Hours after U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill announced the city of Joplin will receive a huge infusion of federal resources for road projects, the Senator met with Joplin community leaders to discuss progress on tornado recovery efforts.
"The folks of Joplin have shown tremendous courage and resilience in the wake of last year's unspeakable tragedy," McCaskill said. "Today, I saw again what I've seen for the past year, and that's a community that has come together to do whatever it takes to rebuild their community. And I was able to remind them that I plan to keep fighting for any necessary resources to make a full recovery."
McCaskill met with members of the Joplin Area Coalition including Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean, Joplin School District Superintendent Dr. C.J. Huff, and Missouri Southern State University Vice President of Development Dr. JoAnn Graffam.
Yesterday, McCaskill announced the U.S. Department of Transportation's approval of more than $12 million in grant resources for Joplin that will create job opportunities in the region with projects aimed at road and rail improvements and expansions--news that brings the total amount of federal resources for tornado recovery in Joplin to more than $250 million. McCaskill strongly supported the city's application, which she says will help boost jobs, business, and economic recovery in the region.
McCaskill has championed and helped deliver needed investments in Joplin's disaster recovery effort, including a $45 million investment in the city of Joplin and millions more for long-term recovery efforts in Jasper County. McCaskill also helped secure federal housing resources for residents of Joplin following the storm.
Last fall, McCaskill invited two southwest Missouri residents involved with federal disaster recovery efforts to share their experiences at a Senate hearing.