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CONTENTS W H AT ’ S I N S I D E Welcome Message from the Chamber President .............. 9 Through the Chamber Years: 1917-Present ..................... 10

BUSINESS & INDUSTRY Economic News & Notes ..................................................... 12 Business Profiles................................................................... 14 Major Employers .................................................................. 22 Outstanding Business Resources ......................................... 24

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The Location for Logistics .................................................... 28 Community Profile: The Joplin Metro by the Numbers ...... 30

HEALTH CARE CONTENTS

Mercy Hospital Joplin .......................................................... 38 Freeman Health System ....................................................... 40 Orthopaedic Specialists of the Four States ......................... 42 Hometown Pediatrics........................................................... 44 Children’s Mercy Kansas City............................................... 46

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Joplin School District ........................................................... 48 Private Schools ..................................................................... 50

HIGHER EDUCATION Pittsburg State University .................................................... 52

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Joplin Schools Early Childhood Rendering

Missouri Southern State University ..................................... 55 Crowder College .................................................................. 56 Missouri State University Outreach Center ......................... 58 Ozark Christian College ....................................................... 58 Technical Schools ................................................................. 59 Joplin Public Library ........................................................... 60 Residential Living ................................................................ 62 Missouri Southern State University

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SERVING NEEDS CLOSE TO HOME Missouri

Nevada

Autism Services Behavioral Health Cancer Care

Arma

Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery

Girard Frontenac

Ear, Nose & Throat Lamar

Pittsburg Parsons

Endocrinology Family Medicine

Golden City

Lockwood

Cherokee Carthage Neighborhood Care

Carl Junction

Columbus

Gastroenterology General Surgery Heart Care Internal Medicine

Baxter Springs Neighborhood Care

Kansas

Riverton

OB/GYN Occupational Medicine Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Granby

Joplin Miami

Sarcoxie

Webb City Neighborhood Care Diamond

Comprehensive Healthcare

Orthopaedics Outpatient Dialysis

Oklahoma

Seneca Neighborhood Care

Neosho

Freeman Neosho Hospital: emergency care, intensive care, surgery and inpatient care

Pain Management Pediatrics Physical Therapy

Grove

Anderson

Podiatry Pulmonology

While providing comprehensive healthcare services through Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital, Ozark Center and a variety of primary care and specialty clinics, Freeman also reaches out to the neighborhoods in surrounding communities, making it easier for busy families and individuals to obtain the healthcare services they need.

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CONTENTS W H AT ’ S I N S I D E CULTURE & ATTRACTIONS Active in the Arts ................................................................. 70 George A. Spiva Center for the Arts ................................... 72 Joplin History and Mineral Museum .................................... 74 Joplin Little Theatre ............................................................. 76 Stained Glass Theatre .......................................................... 77 Joplin Annual Events and Festivals...................................... 78

Joplin Arts Fest

Connecting with Nature ...................................................... 80 Fit & Active .......................................................................... 82 Community Parks, Amenities, Activities .............................. 83

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Joplin’s Exciting Athletics .................................................... 84 Faith & Service ..........................................................................88 Important Contacts ...................................................................90 Featured Business Listings ........................................................91 Advertiser Index ........................................................................97

This is a Town Square Publication created and produced for the

Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce 320 East 4th St. | Joplin, MO 64801 Phone: (417) 624-4150 | www.joplincc.com https://www.facebook.com/joplinchamber/ https://twitter.com/joplinchamber ®

Copyright© 2017 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 Editor Gail Gaboda Content Coordinator/Client Liaison Stefanie Nugara Graphic Designer Kirsten Riedl Ad Production Coordinators Tiffany Salerno and Neila Frontier Directory Coordinator Michael Sumrak Contributing Writer Jean Murphy Advertising Sales Rader Walker

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MESSAGE FROM THE CHAMBER PRESIDENT The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, Involving Employers, Building Relationships and Connecting Business and Community since 1917.

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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.

The Chamber’s 8-year-old Young Professionals Network continues to grow and connect, develop and empower the leaders of tomorrow. This dynamic group of nearly 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. Rob O’Brian, CEcD Chamber President

WELCOME

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, nonprofit services and faithbased organizations to help improve the economic climate and quality of life in our region. The Chamber, with support from Crowder College and Workforce Innovation Board, turned a former high school technical center into a 51,000-square-foot incubator and training facility for new and existing firms. The new Advanced Training & Technology Center opens to students in fall 2017. And in July 2017, Kansas City University (KCU) opens its Joplin campus, making KCU 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.

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THROUGH THE CHAMBER YEARS 1917-PRESENT

THROUGH THE CHAMBER YEARS: 1917-PRESENT

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he Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce was founded 100 years ago when the Joplin Commercial Club, organized in 1885, surrendered its charter and formed the first Joplin Chamber of Commerce. An editorial in the Joplin News Herald dated Sept. 14, 1917, said, “The Chamber of Commerce is going to prove to be one of the most valuable assets of the city, but its value lies in its democracy and loyalty with which it is supported. It is representative of the city to the extent in which all interests are represented and should be understood that it is not the instrument of the businessmen alone, nor of the professional men, but of the whole people.” One hundred years and thousands of members later, the Chamber is still one of the most valued assets of the city because it improves the quality of life for Joplin residents and offers many perks for companies that want to take advantage of technology, location and low cost of living. A brief summary of ways the Chamber improved the landscape of the area since 1917 follows: • In 1927, the Joplin Chamber of Commerce saw the importance of bringing the relatively new technology of aviation to Joplin residents and businesses, and it took the lead on finding property for a municipal airport near Schifferdecker Park. Two years later, due to changes in airplane sizes and governmental regulations, the city purchased 400 acres at what is the current Joplin Municipal Airport. • The most important development in the field of education in 1937 was the establishment of Joplin Junior College, now Missouri Southern State University. • The Tri-State lead and zinc mines were extremely active during the WWII years. Both minerals were in high demand to supply the war effort. Local miners were given deferments because of their labor value in the mining fields.

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• There were only three banks in Joplin in 1954: First National, Citizens and First State. • In the ’60s, a new constitutional amendment was passed providing access to industrial development revenue bonds. Cities throughout Missouri began to take advantage of the new bonding capacity to construct buildings for industrial plants, purchase land to construct buildings or assist expansion for existing industries. • The 53-acre Northpark Mall opened off North Range Line Road in 1972. Before the decade concluded, the 60-plus stores would require more electric load and usage than most of the smaller communities in The Empire District Electric Company’s service area. • Joplin Business and Industrial Development Corporation was formed with an agreement between the City of Joplin and the Joplin Chamber of Commerce in 1986 to implement innovative business principles by creating shell building programs, which then led to the creation of high-paying jobs and millions of dollars in capital investments in the Joplin region. • In the ’90s, two companies, Cliffstar Corporation and Roblaw Industries, began operations at the Joplin Industrial Park on North Range Line in shell buildings the Joplin Business and Industrial Development Corporation constructed. • In 2006, the Chamber opened the Newman Innovation Center, a business incubator. • In 2011, the Chamber vowed to assist all 536 businesses destroyed or impacted

by the May 22 tornado. Five hundred of those businesses reopened. The Chamber’s Disaster Recovery Fund became a model for other chambers facing community disasters. In addition to all the business going on in the Joplin area, the Chamber knew the hard-working residents of Joplin needed entertainment, too. Joplin’s first radio station, WHAH, went on the air in September 1922, with a program that opened with a short talk by Mercer Arnold, president of the Chamber of Commerce. In the late ’40s, a couple of horses performed in front of the Chamber office located at 122 W. 4th St. Hatsushimo (1946), formerly owned by Emperor Hirohito of Japan, and the Hollywood wonder horse known as Gallant Bess (1947) kicked up their hooves to entertain local residents. In May 1958, the Chamber landed a star of the silver screen for the annual banquet program: Ronald Reagan. More than 400 people paid $4 a ticket to attend the banquet at Memorial Hall. Two hundred attended a cocktail party just prior to the banquet at the Joplin Club in the Connor Hotel. And in May 2017, the Chamber landed former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee as the keynote speaker to help the Chamber celebrate its 100th birthday. Huckabee shared true but hilarious stories from politics, the South and his travels. The Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce will continue growing businesses and improving residents’ quality of life in its next 100 years. Just wait until you see what 2017-2117 has in store! w

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MEDICAL BUZZ

Kansas City University’s Joplin medical school opens its doors to its first class of medical students in July 2017. The school is predicted to have a $100 million impact on the area. It is the first new medical school opened in the state in more than four decades.

by the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Education, business assistance and job creation, specifically targeting low-to-moderate income levels, are the primary missions of the facility. Contracted partners, including Crowder College, Workforce Innovation Board and the Joseph Newman Innovation Center, will operate programs to help fill gaps in the area’s workforce by providing higher-skilled workers to existing and new companies.

businesses and continues to offer outreach and counseling to startup businesses and entrepreneurs. 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.

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READY FOR BUSINESS In 2016, the Joplin area became the first three-state, multi-county region in the U.S. to be certified work-ready by ACT. Barton, Jasper and Newton counties in Missouri; Cherokee, Crawford and Labette counties in Kansas; and Ottawa County in Oklahoma make up the region. All these counties are working toward recertification in 2017. Certification ensures our community is armed with the skills and tools to succeed in today’s economic environment.

BUSINESS GROWTH Owens Corning will open a manufacturing facility in Joplin in 2017. 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. HS Baking made an initial $3 million investment in 2016 in the former Annie’s bakery building and hired roughly 120 employees when its snack cake operation opened in late 2016. Ajinomoto Windsor, a frozen food manufacturer, is planning to build a 150,000-square-foot plant and provide at least 375 jobs in 2018.

INNOVATION CENTRAL The all-new Advanced Training & Technology Center (ATTC) is a multipurpose facility owned and managed

In fall 2017, students will begin taking classes in advanced manufacturing technology, welding, drafting, information technology, computer network support, community health programs providing training for phlebotomists, pharmacy technicians and EKG technicians and worker safety training. Another 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

CHAMBER CHAMPS 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. w

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“My brother, Randy, and I started ABE Painting because we saw an opportunity to raise the bar locally with regard to painting services. Our painters show up on time, wear uniforms, protect customers’ carpets and furniture and strive to communicate effectively,” said Tim Albertson, owner. “They are also drug and tobacco free.”

ABE’s seven full-time and many seasonal painters handle everything from painting walls and trim, to staining decks and doors, to painting exteriors and commercial signs.

“We care as much about our customers’ projects as they do,” he added. “So we are the professionals that homeowners, business owners, hospitals, church congregations and everyone else can count on and trust.”

“We offer free touch-ups for life on the walls we have painted, so if you move a photo or your child writes on a wall, call us and we will come back and touch it up. We see this as a way to continue interacting with our customers and remind them we are here,” Albertson said. They offer similar touch-ups on trim for two years.

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MODINE MANUFACTURING www.modine.com Modine Manufacturing Company is a publicly-traded firm that has been in Joplin since 1978, manufacturing parts for diesel engines. Founded in 1916 and based in Racine, Wisconsin, Modine designs, manufactures and tests heat transfer products for a wide variety of applications and markets, including vehicle engines and heat/ventilation/air conditioning systems.

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Modine is one of Joplin’s largest employers. The 145,000-square-foot Joplin plant employs approximately 200 people – welders, tool and die makers, manufacturing and quality engineers, assembly personnel, electricians and others – to manufacture exhaust gas re-circulating coolers and oil coolers for diesel engines. “These are emissions control devices which take a percentage of a diesel engine’s exhaust and cool it so it can be sent through the intake a second time to more thoroughly burn the gases,” said Jon Schwarten, plant superintendent. “This reduces the black smoke that you used to see pouring from trucks when they downshift.” Modine’s Joplin plant produces between $60 million and $70 million worth of product annually, selling to customers like Ford, Navistar, John Deere, Volvo, Land Rover and others. The massive firm manufactures products in a total of 23 North American locations, as well as 22 places in Europe, nine in Asia and also in a handful of other locations around the world.

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The pair opened The Bruncheonette at 424 N. Main St. slightly more than three years ago and tries to offer the community unique foods in a fun atmosphere and whenever possible. They source their foods from local farmers like Terrell Creek Farm in Fordland, Missouri.

www.thebruncheonette.net The Bruncheonette is a 35-seat, bistro-style restaurant that serves unique breakfast and lunch foods like pulled pork pancakes, syrup made in-house, Boulevard 80-acre craft beer, burritos, biscuits with chorizo sausage gravy, signature sandwiches and even gluten-free buckwheat crepes filled with bananas and Nutella. You won’t find the standard “eggs over easy” at The Bruncheonette. “We like to say that we serve fancy food in a casual atmosphere where people even go up to a counter to order and then we serve it to them,” said Chas Flanagan who co-owns

the restaurant with her husband, Sean. It is open for breakfast and lunch, Wednesday through Sunday.

Flanagan said that the residents of Joplin have received The Bruncheonette very generously. In fact, the Flanagans have added a patio they use as waiting area on the weekends when the establishment is extremely busy. On weekdays, patrons may choose to eat outside on the patio if they wish.

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THE GLENN GROUP David Glenn, president of The Glenn Group LLC, has played an integral part in the growth of Joplin’s commercial, retail and industrial base for 45 years. The commercial real estate specialist worked as a contractor and developer during the first 25 years of his career, constructing shopping centers, office buildings and industrial facilities. Today, however, Glenn confines his activities to marketing and selling land to developers and both leasing and selling completed commercial and industrial buildings to those seeking to locate their businesses in the Joplin area. The fourth-largest city in Missouri, Joplin is a very vibrant community with a regional draw when it comes to shopping, employment, entertainment and medical services. It is also popular with manufacturers and distributors, according to Glenn. Situated in the middle of the United States and at the crossroads of major transportation arteries (I-44 and I-49), Joplin has a very vibrant economy.

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“Those of us in commercial real estate here stay very busy. We never have any problem satisfying new employers’ labor needs because people are willing to commute 30 miles for a good job, and our residents have plenty of access to higher education and to technology schools,” he said. There are always large manufacturers looking to locate facilities in Joplin, Glenn noted. In fact, he recently brokered the move of a 300,000-square-foot Owens Corning insulation plant to Joplin.

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Looking to the future, Glenn said he is now mentoring a millennial, Luke Gibson, in the commercial real estate business. For the past two years, he has been passing on his vast knowledge of the business to Gibson. “There is very little commercial real estate knowledge in Joplin, and all of us who know the business and this market are over 60 years old and will be retiring soon. So I am mentoring Luke with an eye on the future,” Glenn said.

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R.E. SMITH CONSTRUCTION CO. www.resmithconst.com R.E. Smith Construction Co. is one of the premier general contracting firms in the Four-State Area, specializing in all types of commercial construction including industrial, retail, educational, civic, medical and recreational. The family-owned firm dates back to 1952 when Richard E. Smith began building homes. In the early 1960s, he turned his attention to building commercial structures. Today the firm is owned by two of his sons, Dick Smith (president) and Dave Smith (vice

president). A member of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce since 1959, R.E. Smith Construction is proud to play a part in the continuing growth of the community. R.E. Smith invests in the community by contributing to various civic groups and organizations such as Joplin Family YMCA, The Salvation Army, Connect 2 Culture, Joplin Medical School Alliance, Joplin Regional Prosperity Initiative and Joplin Business and Industrial Development Corporation. Recent projects in the Joplin area include the new $14.3 million Joplin Public Library, a $13.8 million student dormitory

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WILDWOOD RANCH DEVELOPMENT www.thewildwoodlife.com Wildwood Ranch Development is a 2,064acre former cattle ranch that Jimmer Pinjuv purchased in early 2005 with the dream of transforming the property into a mixed-use development that will include residential, industrial, commercial, religious, health care-related and educational sites. Pinjuv spent nearly 40 years developing similar communities in California and moved to Joplin, ostensibly to retire. But then he saw this property for sale, envisioned what it could become and do for the people of Joplin and left retirement to jump back into work.

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“We want Wildwood Ranch to create jobs for Joplin’s people. We anticipate that eventually the businesses that we are recruiting will bring a total of 7,500 jobs, many of which will be high-paying jobs in advanced manufacturing and biomedical research. In fact, we currently have two medical facilities under construction that are expected to add 200 new fulltime jobs to the area,” Pinjuv said. “As the number of jobs outgrows Joplin’s population, we hope to recruit others to

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Eventually, Pinjuv expects approximately 10,000 people to live at Wildwood Ranch, which would constitute a 20 percent increase in Joplin’s population.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School have already moved to the Ranch and Pinjuv’s team is currently working on three industrial prospects. There are also spaces reserved for retail, public schools, additional churches and more.

“This is a big project. It is 3.25 miles long and a mile-and-a-half wide and we will spend hundreds of millions of dollars on infrastructure alone,” he said. “That is why we are doing it a piece at a time and annexing into the city as we go along. We currently have 50 homes occupied and another 17 under construction. We are also making plans to build everything from

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move here, too, and the new people will pay taxes and patronize stores, all of which will improve Joplin’s future.”

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Wyandotte Telephone Company

2700 Wyandotte

Thorco Industries LLC

250 Lamar

*Leggett & Platt Incorporated

1498 Carthage

*WestRock Company

250 Joplin

*Mercy Hospital Joplin

1310 Joplin

Wichita Southeast Kansas Trnst 230 Parsons

*Joplin Schools

1200 Joplin

Pittsburg Unfied Schl Dst 250

226 Pittsburg

Tri-State Motor Transit Co.

1135 Joplin

County of Crawford

221 Girard

Sunbeam Products Inc.

1050 Neosho

Webb City

*Joplin Workshops Inc.

220 Joplin

*EaglePicher Technologies LLC 1015 Joplin

D & D Sexton Incorporated

218 Carthage

Tamko Building Products Inc.

1000 Joplin

Loves Travel Stops

201 Neosho

*Downstream Casino Resort

923 Quapaw

Bagcraftpapercon I LLC

200 Baxter Springs

*Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

900 Joplin

Day and Zimmermann Inc.

200 Parsons

*Crossland Construction Co. Inc. 850 Columbus

Nutra Blend LLC

200 Neosho

*Empire District Electric Co.

Steinle Inc.

200 Parsons

*Missouri Southern State Univ 620 Joplin

Systems & Services Tech Inc.

200 Joplin

Via Christi Hosp Pittsburg Inc.

620 Pittsburg

Triple - T Foods Inc.

200 Frontenac

*CFI

567 Joplin

Watco Companies LLC

200 Pittsburg

Eastern Shawnee Tribe Oklahoma 550 Wyandotte

Five Star Quality Care Inc.

192 Joplin

Integris Miami Hospital

534 Miami

Power Flame Incorporated

190 Parsons

*Teleperformance USA

480 Joplin

*Spring River Christian Village 190 Joplin

Parsons State Hosp Trining Ctr

475 Parsons

Transport Distribution Company 190 Joplin

784 Joplin

Kansas Dept For Chldren Fmlies 467 Parsons

Grandview Products Co.

185 Parsons

*City of Joplin

465 Joplin

Pitsco Inc.

185 Pittsburg

Labette Health Foundation Inc.

459 Parsons

Fired Up Inc.

180 Joplin

Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation

450 Joplin

*Hampshire Pet Products LLC

180 Joplin

Twin Rivers Foods Inc.

450 Neosho

*Sam’s Club

180 Joplin

Bordertown Bingo & Casino 566 421 Wyandotte

Barton County Memorial Hosp

170 Lamar

Celltron Inc.

400 Galena

Justin Brands Inc.

170 Carthage

Pitt Plastics Inc.

400 Pittsburg

Lamar R-I School District

170 Lamar

*Jasper Products LLC

399 Joplin

Sugar Creek Packing Co.

170 Frontenac

Butterball LLC

354 Carthage

*Branco Enterprises Inc.

160 Neosho

Blitz USA Inc.

350 Miami

CST Industries Inc.

160 Parsons

*Cardinal Detecto Mfg.

350

Seneca R-VII School District

155 Seneca

Ducommun Labarge Tech Inc.

350 Joplin

Ulta Salon Cosmt Fragrance Inc. 155 Joplin

*H E Williams Inc.

350 Carthage

*Able Mfg & Assembly LLC

150 Joplin

YRC Freight

325 Baxter Springs

Ajinomoto Windsor Inc.

150 Carthage

Buffalo Run Casino

320 Miami

AJM Packaging Corporation

150 Joplin

Classic Egg Products Inc.

320 Neosho

City of Pittsburg

150 Pittsburg

J & M Farms Inc.

320 Miami

Dyno Nobel Inc.

150 Carthage

Opal Foods LLC

310 Neosho

*Heartland Pet Foods Mfg Inc. 150 Joplin

*Schaeffler Group USA Inc.

293 Joplin

Home Depot USA Inc.

Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital

290 Carthage

*Jasper County Sheltered Facilities 150 Joplin

Millers Inc.

280 Pittsburg

Webb City

150 Joplin

JC Penney, Inc.

150 Joplin

Waste Corporation America Inc. 276 Parsons

Lowes Home Centers LLC

150 Joplin

*Crossland Heavy Contrs Inc.

265 Columbus

Webb City R7 School District

150

Veterans Health Administration

264 Parsons

Unified School District No 404

145 Riverton

*Bemis Packaging Inc.

258 Joplin

Bed Rock Inc.

144 Joplin

*County of Jasper

254 Carthage

Atec Steel LLC

140 Baxter Springs

Webb City

Joplin Public Library

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EMPLOYEES CITY

Calibrated Forms

140 Columbus

Mid America Pipe Fabg Sup LLC

140 Scammon

Willow Crest Hospital Inc.

136 Miami

K W Brock Directories Inc.

133 Pittsburg

County of Cherokee

130 Columbus

Dayton Superior Corporation

130 Parsons

Directv Group Inc.

128 Pittsburg

Sunset Manor Inc.

128 Frontenac

University of Kansas

126 Parsons

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 125 Joplin East Newton Cnty R-VI Schl Dst 125 Granby 125 Neosho

*Ozark Christian College

125 Joplin

St. Paul Chetopa - Unified

125 Chetopa

Gold Mechanical Inc.

124 Joplin

Labette Community College

124 Pittsburg

Kohls Department Stores Inc.

123 Joplin

*CDL Electric Company Inc.

120 Pittsburg

Ceradyne Boron Products LLC

120 Quapaw

*Cott Beverages

120 Joplin

*Lozier Corporation

120 Joplin

Schreiber Foods Inc.

120 Carthage

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Medicalodges Inc.

Southeast Kans Educatn Svc Ctr 120 Girard City of Miami

117 Miami

*Carl Junction R-1 School Dist

116

Ozark Apples Inc.

115 Joplin

Sears Roebuck and Co.

113 Joplin

*CNC Machine Products Inc.

110 Joplin

Diamond School District R4

110 Diamond

NHS Management LLC

110 Joplin

*Ozarks Coca-Cola Bottling Company 110

Carl Junction

Joplin

Sarcoxie R-II School District

110 Sarcoxie

Target Stores Inc.

110 Joplin

United Parcel Service Inc. OH

110 Joplin

Cheddars Casual Cafe Inc.

108 Joplin

Evonik Jayhawk Fine Chem Corp 108 Galena Red Lobster Hospitality LLC

108 Joplin

*Allgeier Martin and Assoc Inc. 107 Joplin Mosaic

101 Pittsburg

Best Buy Co. Inc.

100 Joplin

Discovery Plastics LLC

100 Miami

Frontenac Unified District 249

100 Frontenac

Frontier Leasing Inc.

100 Joplin

Girard Medical Center

100 Girard

Innovative Industries Inc.

100 Carthage

Laforge and Budd Cnstr Co. Inc. 100 Parsons Missouri Dept Transportation

100 Joplin

Rx Technology Corp

100 Joplin

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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 region. 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.

AFFILIATED ORGANIZATIONS 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 educational programs such as Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, Leadership Joplin and Young Professionals Network, and oversees the Newman Innovation Center and the Advanced Technology & Training 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 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.

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P: 417-781-8000 F: 888-223-3789 www.druryhotels.com Joplin’s prime location near the Missouri borders of Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas brings travelers for business, outdoor adventure and Wild West history. Our hotel at I-44 and Rangeline Road is near a variety of restaurants, but Drury Inn & Suites offers free breakfast every day and free hot food and cold drinks every evening at our 5:30 Kickback®.

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The Joseph Newman Innovation Center (NIC) 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 NIC 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 NIC blends accessibility with a professional, urban atmosphere. 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 NIC’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 Brian Kelly 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.

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Since 2005, the NIC has assisted over 30 tenants as they created nearly 400 new jobs, and the NIC’s outreach programs have helped hundreds more within the region. All assistance programs are provided free of charge. Contact Brian Kelly at (417) 624-4150 or bkelly@joplincc.com for more information about the NIC and its offerings.

SERVING THE REGIONAL BUSINESS COMMUNITY JOPLIN REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP joplinregionalpartnership.com (417) 624-4150 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!”

Proud to support the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.

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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.

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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, Contract Freighters, Inc. (CFI) 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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JOPLIN REGIONAL AIRPORT jlnairport.com 7331 N. Hwy. 43 | Webb City, 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 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 roundtrip service to connecting flights at DFW International. 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

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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.

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COMMUNITY PROFILE: THE JOPLIN METRO BY THE NUMBERS ‰ POPULATION CHANGE

‰ POPULATION BY AGE (2016)

Number Percent

1980 Census

127,516

Age 0-4

12,105 6.8%

1990 Census

134,909 5.8%

Age 5-9

12,369 7.0%

2000 Census

157,322 16.6%

Age 10-14

12,419 7.0%

2010 Census

175,518

11.6%

Age 15-19

12,127 6.8%

2016 Projection

177,325

1.0%

Age 20-24

11,887 6.7%

2021 Projection

181,370

2.3%

Age 25-29

11,716 6.6%

Age 30-34

11,516 6.5%

Age 35-39

10,813 6.1%

Age 40-44

10,720 6.0%

Age 45-49

10,576 6.0%

Age 50-54

11,437 6.4%

Age 55-59

11,540 6.5%

Age 60-64

10,379 5.9%

Age 65-69

8,777 4.9%

Age 70-74

6,839 3.9%

Age 75-79

5,051 2.8%

Age 80-84

3,554 2.0%

‰ POPULATION BY GENDER (2016)

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Number Percent

Male

87,070

49.1%

Female

90,255

50.9%

TOTAL

177,325

100.0%

‰ EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT AGE 25+ (2016)

Number Percent

< Grade 9

5,609

4.8%

Number Percent

10,272 8.8%

Age 85+

High School

40,207 34.5%

TOTAL

Some College

27,205 23.4%

MEDIAN 37.1

Associate Degree

8,764 7.5%

Bachelor’s Degree

16,441 14.1%

Graduate Degree

7,920 6.8%

Grades 9-12

TOTAL

116,418 100.0%

3,500 2.0% 177,325 100.0%

‰ LABOR FORCE EMPLOYMENT STATUS 16 PLUS (2016)

Number Percent

In Armed Forces

125 0.1%

Employed

83,558 96.2%

Unemployed

3,172 3.7%

TOTAL

86,855 100.0%

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‰INCOME (2016) Median Household Income.... $43,710 Average Household Income.. $58,632 Average Family Income......... $70,348 Per Capita Income................. $23,224

‰COST OF LIVING (2016) JOPLIN METRO Composite.................................... 86.9 Grocery Items.............................. 90.6 Housing........................................ 68.6 Utilities....................................... 121.1 Transportation............................. 93.8 Health Care.................................. 91.3 Miscellaneous.............................. 87.6

‰ DAYTIME POPULATION (2016) Establishments........................... 7,704 Employees................................ 92,948

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H E A LT H C A R E M E R C Y H O S P I TA L J O P L I N

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ercy Hospital Joplin is a new, technologically advanced, 240-bed hospital with adjoining clinic/physician office space that opened in March 2015 on a 100-acre campus along Interstate 44.

Mercy Hospital Joplin has received numerous accolades over the years. For instance, it has received a Grade A rating from Leapfrog for the past few years. The hospital also received a patient safety award from Health Grade in 2016. For the past four

“Despite the tornado, we never stopped providing care to the people of Joplin,” Manley said. “For the first six days after the tornado, we provided emergency care from Memorial Hall. Then we opened a 60-bed tent hospital from which we operated until that August. “Then, we opened a full-service, temporary, 60-bed modular hospital made of precast concrete. That is where we served patients from 2012 until opening our current facility in early 2015.”

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The 900,000-square-foot, $435 million hospital is eight stories and features a Level II Trauma Center and a heart center that offers catheterization and electrophysiology labs, as well as surgical suites for other heart-related surgeries.

have an electronic ICU. Mercy Virtual Care Center acts as an extra set of eyes, helping to monitor patients, examine them and even intervene, if necessary. They are connected to each room via video and can zoom in and check a patient’s pupils or IV flow. With the push of a button, they even can help resuscitate a patient.”

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The hospital also boasts a birthing center, where labor, delivery and postpartum recovery take place in the same room and where the mother and child reside while they are in-patients. There is also a neonatal intensive care (NICU) unit, a pediatrics unit and obstetrics and pediatrics within steps of each other.

years, it has received a Platinum Award for heart outcomes from “Get with the Guidelines.” In 2016, Professional Research Consultants gave the hospital four stars for patient satisfaction in its outpatient surgery, emergency and cardiovascular departments.

Mercy Cancer Center on the hospital campus offers chemotherapy and radiation treatments using the latest linear accelerator. Mercy Breast Center features Joplin’s only 3-D mammography and automated breast ultrasound. The centers also feature nurse navigators, an oncology social worker and financial counselors.

Mercy Hospital Joplin traces its history to 1896, when the Sisters of Mercy arrived in Joplin with hopes of opening schools. When they arrived, however, they realized there was also a great need for health care in the area. Many miners worked in the Joplin area in those days, so health care was needed urgently. The Sisters opened a small hospital, as well as several schools.

Surgical specialties include orthopedics, neurosurgery and robotic. “We also offer two intensive care units,” said Dennis Manley, chief nursing officer for Mercy Hospital Joplin. “We even

The hospital grew over the years. In 1968, the Sisters opened St. John’s Regional Medical Center, which was licensed for 367 beds. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by the May 22, 2011, tornado.

A former Christian college and a handful of houses were cleared to make way for the new hospital complex. Today’s Mercy Hospital Joplin at 100 Mercy Way was built with room for expansion and to be less vulnerable than its predecessor to tornadoes. “We did much to storm-harden this new building. For instance, we installed the highest-rated safety glass, particularly in critical-care areas where patients can’t necessarily be moved away from windows. This new glass was made to withstand tornadic winds. In addition, we built in extra protection for the critical systems like electricity that are needed to run a hospital,” Manley said. w

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Works a full time job. Comes home to a full house. Needs care that works with a full schedule.

Now caring for the Pittsburg, KS region with Via Christi Mercy Convenient Care 2711 S. Rouse, Suite E Pittsburg, KS 620.232.2890 Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mercy Convenient Care is here for you every day and most evenings, for quicker, less costly care than the ER.

Learn when to choose convenient care over the ER at mercy.net/JoplinCare Mercy Convenient Care Locations:

1717 S. Range Line Road, Suite B | Joplin, MO | 417.623.2207 Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 202 E. 50th Street | Joplin, MO | 417.556.5800 Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 6151 N. Main Street Road | Webb City, MO | 417.556.5350 Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. | Saturday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Freeman Heart & Vascular Institute added new technology to the state-of-the-art cardiovascular operating room, which provides Freeman cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons maximum flexibility

expertise in cervical and lumbar fusion, cervical laminectomy and lumbar laminectomy/discectomy procedures – all with fewer complications and hospital readmissions compared to their peers. Freeman Cornell-Beshore Cancer Institute continues to grow with the addition of two medical oncologists and another radiation oncologist. The top-of-the-line Varian TrueBeam linear accelerator – the best on the market today – continues to benefit patients who previously traveled to larger cities for treatment.

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reeman Health System continues its 92 years of rich heritage in delivering exceptional, quality health care to Joplin and its surrounding communities. Statistics and outcomes can be measured in patient visits, surgeries and births, but they do not tell the full story. Caregivers throughout Freeman are the area’s most skilled, dedicated, compassionate and talented individuals. They are neighbors, friends and family, each with a stake in the community.

The first newborn in the area graced Freeman Maternity Center again this year. In addition to the New Year’s baby, Freeman averages more than 2,600 births each year. Additionally, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri recognized Freeman Maternity Center as a Blue Distinction Center for Maternity Care.

As a testament to the ongoing dedication of Freeman to quality care and patient safety, Freeman was again recognized with more distinctions, including almost 100 separate categories from CareChex – a quality rating system that helps consumers make decisions about where to obtain their health care. Among other accolades, Freeman Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine was recently recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review for being in the top five of the nation with the lowest 30-day readmission rates for hip and knee replacement surgery. The American College of Radiology (ACR) designated Wes & Jan Houser Women’s Pavilion a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. By awarding facilities this status, ACR recognizes breast imaging centers with accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound.

to use treatments most appropriate for each patient. Cardiothoracic and vascular services expanded into southeast Kansas by providing patients greater access to heart care. Cardiology services are now also offered in Joplin, Grove and Miami. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Missouri awarded Freeman NeuroSpine a Blue Distinction Center for Spine Surgery. Freeman NeuroSpine demonstrates

This year, Freeman announced partnerships with area schools to provide school-based health programs in Carl Junction, Seneca, Neosho and McDonald County school districts. The goal is to increase the health of students and staff, and decrease time lost in the classroom and at work for both staff and parents. With the success of these programs, Freeman strives for additional partnerships in the community. After the Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism re-opened its doors last year, its range of services continue to grow and expand while providing life-changing opportunities for children on the autism spectrum. The facility is one-of-a-kind in the Four States and garners national praise. This year, the autism program will celebrate its 10-year milestone. w

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rthopaedic Specialists of the Four States (Ortho Four States) is the largest and most comprehensive neck-to-toe orthopedic and sports medicine care group and facility in the Four State Area, providing a compassionate, patient-centered approach to world-class orthopedic care, according to Joe Caputo, chief executive officer of the 10-physician care group. Clinic Aquatic

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The primary service area for Ortho Four States extends in a 60 to 70-mile radius of Galena, an area that boasts a population of approximately 450,000, according to Caputo.

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Ortho Four States has a large patient care campus in Galena, Kansas which includes a 36-bed hospital, HydroWorx therapy pools in a nationally recognized rehabilitation center, an ambulatory surgery center, a pharmacy and a variety of other physician offices for other specialties. Ortho Four States also offers satellite offices in Pittsburg, Kansas; Carthage, Missouri; and Grove, Oklahoma, and may soon open an outreach clinic in Northwest Arkansas.

The roots of Ortho Four States can be traced back 10 years to when a group of fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic physicians and surgeons formed a medical practice in Joplin in January 2007. Three years later, in 2010, they opened a medical office and ambulatory surgery center across the state line in Galena, Kansas, where insurance regulations were less restrictive and where large pieces of medical equipment and facilities could be purchased and/or built without having to obtain a “Certificate of Need,” as is required in Missouri, Caputo said. “We wanted to deliver a level of quality and service to our patients unlike anything being offered in the Four State Area and we knew that we could do that better if we were operating on our own,” he added.

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“We also wanted to deliver the whole continuum of orthopedic and spine care on our campus.” From medical treatments and physical therapy, to non-surgical and minimally invasive procedures, to the most challenging musculoskeletal surgeries, Ortho Four States serves those needing treatment for accidents, injuries, sports medicine, athletic training, physical therapy, joint replacement and revision, bone health, medical conditions, pain management, disease processes and infection. “Our doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists and physical therapy assistants work together to provide patients and their 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,” Caputo said. In 2013 the orthopedic group partnered with the City of Galena to open Premier

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Surgical Institute, a general acute care hospital that accommodates a variety of surgical specialties including orthopedic surgery, gastroenterology, urology, general surgery, ear-nose-throat (ENT) surgery and plastic surgery just to name a few. Premier Surgical Institute does not, however, offer an emergency room or intensive care unit services. “A section of the Affordable Care Act prohibited physicians from owning the operations of hospitals. So we ended up partnering with the City of Galena, who actually owns the operations of the hospital,” Caputo explained. “In addition to Premier Surgical Institute, our physicians also have privileges at Mercy Hospital in Carthage, Missouri and Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas.” In fact, many Ortho Four States physicians grew up in the Joplin area and returned home after training and working their residency in larger cities around the country.

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“While away, Ortho Four States’ doctors not only acquired advanced medical and surgical techniques, but identified various ways to best care for their patients. Each with their own area of orthopedic specialty, Ortho Four States physician-architects came together to collectively forge a master plan to build Ortho Four States’ patient-centered practice and orthopedic facilities,” Caputo said. Premier Surgical Institute has been recognized with three impressive awards recently. In 2016 the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded Premier Surgical Institute their highest rating – five stars. The National Research Corporation named Premier Surgical Institute a top “patient-centered care” performer among hospitals with less than 100 beds in both 2015 and 2016, and, in early 2017, Becker’s Hospital Review honored Premier Surgical Institute for receiving Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores in the 90th percentile. Premier Surgical Institute is one of 57 hospitals in the country to earn this prestigious recognition with 90 percent or more of patients giving them an overall care rating of nine or 10 on the patients’ HCAHPS survey. Ortho Four States also prides itself on helping patients navigate the complex insurance and health care system. Ortho Four States accepts most insurance plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield and many Freeman and Mercy directed plans. w w w w.j o pl i n cc.co m | 43

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ometown Pediatrics of Joplin LLC is literally a labor of love for Dr. Shari Smith and her two nurse practitioners, Stephanie Stewart and Jill Blair.

All three were born and raised in Joplin and they have made it their mission to make a difference in the lives of the community’s young people and to help them grow into happy, healthy and good young adults.

Dr. Smith was trained as an osteopathic pediatrician, which means she takes a whole person approach to treating her patients, taking the emotional health of each patient into consideration along with their physical health. Stewart and Blair follow suit. Hometown Pediatrics is also a faith-based practice, she said. “This is our mission, not our job.

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“Stephanie and I had been practicing together for 10 years before we opened

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Located at 2302 E. 32nd St., the practice opened in late 2014 and it is growing so fast they are already having to build a

larger building which they expect to open in late summer or early fall.

Stephanie Stewart, CPNP, Shari Smith, DO, Jill Blair, CFNP, left to right

this practice together,” Dr. Smith recalled. “We wanted a place that felt personal, comfortable, happy and safe to our patients and their parents. So we gave the office a homey, family feeling, not a sterile one, by incorporating old church benches from a church in Oklahoma and providing lots of toys. “We are so happy with how it has turned out,” she said. “We are an allwoman practice (except for one young male college student who helps in the afternoons) and we all have our own children of varying ages, so we understand how the parents feel.” That is why they adopted the slogan of “Our family taking care of your family.” “And we all appreciate one another. All of our jobs are important and we all know that. So if there is a problem, we will all pitch in to help,” Dr. Smith added. w 44 | J OPLIN A REA CH AM B ER OF COM M ER C E

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hildren with specialized medical issues may receive diagnosis and care closer to home than ever before. Children’s Mercy Kansas City, the premier pediatric hospital in the region, established an outreach clinic on the campus of Joplin’s Freeman Hospital in 2014 and it has been such a success that they are already considering expansion, according to Marshaun Butler, vice president.

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in where there is a gap in specialty service and where patients and their parents would otherwise have to travel long distances to reach pediatric specialists. We like to say that we offer worldclass care, close to home.”

The clinic, located at 3333 McIntosh Circle Dr., offers rotating sub-specialty clinics in seven specialties – cardiology, endocrinology/diabetes, oncology, hematology, gastroenterology, nephrology and plastic surgery and an additional 20 sub-specialties via telemedicine. Children’s Kansas City, as the clinic is called, currently features five exam rooms and core care teams who assists the many specialists who rotate through the clinic each month, as well as the pediatric gastroenterologist who practices at the clinic full-time. Some specialists bring an entire team of support staff with them on each rotation, while others receive support from the onsite staff in Joplin, Butler said. “We can only accommodate one clinic at a time currently so we are searching for more space so that we can rotate the specialists through more often. We also hope to offer a wider scope of services and recruit more physicians to make Joplin the site of their full-time practice,” she said.

Once a child has been diagnosed, the physicians and parents coordinate a care plan. If complicated surgery is indicated or long-term support, the patients are considered for transfer to Children’s Mercy’s 314-bed hospital in Kansas City. Parents are also sometimes given the option of having the surgery done locally. “It is handled on a case-by-case basis,” Butler said. “Children’s Mercy is an independent children’s hospital that is not part of the Mercy System. In Joplin we are affiliated with the Freeman Health System, but we will see patients coming from any local pediatrician, regardless of the health system,” she said. “We generally like to be invited into an area to collaborate with and complement the general pediatricians already practicing there,” Butler added. “We step

The reaction of Joplin parents and grandparents to Children’s Mercy coming to Joplin to treat children in southwestern Missouri and southeastern Kansas has been very positive. “They are so happy that we are in their community so that they can make appointments in their own backyard. It really reduces the burden of having to travel 150 miles to Kansas City, potentially incurring the expense of a hotel room, taking time off of work and taking their children out of school. Children’s Mercy Kansas City has been named as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals by U.S. News and World Report with rankings in 10 specialties, according to Butler. It is also the only hospital in Missouri or Kansas to earn Magnet designation for nursing excellence four consecutive times, and is one of just eight hospitals, pediatric or adult, in both states to achieve this milestone from the Magnet Recognition Program®. Children’s Mercy earned Magnet designation in 2003, 2007, 2012 and 2016. w

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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 of up to 250 mph. The safe rooms, designed to meet FEMA criteria, will provide shelter to students, staff and the community during storm emergencies.

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he Joplin School District serves more than 7,500 students from prekindergarten through 12th grade. The district’s mission is to “create a high performing culture of improvement for the Joplin School District.” The district works to build this culture of improvement, focused on quality, through humble leadership, strategic planning and stakeholder focus. In fact, a five-year strategic plan with goals, measures, indicators, and action plans has recently been adopted to achieve this end. For instance, the district aims to develop an effective and efficient “systems approach” to best support the human and financial needs of the district. It also aims to build positive partnerships with the community to ensure the strategic plan will be successful. The district opened four new schools in 2014. Irving Elementary, Soaring Heights Elementary and East Middle School opened early in the year and Joplin High School/Franklin Technology Center opened that fall. 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. The innovative Joplin High School/Franklin Technology Center 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.

To help serve the needs of students who need additional assistance, the district provides several intervention programs through community partnerships. 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. w

‰2016-2017 FAST FACTS • 7,500-plus students K-12 • 1,497 staff members of whom 646 are certified teachers, counselors, etc. • 51 percent of teachers hold a master’s degree or higher • 11 elementary schools • 3 middle schools • 1 high school/technical school • 14 community safe rooms • 431 families served by Parents as Teachers • 1,299 free developmental screenings provided by Parents as Teachers • 150 community organizations and agencies serving as Bright Futures partners • Early Childhood Center serving 260 students (with a new center opening in July 2018)

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

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P R I VAT E S C H O O L S JOPLIN AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

All students follow the college prep curriculum with additional options including Advanced Placement Calculus, Biology and Literature and Composition, along with 33 hours of dual credit classes. Spanish is taught from preschool through high school Dual Credit Spanish IV.

www.jacss.org Joplin Area Catholic Schools (JACSS) encompasses St. Mary’s Elementary (pre-K-5), St. Peter’s Middle School (6-8), and McAuley High School (9-12).

National Merit Commended and Finalist students are commonly named from College Heights’ graduating classes of approximately 40 students. Students attend colleges all over the United States.

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Founded in 1885 by the Sisters of Mercy, Catholic schools in Joplin remain committed to educating faith-filled disciples of Christ and providing students with strong academics. Since 2003, six JACSS teachers have won and many others have been nominated for Golden Apple Awards.

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McCauley Catholic High School has a 99 percent graduation rate and 88 percent of graduates attend college. The Missouri A+ program, which allows students to attend a two-year college free (depending on the availability of state funding) if they have 95 percent attendance, a 2.5 GPA and have spent at least 50 hours tutoring others, is available. “In some cases, several generations of families have attended Joplin Catholic schools,” said Georgiana McGriff, JACSS director. “Prepared for a successful future, with faith as their foundation, our students develop lifelong values and friendships.”

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COLLEGE HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL www.collegeheights.org College Heights Christian School (CHCS) is a non-denominational college prep school founded in 1978, with an enrollment of 575 students in pre-school through high school.

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With a combined enrollment of 360 students, JACSS offers small class sizes, over $150,000 in scholarships awarded annually, a family atmosphere and a range of activities and athletics including basketball, volleyball, track, baseball, AP classes, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, drama, Quiz Bowl, History Day and Science Fair.

CHCS is a Christ-centered learning environment where students attend weekly chapel and have Christian values and Biblical lessons incorporated into all studies. As a member of MSHSAA, CHCS competes against area schools in everything from cross country, track, basketball, volleyball, soccer, tennis and golf to drama, academic bowl, acclaimed programs in vocal and instrumental music and visual arts.

THOMAS JEFFERSON INDEPENDENT DAY SCHOOL www.tjeffschool.org Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School opened in 1993, and today has more than 350 students enrolled in grades pre-K-12. Students are engaged in a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, with a liberal arts focus, and all students take several Advanced Placement courses during their upper school years.

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Extracurricular activities include performing and visual arts, academic competitions, National Honor Society and several clubs. Athletic opportunities in middle school and upper school include cross country, volleyball, swimming, tennis, basketball, track and field, golf and cheerleading. The school has graduated more than 350 students, with virtually all enrolling in fouryear institutions immediately following graduation. All students study languages, music, art and physical education starting in pre-kindergarten. Middle school students study Chinese in sixth grade, Latin in seventh and eighth, and then have a choice of Spanish, French, Latin or Mandarin Chinese. Enrollment at TJ is open to all, and the school awards more than $1,000,000 in financial aid annually to approximately 50 percent of enrolled families. In addition, significant privately-funded merit-based scholarships are available.

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Martin Luther School, located adjacent to Immanuel Lutheran Church at 2616 Connecticut Ave., educates children in preschool through eighth grade. Current enrollment is 120 students, according to Jeremy Schamber, administrator.

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“We average 11 students per grade and those small class sizes are what appeals to our parents,” he said. “We also have a big family atmosphere which sets us apart from most schools.” The fully-accredited Martin Luther School has been part of the Joplin community since 1954. It is well-known for its high academic standards, as well as its daily physical education and religion classes and its outstanding art, music and drama programs. “We also have a dog ministry. The dogs are in the school with their handlers almost every day,” Schamber said. The

Joplin Area Catholic Schools provide students with a strong academic and Catholic faith foundation. Focusing on educational and social skills needed to be active, productive members of the community and Church, we teach Catholic and non-Catholic students to integrate Christian values into all aspects of life so they will be effective witnesses to the presence of Christ in the world.

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around the world are also housed in the Kansas Polymer Research Center where they partner with industry to develop groundbreaking bio-based resources for industrial applications using everything from orange peels to soybean oil. The Kelce College of Business has developed a reputation for both high academic standards and successful graduates. The Princeton Review lists the college as fourth among “Family-Friendly” schools and it is included on The Princeton Review’s list of the “Best 294 Business Schools.”

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ittsburg State University (PSU), which was founded in 1903 as the State Manual Training Normal School Auxiliary, is a comprehensive state university with more than 150 degree programs and more than 7,100 students from across the United States and around the globe.

The College of Arts and Sciences includes a wide array of programs ranging from art, music and communication to nursing, biology, chemistry and physics. For instance, the university’s pre-professional programs, including pre-medicine, have a reputation for high placement rates in professional institutions and the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing has graduated bachelor’s and master’s degree

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nurses to serve the region for more than 45 years. The school recently added a doctoral program in nursing practice. In addition, the college launched a Polymer Chemistry Initiative in 2014 and today PSU offers the only bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in polymer chemistry in the region. Even undergraduates at PSU are initiating important polymer research and getting it published in respected journals. In addition, nearly a dozen researchers from

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PSU’s College of Education traces its roots to the university’s early days, and Pitt State grads can be found making a difference in students’ lives in school classrooms and administrative posts throughout the FourState Region and across the country.

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a difference in the lives of our students and people in our region, nation and the world,” Mathes said.

in the 1980s as a way of ensuring that students were prepared for an increasingly globalized economy and world.

Since 1997 MSSU has made a concerted effort to internationalize its curriculum with themed semesters. Each fall, a particular country or region of the world is selected to become the focus of intensive study from the classroom to the cafeteria. Over the years, those semesters have focused on China, India, Russia, Cuba, Africa, Great Britain and many others.

Study abroad programs provide MSSU students with additional opportunities to gain an understanding of other cultures and international issues. In 2016, students traveled to Belize, France, Great Britain, Ghana and Sweden under faculty supervision. Individually, students can spend an entire semester in such countries as Austria, China, England, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands or Morocco through the International Student Exchange Program or MSSU’s bilateral agreements with universities around the world. w

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The university’s academic programs are organized into four schools: the School of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, the Robert W. Plaster School of Business and the School of Health Sciences. The university also offers a division of Graduate Studies and Distance Learning. For the last several years, MSSU’s affordable in-state tuition has also been offered to residents of several other states, through the Lion Pride Tuition Discount program. This means the students of Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas can also take advantage of in-state tuition.

‰FAST FACTS FOUNDED: 1937 TOTAL ENROLLMENT: 6,231 (Fall 2016) LOCATION: 3950 E. Newman Rd., Joplin ATHLETICS: NCAA Division II

Central to the MSSU mission is a strong commitment to international education, liberal arts, professional and pre-professional programs, and the complementary relationship that must exist among them to prepare individuals for success in careers and lifelong learning.

MSSU’s efforts in this regard were even recognized along with 12 other U.S. colleges and universities in “Internationalizing the Campus 2004: Profiles of Success at Colleges and Universities,” a major report published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The report showcased institutions that are making innovative, wide-ranging efforts to integrate global approaches to teaching into campus learning.

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Crowder College offers degrees and programs in a variety of fields, including nursing, business, agriculture, alternative energy, welding, advanced manufacturing, occupational therapy and transportation. Those who graduate go into the workforce as registered nurses, occupational therapy assistants, industrial maintenance technicians, truck drivers and more, according to Cindy Brown, Crowder College spokesman. Students may also attend Crowder for pre-engineering programs and general studies, in preparation for a transfer to a four-year university where they may earn a Bachelor’s degree. With an enrollment of 5,434 across five campuses, Crowder boasts a student to faculty ratio of 14:1. Housing is only offered at the Neosho campus, but many students attend classes at other campuses (Cassville, Webb City, Nevada and McDonald County) and live on the main campus since they are all within a 30-minute radius, Brown said.

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“We have a nine-county primary service region but we are also open to out-of-area students, particularly those from Northwest Arkansas. We do not charge out-of-state tuition, which makes us very attractive,” she said. The College receives some funding from the state of Missouri and limited funding from the federal government, particularly in the form of Pell Grants. Missouri students who have graduated from a high school connected with the A+ programs may get their tuition and common fees at Crowder funded by the state if they earn a high school GPA of 2.5, record attendance of 95 percent and tutor other students. However, they must maintain their excellent GPA and attendance if they wish to continue to receive that free tuition. Crowder College has articulation agreements with Missouri Southern State University, Pittsburg State University, Missouri State University and more. This

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allows students the opportunity to transfer to their institutions seamlessly upon completion of their studies at Crowder. Men’s baseball and soccer and women’s basketball and softball play a very large part in campus life at this nationally-ranked Division I school. Over the years, numerous Crowder College athletes have been drafted into Major League Baseball and have been named All-Americans in both athletics and academics. In fact, the school hosts scouting days when college and professional scouts may visit the campus to see prospects for four-year and professional athletics. Crowder College also boasts a Business and Training Development segment that offers customized noncredit training to area industries for their employees. Crowder has partnered with the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce and will be offering classes at the Joplin Advanced Training and Technical Center starting in Fall 2017 semester. w

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www.outreach.missouri.state.edu/joplin cores of educational professionals and social workers in southwestern Missouri have advanced their careers since the early 1990s by attending classes at Missouri State University’s Joplin Outreach campus and earning graduate degrees without having to travel 72 miles to the main campus in Springfield.

The Missouri State University Outreach Center in Joplin moved to its current location in 2010 and now not only educates graduate students in its classrooms, but it also assists undergraduates who are taking online classes by offering test proctoring, computer labs and other support services, according to Larry Nichols, outreach coordinator for the Joplin region, which includes centers in Joplin, Nevada, Cassville and Neosho. Missouri State University began in 1905 and was formerly called Southwest Missouri State University. It officially changed its name to Missouri State University in 2005 in order to reach out to students all over the state. Today MSU’s three campuses in Missouri, its one campus in China and its many satellite locations enroll 26,000 students.

The Joplin Outreach Center generally enrolls 25 to 60 students per semester and the majority of courses are offered in the evenings. Traditional classes, as well as classes using interactive television and Zoom web conferencing to allow students in various locations to interact with each other and the professor, are all offered. “We are constantly trying to grow opportunities in this region and make higher education accessible to all,” Nichols said. w

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different countries. Among them are bestselling authors Kyle Idleman of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, and Jon Weece of Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky.

zark Christian College is one of the premiere Christian colleges in the United States. The mission of this Biblefocused college is to train men and women for Christian service, both in churches and in parachurch organizations and ministries that aim to make the world a better place. The college offers six different bachelor’s degrees, three associate degrees and even an online degree, according to Amy Storms, director of marketing and communications. Majors include psychology and counseling, student ministry, preaching, biblical justice and worship arts. “Currently, we have an enrollment of approximately 600 undergraduate students on campus, plus a few dozen studying with us online,” she explained. “Many of our students are simultaneously pursuing a degree at Missouri Southern State University through our co-op program allowing them to receive a bachelor’s degree from each institution over a five-year period.”

Student ministry majors generally go on to pursue careers in youth ministry, working with junior high and high school students, while those majoring in worship arts are employed in music ministries and other related fields. Biblical justice majors may go on to law school or choose to work in social service agencies, while those who study preaching go on to speak and teach regularly in their churches.

Ozark Christian College was founded in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 1942. It moved to the much more bustling Joplin in 1944 where it initially operated out of a renovated house on North Wall Street. Ozark moved to its current 100-acre campus in the early 1960s. Students participate athletically in six varsity sports – men’s and women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s cross country. w

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Each student learns using state-of-theart technology. A limited number of scholarships are available to high school seniors, as well as to returning students choosing to pursue a second course of study.

www.vatterott.edu Vatterott College is a proprietary career school with 16 campuses across the Midwest and has been educating students in Joplin since 1991. It has an enrollment in Joplin of 120 students who are studying technical trades like heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), welding, automotive and electrical, as well as medical assistant/occupational specialist and computer systems and network technology. Vatterott also offers an associates degree in business management.

“Vatterott College’s focus is to train hirable students seeking employment in the technical/trades field,” said Lauren Maggard, campus director.

WICHITA TECHNICAL INSTITUTE www.wti.edu Wichita Technical Institute (WTI) is a career training institute offering programs for those interested in becoming pharmacy technicians, medical assistants, electronics technicians, heating/ventilation/air conditioning/refrigeration technicians and computer technicians/network administrators. WTI has had a campus in Joplin since 2004 – one of five campuses they maintain in Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri. WTI offers both day and evening classes with plenty of flexibility for busy adults. Students are trained by long-time, experienced faculty on state-of-the-art technology, all under one roof. Tuition and the length of study vary from program to program but the stated costs include books, necessary tools and instruction. Programs range in duration from 48 weeks for pharmacy technicians to 72 weeks for computer technicians. Once their studies are complete, students are ready to be certified in their chosen field and are immediately employable.

The Advanced Training and Technology Center is a joint initiative of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Crowder College and the Workforce Innovation Board (WIB). The former Franklin Technical Center, 420 S. Grand, is being transformed into a multi-faceted facility which will focus on job skills training and job creation. Two-thirds of the new Center will be devoted to job training in the fields of welding, advanced manufacturing, information technology and community health. Students will be recruited by WIB and trained by Crowder College faculty. Local employers will also be able to send their employees to the Center for training. Another portion of the Center will be used as a business incubator where new businesses can rent office space. There will even be a fully-equipped commercial kitchen where culinary start-ups can rent space to prepare food. The remainder of the space will be devoted to offices and to a “makerspace” featuring equipment for woodworking, metalworking, electronics and basic robotics. Trained members of the space will be able to use the equipment to do everything from making a picture frame to building prototypes. The Chamber used $6.5 million in CDBGDR funds from the City of Joplin to buy, renovate and equip the space in order to bolster the local economy.

CITY POINTE BEAUTY ACADEMY www.citypointebeauty.com City Pointe Beauty Academy, founded in 2009, has an enrollment of approximately 70 students studying cosmetology, nail technology, massage and esthetics (skin). A curriculum for those seeking to teach cosmetology is also offered.

Call (417) 673-8822 for an appointment to have students style your hair or give you a manicure, pedicure, waxing services, massage or facial, all at discounted prices. “It is important to us that our students get hands-on experience. In the State of Missouri, students of cosmetology, for instance, must have 1,500 hours of experience before they take their licensing exam. So, we like to have the public come into our salon where students may practice their technical skills and gain experience with customer service,” said Sherry Porter, owner.

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Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), Vatterott enrolls both traditional students (straight out of high school) and nontraditional students who are seeking retraining. Externships at area businesses, particularly for those in the medical assistant field, are available, as are scholarships to assist with educational costs.

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Students of cosmetology study hair, skin and nails and need to clock 1,500 hours of experience to sit for the Missouri licensing exam while those studying to become nail technicians attend school for 12 weeks and those studying to teach cosmetology study for 16 weeks, according to Sharon Clements, founder and owner of New Dimensions. “Besides the technical side of cutting hair, manicuring nails and treating skin, we and our guest speakers teach our students everything they need to know about interviewing for a job, consulting with clients, running an appointment book, filing business taxes and much more,” Clements said. “Once they graduate and get their license, they are job-ready and never have any trouble getting placed.” Members of the public may obtain hair, nail and skin services from students in the school’s clinic on a walk-in basis from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Services are offered by appointment only on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone (417) 782-2875. w w w w.j o pl i n cc.co m | 59

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The new library also features a community room that can seat over 200 people and many private rooms for meetings and study sessions. The community room is also built to FEMA standards for patrons to “shelter in place” if another tornado ever strikes, Gage added.

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“We are very excited about our new facility,” said Jacque Gage, director.

“Our aisles are now wide enough for wheelchairs and our new lower shelves are accessible to everyone.”

She is also very excited about the library’s new drive-through book drop, its 24/7 locker pick-up of books on reserve, an expanded self-checkout system and its new automated system that checks in books, turns on the security chips and sorts them.

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There are also cutting-edge “maker spaces” for both teens and adults, equipped with 3-D printers, 3-D scanners, laser cutting and engraving tools, video projection equipment, digital media conversion technology, sewing machines and computers with advanced software. The teen maker space is also equipped with tiny computer processors on which teens may learn computer set-up and coding skills.

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“We also have a nice mix of housing types here to offer citizens. In our MLS you will find a wide variety of housing types in Joplin, including ranch style homes, Victorians, bungalows, traditional, raised ranches, Georgians and many more, including modular and mobile homes,” Cox said. There are duplexes, townhouses and apartments available for residents, as well. “In addition, there always seem to be new homes under construction, but not near as many as immediately following the tornado when we were rebuilding the area,” Cox said. “I think new homes being built here and there, without saturating the market, is a good thing for any community and as long as we have a stable economy here and jobs are not an issue, that there will always be builders who want to come to this area.” All of the different types of homes seem to find buyers, since personal tastes differ. “As far as I know, new homes, which are clean and unlived in, are on the showing lists of clients, but so are older homes which feature lots of character and mature trees. It depends on each buyer’s preferences,” she explained.

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She was hopeful that listings would increase as the year progressed because low home inventories can become a spiral. “Potential sellers start looking at what’s out there to purchase and if there isn’t much, they can become leery of putting their house on the market for fear of not finding their own perfect home,” Cox said. Although often believed to have been named for the ragtime composer Scott Joplin, who lived in Sedalia, Missouri, the City of Joplin is named for Reverend Harris Joplin, an early settler and the founder of the area’s first Methodist congregation, according to the City’s website. Joplin was established in 1873 and expanded significantly from the wealth created by the mining of zinc. But its growth faltered after World War II when the price of the mineral collapsed. Soon thereafter, however, the city gained travelers and notoriety as the famed Route 66 passed through it. In fact, “Joplin, Missouri” is among the lyrics to Bobby Troup’s legendary song, immortalizing the city, among others, along the famous highway.

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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.

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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. 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.

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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.

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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 a 1,100-seat performance hall, a 250-seat theater and a 3,500-square-foot art exhibition area with three galleries. w

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www.spivaarts.org he George A. Spiva Center for the Arts will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2018, an impressively long history for a nonprofit organization, according to Josie Mai, the Center’s executive director. The Center provides residents of the Four-State Region with 20 to 22 visual arts shows each year, accompanied by complementary performances, whenever possible. For instance, according to Mai, when they recently featured an exhibit of Western art, a national cowboy poet was brought in to augment the exhibit. In addition, the Midwestern Ballet Company recently performed as an accompaniment to a children’s art exhibit. “We try to bring in music, theater and dance whenever we can,” she said,

“using the large Main Gallery for those performances.” The Center features three galleries in its location at 222 West 3rd St. in Joplin. The Main Gallery is used to exhibit the work of well-known artists of national renown. Most of these exhibits are traveling the country and stop off in Joplin for six to eight weeks. The Regional Gallery is used exclusively to exhibit the work of artists from the Ozarks region while the Upstairs Gallery can be reserved by members of the general public. Local artists may pay a small fee and apply to have their work displayed. In addition, groups like the Midwest Clay Artists and the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition hold annual shows in the space and a Membership Show is held each November/December in the Main Gallery.

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Each member is guaranteed space to display one piece of their choosing in this show, which spans all mediums. “PhotoSpiva,” the longest-running photography contest in the United States, now in its 41st year, is also displayed in the Main Gallery. It was judged blindly this year by a juror of international renown, Mai said. The Spiva Center for the Arts also offers art classes for all ages. “Mini-Makers” is geared to preschoolers. There is also “Creation Station” for elementary students and “Art Lounge” for high school students. One-time classes are also occasionally offered on Saturdays. Adults are encouraged to enjoy the Center for the Arts at fun, but not terribly technical, classes with names like “Mimosas and Marbling” and “Art Night Out.” These have proven to be very popular for dates, girls nights out and mother/daughter outings, Mai noted. “For $25 you can enjoy the gallery, have wine and dessert, meet new people and complete an art project. For us, it is a way to get more people in the door to see all that we offer,” she said.

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Originally known as the Ozark Artists Guild, the group was founded in 1948 and held its first exhibition of local art at Christman’s Department Store at 5th and Main streets. Ten years later the Guild opened a permanent art center, the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts, thanks to a gift of $10,000 in DuPont stock from George A. Spiva, a local philanthropist whose father had sold his company, General Explosives Company, to DuPont. The Spiva family made their fortune by selling dynamite to mine operators all over the country. In 1967 the Spiva Center was moved to the campus of Missouri Southern State University and later, in 1993, it moved to its current location. “Now we are excited about our partnership with “Connect2Culture” – the arts agency of Joplin. Together we are planning to construct a well-rounded twostory, four-gallery arts facility with a large multi-use space for events, dinners and performances on 7th between Joplin and Wall Streets in downtown Joplin. It will be called the Joplin Arts and Entertainment Center and the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts will handle the visual arts component of the programming,” Mai said. “We have the renderings and are working to acquire the property, so we hope to be in there within five years. We believe that it will be a huge boon to downtown Joplin,” she added. w

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www.joplin-museum.org he people of Joplin have understood and valued their history longer than most. When most small communities waited until the nation celebrated its Bicentennial in 1976 to recognize and search for their unique histories, Joplin founded its historic museum in 1931 and it has been sharing its roots with the public ever since.

The Joplin area became known as the TriState Mining District and for 75 years was the major supplier of raw zinc ore in the world. The peak mine output was attained in 1926 with 140 mills in operation and each week 4,000 railway cars loaded with ore left the district. From 1875 to 1950 over 500 million tons of ore were produced. The Tri-State mines became the 10th mining district to surpass the billion dollar mark with ore concentrates in excess of $1.5 billion.

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An entire wing of the Joplin Museum Complex at 504 S. Schifferdecker Ave. focuses on this rich mining history. In fact, the museum got its start when members of the community donated to the new entity impressive specimens of nine different minerals including lead, zinc, quartz and calcite. Some of these are still on display in Joplin while others are on long-term loan to other museums around the country, including the Smithsonian Institution, said Brad Belk, executive director.

Today the Joplin History and Mineral Museum boasts over 20,000 square feet of space where residents and visitors alike can learn about the area’s history as well as other unique bits of our nation’s past – like cookie cutters and circuses. Joplin got its start because of the rich mineral deposits nearby – specifically lead and zinc.

The museum took over an old concession stand in 1931 and that 1909 building still makes up the mining wing of the museum. In three different exhibits it tells the story of local mining, starting with an interactive cave environment that simulates shaft mining and includes a display of mining tools and mineral specimens, followed by a display showing the above-ground milling process where unwanted and valued minerals were

separated, and concluding with an exhibit on the smelting and refining process that permitted transportation of the minerals. “Ours is a very scientific exhibit that can be enjoyed on many levels, by children, professional geologists and everyone in between,” Belk said. “Joplin reaped the benefits of being the largest commercial center in the Tristate Mining District. It was always the commercial hub of the region, so all roads and trolleys led here. This is where the hospital, department stores, vaudeville shows, movies, taverns, brothels and restaurants were all located,” he added. In the other wing of the museum complex, which was added in 1976, more general history is addressed. The history of Joplin’s development as a community is covered, of course, but there are also eclectic collections like the exhibit about the Empire District Electric Company which was established in Joplin and brought light to the mines, the Cookie Cutter collection which was moved to Joplin from Knightstown, Indiana, 11 years ago and the miniature circus exhibit.

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The history wing also has a Sports Hall of Fame that discusses local sports luminaries like Mickey Mantle who originally played for the Joplin Miners, as well as a full-sized 1927 American LaFrance fire engine and artifacts from outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. These two desperados lived for 13 days in Joplin before getting in a gunfight and killing two local police officers, then going on the lam for another year. A multi-purpose room, which is available for traveling exhibits and for special shows and programs, was added to the complex in 1989. In addition, for the past 17 years, museum visitors have been entertained by Percy, a Russian Blue cat that roams the museum. Percy has purr-fect company with other gray cats, Crystal and Roxie, who vie for attention as well. These feline tour guides bring a soft, personal presence juxtaposed to the hard mining work from Joplin’s early beginnings, Belk said. w

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www.joplinlittletheatre.org he Joplin Little Theatre (JLT) has been entertaining local residents, eager for entertainment, since 1939. In fact, the Joplin community has been so supportive of the troupe that they are one of the few such amateur theater groups in the country that owns its own 234seat theater building, according to Cecie Fritz, JLT historian. “We have been in our current building since 1946. It is the stables from an old horseback riding academy stables and according to Little Theatre lore, it took many years for the horsey smell to be totally eradicated,” Fritz said.

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Now in its 77th season, the JLT routinely performs five shows per season – two musicals and three plays. Each show is performed five times. The group also runs a two-week summer children’s theater workshop for those in kindergarten through high school and sometimes stages a summer musical for children in August. “Running the programs for children has been great for us because many of those children stay around and become active in the Little Theatre as adults. In fact, one of our directors and our head lighting technician both came to use through the children’s program,” she said. Shows performed over the years by the region’s “fantastic talent pool” have ranged from “Arsenic and Old Lace” to “Rent” and “Little Shop of Horrors,” Fritz recalled. Others have included “Oklahoma,” “My Fair Lady” and “Sweet Charity.” “Our directing staff recommends a slate of shows and then the 17-member, allvolunteer board oversees it, deciding whether the proposed productions will appeal to audiences in this area. We are also conscious of what other theater groups in the area are doing. For instance, we don’t perform Shakespeare because Missouri Southern State University has a Shakespeare program and they perform those plays,” Fritz said. The Joplin Little Theatre depends on donations, grants and ticket sales for its support. w

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www.sgtjoplin.com oplin’s Stained Glass Theatre, a faith-based, family-friendly amateur theatre company that performs between six and eight shows per year, has figuratively risen from the ashes like a mythical Phoenix. When the deadly tornado hit Joplin in 2011, the troupe’s company lost their theatre and the lives of several members, as well. But the company has persevered and in 2018 will celebrate its 20th anniversary season with a “Best of” series of shows, voted on by its audiences, according to Jeremey Wolfe, president.

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Today the troupe has a permanent home once again, only six blocks from its destroyed theater. The new one is a rehabbed church at 2101 Annie Baxter Ave. with graduated seating which can hold 180 people.

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“What sets us apart from other theater companies is the fact that we only perform shows that any member of the family can feel comfortable seeing,” Wolfe said. “We have performed such shows as ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ ‘Emma,’ ‘A Little Princess,’ ‘It’s A Wonderful Life,’ ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ and many well-known musicals.” w

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First Thursday ArtWalk

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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.

This two-day competitive event has evolved into a remembrance of the May 2011 Joplin tornado. The purpose is to raise funds that support ongoing recovery. It begins with a 10-block Walk of Silence, walking along a flag-lined corridor with 161 flags, emblazoned with the names of those citizens lost. Other events include a marathon, half marathon, 5k and a kids fun run.

This two-day rally for truckers is held at the Joplin 44 Petro Truck Stop.

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AUGUST Emancipation Days Held at Ewert Park the first weekend of August, this annual celebration features gospel music, a car show, basketball tournament, movie in the park and a concert featuring live entertainers. Shoal Creek Water Festival

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Washington Carver. The free event includes speakers, storytellers, blues, jazz, folk and gospel performers.

JUNE MSSU Shakespeare Festival Presented by the theater department of Missouri Southern State University and held at the Bud Walton Theater, this festival celebrating Shakespeare’s most famous works is staged over two summer weekends.

This festival, hosted by the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center in early August, celebrates all things waterrelated and includes a cardboard boat competition, a rubber duck race, kayak slalom race and other fun activities for adults and children.

JULY Independence Day Celebration Joplin Art Fest

St. Patrick’s Day 15k and 5k On the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day each year Starlit Running Company holds 5k and 15k runs in downtown Joplin. 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 on Third Thursdays. Themes and sponsors of this event rotate so the experience changes every month.

This annual event features fireworks and a celebration at the Joplin Athletic Complex that includes fun activities for all ages. There are bounce houses and face painting for the kids, plus discounted swimming at the Joplin Aquatic Center. Summer Roundup Triathlon This Olympic triathlon, recently moved to July, is held north of Joplin and boasts the largest open water triathlon in the Midwest. It features a 1,500-meter swim, 24.6-mile bike route and a 6.2-mile run.

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This annual bike ride, held in mid-August, features five route choices (10-25-4067 and 100 miles). Named after a fallen soldier from the area, it raises funds to buy bicycles for the children of military families at Christmas.

PhotoSpiva Established in 1977 and featuring exhibits from March through late April or early May, this photo competition held at George A. Spiva Center for the Arts is the longest-running competition of its kind in the country and open to all U.S. amateur and professional photographers.

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SEPTEMBER Prairie Day Joplin Cycling

Carver Day Carver Day is held on the second Saturday of July in nearby Diamond, Missouri. It commemorates the life of George

On the second Saturday of 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.

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During this two-day event the Joplin Airport presents a variety of vintage planes, air performers like wing walkers, rocket trucks, plane and helicopter rides, plus historic displays. Bounce houses plus food and beverage vendors add to the fun. It is held the weekend after Labor Day during odd-numbered years – 2017, 2019, 2021, and so forth.

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 the Missouri Special Olympics.

Turkey Trot Held on Thanksgiving morning in downtown Joplin, this 5k run has already become a family tradition. It is in its sixth year.

DECEMBER Christmas parade Joplin’s annual Christmas parade is held on the first Tuesday night of December. It features a different theme each year and includes a variety of floats, local bands and Santa Claus. Holiday Experience

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OCTOBER Joplin Pumpkin Run

This fall festival on Main Street, presented with assistance from the Joplin Regional Artists’ Coalition, Connect2Culture, the Spiva Center for the Arts and the Kiwanis Club, celebrates the variety of arts in the Four-State Region.

A tradition for 34 years, the annual Pumpkin Run features a fast five-mile and a fun one-mile course. The race begins and finishes at McClelland Park. It is sponsored by Joplin Roadrunners and benefits a deserving charity each year.

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utdoor enthusiasts have a wide choice of recreation areas to enjoy around Joplin. Offering a variety of well-maintained 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 GREENWAY TRAIL 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.

CAMPBELL PARKWAY Situated at Murphy Blvd. and Connecticut, this city park features a lovely walking trail that winds along Joplin Creek.

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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 Carver’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.

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

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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.

GRAND FALLS 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. w

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MCCLELLAND PARK A favorite with locals, this park offers a 36-hole disc golf course, children’s playground, grills and walking trails.

SCHIFFERDECKER PARK 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.

WALTER WOODS CONSERVATION AREA 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.

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HIT THE LINKS Briarbrook Country Club 502 Briarbrook Dr., Carl Junction briarbrookgolfcourse.com Briarbrook Golf Course is a communityowned 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.

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Eagle Creek Golf Club 2742 Ben Pell Dr., Joplin downstreamcasino.com/Golf.aspx Operated by Downstream Casino Resort, Eagle Creek Golf Club provides an 18hole, 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.

This nine-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 Joplinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parks and Recreation Department, Schifferdecker is a public 18-hole, par-71 course for all skill levels. Characterized

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his year the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department is concentrating on adding a few choice amenities to their existing parks, beautifying them and getting reorganized, as well as beefing up their special events offerings.

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For instance, a golf course simulator has been added to the Schifferdecker Golf Course that allows golfers to simulate play on 10 different PGA courses. It will be perfect for times of inclement weather. New playgrounds have been added to Ewert, Humphrey and Parr Hill parks. And at Schifferdecker Park two adult basketball courts and one for youth have been renovated with lighting for night play. In addition, an old deteriorating court near the skate ramp has been repurposed into an inline hockey and soccer court. In addition, Mayor Michael Seibert has initiated an effort to increase Joplin area habitats for Monarch butterflies. Otherwise, most of the department’s attention this year is on increasing and

way, when buyers come to JOMO Junkin’ they can make a day of it and visit all the dealers in Joplin. They have enough room to accommodate 100 vendors. Newer programs like the Lego Camp at the Joplin Athletic Complex for ages 5-12 (scheduled for July 17-21) and Aqua Zumba at Cunningham Pool for adults are gaining in popularity. w

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enhancing special events like free monthly Movies in the Park; the Fourth of July celebration; the Hayride and Campfire at McClelland Park, scheduled for Oct. 13; the Mummy and Son Date Night at Memorial Hall on Oct. 21; Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 2 at Memorial Hall; and the Candy Cane Hunt at the Joplin Athletic Complex, scheduled for Dec. 9.

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For over 16 years the Joplin Crusaders have brought football excellence to fans in the Central States Football League (CFL). As Missouri’s premier semiprofessional football team, the Crusaders have represented the City of Joplin and the surrounding region with dignity and enthusiastic team spirit. They have earned eight CFL titles in 16 seasons and most recently won CFL National Championships three seasons in a row (2013-2015). With a winning streak that includes 180 wins and only 17 losses in 16 seasons, the team is fun to watch and continues to delight fans every season.

The Demize NPSL is an American professional soccer club, affiliated with the National Premier Soccer League for the past four seasons. It is now part of the newly-formed Heartland Conference where they will compete against the Tulsa Athletics, Wichita FC, Ozarks FC, Little Rock Rangers and the Dallas City FC. Most home games are played at the Joplin Athletic Complex at Hershewe Stadium Field.

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The Joplin Crusaders face teams with much larger population than Joplin’s 50,000 like Kansas City, Little Rock, Oklahoma City, Norman, Dallas, Amarillo, Springdale, Rogers, etc. But we always find a way to compete and win,” said Sam Sturgis, player and media consultant for the team.

Consisting of international players, as well as players from Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas and Illinois, the Demize offers an important outlet where developing players can further hone their soccer skills. In addition to providing hometown fans a chance to view exciting soccer games, the team hosts summer camps to support local youth players and will play one home game each at Joplin High School, Branson High School and Springfield High School this year in order to support their soccer programs, according to Chris Hanlon, director of soccer operations. Demize officials work closely with the Joplin Parks and Recreation Department to ensure the playing field and athletic facility meet NPSL standards. Amenities at the stadium include covered seating for fans, a press box and full concessions.

“We have a great squad this year with a couple of NFL-caliber players and a coaching staff that is second-to-none, so we are excited to see what develops,” he added. 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.

Major League Baseball amateur draft. MINK players are unpaid to maintain their 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. The Outlaws play 24 home games in historic Joe Becker Stadium during June and July. 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 5-12. The kids have a chance to develop their baseball skills alongside collegiate players while receiving instruction on batting, fielding and sportsmanship.

JOPLIN SPORTS AUTHORITY www.joplinsports.org From baseball and basketball to bull riding, fast pitch softball, volleyball, cheer and dance, lacrosse, tennis, golf, track and field and cross country — if it is a sports event that brings people to Joplin and the surrounding area, chances are the Joplin Sports Authority (JSA) is involved.

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JOPLIN OUTLAWS Joplinoutlaws.com The Joplin Outlaws is a summer “wood bat” collegiate baseball club affiliated with the MINK Baseball League. They are in their ninth season. The MINK League has eight teams located in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas and provides a venue for college players who are developing their skills to prepare for the

The nonprofit Joplin Sports Authority is the local sports commission charged with attracting, promoting, providing and supporting local, state, regional, national and international sporting events in the Joplin area. Their efforts provide positive economic impact and enhance the quality of life for the residents of the Joplin area. Each year, the JSA hosts or works with national governing bodies to host 55 or more sporting events that book over 10,000 hotel room nights and generate over $3 million in economic impact. Since 1996, the JSA has made it a priority to generate an increased volume of

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visitors to Joplin hotels in support of the sports travel and tourism industry. Its largest customer, Premier Baseball, has been part of the Joplin sporting scene since 2005. Its Junior Championship (ages 17-under) brings between 48-64 teams to Joplin and utilizes 12 baseball stadiums in three states including the Joe Becker, Wendell Redden, Warren Turner and Joplin High School stadiums in Joplin. Teams play over 150 games over five days at the 12 host stadiums generating over 2,000 room nights during the third week of July. Another long time customer is the Missouri Christian School Athletic Association (MCSAA), which has hosted its state championships in Joplin since 1996. Those championships include the girls and boys state basketball and cheerleading championships in February, state baseball, golf, girl’s soccer and track and field championships in May and state boy’s soccer and girls volleyball in October.

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in November while the ACCA National Basketball Men’s and Women’s Championships take place in March. The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) hosts its Missouri Valley Region 16 National Qualifying Track and Field Championships at Missouri Southern University’s Fred G. Hughes Stadium in June.

This event features 1,800 athletes ages eight and under through 18 and under over four days. USA Track and Field also hosts its Region 16 National Qualifying Track and Field Championships at Fred G. Hughes Stadium in July, featuring 900-plus athletes over four days. The US Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) works with the JSA to host 16 annual tournaments in Joplin, including the 13-under AA State Baseball

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Championships, 13-under AAA State Baseball Championships, 8-under Coach Pitch State Championship, 13-under Global World Series and 18-under Class B Fast Pitch World Series. The Joplin Sports Authority works with the NCAA, NAIA and NJCAA to host championship events in Joplin. In fact, the NJCAA Region 16 Baseball Championships took place at Joe Becker Stadium in May. New events in 2017 include AABC Regional Championships for Connie Mack Baseball (18-under) and Mickey Mantle Baseball (16-under), Missouri Junior Babe Ruth 15-under State Championship and Cal Ripken Baseball 8-under Coach Pitch Midwest Regional. Other events hosted by the Joplin Sports Authority include the Cavender’s L.J. Jenkins Bull Bash at Memorial Hall, the Midwest Cheer and Dance Association Spirit Ring Spectacular, the MS Bike Ride and the Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

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FA I T H & S E R V I C E JOPLIN AREA MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE

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www.joplinalliance.org he Joplin Area Ministerial Alliance (JAMA) is a fellowship of Christian ministry leaders, working toward a unified effort, to represent God and facilitate outreach to the greater Joplin community, according to Pastor Daniel Wermuth of the Joplin Family Worship Center and current chairman of JAMA.

FAITH & SERVICE

That outreach is defined by the Upward (worship), Inward (fellowship) and Outward (evangelism) aspects of the Great Commission. Their Vision is to join hands in prayer and service to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. JAMA’s goals include: fellowship, unity, leadership and love.

From left to right are the leadership team members. Debbie Kenny, V.P., Donna Mikhail, President, Daniel King, Sec. Tres., Greg Spink, Kathy Lewis, and Daniel Wermuth, Chairman of the Board

he added. “We also lead the Joplin area community concerning traditional spiritual values and moral issues, helping to promote and/or provide continuing education and evangelistic opportunities.” Ministerial Alliance

To help achieve the shared vision and goals, JAMA is a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization with a network of over 160 faith communities and congregations dedicated to these efforts.

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“Finally, we help finance, support and participate in benevolent community programs, whether initiated by or simply endorsed and supported by JAMA,” Wermuth said.

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“We encourage, support, promote harmony, pray for, and minister to one another and to all those that fall within the sphere of JAMA’s influence,” Wermuth said. “We actively promote unity and a spirit of cooperation among Joplin area churches, para-church ministries and other nonprofit organizations that share our vision,”

“In keeping with our mission statement of “Many gifts, one spirit,” we recognize that each ministry leader brings to the table unique gifts which they can offer to the community and the region. This, in effect, builds leadership and relationships as we serve the communities represented,” he said. With over a half century of service, Wermuth said the group looks forward to continuing to serve the JAMA membership by acting as a resource for one another as they face the challenges and embrace the opportunities that the next half century holds. w

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I M P O R TA N T C O N TA C T S CITY OF JOPLIN 602 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 joplinmo.org

IMPORTANT CONTACTS

Airport ..................................(417) 623-0262 City Attorney .........(417) 624-0820, ext. 225 City Clerk ...............(417) 624-0820, ext. 220 City Manager .........(417) 624-0820, ext. 205 Convention & Visitors Bureau .....................(417) 625-4789 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 Municipal Court Administrator ..........(417) 624-0820, ext. 236 Court Clerk .............(417) 624-0820, ext. 233 Parks & Recreation ..............(417) 625-4750 Golf Course ...........................(417) 624-6421 Planning & Community Development .........(417) 624-0820, ext. 510 Police Chief............(417) 623-3131, ext. 400 Dispatch .................(417) 623-3131, ext. 405 Public Information .(417) 624-0820, ext. 204 Public Works Director...................(417) 624-0820, ext. 500 Operations..............(417) 624-0820, ext. 560

JASPER COUNTY GOVERNMENT 302 S. Main St. Carthage, MO 64836 jaspercounty.org

CARTHAGE COURTHOUSE OFFICES Main Line ..............................(417) 625-4350 Assessor – Personal Property ................................(417) 358-0437 Assessor – Real Estate ........(417) 358-0440 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

County Commissioner’s Office ...................................(417) 358-0421 Election and Voter Registration ..........................(417) 358-0413 Public Administrator ............(417) 358-4268 ...............................................(417) 358-4271 Sheriff....................................(417) 358-8177 Treasurer’s Office .................(417) 358-0448

JOPLIN OFFICES Assessor’s Office – Personal Property ................(417) 625-4355 Assessor’s Office – Real Estate ...........................(417) 625-4356 Civil Defense .......................(417) 623-5858 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

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

ECONOMIC / COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT City of Webb City webbcitymo.org | (417) 673-4651 Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce joplincc.com | (417) 624-4150 Missouri Enterprise missourienterprise.org | (417) 429-6066 Missouri Work Assistance workforcezone.net | (417) 782-7249 Wildwood Ranch Development mixedusemasterplancommunity.com (417) 627-9675 Workforce Innovation Board of SW Missouri workforcezone.net | (417) 206-1717

DRIVER/VEHICLE LICENSING Driver Examination Office of Joplin 1110 E. Seventh St., Ste. 6 ....(417) 629-3230 Driver License & Vehicle Registration 1110 E. Seventh St., Ste. 6 ....(417) 623-9700

UTILITIES Empire District - A Liberty Utilities 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

MEDIA 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

RADIO KMXL Radio 951mikefm.com | (417) 358-6054 Results Radio, AMI Radio Group rock1071.com | (417) 781-1313 Zimmer Radio Inc. joplinradio.com | (417) 624-1025

PRINT PUBLICATIONS Joplin Globe Publishing Company joplinglobe.com | (417) 623-3480 Joplin Regional Business Journal jrbj.biz | (417) 625-6699 Show Me The Ozarks Magazine showmetheozarks.com | (417) 455-9898

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F E AT U R E D BUSINESS LISTINGS Featured Business Listings are paid advertisements. For the full list of business listings, go to joplincc.com.

Accounting Services Baker Davis Roderique, CPAs, P.C. Mr. Will Roderique 920 E. 15th St. P.O. Box 848 Joplin, MO 64802-0848 (417) 782-0829 wroderique@bdrcpas.com www.bdrcpas.com

Advocacy

Agriculture & Industrial Products PCS Phosphate Mr. Doug Engel 301 State Line Ave. P.O. Box 225 Joplin, MO 64802-0225 (417) 624-5225 ddengel@potashcorp.com www.potashcorp.com

Apartments Carolina West Rentals Mr. Gary Burton 1101 S. Willard Ave., Ste. D Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 850-7705 garyburton@mchsi.com Rustic Ridge Villas Lisa Jenkins 404 N. Cattleman Dr. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 781-2466 rusticridge@ferguson-apts.com www.ferguson-apts.com Joplin’s newest upscale apartment community! We offer 1 & 2 bedrooms with 9ft ceilings, open kitchens & fullsize washers & dryers. Our amenities include a pool, 24hr fitness center, media room & on-site caring staff ready to meet all your needs.

Automobile Repairs & Services

Paragon Architecture Jessica Struckhoff 1310 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 885-0002 struckhoff@paragonarchitecture.com http://paragonarchitecture.com Patterson Latimer Jones Brannon Denham Mr. Kyle Denham 303 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 624-4004 denham@pljbd.com www.pljbd.com

Attorneys The Stevenson Law Office, P.C. Mr. Bryan Stevenson 2727 E. 32nd St., Ste. 6 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 206-3900 bryan@bryanstevensonlaw.com www.bryanstevensonlaw.com William J. Fleischaker Attorney William J. Fleischaker 418 S. Wall Ave. P.O. Box 996 Joplin, MO 64802-0996 (417) 623-2865 jim@ozarklaw.com www.ozarklaw.com

Audio-Visual Equipment/Dealers Audio Acoustics, Inc. Mr. Jon Baker 800 N. Cedarbrook Ave. Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 623-2442 service@aaius.com www.aaius.com

Automobile Dealers J.D. Byrider Mr. Winston Sleeth 3215 E. 20th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 208-0451 wsleeth1@jdbyrider.com www.gojdb.com Credit Challenged? Ask about our 3 year, 36,000 mile limited warranty on all our vehicles! J.D. Byrider proud to be serving Joplin, MO.

Banks & Banking Associations Great Southern Bank Ms. Alicia Edens 1710 E. 32nd St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 782-3111 aedens@greatsouthernbank.com www.greatsouthernbank.com

Ivey’s Service Center Pam Ivey 301 E. 7th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 781-8908 iveysservice@att.net www.iveysservicecenter.com Proudly providing complete automotive and truck repairs with exceptional service and honesty since 1969. Joe’s Garage of Joplin, LLC Mr. Joe Robinson 5945 Gateway Dr. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 553-7921 joesgarage@cableone.net

Mitchell’s Mobil 1 Lube Express Mr. Juston Mitchell 2525 S. Range Line Rd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 206-7755 juston@mitchellslubeexpress.com www.mitchellslubeexpress.com We are proud to be YOUR complete mechanical repair center — oil changes, state inspections, tires, brakes, wiper blades, transmission & coolant flush, starters, batteries, & much more — all performed quickly at a great price! Come see us today! The Touch Up Shop, LLC Patti McCammon 902 W. 4th St., Ste. 110 Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-3687 mccammonenterprise@gmail.com www.thetouchupshop.com

Batteries — Special Purpose EaglePicher Technologies, LLC Ms. Carol Baker C & Porter Sts. P.O. Box 47 Joplin, MO 64802-0047 (417) 623-8000 carol.baker@eaglepicher.com www.eaglepicher.com

Bearings Manufacturing

FEATURED BUSINESS LISTINGS

Hope 4 You Breast Cancer Foundation Ms. Sharon Clark P.O. Box 816 Joplin, MO 64802-0816 (417) 438-8348 skcpm64835@gmail.com www.hope4youbcf.org

Architects, Planners & Architectural Illustrators

Schaeffler Group USA, Inc. Ms. Stephannie Lowe Neal 3900 Range Line Rd. Joplin, MO 64804-5327 (417) 781-3600 stephannie.neal@schaeffler.com www.schaeffler.com The Joplin Missouri Plant manufacturers industrial bearings. Dennis Miller — Plant Manager, Dennis Mayfield — Production Manager, Stephannie Neal — Human Resources, Matt Thompson — Production Manager.

Beauty Salons Oasis Salon & Day Spa Ms. Aubree Templeman 2915 E. 29th St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 206-9999 aubree@oasissalonanddayspa.com www.oasissalonanddayspa.com

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Beverage Distributors

Missouri Eagle, LLC Mr. Alan Beaver 3121 Enterprise Ave. P.O. Box 1703 Joplin, MO 64802-1703 (417) 624-0550 alan.beaver@moeagle.com www.moeagle.com

Bowling 4th Street Bowl David Fort 1419 W. 4th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 624-5681 dfort@carlrichardbowl http://carlrichardbowl

Charter & Tour Services

Viking Trailways Cindy Reece 201 Glendale Rd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 781-2779 gwtandviking@att.net http://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.

Cleaning Services — Commercial

FEATURED BUSINESS LISTINGS

Cabinets/Woodworking 417 Cabinets Mr. Dustin Lane 2203 E. 32nd St., Ste. B Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 823-8160 dlane@417cabinets.com www.417cabinets.com

Casinos River Bend Casino & Hotel Mr. Gary Johnson 100 Jackpot Pl., Hwy. 60 Wyandotte, OK 74370 (918) 678-4946 gjohnson@riverbendcasino.com www.riverbendcasino.com

OXEN Technology Ms. Kay Dee McKee 526 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-5553 kmckee@oxen.tech www.oxen.tech Your local IT solutions provider serving the 4-state area. OXEN helps businesses, organizations, and K-12 school districts create secure, reliable, and efficient IT environments. Are you OXEN STRONG?

Computers — Software & Services

Building Materials/ Lumber ABC Supply Co., Inc. Ms. Susan Boyer 3632 E. 20th St. Joplin, MO 64801-5850 (417) 624-0486 susan.boyer@abcsupply.com www.abcsupply.com

Computers — Services/ Software/Products

ServiceMaster of Southwest Missouri Cindy Almich 8886 Newt Dr. Neosho, MO 64850 (417) 451-0795 • f: (417) 451-0702 servicem@ipa.net http://joplinservicemaster.com Count on ServiceMaster to enhance your image and provide a healthy, well-kept working environment. We can tailor programs to fit your needs in janitorial, floor care, carpet cleaning and more.

Computers — Services & Repairs

Greystone IT Services Mr. John Patterson 112 Justin Blvd. Webb City, MO 64870 (417) 489-1312 support@greystoneitservices.com www.greystoneitservices.com

Concrete Contractors Associated Redi-Mix, Inc. Ms. Elizabeth Schoenfeld 3690 N. Savannah Ln. Joplin, MO 64801-1530 (417) 781-1820 armi@4state.com

Construction Co-Home Builders, General Contractors/Developers

Wireless Connections Denise & Jeff Welborn 420 N. Range Line Rd., Ste. 16 Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 782-4222 dwelborn@wconnections.com www.wconnections.com

T.R. Smith Construction, Inc. Ms. Julie Smith 805 Walnut Ridge St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 825-2967 trsmithinc@hotmail.com www.trsmithinc.com

Copy Machines & Supplies — Sales & Services

Toner Connection, LLC Mr. Tim Powers 1012 Illinois Ave. Joplin, MO 64801-5023 (417) 782-8444 tim@toner-connection.com www.toner-connection.com Toner Connection offers sales/service/ supplies for all major brands of printers, copiers, fax and barcode label machines. We provide free delivery-stocking cartridges, toners, ink, maint. kits, rollers, ribbons, labels and more — all at one store.

Credit Unions Great Plains Federal Credit Union Mr. Ken Martin 2306 S. Range Line Rd. P.O. Box 2968 Joplin, MO 64803-2968 (417) 626-8500 gpfcu@greatplainsfcu.com www.greatplainsfcu.com Legacy Credit Union Mr. Justin Coyne 3929 E. 7th St., Ste. A Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 659-6013 justin.coyne@yourlcu.com www.yourlcu.com

Crisis Referral Centers

Ed & Sons

Construction, LLC Ed & Sons Construction, LLC Goose Garrison 2916 Terri Ln. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 317-0939 • f: (417) 625-1500 goosegjla@att.net Serving Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas since 1978 building quality custom homes and tailored additions to homes. We are also a design-to-build contractor and specialize in commercial remodeling.

Children’s Center of SW Missouri Ms. Vicki Dudley 921 E. 34th St., Ste. A Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-2292 vdudley@childrens-center.org www.childrens-center.org

Dentists/Orthodontists ADC Dental Group Sarah Brown 2827 Arizona Ave. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 782-5005 sbrown@adcofjoplin.com http://adcofjoplin.com

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DDS Dentures + Implant Solutions Mr. Darrell Brown 1816 S. Range Line Rd., Ste. D Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 572-0002 manager@joplin.dentalservice.net www.joplindentures.com

Par Electrical Contractors, Inc. Mr. Danny Williams 4770 N. Belleview Ave., Ste. 300 Kansas City, MO 64116 (816) 474-9340 dwilliams@parelectric.com www.parelectric.com

Electrical Equipment & Supplies

LaFerla Ortho Bre LaFerla 2805 E. 29th St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 206-7770 http://laferlaortho.com LaFerla Ortho is fun for the whole family! Drs. Michael R. LaFerla and William D. Cook love to see you smile and provide the most advanced and comfortable orthodontic treatments to create a beautiful and healthy grin!

Heartland Pet Food Manufacturing Mr. Nick Henderson 8101 E. 32nd St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 952-1400 nhenderson@bluebuff.com www.bluebuffalo.com

Electrical Contractors BBC Electrical Services, Inc. Mr. Bryan Simpson 5467 Hwy. 43 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 206-4047 bsimpson@bbcelectrical.com www.bbcelectrical.com

FOX ELECTRIC LLC Fox Electric LLC David Fox 21582 Hwy. 43 Seneca, MO 64865 (417) 850-5807 foxelectric.jpmo@yahoo.com Mike’s Electrical Contracting Mr. Mike Harlen 509 S. Maple St. Carterville, MO 64835 (417) 499-1000 mikeharlenelectric@att.net

Gammon Equipment Company, Inc. Mr. Jeff Landskroner 601 S. Kenser Ln. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 781-2101 jlandskroner@gammoneq.com www.gammoneq.com

Consolidated Electrical Distributors Mr. Matthew Mantle 1703 E. Falcon Dr., Ste. A Webb City, MO 64870 (417) 627-9100 mmantle@cedjoplin.com www.cedjoplin.com

Electronic Equipment & Supplies — Services & Repairs Audio Acoustics, Inc. Mr. Jon Baker 800 N. Cedarbrook Ave. Springfield, MO 65802 (417) 623-2442 service@aaius.com www.aaius.com

Employment Agencies Onin Staffing Betsy Kissel 1101 S. Neosho Blvd., Ste. C Neosho, MO 64850 (417) 454-6015 bkissel@oninstaffing.com www.oningroup.com Onin Staffing is a leading national staffing agency focused on attracting top teammates & offering innovative customer-focused solutions.

Engineers — Civil, Environmental, Mechanical & Consulting

Anderson Engineering Jerrod L. Hogan 811 E. 3rd St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 782-7399 jhogan@andersonengineeringinc.com http://andersonwngineeringinc.com We offer civil engineering, geotechnical engineering, land surveying, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) services, commercial drone services, construction materials testing and drilling services through our six offices and 75 employees nationwide.

Joplin Rental Center LLC Mr. Kenny Shepherd 1617 W. 10th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 624-1671 info@joplinrentalcenter.com www.joplinrentalcenter.com Joplin Rental Center LLC (JRC), since 1985, has been working hard to better serve the Tri-State Area with quality construction equipment and people along with being the trusted supplier of KELLY-MOORE AND RUST-OLEUM Industrial Coatings.

Explosives Treatment General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems-Munition Accounts Payable P.O. Box 1386 Joplin, MO 64802-1386 (417) 624-0212 robert.guy@gd-ots.com www.ebveec.com

Fitness Center Millennium Family Fitness Mr. Brad Bigando 1227 N. Range Line Rd. P.O. Box 642 Joplin, MO 64802-0642 (417) 206-0202 bradb@millenniumfamilyfitness.com www.millenniumfamilyfitness.com

Furniture Wayside Furniture Mr. Jay Cruse 3732 N. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 781-6810 jaycruse@hotmail.com www.waysidefurniturejoplin.com

Government

Economic Security Corporation Debbie Markman 302 S. Joplin Ave. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 627-2013 • f: (417) 781-1234 dmarkman@escswa.org http://escswa.org Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live.

Grocers — Retail Food 4 Less Ms. Brooke Rentfro 2800 E. 32nd St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 624-2727 f4lfoods@joplin.com www.f4lfoods.com

FEATURED BUSINESS LISTINGS

Dog Food — Manufacturing

Equipment Rentals & Sales

Heat Transfer Equipment Thermal Engineering International Ms. Darcy McDermott 2702 W. 9th St. P.O. Box 1385 Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 782-5080 dmcdermott@thermalengint.com www.thermalengint.com

Floor Covering Carpet One Floor & Home Mr. Lary Knoblauch 120 N. Range Line Rd. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-6300 lary.knoblauch@c1joplin.com www.carpetonejoplin.com

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Home Health Care Providers

Integrity Home Care Dylan Walker — Communications Manager 4830 E. 32nd St., Ste.1 Joplin, MO 64804 (855) 442-4968 • f: (866) 688-6602 carenavigation@integrityhc.com http://integrityhc.com Care + Hospice is where proactive care and seamless solutions thrive. Let us help you chart the path to trusted health care at home.

FEATURED BUSINESS LISTINGS

Hospice Compassus Hospice Ms. Janet Gard 2650 E. 32nd St., Ste. 100 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-8272 janet.gard@compassus.com www.hospicecompassus.com Your hometown hospice since 1999. Named the 2017 Joplin Globe, 4-State Reader’s Choice Award Winner for Home Care and Hospice.

Insurance Beimdiek Insurance Agency, Inc. Mr. G. Stephen Beimdiek 303 W. 3rd St. P.O. Box 612 Carthage, MO 64836-0612 (417) 358-4007 steve.beimdiek@beimdiek.com www.beimdiek.com The Insurancenter Scott Brothers 2901 Arizona Ave. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-7500 info@theinsurancenter.com www.theinsurancenter.com State Farm Insurance — Karen Rutledge Ms. Karen Rutledge 616 E. 32nd St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 624-2661 karen@karenrutledge.com www.karenrutledge.com

Internet Services Wireless Connections Denise & Jeff Welborn 420 N. Range Line Rd., Ste. 16 Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 782-4222 dwelborn@wconnections.com www.wconnections.com

Janitorial & Paper Supplies

Redico Industrial Supply, Inc. Debbie Nault P.O. Box 624 Neosho, MO 64850 (417) 455-0746 • f: (417) 455-0748 redico1@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.

Jewelers

Mortgage Loans & Bankers

MOCAP A Division of Premier Home Mortgage Mr. Chris Schooley 411 E. 7th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-8700 chris.schooley@phm.net www.premierhomemortgage.com Real Estate Financing Purchases or Refinance, we are a VA, FHA & USDA approved lending institution & is not acting on behalf of the VA, HUD/FHA, USDA or the Federal Government, NMLS# 162291.

Motorcycles

Museums

The Titanic Museum Attraction Ms. Ruthann Crust 3235 W. Hwy. 76 Branson, MO 65616 (417) 334-9500 ruthann.crust@titanicattraction.com www.titanicbranson.com Titanic Museum Attraction in Branson is a permanent Titanic Ship with 400 real artifacts in 20 galleries. Plus there are many interactive areas within the ship for our younger guests. You’ll enter as a guest & you’ll leave as a Titanic passenger.

Nursing Homes

Newton’s Jewelry Brian Newton 428 S. Main St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 623-2800 newtons1914@outlook.com http://newtonsjoplin.com Newtons Jewelers since 1914, Downtown Joplin. We deal in the unique with the area’s largest estate jewelry selection. Custom jewelry and repair done on premises. We buy gold, silver, platinum and jewelry.

Mailing Services The Lettershop Mr. Jeff Whitney 607 E. 7th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 627-0585 jeff@thelettershop.org www.thelettershop.org

Hideout Harley-Davidson Ms. Suzanne Kelly 5014 Hearnes Blvd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-1054 suzanne@hideouthd.com www.hideouthd.com Extremely knowledgeable trained staff in motorcycles, parts & accessories & motor-clothes. Call our Riding Academy & take a course. We are very proud of our 14,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Service Dept., complete with a high-tech Dynometer.

Communities of Wildwood Ranch Mr. Tracy Rowe 3222 S. John Duffy Dr. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 621-0175 docd@communitiesofwildwood.com www.communitiesofwildwood.com

Office — Supplies, Equipment & Furniture Four State Office Products & Interiors Ms. Karen Lauridsen 720 E. 4th St., Ste. A Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 626-8644 karen@4stateop.com www.4stateop.com

Oral Surgeons Oral & Facial Surgery Center of Joplin Bradley R. Burnett 620 W. 32nd St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 621-0500 bburnett@oralfacialjoplin.com www.oralfacialjoplin.com

Manufacturing/ Manufacturers Representatives Lozier Corporation Mr. Mark Sockwell 1625 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Joplin, MO 64801-3542 (417) 781-1611 mark.sockwell@lozier.biz www.lozier.com

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Orthopedic

Orthopedic Specialists of the Four States, LLC (Ortho Four States) Mr. Joseph M. Caputo 444 Four States Dr., Ste. 1 Galena, KS 66739 (417) 206-7846 jhunter@ortho4states.com www.ortho4states.com On a mission to restore patients’ quality of life. Ortho Four States is the largest and most comprehensive orthopedic care group and facility in the region.

Pet Shop, Grooming & Kennels

My Little Puppy, Inc. Linda McClintock 1840 N. Range Line Rd., Ste. 3 Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 627-9041 linda.m@mylittlepuppy.com http://mylittlepuppy.com MyLittlePuppy.com is your local breederdirect website that works to place your puppies in homes across the country, at no charge to you. My Little Puppy will interface with families, on your behalf promoting your puppies.

Printers Pittcraft Printing Mr. Tim Collar 112 E. Rose St. P.O. Box 718 Pittsburg, KS 66762-0718 (620) 231-6200 tcollar@pittcraft.com www.pittcraft.com

Real Estate — Commercial & Residential

The Glenn Group @ Keller Williams David Glenn 619 S. Florida Ave. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 683-9900 • f: (417) 623-9001 david@glenngroupllc.com http://kwcommercial.com Sales, leasing and investing of commercial real estate in the Joplin area.

Willis & Associates Mr. Rob Willis 11142 Gateway Dr. Neosho, MO 64850 (417) 451-2000 rob@will-print-it.com www.will-print-it.com Full-service commercial printing & copying, offset & digital, black & white to full color, forms, labels, envelopes, EDDM, banners, signs, laminating, sales, service & smiles.

Joseph Properties, L.P. Ms. Debbie Dankelson 1801 W. 32nd St., Bldg. B, Ste. 201 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 782-4777 josephproperties@cableone.net www.josephpropertiesjoplin.com

Frost Oil Company Mr. Paul Humphries 1154 Jaguar Rd. Joplin, MO 64804 (800) 338-3493 paul.humphries@frostoil.com www.frostoil.com

Publishing

Recreational Vehicles

Employer Advantage N. Lee Allphin 1027 S. Main St., Ste. 401 Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 782-3909 info@employeradvantage.com www.employeradvantage.com

Physical Therapy

The Payroll Company Todd Linton 3555 S. Culpepper Cir., Ste. 200 Springfield, MO 65804 (417) 882-2000 todd@thepayrollco.com www.paydaysmadeeasy.com

Industrial Physical Therapy, Inc. Mr. Neil Yust 4830 E. 32nd St., Ste. 3 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 781-0082 neil@industrialpt.com www.industrialpt.com 1010 S. Madison Ave., Ste F. Webb City, MO 64870 (417) 673-0600 Since 1999 we have cared for your health! PHYSICAL THERAPY: Medicare, most insurances & work comp. Fall prevention & balance treatment. EMPLOYERS: Physicals, drug & alcohol testing & more.

Show Me the Ozarks Magazine Lee Radcliff 18724 Hwy. 59 Neosho, MO 64850 (417) 455-9898 • f: (417) 455-0059 editor@showmetheozarks.com http://showmetheozarks.com Show Me The Ozarks Magazine is a locally owned lifestyle magazine in the Joplin region since 2001, covering events, entertainment and photography. For marketing opportunities and more call today. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn.

Outdoor Advertising

Payroll Administration

Petroleum Wholesale

Power Washing Power Washing Plus, LLC Steve Smith 2401 E. 32nd St., Ste. 10-300 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 291-0549 steve@cleanmakeover.com http://cleanmakeover.com Having your house, driveway, deck and roof cleaned increases the value of your home and helps protect your largest investment. Pressure washing is one of the most affordable and simplest ways to accomplish this.

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Railroads

Mid America RV Mr. Josh Schmutz 5439 S. Garrison Ave. Carthage, MO 64836 (417) 358-4640 josh@midamericarv.com www.midamericarv.com Stop dreaming and start living at Mid America RV in Carthage, MO, the exclusive home of RV Warranty Forever. Travel, have fun, and make memories with peace of mind when you shop at Mid America RV, your locally owned and operated RV dealer.

FEATURED BUSINESS LISTINGS

Lamar Outdoor Advertising Mr. Eric Worden 751 S. Malang Rd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-7920 eworden@lamar.com www.lamar.com

Real Estate Management

Restaurants

Missouri & Northern Arkansas Railroad Ms. Anita Horton 514 N. Orner St. P.O. Box 776 Carthage, MO 64836-0776 (417) 358-8800 anita.horton@gwrr.com www.gwrr.com

Lotus Xpress Mr. Lee Vu 801 E. 20th St., Ste. 7B Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 691-8552 leevu2020@gmail.com www.mylotusxpress.com Great Chinese food, great service, big portions and affordable prices!

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Restaurants/Bars

Schools, Colleges & Education City Pointe Beauty Academy Ms. Sherry Porter 501 S. Madison Ave., Ste. C Webb City, MO 64870 (417) 673-8822 sherry@citypointebeauty.com www.citypointebeauty.com

FEATURED BUSINESS LISTINGS

CheeZies Pizza Jennifer Johnson 1206 W. MacArthur Dr. Webb City, MO 64870 (417) 673-7373 chesed.jj@gmail.com http://cheeziespizza.com Dine-in, carry-out, drive-thru, delivery, on-line ordering: Making it convenient to get great pizza, calizones, wings, sandwiches, pasta, made fresh when you order at a great price!

Crabby’s Seafood Bar & Grill Mr. Damien Tiregol 815 W. 7th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 206-3474 damientiregol@gmail.com www.crabbysjoplin.com Always fresh, never frozen. Unique flavors, fine culinary style, all in an upscale atmosphere that’s been serving the Joplin area the best for 25+ years.

Roofing Webcon, Inc. Robert Webster 3602 E. 13th St. Joplin, MO 64801 (620) 669-8189 bob@webconroof.com www.webconroof.com

Satellites Wireless Connections Denise & Jeff Welborn 420 N. Range Line Rd., Ste. 16 Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 782-4222 dwelborn@wconnections.com www.wconnections.com

WTI — Joplin Campus Linda Lynch 1715 N. Range Line Rd. Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 206-9115 llynch@wti.edu www.wti.edu

Security — Burglar/Fire Alarms Wireless Connections Denise & Jeff Welborn 420 N. Range Line Rd., Ste. 16 Joplin, MO 64801 (417) 782-4222 dwelborn@wconnections.com www.wconnections.com Protect your home/business with the latest interactive technology in residential and commercial security. We design & install security, video surveillance and/or access control systems tailored specifically for the needs of your family or business.

Sports Marketing Consultants

Twelveone Group Mr. Tom Rogers 3510 E. 3rd St. P.O. Box 1106 Joplin, MO 64802-1106 (417) 434-0862 tom@twelveonegroup.com www.twelveonegroup.com Twelveone Group is a full-service endurance event firm with chip timing, event management, marketing and sponsor sales expertise.

Steel Fabrication Mitchell Mill Systems USA, Inc. Jim Graves 927 S. Schifferdecker Ave. Joplin, MO 64801-3528 (417) 623-2224 jim.graves@mitchellmillsystems.com www.mitchellmillsystems.com Providing our customers: Turnkey Solutions/Design/Build * Facility Upgrades & Custom Fabrication * Field Installation/Equipment Rigging * On-Site Maintenance.

Storage Facilities

Security — Products, Systems & Burglar/Fire Alarms Federal Protection, Inc. Jenny Schulze 2500 N. Airport Commerce Ave. Springfield, MO 65803 (417) 869-9192 • f: (417) 869-1980 jschulze@federalprotection.com www.federalprotection.com Federal Protection, built on a foundation of honesty, integrity and dependability, provides solutions and a service first commitment for residential and commercial security. Our Federal Response Center provides 24-hour monitoring.

Solar Energy Missouri Sun Solar, LLC Mr. Trent Bartz 1900 W. Sunset St. Springfield, MO 65807 (417) 413-1786 tbartz@ussunsolar.com www.ussunsolar.com

Title Companies First American Title Company Ms. Debbie Gould 2820 Arizona Ave. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-1553 dgould@firstam.com www.firstam.com

Tool Designers, Parts & Distributors American Tool & Engineering, Inc. Manufacturer of custom tooling since 1973.

Veterinarians Madison Pet Clinic Mr. Michael Bowen 1631 S. Madison St. Webb City, MO 64870 (417) 673-2455 info@madisonpetclinic.com www.madisonpetclinic.com

Warehousing Pioneer Warehouse & Logistics, Inc. Mr. Mark Gooch 333 W. Pioneer Dr. P.O. Box 717 Joplin, MO 64802-0717 (417) 623-3700 mgooch@pioneerfreight.net www.pioneerwhse.com

Wholesale Member Club

Countryside Self Storage Jason Berrend 1813 W. 20th St. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-5616 jason@yourstoragesolutions.com www.yourstoragesolutions.com We have storage solutions to fit every need. We offer an electronic gate, 24/7 access, security cameras and other amenities. We have RV/Boat storage spaces and sizes ranging from 5’ x 5’ up to 14’ x 50’. Call today for our competitive rates.

Telephones & Service — Cellular

Sam’s Club #6415 Mr. Robert Thomas 3536 John Q. Hammons Blvd. Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-6200 rsthoma.s06415.us@samsclub.com www.samsclub.com

Youth Services Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri Mrs. Rhonda Gorham 317 Comingo Ave. P.O. Box 819 Joplin, MO 64802-0819 (417) 623-8072 rgorham@bgcswmo.org www.bgcswmo.org

Premier Locations, Authorized Agent of U.S. Cellular Brandon Reed 3120 S. Main St., Ste. 1 Joplin, MO 64804 (417) 623-2929 brandon.reed@uscpremier.com www.uscpremier.com Premier Locations an authorized agent for U.S. Cellular is dedicated to providing the best wireless products, services, and customer service in our industry. We commit to love and serve our customers to transform their day.

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ADVERTISER INDEX Olive Garden ...........................................11

AAA Joplin ..............................................77

Farmers Insurance — Linda Teeter Insurance Agency ....................................54

ABE Paint Team .......................................66

Festival Restaurant & Cantina .................20

Ozark Center ...........................................45

Donny Allen — Keller Williams of Southwest Missouri .................................23

Fox Electric, LLC......................................14

Pinnacle Bank ..........................................85

Freeman Health System ............................5

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

Allstate — Loretta Bailey Agency, Inc. ....67

Freeman Health System OccuMed .........41

Potash Corp. ...........................................27

Alpha Air Center .....................................15

Generations Construction .......................65

Pro 100 Realtors, Inc. ..............................65

Anderson Engineering ............................29

Golden Corral .........................................61

R&S Heating & Cooling .........................67

Arvest Bank ...........................................11

Herrman Lumber Company ....................68

RE Smith Construction Company............19

Asbell Companies ...................................13

Ideal Auto Center....................................30

Robbins Constructon ..............................65

Bella Vie Salon.........................................76

The Independent Living Center, Inc. ......81

S & S Security Systems ............................14

Bicycle Specialists ...................................56

Indigo Sky Casino...........Inside Back Cover

Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church .....88

BKD CPAs & Advisors .............................74

Integrity Home Care + Hospice ..............43

Sign Designs ...........................................23

Branco Enterprises, Inc. ..........................85

Ivey’s Service Center .................................8

Simpson Funeral Home...........................87

C&H Heating and Air Conditioning ........65

Joplin Area Catholic Schools .................51

Sky Ranch Cave Springs ..........................89

Candy House Gourmet ...........................79

Joplin Avenue Coffee Co. .......................86

Southwest Missouri Bank ........................63

Carolina West Rentals .............................86

The Joplin Globe ......................................9

Charles Burt Realtors...............................69

Joplin Industrial Electric ..........................60

Star Mechanical Supply/ Wholesale Supply....................................97

CheeZies Pizza...........................................8

Joplin Regional Airport ............ Back Cover

Choices Medical Services........................42

Joplin Regional Partnership .............. 32-37

State Farm Insurance — Kyle Hickam Insurance Agency, Inc. ............................75

Commerce Bank............Inside Front Cover

Joplin Schools .........................................49

Steve’s Frame and Body of Joplin, Inc. ...80

Community Bank & Trust ........................69

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.........................................7

Sweet Emotion ........................................70

KW Commercial — Keller Williams Realty of Southwest Missouri ...Inside Front Cover

The UPS Store .........................................21

Lakeland Office Systems .........................17

US Kustoms Collision Center ..................16

LifeChoices Health Network .........................Inside Front Cover

Vaughn Company, Inc. ............................80

360° Auto Service ...................................47

Connect2Culture .....................................71 Crowder College .....................................57 Dalton-Killinger Construction Co. ...........26 Don Gould Agency, Inc. ..........................62 Drury Hotels ......................................25, 72 Economic Security Corporation ..............51 Ed & Sons Construction, LLC ..................62 Empire District .........................................18 Farmers Insurance — Melissa Hogan .....61

Mercy Convenient Care ..........................39 Missouri Southern State University ...........3 Modine ....................................................11 My Little Puppy .......................................51 Newton’s Jewelry ....................................21

Total Electronics Contracting, Inc. .........29

ADVERTISER INDEX

Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care ....44

Owens Corning ..............Inside Back Cover

US Bank ...................................................75

VisitJoplinMO.com..................................73 Volk’s Avanti Insurance Agency, Inc. .......64 Walmart ...................................................31 Wild About Water! ..................................63 Wildwood Ranch Development ........ 30/31

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