Joplin is a city located in the southwest of the State of Missouri. The city did not begin development until after the American Civil War and was named after a spring nearby, which itself was named after Reverend Harris G. Joplin who founded the first Methodist congregation in the area. Joplin has a solid manufacturing base and produces transportation equipment, processed food, machinery, chemical and plastic, metal, paper and leather.
Joplin was once the industrial center of zinc. The city also has a mineral museum, which details its mining history. In addition, the George Washington Carver National Monument is located nearby. The city is also the seat of both Missouri Southern State College and Ozark Bible College.
About the twinning agreement
In October 2005, an agreement to become twin cities was signed in Joplin between Joplin, presented by its then Mayor, Mr. Phil Stinnett, and Bethlehem, presented by its then Mayor, Mr. Victor Batarseh. By signing the cooperation agreement, both mayors agreed to establish friendly ties and encourage cultural and economic exchanges, which would positively contribute towards the quality of the life of citizens in both communities.
In particular, the agreement had the intention to:
The mutual relationship has continued and strengthened throughout time. In 2009, gifts were exchanged between here two, when Bethlehem provided Joplin with a Star of Bethlehem made out of local olive wood to decorate their “Gift of Love Christmas Tree”, while Joplin gave Bethlehem an angel as well as a financial contribution to decorate the city's own Christmas tree in Manger Square.