Mayor Kevin Wood and the city of Harrisonville honored businessman and civic leader, Obie Carl, with the 2013 Civic Leadership Award earlier this summer.
Mayor Wood presented the award to Carl during the Missouri Municipal League West Gate Division meeting July 18 in Grandview.
Carl is a longtime resident of Harrisonville and a strong supporter of the city. Originally from Cross Timbers, Carl and his wife, Juanita, moved to Harrisonville in 1963.
For a number of years, Carl worked in Kansas City before deciding to make real estate his career. He eventually opened his own firm in Harrisonville called Homestead Realty, which is now owned by Century 21, and he continues to help people with all their real estate needs.
Carl is also active in the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce and is currently serving his second term as president.
Five years ago, Carl accepted the city’s invitation to join a group of citizens in a new strategic planning initiative. He co-chaired the effort and is still active in spearheading events to bring people back to Harrisonville’s historic downtown square. The Junk in the Trunk program is a fun and family-friendly event held once a month, and the new Farmers Market on the Square, which takes place every Saturday morning, is making a positive difference in the lives of many residents by bringing together local vendors with produce and other foodstuffs to sell and shoppers seeking healthy, locally grown products.