WASHINGTON (KSDK) - On Wednesday, the second anniversary of the Joplin tornado, Acting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced a $20 million grant will be awarded to the city to help fund the town's economic recovery.
The grant will come from the Economic Development Administration and help redevelop Joplin's 20th Street corridor.
"We are grateful for this grant as it spurs additional redevelopment activities within Joplin and demonstrates what can be accomplished through collaboration among many. We are pleased with this economic development effort, as it creates opportunities for new business which will provide jobs for our citizens," said Joplin Mayor Melodee Colbert-Kean.
The May 22, 2011 tornado destroyed more than 550 businesses, approximately 7,500 homes, and killed 161 people.
Joplin was previously awarded two smaller disaster recovery grants by the EDA. This grant is part of a $200 million appropriation made by Congress to the EDA for communities in need of long-term economic recovery and infrastructure support from a major disaster that occurred in fiscal year 2011.