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CART Receives Unanimous Support from Community Leaders in Historic Meeting
On January 19th, community leaders voted unanimously in favor of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team’s (CART) recovery framework that will lay the groundwork for the future of the area.

The Joplin City Council, the Joplin Schools Board of Education, the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Duquesne City Aldermen convened at Missouri Southern State University for a joint meeting of the groups to hear the Next Steps plan as outlined by the Citizen’s Advisory Recovery Team.

The public was invited to comment at the meeting presided over by Senator Ron Richard. When given the opportunity for public comment, residents were quiet for a short time, until one resident shouted “We’re happy!” Another Joplin resident echoed the sentiments in his comments, complimenting community leaders for their work that initiated the recovery efforts and acknowledged some of the hard decisions that were made along the way. The crowd of approximately 150 agreed with strong applause.

The CART plan was developed over the last six months with the input of hundreds of residents who participated in public meetings. CART collected information from citizens in a variety of ways including public meetings, Boomtown Days, Third Thursday events, and other open forums. They developed two booklets with the comments and priorities detailed that were available at several locations for public review and further comment. This comprehensive community outreach was imperative to the plan development. The plan focused on four key areas: Housing and Neighborhoods, Schools and Community Facilities, Infrastructure and Environment, and Economic Development.

“The unity of the boards sends a strong message to the community and the nation,” said Jane Cage, Chairman of CART. “The acceptance of our plan will let us accelerate our recovery from the May 22nd tornado.”