Jane Cage is a Joplin businesswoman who led the Joplin Citizens Advisory Recovery Team in the wake of the May 2011 Joplin tornado. She brought together government, local businesses, nonprofits and individuals to discuss the future of the community after the disaster. The group’s citizen listening process resulted in a long-term recovery plan adopted by Joplin. As a result, Jane was awarded the inaugural Rick Rescorla National Award for Resilience from the Department of Homeland Security. She continues to be a community liaison for groups in Joplin and a recovery advocate interfacing with federal and state agencies. Jane has spoken across the country about Joplin’s recovery and is a national resource for communities impacted by natural disasters. Her book, “Joplin Pays It Forward”, contains essays written by 47 Joplin community leaders.

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