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If anyone has a good solution, or just good advice, I would truly appreciate it.
One possibility is to write a subclass to the Tomcat classloader that creates our custom application classpath. That is a possibility, but I would prefer to not go down this path.
If anyone knows that the desired functionality is not possible/practical in the current architecture, or is just a plain bad idea, I would appreciate that advice as well.