Troy Bolander

Director of Planning and Development

City of Joplin, MO

Troy Bolander is currently the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Joplin, MO, a medium sized city located in southwest Missouri. Troy has more than 20 years of experience in project development and administration for the city. On May 22nd, 2011, Joplin was struck by an EF-5 tornado that impacted approximately thirty percent of the community. It destroyed infrastructure, businesses and homes and displaced thousands of residents. Since then, Troy’s duties have been directed toward the recovery of Joplin. Troy chaired several boards and commissions that coordinated federal, state and local resources for Joplin’s recovery. Troy is responsible for the management of $158 million allocated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to Joplin’s recovery. Some of the recovery funds have been reserved for developing a SMART City Plan. Troy and his staff are leading discussions with citizens and stakeholders to determine how SMART cities initiatives can make communities more resilient to natural disasters. Troy is a member of the American Planning Association and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS and a Master of Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University 

Troy Bolander

Director of Planning and Development

City of Joplin, MO

Troy Bolander is currently the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Joplin, MO, a medium sized city located in southwest Missouri. Troy has more than 20 years of experience in project development and administration for the city. On May 22nd, 2011, Joplin was struck by an EF-5 tornado that impacted approximately thirty percent of the community. It destroyed infrastructure, businesses and homes and displaced thousands of residents. Since then, Troy’s duties have been directed toward the recovery of Joplin. Troy chaired several boards and commissions that coordinated federal, state and local resources for Joplin’s recovery. Troy is responsible for the management of $158 million allocated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to Joplin’s recovery. Some of the recovery funds have been reserved for developing a SMART City Plan. Troy and his staff are leading discussions with citizens and stakeholders to determine how SMART cities initiatives can make communities more resilient to natural disasters. Troy is a member of the American Planning Association and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS and a Master of Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University