Increasing Economic Opportunities

What are economic development opportunities?

Economic development is the way in which wealth is developed and generated into a community to create benefits for residents. This includes job creation, business investment to grow the economy, and enhancing the local quality of life. Economic development is one of the stepping stones to a city's community development by making it a better place to live, work and play.

Opportunities to increase economic development are found by attracting new businesses and encouraging growth within our community among potential entrepreneurs. By increasing our connectivity and promoting the community and city in a positive light, new businesses and families will have a reason to not only live in Joplin, but to invest in it.

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How can this affect Joplin?

An overwhelming amount of Listening Tour respondents made it known that they would like the City pursue opportunities related to economic development, enhanced amenities such as parks/trails and a vibrant downtown, and expanding entertainment options. Investing in these opportunities has the potential to positively change the trajectory of the community. There is an overall desire to see many of the major retail and entertainment businesses that surrounding region has. Many residents currently leave town to shop their favorite places and for those who believe in the future of Joplin, they would rather see their money spent in town and contribute towards the economy.

With business growth people also hope to see more small businesses and start-ups that encourage innovation and bring in young professionals and families. Looking for these new opportunities, the City and community would be strengthened by pursuing new investors, serving the underserved entrepreneurs and small business owners, and creating a diverse environment of additional employment options.

How can we look for more economic opportunities?

Please click on any of the links below to learn more about each strategy developed by staff in order to improve economic development in Joplin.

To see the full set of 2021 Action Plans please click here.

We encourage our citizens to learn more about these initiatives that have been identified as potential uses for funding provided through the use tax that will be on the ballot on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. To learn more about the use tax as a potential source of funding please see the Proposition Action FAQ page.

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