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Charles L. Surface photo

Degrees and Certifications:

Associate of Arts MSSC
Bachelor of Science, Marketing and Management, MSSC
Outstanding Alumnus, MSSU, 1987
Robert J. Baker Champion Booster, Webb City Chamber of Commerce, 2011

Webb City High School, 1961
Webb City R-7 Hall of Fame, 2014

Mr. Charles L. Surface

U.S. Air Force, 4-years

The City of Webb City as Economic Development Director

Owner of Surface Insurance Company, Joplin, for 37-years

Joplin Zoning and Planning Commission, 4 years

Joplin City Council, 2-years

Elected as Missouri State Representative for 128th and 129th Legislative District and served 18-years, becoming the second longest legislator inthe history of Jasper County

Presiding Commissioner of Jasper County, 2003-2006

Past President of Southwest Missouri Commissioners Association

Member of Association of Counties Legislative Committee

Board of Governors, & Alumni Association, Board of Directors, MSSU

Joplin Boys Club, Board of Directors

Past Chairman, Board of Missouri Special Olympics

Past President of Joplin Jaycees

Volunteered for Jasper County as Parole Officer

YMCA Football Coach & Little League Manager

Joplin Museum, Board of Directors

Board of Directors for Oak Hill Hospital, merged with Freeman Hospital

Area Agency on Aging Board of Directors

Jasper County Public Housing Authority, Board of Directors

Joplin Library, Board of Trustees

Jasper County Environmental Task Force, Board of Directors

Tri-State Water Resource Coalition, Board of Directors

Harry S Truman Coordinating Council, Board of Directors



Mark Hughes photo

Degrees and Certifications:

Bachelor of Arts, Swarthmore College, 1981
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1986

Webb City High School, 1976-1977
Webb City R-7 Hall of Fame, 2014

Dr. Mark Hughes

Professor of Practice at PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Director, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, PennDesign

Lead Investigator at the DOE’s Energy Efficient Buildings Hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard

Faculty Fellow of the Penn Institute for Urban Research

Senior Fellow of the Wharton School’s Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership

Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Penn’s Fox Leadership Program

Past senior fellow at the Brookings Institution

Past senior fellow at the Urban Institute

Past senior adviser at the Ford Foundation

Joined the Princeton faculty in 1986 at the age of 25

Taught at the University of Pennsylvania since 1999

National Planning Award winner, 1992

Chief Policy Adviser to Mayor Michael Nutter & founding Director of Sustainability for City of Philadelphia, leading the creation of Greenworks plan

Organized & led City of Philadelphia’s Recovery Strategy to maximize the value & impact of federal funding under ARRA, 2009, representing Philadelphia in negotiations on Energy Policy

In 2005, led the Revenue Acquisition Project to enhance non-local public funding by $100 million in potential sources for Philadelphia

In 2001-02, created and led the Campaign for Working Families

In 1997-99, designed the Transitional Work Corporation and led its creation into a $35 million annual welfare-to-work program in Philadelphia, which is now employed in 30 states

In 1992-96, designed the $15 million National Bridges-to-Work Demonstration in five cities, which led to the creation of the $750 million Jobs Access and Reverse Commute title of the Federal Transportation Act

Published in leading academic journals of several disciplines, including Economic Geography; Urban Economics; Political Science Quarterly; Policy Analysis and Management; Journal of the American Planning Association