But 2012 was not a typical year for the community. Following a devastating tornado in May 2011, the city faced a serious need for homes for lower income families. Many aid organizations stepped up to help in the rebuilding process, including the local Habitat for Humanity.
"After the tornado, our mission expanded," said Scott Clayton, director of the local organization.
Just this year, the organization has completed construction on 17 homes in the area and is currently in the construction process on 31 others. By the end of the year -- despite an extraordinarily hot and limiting summer -- Clayton said the group expects to have built 65 homes.
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"Obviously Habitat is an important asset in the community," Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr said.
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"We need a strong business community to support the housing," said Kirstie Smith, a spokesperson for the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce.