Representatives from the community-based non-profit say one of the main ways they look to accomplish that will be the introduction of a new city market. The building located at 4th and Division was recently donated to the organization from Empire District Electric.
The $1.5 million facility has office space for rent and an open area that officials say will be perfect for hosting outdoor markets and areas for small businesses to get a jump start.
“This is going to be another opportunity, not just to be together and have something to do, but also provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs and those people who just need a little bit of runway, or who need a little bit of a launch pad in order to get started with their businesses,” explained DJA Executive Director Callie Hudson.
Hudson says the Downtown Joplin Alliance will also be working to expand Third Thursday and other community-based events.