Troy Bolander
Director of Planning, Development & Neighborhood Services, City of Joplin, MO

Troy Bolander is currently the director of Planning, Development & Neighborhood Services for the city of Joplin, Missouri. Troy has over 20 years of experience in project development and administration for the city. On May 22, 2011, Joplin experienced an EF5 tornado that impacted approximately 30 percent of the community which destroyed infrastructure, businesses, and homes displacing thousands of residents. Troy chaired a housing task force that coordinated federal, state and local resources which mission was to find or develop temporary housing for displaced residents. He also led the city’s efforts to address the permanent housing shortage that was created by the disaster. In addition to his housing duties, Troy is responsible for the management of $158 million allocated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Joplin’s recovery. Troy and his staff have led citizen discussions and updated existing policies to ensure sustainable and resilient development is part of Joplin’s recovery plan.

Troy is a member of the American Planning Association and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS and a Master of Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University. He is currently a member of the American Planning Association and is a former board member of Rebuild Joplin, a non-profit agency that is partnered with the St. Bernard Project out of New Orleans, LA to ensure tornado impacted residents have access to affordable and safe housing.

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