denominational, nonprofit school serving grades K-8, College Heights Christian School has grown to an enrollment of over 600 and now serves students from prekindergarten through grade 12. Well known in the area for its rigorous academic program and Christ-centered learning environment, CHCS combines academic excellence with an emphasis on Christian character, service and leadership. CHCS provides a comprehensive college preparatory K-12 program that includes high school honors courses with advanced placement and dual-credit offerings. Spanish language instruction is included for all grade levels. In addition to academics, students have access to award-winning fine arts programs in drama, art, vocal and instrumental music. Academic teams compete in Scholar Bowl, Math League and science competitions and regularly rank among the highest in the region. Student athletes may compete in a variety of sports, including baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball, cross-country and cheerleading. Students at CHCS typically have ACT scores above the national average, and the school has produced a number of National Merit commended students and National Merit Semi-Finalists.

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CHCS families represent more than 90 different churches in the FourState Area. The professional and caring faculty includes 45 certified teachers, resulting in a 13-to-1 student/teacher ratio. Accredited by North Central Association/Advanced Ed, CHCS is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International.

T HO M AS J E F F E R S O N I N D E P E NDENT DAY S C HO O L tj e ff school . org

Founded in 1993, Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School has provided a strong educational foundation for students in the Joplin area for more than 23 years. The college-preparatory school has an enrollment of more than 325 students in grades PK-12. Its solid curriculum has stood the test of time, and its caring and committed faculty is accountable for developing active, responsible adults by challenging students to make the most of their abilities. You’ll find integrity, a respect for others, and a belief that everyone should have the opportunity to succeed based on merit. The collegepreparatory program includes everything you expect — and more: 18 Advanced Placement courses, college counseling beginning in 9th grade, SAT/ACT prep that is part of the core curriculum, and college trips to help students and parents make the best choice. Students are challenged by a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, and TJ also features a robust performing arts program including music and art classes starting in pre-kindergarten. Students have the opportunity to study a foreign language for 14 years while enrolled at TJ (pre-K through 12th grade), and extracurricular activities include academic and athletic competitions, scientific research, student government and a variety of clubs. Financial aid and scholarships put a TJ education within reach. Each year the school awards a significant amount of financial aid to approximately 50 percent of the student population. Privately funded merit-based scholarships are also available.

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HIGHER EDUCATION MISSOURI SOUTHERN S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y ms s u.edu

Located at the Gateway to the Ozarks, Missouri Southern State University (MSSU) is just minutes from the Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas borders. Situated close to historic Route 66, the university is only a one- or two-hour drive from Kansas City, Springfield and Tulsa. Founded in 1937, MSSU has evolved from a respected junior college to become a four-year state-supported university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees. MSSU’s ever-expanding curriculum has grown to more than 200 academic programs organized in four schools including the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, the Robert W. Plaster School of Business and the School of Health Sciences. MSSU also offers a Graduate Studies division and opportunities for distance learning. Students have access to an honors program, an Institute of International Studies and a Small Business and Technology Development Center. In addition to its wide choice of academic courses, the university offers students the chance to compete in NCAA Division II athletics programs. Themed semesters, a variety of extracurricular activities and enriching cultural events in theater, art, music, and film all contribute to a stimulating learning environment. Enrollment numbers at MSSU continue to rise with 2015 recording a three percent increase over the previous year with 5,783 students. A total of 925 freshmen enrolled, an increase of eight percent over last year. In 2015 the university celebrated the grand opening of a new residence hall located north of Newman Road and east of International Boulevard. The university’s Board of Governors approved the sale of $29 million in bonds in 2014, $14 million of which was used for construction of the residence hall. The three-story complex features 51 student apartments spanning six buildings. The majority of the apartments feature four bedrooms with each bedroom having its own bath. Students in each apartment share a common living area, full kitchen and washer/ dryer. The pedestrian-friendly design offers parking in back of the buildings, and residents enjoy an open courtyard and common areas. The complex is designed to accommodate more than 200 students who enjoy home-like amenities, the fun of socializing with fellow students on campus and close proximity to classes and university events.

➲ FAST FACTS Founded: 1937 Total Enrollment: 5,783 (Fall 2015) Location: 3950 E. Newman Rd., Joplin, MO Athletics: NCAA Division II Athletic Conference: Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Mascot: Lion Student/Faculty Ratio: 19/1 Average ACT Composite Score: 21.1 Average Undergraduate Class Size: 25 Academic Centers: ■

School of Arts & Sciences

Robert W. Plaster School of Business

School of Education

School of Health Sciences, Public Safety and Technology

Graduate Studies

Distance/Online Learning

The new End Zone facility at MSSU marks another building milestone. The $9-million project, developed through a partnership with Freeman Health System and other donors, began construction in spring 2014 and celebrated its ribbon cutting in September 2015. Located at the north end of Fred G. Hughes Stadium, the new facility provides locker rooms for multiple sports, a state-of-the-art athletic training room, meeting rooms, a Hall of Fame, offices for coaching staff and an alumni event center. ◗

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P I T T S B U R G S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y pi tts ta te.edu

Pittsburg State University (PSU) is one of the leading institutions of higher education in the Midwest. With more than 200 academic programs, state-of-the-art facilities and a strong reputation for quality academics, PSU offers its students a vast array of educational and life experiences. Pittsburg State boasts four unique colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences, Kelce College of Business, College of Education, and College of Technology, the latter housed in the internationally acclaimed Kansas Technology Center. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 19-to-1, students receive a highquality education in a setting that allows for close contact with professors during and after class or around campus. For those unsure of which major to pursue, the Exploratory Studies program provides a variety of options to help students find a rewarding course of study that meshes with their interests and future goals. Celebrating its 113th academic year in 2015-2016, PSU has finished several important building and expansion projects including the completion of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, the Robert W. Plaster Center, the Overman Student Center expansion and the renovation of the Nation/Mitchell Hall residence halls. The $14-million student center project added almost 32,000 square feet

➲ FAST FACTS and renovated close to that amount of space in the existing building. The Overman Student Center now spans 119,000 square feet with 14 technology-filled meeting rooms. The expansive new ballroom will make it possible for larger events to take place on campus, and the flexibility of the space also allows for different events to take place simultaneously. Student offices and student government are located on the main crossroads of the first floor, and students enjoy places to relax and study on each of the three floors. USB ports for charging smartphones and tablets are found on many furniture pieces throughout the building. A $55 million capital campaign named “Proven. Promise. Pitt State” is a fund-raising initiative with the goal of raising $20 million for scholarships, $10 million for expanded academic programs and the development of co-curricular activities, $5 million for endowed faculty positions, and $20 million for renovation of campus facilities. Located on a gorgeous 630-acre campus in Southeast Kansas, Pittsburg State is within two hours of Tulsa, Kansas City, Springfield and Fayetteville. Students enjoy close proximity to big city attractions while having access to a host of local activities and entertainment. ◗

More than 7,200 students from more than 40 states and 40 countries with 63,000 alumni around the world.

Four out of five Pitt State students receive some form of financial aid based on need or merit.

Study-abroad programs available in more than 20 countries on five continents.

90 percent of graduates are employed or pursuing advanced studies within six months of graduation.

Athletics: NCAA Division II, Mascot: Gorilla

150+ student-run clubs and organizations.

Ranked #9 among Midwest colleges and universities for Best Bang For the Buck by Washington Monthly.

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CROWDER COLLEGE crowder.edu

Crowder College is a two-year community college located in Southwest Missouri. Crowder was established in 1963 by the voters of the Newton and McDonald County school districts. Beginning with around 300 students, the college has thrived over the last 50 years. Today, the college boasts enrollment of almost 6,000 students and has locations in Neosho, Webb City, Cassville, McDonald County and Nevada. The college also offers classes in various towns throughout its 9-county service district. Degree options at Crowder are an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science or Certificate of Study. Students may transfer to a 4-year university or enter the workforce upon graduation. Crowder offers over 80 degree and certificate programs which include business, agriculture, nursing, welding, occupational therapy assistant, alternative energy, education, automotive, emergency medical services and more. Crowder is accredited by the

Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association, and is affiliated with the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Transferability is something Crowder has established with universities to help students pursue their bachelor degrees. This allows students to continue their education and complete a bachelor degree program online or on-campus while staying in the area. Crowder offers flexible schedules with day, evening and online options for students. The Neosho location offers housing, which provides the students opportunities to experience college by living on campus. Approximately 400 beds are available at this campus. Crowder also provides scholarships through the Crowder College Foundation as well as outside sources. The college’s tuition is one of the lowest in the state, which makes it very affordable. Missouri high school graduates who have been designated A+ may attend Crowder tuition and commons fees FREE! This allows students to attend Crowder with limited expenses, making college more affordable. Crowder offers an in-district rate to students living in its taxing district, but the college opted several years ago not to charge out-ofstate tuition due to its geographic location. The college also participates in Division 1 of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) with women’s basketball and softball and men’s baseball and soccer. All have well-established programs with many region and division appearances along with several trips to national tournaments. Crowder College has been a leader in alternative energy and has been designated by the Missouri General Assembly as the Missouri Alternative and Renewable Energy Technology (MARET) Center. Crowder College's mission statement…Building a civil, serving, literate, learning community of responsible citizens. ◗

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M I S S O U R I S TAT E U N I V E R S I T Y — JOPLIN OUTREACH CAMPUS outrea ch .mi sso ur istate.edu

Missouri State University (MSU), based in Springfield, has offered graduate degree programs in Joplin for 18 years. MSU boasts nearly 24,000 students across its various campuses, making it the secondlargest university in the state. More than 14 degree programs are available in the Joplin region at 10 different Missouri State satellite campuses. Students may pursue a graduate degree through traditional in-person courses, courses delivered from Springfield by videoconferencing and through online courses. Evening courses and support services are also available at the university’s Joplin Extension site, which hosts classrooms and offices for MSU’s regional outreach coordinator and faculty. Additional specialized courses are available through distance learning made accessible through our interactive video network featuring live classroom-to-classroom audio and video.

MSU graduate programs available in Joplin include a Doctorate in Educational Leadership; Master and Specialist in Educational Administration; Master of Arts in Teaching; Master of Business Administration; Master of Science in Education, Elementary Education; Master of Science in Education, Literacy; and Master of Social Work. The Master of Social Work program is available in two formats — one for regular standing students who completed an accredited BSW program, and one for regular standing students who have a degree in an area other than social work or who do not meet requirements for advanced standing. Students in the program participate in internships at approved locations in the Joplin area. Undergraduate degree completion courses from MSU are also available across Southwest Missouri with programs at Crowder College campuses in Neosho, Nevada, Cassville and McDonald County. ◗

TECHNICAL SCHOOLS In addition to the community colleges and universities in the area, Joplin is home to numerous higher-education technical schools.

Together, the campuses provide nearly 112,000 square feet of classroom and laboratory facilities for real world, hands-on training. WTI Joplin campus has helped over 150 students with their career training needs this past year.

Technical schools, or technical colleges, prepare students for a career in a specific field without requiring students to take other fields of study. Technical schools also provide licensure or certification if needed.

Upon completion of these programs, WTI will match a company’s needs and culture with their pool of qualified and educated candidates to match a graduate with a new job. WTI also offers students professional resume writing, mock interviews, job market research, market-centered programs and soft skills training.

Career examples include cosmetology, plumbing, dental assisting, culinary arts, welding and many more.

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Vatterott College offers students approximately 30,000 square feet of lab and classroom space. The school features equipment and computers needed for demonstration, instruction and hands-on training, and offers flexible online courses. Vatterott offers diploma and degree programs and is constantly looking for ways to grow and improve their students’ experiences. Vatterott ranks nationally in the top 15 percent of all schools providing military educational services, and it was named a G.I. Jobs Military Friendly School.

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WTI is a private educational institution that has provided hands-on career training since 1954. WTI has campuses in Joplin, Wichita, Tulsa and Topeka. Programs offered at the Joplin campus are heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology; computer technology and network administration; medical assistant; and pharmacy technician.

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City Pointe Beauty Academy is a Redken Premier Beauty School offering cosmetology, massage, esthetics and nail technician classes with a full-service salon open to the public. The Academy offers programs designed to develop students’ skills while teaching them about the salon business. Students who graduate from the Academy become among the top 10 percent earners in their region.

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New Dimensions School of Hair Designs specializes in teaching students the cosmetology skills they need and giving them the business education to be a success. Teachers prepare students for state board exams and more. New Dimensions offers training in manicuring and cosmetology, and instructor career training, which is a course in the basic theories, techniques and skills in teaching cosmetology arts and sciences. ◗

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OZARK CHRISTIAN COLLEGE occ.edu

Located on 95 spacious acres in Joplin, Ozark Christian College is a short drive from Kansas City, Fayetteville and Tulsa. Founded in 1942 with just a handful of students, the college now averages over 700 students each semester. Through the years, the mission of Ozark Christian College has remained the same: to train men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education. To date, Ozark has equipped more than 15,000 students, standing today as one of the largest undergraduate Bible colleges in the country. Nationally accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), Ozark offers 10 degrees with 22 possible majors — equipping students with the biblical knowledge, cultural awareness and vocational skills needed for effective Christian service. Over 90% of graduates enter some field of ministry, serving in all 50 states and over 100 nations. The faculty of 30+ full-time and 20+ part-time teachers uphold high academic standards and provide a student/faculty ratio of 16:1. In addition to classroom instruction, students may also earn credit through distance learning or earn an entire degree online.

Extracurricular activities include OCC’s well-known athletics programs. A member of the National Christian College Association of Athletics, the college has earned many honors, including five national championships. OCC offers competitive basketball, soccer, and cross country for men, and volleyball, basketball, and cross country for women. Students may also participate in intramural sports, drama, music groups, and other activities that build community and further prepare them for Christian service. ◗

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RESIDENTIAL LIVING J O P L I N – A G R E AT P L A C E T O C A L L H O M E

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oplin is home to more than 50,000 residents who enjoy the benefits of small-town hospitality combined with the conveniences and amenities of a medium-sized city. Situated near the foothills of the Ozarks, the city is a regional center for health care and education and has an abundance of outdoor recreation areas nearby. Joplin offers a wide choice of affordable real estate including homes in the metropolitan area and properties with acreage for those seeking a more rural lifestyle, said Kim Cox, CEO of the Ozark Gateway Association of Realtors (OGAR). “We have options for everyone including city homes, lofts, multi-family dwellings and country living,” she noted. Cox leads OGAR, the organization that serves over 500 Realtors in the greater Joplin area. She plays an instrumental role in identifying the housing needs of the region and works closely with city planners and developers to ensure future housing demands are met. In comparison to other regions, the Joplin real estate market is doing quite well. “The total number of properties sold increased five percent in 2014 over the previous year, ” Cox said. The latest MLS statistics show 1,677 active listings with 117 average days on the market. The average sold price is $117,694 with a median sold price of $96,900. Cox emphasized that for families and professionals considering relocation, Joplin offers a better home value than many other parts of the country thanks to its geographic location, a lower cost of living, reasonable property taxes and low interest rates. The median home age in the city is 40, with 49.2 percent of homes owned and 39.3 percent rented. Buyers seeking to relocate to the Joplin area will find a variety of well-maintained homes in established neighborhoods in the $150,000-$250,000 range. They are typically smaller three-bedroom structures with quality craftsmanship and features like original wood flooring. Some may also have kitchens and bathrooms that have been updated by previous owners. New homes in the same price range often have similar or slightly larger square footage but with modern upgrades like granite countertops,

open concept living/dining spaces and easy-to-maintain flooring choices. Spacious kitchens and multi-purpose family room areas have become a priority for newly built and remodeled homes. Energy efficient homes are also in strong demand as the cost of utilities has a big impact on homeowners’ yearly budgets. For those seeking to downsize, there are smaller bungalow and cottage style homes perfect for a simplified lifestyle. Crystal Harrington, executive officer of the Homebuilders Association of Southwest Missouri, noted that Joplin also offers a good selection of homes in the luxury market. On the upper end of the listings, a two-acre, six-bedroom, six-bath estate on Old Orchard Road is listed at $1.3 million. Prestigious Arbor Hills recently offered a seven-bedroom, five-bath home loaded with upgrades and amenities for $799,000. Buyers will also find impressive four- and five-bedroom homes priced from $310,000 to $529,000 in areas like Sunset Ridge and Oak Pointe. The Joplin area also offers the option of purchasing land and working with a custom homebuilder to design the home of your dreams. Area Realtors agree that increased construction of new homes is helping to move growing families out of older neighborhoods and opening up affordably priced options for those who prefer to buy previously owned homes in well-established areas. Nearby towns like Carl Junction, Webb City and Duenweg are also worth exploring as they are a short drive from downtown Joplin. Joplin’s historic district offers an impressive array of older homes from small cottages to stately mansions. For potential buyers with a knack for restoring charm and livability to quaint fixer-uppers, there are great finds to be had in the historic district and other older areas of the city. In 1992, the City of Joplin proclaimed Sergeant Avenue from Second Street to Fourth Street as the Murphysburg Residential Historic District. The district was expanded in 2004 to include Sergeant Avenue from First Street to Seventh Street and Moffet Avenue from First Street to Fourth Street. The district’s nonprofit association, Historic Murphysburg Preservation, succeeded in getting the Murphysburg→

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two baths, a washer/dryer in every unit, on-site pool and fitness center. Apartment rents in Joplin range from $495 for a small one bedroom to $849 and up for two bedroom and larger units, depending on location and amenities. The Joplin Homebuyers Assistance Program has provided a boost to the real estate market in Joplin and has been a strategic component in the city’s redevelopment efforts. Known as J-HAP, the program has offered qualified buyers up to 20 percent of the purchase price with a maximum forgivable loan up to $30,000 for a new home in designated areas of the city. According to local Realtors, the J-HAP program helped bring new buyers to the market and it generated interest from first-time homebuyers. More than $2 million in financial assistance has been distributed to homebuyers through the J-HAP program. The assistance plan was launched in 2013 to assist homebuyers with down payments and closing costs and to help homeowners build equity in their homes. Funding assistance for the program was provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Buyers were required to meet specific federal income requirements to be eligible for the J-HAP-funded forgivable loan. Assistance was capped at 20 percent of the purchase price, plus closing costs. The 20 percent was a combination of down payment assistance and principal reduction. The 20 percent amount included the down payment that a lender would normally require of a borrower. Closing costs were not included in the 20 percent calculation. The maximum amount of assistance was not more than 20 percent of the purchase price plus actual closing costs, together not exceeding $30,000.

services and program management to the affordable housing industry since 1980. “We were honored to work with the City of Joplin on the J-HAP program,” said CEO John McKay. “NMA has long been a proponent of HUD-assisted homeownership programs and we enjoyed helping the deserving families of Joplin find affordable homes.” Partnerships between the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and the City of Joplin have also made home ownership possible for many families who thought buying a house was way beyond their reach. Habitat for Humanity has built over 129 homes in the area since the program became a Joplin affiliate. Families who qualify may purchase their home with a zero percent interest loan in return for contributing “sweat equity” hours during the building process. Numerous volunteers pitch in to make sure a new home becomes a reality for deserving families. The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce business directory is a great resource for families relocating to the area. Chamber-member Realtors, property management companies, mortgage providers and other professionals can help make your move to the Joplin area go more smoothly. For more information, visit joplincc.com. ◗

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CULTURE & ATTRACTIONS ACTIVE IN THE ARTS

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oplin is fortunate to have groups in the community working to promote arts and culture and keep residents informed of upcoming opportunities. Connect2Culture (C2C) was founded in 2009 as a nonprofit arts organization and has operated as Joplin’s community arts organization since 2013. “One of our goals is to give all the arts organizations in the area a voice,” said Emily Frankoski, community arts director. “We work with many different organizations to help grow the arts community.” Operating as an umbrella organization, C2C supports the development of arts and culture in Joplin, including arts, history, nature and education. As a service to the community, the C2C website (connect2culture.com) features a comprehensive arts directory that allows residents and visitors to learn about arts in the region. The site also provides access to arts roundtable discussions and offers information on how to get more involved in the arts. A biweekly community arts calendar, available by email, keeps residents informed of upcoming events and classes.

Downtown Joplin Alliance was formed as a nonprofit organization to help revitalize the downtown community. Promoting the downtown area as a fun destination where visitors and residents can enjoy art, history, shopping and entertainment, the organization hosts several events throughout the year. One of the more popular activities is the Art Walk on the first Thursday from March through October. The event gives local artists and galleries a chance to showcase their work and often features live music.

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Third Thursday has been the city’s trademark cultural event since 2008. From March through October on every third Thursday of the month, Joplin’s Main Street becomes a destination for enjoying music, entertainment, shopping and food. The main event runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., and an “after party” in a designated area extends the festivities with live music, beer gardens and more. Downtown restaurants offer dinner specials on Third Thursday as well as take-out items participants can enjoy as they stroll through the event. Shoppers find a variety of discounts as well as contests, special classes and events to make shopping downtown a fun experience. A farmers market is held every Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. and from 4 to 8:30 p.m. on Third Thursday April through October. In addition to offering a wide variety of fresh produce from local farmers, the event features a selection of gourmet food items, crafts from area artisans and fun seasonal activities. The region’s universities provide additional arts opportunities. Missouri Southern State University hosts the Missouri Shakespeare Festival in June. Financially supported by the Missouri Arts Council, the annual event presents some of Shakespeare’s most famous works at the Bud Walton Theatre. Staged over two weekends, the event, organized by the theater department at MSSU, has included productions of “Macbeth,” “Twelfth Night” and “The Tempest.” The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University hosts a variety of public musical performances, theater productions and lectures. The $33-million facility features an 1,100-seat performance hall, a 250-seat theater and a 3,500-square-foot art exhibition area with three galleries. ◗

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GEORGE A. SPIVA CENTER FOR THE ARTS s pi va a r ts.org

Originally known as the Ozark Artists Guild, the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts was established in 1958 by George A. Spiva, a Joplin businessman and philanthropist who was known as a devoted patron of the arts. Operated with the belief that arts opportunities should be available to all, the center continues to expand through the generosity of members and donors who share Spiva’s original vision. The center began operations at the Zellekin House at 4th and Sergeant and later moved to the campus of Missouri Southern State University before relocating to its current home in the historic Cosgrove Building in downtown Joplin. Today the Spiva Center offers visual experiences to more than 12,000 patrons annually. Jo Mueller, who served as director for 12 years, is credited with developing the Spiva Center into a vital arts and education center for the city. In 2011, she won the Spotlight Award from the Missouri Department of Tourism, and in 2014 the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce honored her with the Arty Award for her many contributions to the arts in greater Joplin. Spiva’s educational programs take place in the galleries and classrooms, and occasionally in the streets. The SpivaKids Fun Fund is a scholarship fund started by Mueller to make sure at-risk children can participate in Spiva’s summer classes, after-school events, and other youth-oriented programming. Creative expression programs for teens introduce students to professional artists and involve collaborative and individual art making. Classes for pre-K through adults often explore the methods and techniques of national, regional and local artists featured in current exhibits.

With a mission to promote the arts by showcasing visual, literary and performing arts, the center’s exhibits feature everything from illustration, printmaking, photography and painting to sculpture and installations of fiber and light. Three galleries feature the works of artists and photographers year-round. The Main Gallery presents works by artists who have achieved national or international recognition, the Regional Gallery showcases artists residing within 100 miles of Joplin, and the Spiva Rental Gallery is available for a fee to artists who want to host exhibits of their work. Community art projects like Rock A Joplin Bowtie and Rebuilding With Heart helped support the work of the Rebuild Joplin organization.

The Gallery Gift Shop offers visitors an opportunity to purchase fine art and finely crafted items created by talented artists. Pottery, fused and hand-blown glass, gemstone jewelry, sculptural works, books and artist-made greeting cards are some of the items available. The center is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. Spiva is closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission to the galleries is by voluntary contribution. ◗

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The Joplin Museum Complex offers something of interest for all ages. The Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum and Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum are the gateway to other museums including the Empire District Electric Company Museum, the Joplin Sports Authority Sports Hall of Fame, the Merle Evans Circus Tent #27 Miniature Circus, and the National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum. Each museum explores the fascinating history of Joplin in a different way, while the Tri-State Mining District provides inspiration for future generations to better understand the economic and social history of the city. The Everett J. Ritchie Tri-State Mineral Museum boasts one of the world’s most exceptional collections of lead and zinc ores as well as other minerals found in the TriState District. Exhibits showcase the geology and geochemistry of the area and illustrate mining processes and methods used from the 1870s through the 1960s. Everett Ritchie was the curator of the Tri-State Mineral Museum for over 30 years. He was a chemical engineer at EaglePicher prior to his involvement with the mineral museum. Ritchie organized the specimens and created the displays in 1994, which are still used in the mineral museum wing. The Joplin City Council decided to honor Everett’s years of dedication by renaming the mineral museum after him. The Dorothea B. Hoover Historical Museum focuses on the growth and development that occurred as the result of mining in the Tri-State District. On display are assorted historical items from Joplin’s mining era, including a circus room, a child’s playhouse, a 1927 American LeFrance fire engine, Victorian furnishings, textiles and a doll collection. The antique fire truck features some of the equipment used to fight fires in earlier times, and the circus museum provides a retrospective on the growth of the circus as entertainment using locally made models. Visitors also get a look at the famous and infamous people who once called Joplin home, or otherwise made an impression on the city. Dorothea Hoover played a crucial role in the founding of the Joplin Historical Society and the Historical Museum. The daughter of an early pioneer family, the Bliedungs, she experienced Joplin’s boom years and attended Wellesley College. After pursuing a career in Washington, D.C., she returned to Joplin and became an 68 JOPLIN A RE A C HAMBER O F C O MMER C E

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advocate of historic preservation. She was instrumental in collecting and preserving artifacts from Joplin’s early history. One of the more unique museums in the complex, The National Historical Cookie Cutter Museum showcases the history of cookie cutters and will bring back fond childhood memories for adults who remember baking up batches of cookies with their mothers and grandmothers in a much simpler time. The Joplin Museum Complex is located in Joplin’s oldest greenway, Schifferdecker Park, which boasts multiple picnic pavilions, an aquatic center, walking trails, an 18-hole public golf course and a skateboard ramp. The museums are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with hours until 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Admission is $2 per adult and $5 per family, and admission is free on Tuesdays. ◗ www.jo p linc c.c o m

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Established in 1939, Joplin Little Theatre is the oldest continuously operating community theater west of the Mississippi River. The Royal Heights Playhouse at 2201 N. Florida was the theater’s first home. The former movie house had no heating and no seats, so patrons brought their own folding chairs and blankets to performances. In 1945 the theater moved to a new location above a city market and saloon. Finally in 1946, with money raised by investments in Victory bonds and a generous donation from arts patron George A. Spiva, the theater company settled into a renovated riding academy located at 3009 W. 1st Street. In July 1948, after extensive renovations, the newly renamed Park Playhouse opened with a glittery formal gala that included a performance of Thornton Wilder’s “The Skin of Our Teeth.” The theater expanded again in the 1990s, and Joplin Little Theatre remains there today. A deluxe coffee table book, “ Celebrating JLT’s 75th Anniversary,” was published in 2015. The 400-page book features historical commentary, photos from past productions, awards and much more. From murder mysteries to musicals, Joplin Little Theatre brings a wide choice of crowd-pleasers and thought-provoking shows to theater fans. Recent performances have included everything from “The Full Monty” and “The Boyfriend” to “The Fantasticks” and “Rocky Horror Show.” Joplin Little Theatre also offers Children’s Summer Workshops for aspiring young performers and technicians. The theater operates on ticket sales, sponsorships and donations. For more information about auditions, performances, workshops or volunteering, visit the website. ◗

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Stained Glass Theatre (SGT) is an artistic ministry for fellowship and community outreach that combines the stage talents of actors and volunteers from Christian churches throughout the Joplin area. Productions are carefully selected and performances are designed to educate, evangelize, encourage and entertain. After a tornado in 2011 destroyed their previous performance venue, the SGT troupe staged performances at various locations around town until their new theater facility opened at 2101 Annie Baxter Avenue in 2015. Appropriately located in a former church, the structure was renovated thanks to donations, grants and the fund-raising efforts of an army of volunteers. SGT celebrated its grand reopening with a production of “Pygmalion.” The theater offers a lineup of family-friendly productions throughout the year. In addition to presenting wholesome theater performances all ages can enjoy, SGT strives to cultivate an artistic environment that

encourages children and adults to have a greater appreciation of the arts. The theater company consists of many volunteers from the community who provide myriad forms of assistance with productions from sewing costumes and constructing sets to offering musical accompaniment and acting skills. SGT also offers classes and theater workshops to help individuals in the community identify, develop and use the gifts God has given them for family-friendly artistic expression. Past productions have included “The Near-Sighted Knight — The FarSighted Dragon,” “Snoopy the Musical,” “Cheaper By The Dozen,” “Gift of The Magi” and “The Music Man.” For more information on upcoming shows, auditions or volunteer needs, visit the website. ◗

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JOPLIN’S ANNUAL EVENTS AND FESTIVALS MARCH First Thursday ArtWalk Held from March through October, this popular event provides a chance for residents and visitors to stroll among the city’s many art galleries and also enjoy live music performances. Third Thursday Held from March through October, performance stages, vendor tents and food carts are set up on Main Street between First and Seventh streets, and downtown galleries and restaurants feature art displays. Kids have plenty of fun things to do, too, and oftentimes car buffs are treated to car shows during Third Thursday. PhotoSpiva Established in 1977 and featuring exhibits from March through May, this photo competition held at Spiva Center for the Arts is the longest-running competition of its kind and open to all amateur and professional photographers in the U.S.

MAY Joplin Memorial Marathon This two-day competitive event originated in 2011 to raise funds for RebuildJoplin.org. The event includes a half marathon, full marathon, 5k and Kids Run.

JUNE Joplin Jazz’N’ June A grassroots music festival held at Schifferdecker Park, this fun event features a variety of blues, funk, country, jazz and rock bands plus food, a Kid’s Zone, car shows and more.

Summer Roundup Triathlon Held in late June, this Olympic triathlon features a 1500-meter swim, 24.6-mile bike route and a 6.2-mile run. MSSU Shakespeare Festival Presented by the theater department of Missouri Southern State University and held at the Bud Walton Theatre, this festival celebrating Shakespeare’s most famous works is staged over two summer weekends.

J U LY Carver Day Carver Day, held on the second Saturday of July in nearby Diamond, Missouri, is an annual celebration to commemorate the life of George Washington Carver. The free event includes speakers, storytellers, and blues, jazz, folk and gospel performers. Emancipation Days Held at Ewert Park the last weekend in July, this annual celebration features gospel music, a car show, basketball tournament, movie in the park and a concert featuring live entertainers. Wild Wild Joplin Days The wild history of Joplin and the lawmen who helped tame the frontier are celebrated at this festival in late July. Activities include crafts, contests, food and live music. Independence Day Celebration Featuring fireworks and a celebration at the Joplin Athletic Complex that includes fun activities for all ages, this annual July event offers bounce houses and face painting for kids plus discounted swimming at the Joplin Aquatic Center.

AU G U S T Shoal Creek Water Festival Hosted by the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center in early August, this festival celebrates all things water related and includes a cardboard boat competition, rubber duck race, kayak slalom race and other fun activities for adults and children.

Zerkapalooza This multi-day music festival presents a variety of different music acts in several downtown venues. The event includes activities for all ages plus food booths and crafts vendors, slide rides and more. Svitak Freedom Ride Held in mid-August, this annual bike ride features three route choices (10, 25 and 62.5 miles) and raises funds to buy bikes for children of military families at Christmas.

S E P T E M BE R Prairie Day On the second Saturday in September, the George Washington Carver Monument in Diamond celebrates life on the Missouri prairie during the late 1800s. Activities include candle making, basket weaving, Dutch-oven cooking, music, quilting and more. Joplin Festival of the Arts Presented with assistance from the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition, Connect2Culture, Spiva Center for the Arts and Kiwanis, this fall festival on Main Street celebrates the variety of arts in the Four-State Region. Balloon Dayz Colorful hot air balloons, a flying circus, helicopter rides, numerous vendors, plus music, fun activities for the whole family and tethered balloon rides make this a favorite fall event at Missouri Southern State University. Kids Fall Fest Once a part of Oktoberfest, this festival has grown so large it now has its own September event. Held at Schifferdecker Park, it features music, games and a variety of food and beverage vendors.

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Guilty By Association Truck Show This annual truck show includes a truck pull on Friday night with games, activities, a Kids Zone and more. The largest truck convoy in America rolls into Joplin on Saturday night, followed by a street party. Proceeds benefit Missouri Special Olympics. Alpha Air Fest Joplin Airport presents a variety of vintage planes, air performers, plane and helicopter rides, skydiving demonstrations, plus historic displays. Bounce houses, plus food and beverage vendors add to the fun.

OCTOB E R Oktoberfest Landreth Park features authentic German polka bands, food stands, arts and crafts and live entertainment. Participants also enjoy bratwurst-eating competitions, costume contests for people and pets, plus Oktoberfest brews. Joplin Pumpkin Run A tradition for 33 years, the annual Pumpkin Run in October features a fast five-mile and fun one-mile course. The race begins and finishes at McClelland Park. The event is sponsored by Joplin Roadrunners and benefits a deserving charity each year.

D E CE MB E R Christmas Parade Joplin’s annual Christmas parade in early December features a different theme each year and includes a variety of floats, local bands and Santa Claus. KCS Holiday Express One of the most highly anticipated events in early December, the KCS Holiday Express offers a chance for all ages to walk through a holiday-decorated train, take photos with Santa and sip hot cocoa. The train features smiling tank car “Rudy,” a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh and reindeer, an elves’ workshop and more. The event is free to the public and the KCS Charitable Fund makes a donation to the local Salvation Army at each stop.

Proud to support the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

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utdoor enthusiasts have a wide choice of recreation areas to enjoy around Joplin. Offering a variety of wellmaintained trails for walking, running and bicycling, the region is also home to scenic woodlands and conservation areas perfect for bird watching, wildlife viewing and exploring the wonders of nature.

FRISCO G R E E N WAY T R A I L A favorite with runners, walkers and bicyclists, this popular trail winds through picturesque woodlands and runs along a portion of the former St. Louis-San Francisco Railway (the Frisco), which played an important role in the development of Joplin and Webb City. Abandoned by Burlington Northern in 1990, the greenway is now maintained by the Joplin Trails Coalition. A paved spur along Turkey Creek connects the trail to neighborhoods along North St. Louis Avenue and North Florida Avenue.

CAM P BE L L PAR K WAY Situated at Murphy Blvd. and Connecticut, this city park features a lovely walking trail that winds along Joplin Creek.

G E O R G E WAS HI N G TO N CARVER N AT I O N AL PAR K Located in nearby Diamond, Missouri, this 240-acre park honors George Washington Carver, the famous African-American agronomist, educator and humanitarian. Along with a visitors center that provides information on Carverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthplace and childhood home, the park includes a museum, theater, discovery center and gift shop, the 1881 Moses Carver house, Carver Cemetery and a nature trail. Tours are offered daily.

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MCCLE LLAN D PA R K A favorite with locals, this park offers a 36-hole disc golf course, children’s playground, grills and walking trails.

SCH IFFE RD E C K E R PA R K Joplin’s oldest park is home to the Joplin Museum Complex and frequently hosts large festivals like Kids Fest. It also offers walking trails; picnic pavilions; tennis and basketball courts; an 18-hole, par 71 public golf course; and a skateboard ramp. The family-friendly aquatic center features five water slides, water spray features, a lazy river, and competition lap pool.

WALTE R WO O D S C O N S E RVAT I O N AR E A Spanning 68 acres, this scenic area features a trail system that winds past several ponds and a freshwater spring. Many tree-shaded areas are perfect for picnics, and it’s a great destination for bird watching, outdoor photography and hiking. The stone lodge, built in the 1930s, houses a Department of Conservation Education Center with a variety of programs and activities offered throughout the year for all ages.

W I L D CAT G L AD E S C O N S E RVATION & AU D U BO N C E N T E R Located at Wildcat Park and adjacent to some of the last remaining chert glades, this conservation center features a unique habitat found only in this area. Shoal Creek is an important site for migratory birds and other wildlife, and the Audubon Center features a 1,300-gallon aquarium and Ozark stream, plus a large terrarium complex with collared lizards, snakes, tarantulas and other glade species on display. A wildlife viewing area allows visitors to see animals in their natural habitat. The center also offers five outdoor learning stations, three indoor classrooms and more than five miles of trails.

G R AN D FAL L S One of the most scenic destinations in Missouri and the Ozarks is just a few minutes from Wildcat Park. Grand Falls is the largest continuously flowing natural waterfall in Missouri and plunges 25 feet to a solid ledge before flowing south. It’s a popular spot for nature lovers and offers stunning photo opportunities. In addition to the parks listed above, Joplin offers many green space options. Go to joplinparks.org for a complete listing. ◗ www.jo p linc c.c o m

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FIT & ACTIVE

HI T T HE L I N K S BRIARBROOK COUNTRY CLUB 502 Briarbrook Dr., Carl Junction briarbrookgolfcourse.com Briarbrook Golf Course is a community-owned 18-hole public golf course located just northwest of Joplin. Built in 1964, the course features bent grass greens and Bermuda grass fairways. Stretching through densely wooded and residential areas, Briarbrook is recognized for its beauty and friendly hospitality. Facilities include a clubhouse, swimming pool and tennis courts for residents and guests to enjoy. EAGLE CREEK GOLF CLUB 2742 Ben Pell Dr., Joplin downstreamcasino.com/Golf.aspx Operated by Downstream Casino Resort, Eagle Creek Golf Club provides an 18-hole, championship course in the rolling foothills of the Ozark Mountains. The course features Bermuda grass tees and fairways with bent grass greens and a variety of water hazards. Transportation is provided to the course for resort guests who choose a stay-and-play package.

RANGELINE GOLF CENTER 2001 N. Range Line Rd., Joplin rangelinegolfcenter.com This 9-hole executive length public course features 1,753 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 30. The center also includes a driving range, two 18-hole miniature golf courses, batting cages and golf store. SCHIFFERDECKER GOLF COURSE 506 S. Schifferdecker Ave., Joplin joplinparks.org Owned and operated by the City of Joplin's Parks and Recreation Department, Schifferdecker is a public 18-hole, par-71 course for all skill levels. Characterized by Bermuda fairways and remarkably reasonable fees, the course also hosts golf events such as the Joplin Golf Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ozark Amateur. Open year-round. TWIN HILLS GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 2019 S. Country Club Dr., Joplin twinhillsgolf.net A tradition among Joplin area golf lovers for more than a century, Twin Hills features an 18-hole course with four tee sets to choose from. Members also enjoy an 8,500-squarefoot practice green, a short game practice area and a driving range with tee mats that can be used during the off season. Golf clinics and a Junior Golf Program are available.

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CHEER ON THE HOME TEAM JOPLIN B LA ST E R S j opl i n b l a s ters.c o m

The Joplin Blasters is the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s professional baseball team. Playing in newly rebuilt Joe Becker Stadium, the team is a member of the South Division in the American Association of Independent Baseball and played their first season in the city in 2015.

Joe Becker Stadium was first constructed in 1916 and burned to the ground in 1936. It was quickly rebuilt and destroyed in another fire in 1971. After being rebuilt yet again, it was used for many years by the Missouri Southern State University baseball team who have since moved to a new ball field. The City of Joplin approved a $4.8-million investment to reconstruct Joe Becker Stadium as part of the deal to bring the Blasters to the region.

A baseball-themed mural was unveiled before the final game of the first season. Created as a partnership among the Chamber's Leadership Joplin Class of 2015, Missouri Southern State University and the Joplin Blasters, the 8-by16-foot mural depicts Joe Becker, for whom the stadium is named, and Mickey Mantle as a tribute to their contributions in minor league baseball. Becker was business manager for the Joplin Miners, a minor league team from 1936-42, and Mantle played for the Miners in 1950 before he began his legendary career in major league baseball. The mural is located near the third base concession stand and is visible from High Avenue. Fun promotions for fans are offered throughout the Blastersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; season including items like T-shirts, souvenir towels, collectible posters, pennants, $1 beer Thursdays and fireworks nights. Stadium amenities include three eating venues and a variety of food and drink kiosks. Fans also enjoy a party deck, Fun Zone and beer garden along with airconditioned private suites available for rental.

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JOPLIN CR U S A D E R S j opl i n cr us a ders.o rg

For over 15 years, the Joplin Crusaders have brought football excellence to fans in the Central States Football League (CFL). As Missouri’s only semi-professional football team, the Crusaders have represented the City of Joplin and the surrounding region with dignity and enthusiastic team spirit and have earned eight CFL titles in 15 seasons, and most recently won CFL National Championships three seasons in a row (20132015). With a winning streak that includes only 17 losses in 15 seasons, the team is fun to watch and continues to delight fans every season. The team’s mission is to not only excel at football and bring back championships, but also to provide an outlet for younger and older men to pursue their goals and strive for excellence. Players learn valuable life lessons while becoming more involved with the community and serve as role models for the next generation of football players as they serve as coaches and camp counselors. Giving back to the community is an important part of the team’s mission as players are actively involved in a variety of city and county charity events and community outreach programs.

JOPLIN D E MI Z E

a chance to view exciting soccer games, the team hosts summer camps to support local youth players. The Demize also hosts the Hershewe Senior Showcase for high school boys and girls, providing a chance for high school seniors to demonstrate their talents for recruiters from nearby colleges and universities. The high school matches are held as pregame events before two of the NPSL regular season games. Demize officials work closely with the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department to ensure that the playing field and athletic facility meet NPSL standards. Amenities at the stadium include covered seating for fans, a press box and full concessions.

are developing their skills to prepare for the Major League Baseball amateur draft. MINK players are unpaid to maintain NCAA eligibility, and the team is operated similar to a minor league baseball team with players participating in a challenging summer schedule that puts them in competition with other highly skilled players. Host families in Joplin provide room and board for many of the college baseball players who temporarily relocate to Joplin for the baseball season. An Outlaw Youth Camp is held in June for children from age 6-12. The kids have a chance to develop their baseball skills alongside collegiate players while receiving instruction on batting, fielding and sportsmanship. ◗

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The Joplin Demize is an American professional soccer club affiliated with the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL) as an expansion team. Home games are played at the Joplin Athletic Complex at Hershewe Stadium Field. Consisting of players from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Illinois, with many regional colleges represented, the club offers an important venue where developing players can further hone their soccer skills. In addition to providing hometown fans

J O P L I N O U T L AW S jo p l i nou tl aw s. c om

The Joplin Outlaws is a summer collegiate baseball club affiliated with the MINK Baseball League. The MINK League has eight teams located in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas and provides a venue for college players who

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FAITH AND SERVICE

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oplin offers many places of worship so that residents, visitors and students may actively practice the faith of their choice. Many denominations of the Christian faith are represented including well-established congregations such as Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian and Church of Christ. Worship services are also held regularly at Catholic, Episcopalian, Lutheran, Foursquare Gospel, Assembly of God and more than 21 nondenominational and community churches. Some of the colleges in the area also have on-campus organizations that inspire faith and fellowship. Throughout the year, many of the city’s religious organizations work together for the benefit of local charities and the community. Their activities include stocking food pantries for the disadvantaged, helping with meal deliveries for seniors, providing shelter and comfort in emergencies and participating in holiday fund-raising efforts to benefit deserving families. The city is fortunate to have many faithbased service organizations that make the community a better place to live and provide ample opportunities for volunteer work. The Salvation Army operates a family shelter and serves over 100 people a day at its soup kitchen. Profits from the local thrift store help fund the social service department, which provides needy families with vouchers for clothing, household items, prescriptions and more. A popular event in August distributes free backpacks and school supplies to children. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization that strives to build homes, communities and hope. The Habitat team works with volunteers from the community and other organizations to build affordable homes for families who currently live in substandard housing and conditions. The affiliated ReStore accepts new and used donations of furniture, household items and building supplies to help fund the organization. Joplin Family YMCA provides a safe and healthy environment where people can develop their spirit, mind and body. The Joplin Family Y offers a variety of health and fitness programs for adults plus a youth sports program that allows children of all abilities to participate. The Y also offers swimming lessons, child care and a summer day camp. ◗

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IMPORTANT CONTACTS

CITY OF JO P LI N

JAS P E R C O U N T Y G OV E R N M E NT

602 S. Ma i n Street • Jo plin, MO 6 4 8 0 1 j opl i n mo.org

302 S. M a i n St. Ca r tha ge, M O 64836 j a sp e rc ounty. org

Airport ...............................................................................................(417) 623-0262 City Attorney ................................................................(417) 624-0820, ext. 225

CARTHAGE COURTHOUSE OFFICES

City Clerk ........................................................................(417) 624-0820, ext. 220

Main Line..........................................................................................(417) 625-4350

City Manager ................................................................(417) 624-0820, ext. 205

Assessor – Personal Property .................................................(417) 358-0437

Convention & Visitors Bureau ................................................(417) 625-4789

Assessor – Real Estate ...............................................................(417) 358-0440

Emergency Management ...........................(417) 624-0820, ext. 261 & 260 Fire Department ...........................................................................(417) 623-0403 Health Department .....................................................................(417) 623-6122 Human Resources ......................................................(417) 624-0820, ext. 210 Library ...............................................................................................(417) 623-7953 Mayor .................................................................................................(417) 624-0820

Auditor’s Office .............................................................................(417) 358-0406 Circuit Clerk’s Office ...................................................................(417) 358-0441 Clerk of the County Commission .........................................(417) 358-0416 Collector’s Office – Personal Property................................(417) 358-0409 Collector’s Office – Real Estate ..............................................(417) 237-1007 County Clerk’s Office ..................................................................(417) 358-0416

Municipal Court

County Commissioner’s Office ..............................................(417) 358-0421

Administrator .................................................................(417) 624-0820, ext. 236

Election and Voter Registration ............................................(417) 358-0413

Court Clerk ......................................................................(417) 624-0820, ext. 233

Public Administrator ................................ (417) 358-4268 | (417) 358-4271

Parks & Recreation .....................................................................(417) 625-4750 Golf Course .......................................................................................(417) 624-6421 Planning & Community Development.............(417) 624-0820, ext. 510

Sheriff ................................................................................................(417) 358-8177 Treasurer’s Office..........................................................................(417) 358-0448 JOPLIN OFFICES Assessor’s Office – Personal Property ................................(417) 625-4355

Police Chief....................................................................(417) 623-3131, ext. 400

Assessor’s Office – Real Estate ..............................................(417) 625-4356

Dispatch ...........................................................................(417) 623-3131, ext. 405

Civil Defense ..................................................................................(417) 623-5858

Public Information ....................................................(417) 624-0820, ext. 204 Public Works Director ............................................................................(417) 624-0820, ext. 500 Operations ......................................................................(417) 624-0820, ext. 560

County Clerk ..................................................................................(417) 625-4307 County Collector ..........................................................................(417) 625-4324 County Commission ...................................................................(417) 625-4347 Circuit Clerk’s Office ...................................................................(417) 625-4310 Emergency Dispatcher .............................................................(417) 624-1600

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MEDIA

CIRCUIT COURTS Circuit Courts – Associate Division ......................................(417) 625-4316 Circuit Courts – Division 1 .......................................................(417) 625-4318 Circuit Courts – Division 2 .......................................................(417) 625-4320 Circuit Courts – Probate (Joplin) ..........................................(417) 625-4325 Circuit Courts – Probate (Carthage) ...................................(417) 625-4370 Circuit Courts – Small Claims .................................................(417) 625-4322 Circuit Courts – Child Support Division ............................(417) 625-4328 Prosecuting Attorney ................................................................(417) 625-4314

E CONOMIC / C O M M U N I T Y D E V E LO P M E N T

TELEVISION FOX 14 — KFJX fox14tv.com | (417) 782-1414 KJPX-TV, Retro-TV kjpxtv@gmail.com | (417) 623-4646 KOAM-TV Joplin koamtv.com | (417) 623-6111 KODE-TV fourstateshomepage.com | (417) 623-7260 KSNF-TV fourstateshomepage.com | (417) 781-2345

City of Webb City webbcitymo.org | (417) 673-4651

RADIO

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce joplincc.com | (417) 624-4150

KMXL Radio 951mikefm.com | (417) 358-6054

Missouri Enterprise missourienterprise.org | (417) 429-6066

Results Radio, AMI Radio Group rock1071.com | (417) 781-1313

Missouri Work Assistance workforcezone.net | (417) 782-7249

Zimmer Radio Inc. joplinradio.com | (417) 624-1025

Wildwood Ranch Development mixedusemasterplancommunity.com | (417) 627-9675

PRINT PUBLICATIONS Joplin Globe Publishing Company joplinglobe.com | (417) 623-3480

Workforce Investment Board of SW Missouri workforcezone.net | (417) 206-1717

Joplin Regional Business Journal jrbj.biz | (417) 625-6699

D RIV E R/ V E H I C LE LI CE N SI N G Driver Examination Office of Joplin 1110 E. Seventh St., Ste. 6 ............................................................(417) 629-3230

Show Me The Ozarks Magazine showmetheozarks.com | (417) 455-9898

Driver License & Vehicle Registration 1110 E. Seventh St., Ste. 6 ............................................................(417) 623-9700

UTILITIE S The Empire District Electric Company empiredistrict.com | (417) 625-5100 Missouri American Water Company amwater.com/moaw | (417) 627-3800 Missouri Gas Energy missourigasenergy.com/MGE (800) 582-1234 Residential Waste Removal Republic Services | (800) 431-1507 Internet / Telecommunications CableONE cableone.net | (417) 206-5300 Windstream Communications windstream.com | (417) 877-4790 Wisper ISP, Inc. wisperisp.com | (417) 553-3996

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PREFERRED BUSINESS LISTINGS Preferred Business Listings are paid advertisements. For the full list of business listings, go to joplincc.com.

Advocacy HOPE4YOU Breast Cancer Foundation Sharon Clark P.O. Box 816 Joplin, MO 64802 (417) 438-8348 www.hope4youbcf.org

Architects, Planners & Architectural Illustrators Paragon Architecture, LLC Jessica Struckhoff 1310 South Main Street Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 885-0002 struckhoff@paragonarchitecture.com www.paragonarchitecture.com

Automobile Repairs & Services The Touch Up Shop, LLC Scott A. McCammon 902 East 4th Street, Suite 110 Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-3687 mccammonenterprise@gmail.com www.thetouchupshop.com

Bearings Manufacturing Schaeffler Group USA Inc. Jennifer Babcock 3900 South Range Line Road Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 781-3600 www.schaeffler.com

Beauty Salons Oasis Salon & Day Spa Aubree Templeman 2915 East 29th Street Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 206-9999 oasis2915@att.net www.oasissalonanddayspa.com

Bowling Carl Richard’s Bowling Centers Daria Claiborne 1419 West 4th Street Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 624-5681 daria.claiborne@gmail.com www.carlrichardbowl.com

Bricks, Ceramic Tile & Fireplace Equipment Acme Brick Company Allen Ogden 807 South Pebble Road Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 781-1931 aogden@brick.com www.acmebrick.com

Casinos Wyandotte Nation Casino 100 Jackpot Place, Highway 60 Wyandotte, OK 74370 (918) 678-4946 marketing@wyandottecasinos.com www.wyandottecasinos.com

Caterers

Butcher’s Block Event Center Tony & Cheryl Ramos 499 West Fountain Road Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 624-1000 cheryl@butchersblockeventcenter.com www.butchersblockeventcenter.com Joplin’s premier venue for weddings, holiday parties, corporate meetings, and other special events. We offer the finest in full-service catering. Whether at our place or yours, appetizers or a full dinner, your guests are sure to be pleased.

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Charter & Tour Services

Viking Trailways Cindy Reece 201 Glendale Road Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 781-2779 gwtandviking@att.net www.vikingtrailways.com From the start, attention to customer service and satisfaction was to be job one. Prompt on time delivery of customers in clean well maintained equipment has continued to this day.

General Contractors Landis Construction Co., Inc. Robert C. Landis 607 East 15th Street Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 781-8320 jheiniger@att.net Landis Construction Co., Inc. has been in business for 40 years. We build custom and speculative homes as well as do remodeling and light commercial projects.

Janitorial & Paper Supplies

Dentsits/Orthodontists ADC Dental Group Sarah Brown 2827 Arizona Avenue Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 782-5005 info@adcofjoplin.com www.adcdentalgroup.com

Redico Industrial Supply, Inc. Debbie Nault P.O. Box 624 Neosho, MO 64850-0624 (800) 255-0052 / (417) 455-0746 redicosales@aol.com www.redicosupply.com Since 1976 Redico has been servicing area businesses and manufacturing with janitorial, paper and safety supplies — such as can liners, paper towel, toilet tissue, gloves, hearing protection, etc.

Manufacturing — Manufacturers Representatives

LaFerla Ortho Dr. Michael R. LaFerla, Board Certified Orthodontist 2805 East 29th Street Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 206-7770 admin@laferlaortho.com www.laferlaortho.com LaFerla Ortho is fun for the whole family! Dr. Michael R. LaFerla and his team love to see you smile! We provide the most advanced and comfortable orthodontic treatment to create the smile you’ve always wanted!

Engineers — Civil, Environmental, Mechanical & Consulting

Midwest Tool, Inc. Rick Gunlock 3637 Enterprise Avenue Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-6872 sales@midwest-tool-inc.com www.midwest-tool-inc.com In a 43,000-square-foot, climate-controlled facility we provide R&D, prototype short-run, and CNC and conventional machining using the latest technology. We serve customers in numerous industries including aerospace, automotive, industrial valves, coal, oil, gas, natural gas, steam, and nuclear.

CJW Transportation Consultants, LLC C. Jay Wynn, P.E. PTOE 5051 South National, Suite 4-110 Springfield, MO 65810 (417) 889-3400 www.gocjw.com CJW offers a complete range of transportation and civil engineering capabilities. CJW brings a unique perspective and knowledge to project management based upon work experience, a commitment to client service, and to quality in the finished project.

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Motorcycle Dealer

Storage Facilities

Hideout Harley-Davidson Eric Cerini 5014 Hearnes Blvd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-1054 marketing@hideouthd.com www.hideouthd.com Our dealership has an extremely knowledgeable trained staff in motorcycles, parts & accessories, and motor-clothes. Call our Riding Academy and take a course. We are also very proud of our 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Service Department, complete with a high-tech Dynometer and Master and Expert level technicians.

Power Washing Power Washing Plus, LLC Steve Smith 2401 East 32nd Street, Suite 10-300 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 291-0549 steve@cleanmakeover.com www.cleanmakeover.com Every Home and Business Deserves a Makeover! We offer pressure washing, exterior wood restoration, concrete cleaning and roof cleaning. Call us today for a free estimate!

Countryside Self Storage Jason Berrend 1813 West 20th Street Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-5616 joplin@yourstoragesolutions.com www.yourstoragesolutions.com Countryside Self Storage offers convenient and complete services to handle all of your storage needs. We believe in providing the best storage solutions in the Midwest. That means great rates, convenient access and high quality storage spaces for your belongings.

Veterinarians Madison Pet Clinic Nancy Chandler 1631 South Madison Webb City, MO 64870 (417) 673-2455 info@madisonpetclinic.com www.madisonpetclinic.com

Printers Eagle Eye Printing Greg Fulton 1227 East 32nd Street, Suite 3 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 781-0300 eagleeye@cableone.net www.eagleeyeprinting.com

Publishing

�e Ozarks Magazine

Since 2001

www.showmetheozarks.com

Show Me the Ozarks Magazine Lee Radcliff P.O. Box 3325 Joplin, MO 64803 (417) 455-9898 editor@showmetheozarks.com www.showmetheozarks.com Show Me The Ozarks Magazine is a Locally owned lifestyle Magazine in the Joplin region, covering events, entertainment and photography. For marketing opportunities and more call today. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn.

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ADVERTISER INDEX 12Eighty-One Photography................................................................................... 6

Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri................................................25

ABE Paint Team .........................................................................................................59

La Quinta Inn & Suites.............................................................................................. 3

Donny Allen — Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri ................61

Lakeland Office Systems .......................................................................................83

Allgeier, Martin and Associates, Inc. .................................................................23

LegalShield — The Mark Williams Agency ....................................... 14, 17-19

Allstate — Loretta Bailey Agency, Inc. .............................................................59

Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory ........................................................45

Alpha Air Center.......................................................................................................57

Mercy Clinic ...............................................................................................................35

Anderson Engineering ..........................................................................................14

Missouri Gas Energy/Laclede Gas......................................................................62

Arvest Bank ................................................................................................................54

Missouri Southern State University .................................................................... 5

Brian Atnip — Keller Williams Realty ................................................................60

Mowed Over..............................................................................................................62

Bicycle Specialists ....................................................................................................54

Newton's Jewelers ..................................................................................................64

BKD, LLP ......................................................................................................................18

NHC HealthCare of Joplin .....................................................................................39

Boys & Girls Club of Southwest Missouri ........................................................50

Northpark Mall .........................................................................................................64

C&H Heating & Air ...................................................................................................23

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom – Joplin .............................................................. 3

C2C Connect2Culture ............................................................................................64

Olive Garden ............................................................................................................... 6

CBT Community Bank & Trust .............................................................................63

Ozark Center Comprehensive Behavioral Health Services .......................43

Charles Burt Realtors ..............................................................................................60

Pinnacle Bank............................................................................................................17

College Heights Christian School ......................................................................50

Pittsburg State University.....................................................................................53

Commerce Bank......................................................................................................... 2

Potash Corp ...............................................................................................................73

Crowder College ......................................................................................................55

Professional Exteriors .............................................................................................19

Dalton-Killinger Construction Co. .....................................................................21

R&S Heating & Cooling ..........................................................................................59

Don Gould Agency, Inc. — First Missouri Insurance Agency ..................18

Ralph King Body & Frame, Inc. ............................................................................20

Downstream Casino Resort .................................................................................69

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Four States ...............................38

Empire District ..........................................................................................................70

S & S Security Systems ...........................................................................................13

Family Pharmacy .....................................................................................................37

Saint Paul's United Methodist Church .............................................................81

Farmers Insurance — Melissa Hogan ...............................................................13

Sapp Design Associates Architects ...................................................................88

Farrell Construction ................................................................................................89

Silver Creek Assisted Living .................................................................................45

Freeman Health System .......................................................................................... 7

Sky Ranch Cave Springs ........................................................................................80

Golden Corral ............................................................................................................67

Southtown Cleaners & Alterations ....................................................................19

Herrman Lumber Company.................................................................................61

Southwest Missouri Bank .....................................................................................71

Hometown Pediatrics of Joplin Missouri ........................................................41

St. Mary's Catholic Church....................................................................................81

Hospice Compassus ...............................................................................................44

State Farm Insurance — Kyle Hickam Insurance Agency, Inc. ................48

Integrity Home Care ...............................................................................................44

Steve's Frame & Body Shop of Joplin, Inc. ......................................................19

Joplin Area Ministerial Alliance ..........................................................................81

Top Seal Packaging .................................................................................................13

Joplin Dental Care ...................................................................................................39

Tri-State Truck Center .............................................................................................17

The Joplin Globe ......................................................................................................16

US Bank .......................................................................................................................69

Joplin Industrial Electric ........................................................................................27

US Kustoms Auto Body Shop ..............................................................................15

Joplin Missouri .........................................................................................................65

Vaughn Companies, LLC .......................................................................................17

Joplin Regional Airport .........................................................................................90

Volks Avanti Insurance Agency ..........................................................................21

Joplin Regional Partnership ......................................................................... 28-33

Walmart.......................................................................................................................67

Joplin Schools ...........................................................................................................47

Wild About Water! ...................................................................................................62

Joseph Properties, LLC...........................................................................................27 www.jo p linc c.c o m

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Joplin Schools Irving Elementary

Carl Junction Community Center

Missouri Southern State University Field House

PROVIDING OVER 30 + YEARS OF SERVICE IN ALL LEVELS OF ARCHITECTURE

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Joplin MO Chamber Guide