"I have talked with friends in the commercial real estate development business, and have been told there are companies who are deciding to steer away from Joplin because of the current (political) environment. When I asked about 'Well, once this is all cleared up and resolved, would those companies come back to Joplin,' the answer I got was 'no.'"
He didn't identify those companies.
Woolston says he's not surprised at the reports he's heard about citizens losing trust in the Council, and adds that the situation needs to be straightened out sooner rather than later.
Woolston was also a target of that investigation, which ruled that he inappropriately used his connections to broker land deals with the city's Master Developer. Woolston denies any wrongdoing, and is petitioning for the investigation's results to be made public.