At the same time, Seibert took a shot at those who were skeptical that the city's master developer was ever going to accomplish anything, indicating that those people were not as knowledgeable as the mayor about how development projects work.
From the July 30 report from Amarillo's ABC affiliate:
The mayor of Joplin told us that his relationship with Wallace-Bajjali Development Partners is strong, and that most people are unaware of the amount of work that goes into a project even before breaking ground.
“The vast majority of people don’t understand that the bulk of the effort and time is put into a project prior to the project coming out of the ground,” said Mike Seibert, the mayor of Joplin. “People unfortunately judge the speed of a project based on when it breaks ground, and that means development gets cast in a negative light.”
Not all elected Joplin officials felt the same way. In the same interview, Councilman Ben Rosenberg was skeptical about Wallace-Bajjali.: