Jeff Neal, the Chief Executive Manager of Neal Group Construction, LLC and his wife, Carolina, are pioneers in the revitalization of downtown, Joplin, Missouri. They received the first City of Joplin Façade Grant in 2005. By 2009, they were the general contractor on the largest building project in southwest Missouri. NGC has worked on over 20 historic buildings in Missouri and Kansas. Jeff is an U. S. Air Force Academy graduate and a 13 year veteran. In the Air Force, Jeff was a supply officer and a political science professor at the Academy. He puts his extensive government knowledge to work for his clients. With his aid, those clients have received over $413,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds, nearly $1.7 million in Brownfield Environmental Tax Credits, $2.7 million in State Historic Tax Credits, and over $2 million in Federal Tax Credits for their projects. During his time in the Air Force and later as foreign contractor, Jeff worked on buildings in 5 countries, the largest of which was the $100+ million Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica.

Carolina Neal, Master in Global Affairs, is the Manager in charge of the administrative work of Neal Group Construction, LLC. She is a Costarican lawyer with experience in the academic, private and public sectors. She was part of a technical team resposible for writing and implementing the General Concessions Law in Costa Rica, as well as facilitating the start of the " San Jose-Caldera" project. This was the first concession project granted by the Costa Rican Goverment in 2008 with a total value of US $ 265,860,060.00. 

Jeff and Carolina Neal returned to Joplin in 2004 to begin the restoration of the Columbian Building at 418-420 S Main Street, Joplin. Since that time, Neal Group Construction, LLC has grown into one of the region’s most experienced historic renovation companies. 



  • City of Joplin Licensed General Builder # 10-10688
  • Attended Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation workshop “Historic Preservation Tax Credit Management” September 2009
  • Attended City of Joplin’s Historic Preservation Training Seminar  2007, 2008, 2009
  • Presented at MSSU Symposium and Main Street Joplin Seminar on Downtown Revitalization
  • Testified before Governor Nixon's Tax Credit Review Commission on Historic and Brownfield Tax Credits Importance to Regional Development


  • Butler Rosenbury and Partners Architects
  • Steven Lacy, Architect
  • Chad Greer, Architect Corner Greer & Associates, Inc.
  • Troy Bolander, City of Joplin Planning and CDBG Manager
  • Simmons Bank
  • Joplin HVAC and Green Energy

Past Clients

  • Jane Cage
  • Bunny Newton
  • Randy Guthery, President School Board Saint Mary’s Catholic School, Joplin MO