A few notable NABIFI Accomplishments…
Submitted a NAP Grant to the State on behalf of Crosslines Ministries
Foreign Trade Zone Magnet area
Sponsored two seats on the Hawthorn Foundation Board (partnership to Economic Development).
Two Hawthorn Foundation Board Memberships-$20,000
Contributed to Downtown Square flowers
Contributed to Missouri Art Alliance
Contributed to Newton County Tourism
Contributed to Crowder College MARET’s Center
Contributed $10,000 to the Joplin Regional Partnership which is comprised of five counties working together to make business expansion or location successful and profitable. They assist in:
- Site Selection Assistance
- Incentive and business tax information
- Key contacts in business and local government
- Demographic, wage and economic data
- Navigation through local government requirements
Scholastic build out of 5,000 sq. ft., $200,000 and 80 new jobs. This brings total employment at Scholastic to 580. NABIFI helped retain 350 jobs in 2008 and now because of the efforts of NABIFI we have 580 jobs.
Airport-donated a new industrial lawnmower ($14,000) to the City reducing man hours for mowing by 2/3’s
One of the corporate sponsors to help with the National Fish Hatchery’s Grand Opening
Purchased the former KBTN Radio building through a private contribution for conversion to the NABIFI headquarters that will house the Department of Economic Development and the Neosho Chamber of Commerce. Secured a $213,600 NAP Grant for the renovation. Provides free space for community board meetings. Furnished furniture and computers to Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development staff.
Assisted with the fundraising and provided financial services for the Newton County Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) group that was formed to help the tornado victims of the May 2008 F4 tornado. To date this organization has awarded more than $110,000 to victims of the tragic event. It continues to work today to aid in the re-establish of the lives of our neighbors and assist with the cleanup effort.
Sold approximately $279,000.00 in Tax Credits and reinvested in 80 acres along AA Highway for future “Warehousing Park” for industrial use.
Took eleven citizens through the Leadership Neosho 8-week training and follow-up on group’s project.
Developing with Newton County Tourism Council, through fund raising efforts, a total of six murals throughout the county to increase tourism income in the area.
Participated in development of Neosho’s new Airport Terminal, including a new weather aviation system (A.W.O.S.) for pilots.
Continued working with the city on downtown redevelopment/D.R.E.A.M. Initiative.
Participated with Empire District Electric and the Joplin Business & Industrial Development Corp. in a joint venture advertisement in an area development magazine.
Sponsored an informational day, bringing in Taimerica staff for presentations on the Targeted Industry Study to the Chamber Board, Economic Development Committee, and the public at City Hall for the council and public.
Co-Sponsored with Joplin Chamber, the Southwest Missouri Development Alliance, and the Hawthorn Foundation the trip for Rep. Ron Richard, Chairman of the House Economic Development Committee, and Rudy Farber, Chairman of Hawthorn Foundation, to join Missouri Dept. of Economic Development staff and represent southwestern Missouri in an industrial prospect visit at Nissan plant in Tennessee.
Facilitated sale of Spec Building #1 at 5040 Doniphan Drive, completed early November, 2006, which was quite complex because of the industrial park’s designation on the NPL
Provided funding and staffing assistance for Thomas Hart Benton Festival to be held April 21-23.
Acted as 501 (c) 3 umbrella for the Newton County tourism group until they obtained their own not-for-profit status.
Assisting with grant application & administration for construction of airport terminal in industrial park. Instrumental in the airport terminal project by applying for and coordinating the tax credits from the Missouri Development Finance Board as well as being the organization to sell the tax credits in the amount of $276,850.
Worked in conjunction with the Newton County Commission to obtain $133,000 in grant money from the Missouri Dept. of Economic Development for the demolition of the old mill behind the Newton County Museum and the development of a park on the site.
Worked in conjunction with the City of Neosho to obtain $285,000 in grant money from the Missouri Dept. of Economic Development for the Jefferson Street drainage project to alleviate flooding in the downtown & surrounding area.
Worked in conjunction with the City of Neosho to obtain $500,000 in tax credits from the Missouri Finance Board for downtown sidewalk and light improvements.
Assisted with fund raising efforts to construct new 41,000 sq. ft. $5.5 million Freeman Southwest Family YMCA.
Received a Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credit grant of $100,000. These funds were loaned to qualifying businesses on the square in building renovations at very favorable terms.
Assisted in $365,000 fundraising project for Newton County Senior Center ($65,000 public funds & $300,000 private investment)
Aided Neosho Municipal Auditorium Restoration Committee in raising funds to restore Neosho Municipal Auditorium.