|Joplin and its downtown businesses will get a facelift thanks to an online contest sponsored by paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore. Joplin and 19 other communities across the United States and Canada were selected after nearly half a million votes and an outpouring of stories, viral videos and passionate pleas were sent to Benjamin Moore's "Main Street Matters program. The contest that took place from May 16 to June 30, 2013, sought votes for the best of 100 nominated cities.
A public meeting will be held on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, to announce the kick-off for the program in Joplin. It will be held from 10-11 a.m. in the Joplin City Hall basement conference room. Benjamin Moore representatives will reveal which city blocks will be painted, the criteria for those included and how the project will progress.