The rebuilding of Joplin after a devastating tornado struck in 2011 was generally applauded as a textbook example of how to take care of people when disaster hits. However, homeowners and businesses on the East Coast are still struggling in the aftermath of 2012's Hurricane Sandy.
- Troy Bolander is the director of Planning, Development and Neighborhood Services for Joplin.
- Thomas Corley is executive director of Friends of Rockaway, and has worked in Joplin and Rockaway, New York, through St. Bernard Project.
- Rob O’Brian is the president and the lead economic development official for the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.