Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    Last week for free flu vaccinations for uninsured adults

    Flu season is just around the corner, and the best method of protection – not to mention one of the easiest – is the flu vaccine. If your uninsured, you can get your vaccine free of charge at one of four upcoming flu shot clinics. Read on...
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    Charges filed against suspected arsonist

    Timothy L. Farnsworth is charged with first and second degree arson. Investigators believe he lit 4 fires in 22 minutes on Springfield's west side. Read on...
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    Fall youth sports tournaments bring thousands to Springfield

    State high school softball championships Oct. 24-25, National Christian Homeschool Tournament Oct. 30- Nov. 1
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    Public Works begins publishing monthly traffic safety reports

    The first nine months of 2014 saw an overall decrease in crash incidents on City right-of-ways by 14 percent. This is in comparison to the crash statistics of the first nine months of 2013. Read on...
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    Application packets, petitions for open City Council seats available

    Those who wish to run for mayor or City Council in the April 2015 election may begin the process now. Read on...
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    Public Works performing repair work on several Springfield streets over next week

    Public Works will be working to seal cracks, repair joints and perform pavement surface preservation on Springfield streets over the next week. Read on...
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    Volunteers needed for local boards and commissions

    The City of Springfield is currently taking applications for a variety of boards and commissions. Read on...
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    Historic City Hall’s bell tower, Jefferson Avenue Footbridge glow pink for breast cancer awareness

    Visitors to City Government Plaza or the Commercial Street Historic District might notice a pinkish hue emitting from the bell tower of Historic City Hall and the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. Read on...
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    Springfield Art Museum helps to fulfill late artist Robert E. Smith's wish

    The Springfield Art Museum has facilitated the donation of a painting by well-known local outsider artist, Robert E. Smith, to the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Ark. Read on...
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    Complete Council Bill 2014-189 now posted

    It was brought to our attention that the version of Council Bill 2014-189 that was posted online was not complete. It did not contain the amendment adopted by City Council prior to the public hearing on Sept. 8. Read on...
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    City names Baltz, Gano and Smith as Public Works director finalists

    The City of Springfield has named Becky Baltz, Jonathan Gano and Dan Smith as the finalists for the Director of Public Works position. Read on...
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    City, County and CU to receive $67,000 in technical assistance from EPA for integrated planning

    Springfield is one of five communities that will receive $67,000 each in technical assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help develop components of integrated plans for wastewater and stormwater management. Read on...
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    Springfield Art Museum to host Q&A with sculptor, performance by MSU's Inertia Dance Company

    The Springfield Art Museum will host a Q&A session with sculptor Larry Young, followed by a performance by MSU's Inertia Dance Company at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 16. Read on...
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    City identifies source of milky substance in Jordan Creek

    The City of Springfield’s Department of Environmental Services has identified the source of the substance that recently impacted Jordan Creek. Read on...
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    City's October sales tax revenue up

    The City of Springfield's October one-percent general sales tax revenue from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 23.6% compared to the month of October 2013. October 2014 revenue was $3,780,574, an increase of $721,095 over last year’s amount. Read on...
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    City continues review of Southwest Treatment Plant

    The City of Springfield has concluded a personnel investigation within the Department of Environmental Services. A review of departmental operations of the Southwest Treatment Plant continues. Read on...
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    Springfield Art Museum's Fanny Smith Crenshaw portrait undergoing conservation treatment

    If you’ve been to the Springfield Art Museum recently, you may notice something (or someone) missing. The museum recently sent George Caleb Bingham’s portrait of Fanny Smith Crenshaw to Kansas City to receive conservation treatment. Read on...
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    Haunted Trail now open, adding night activities to Fall Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park

    Frightening walk through the woods open Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 25, 6-10 p.m., for ages 8 and up.
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    Fire Dept. kicks off Fire Prevention Month with visits to every Springfield elementary school

    The Springfield Fire Department will visit nearly 500 classrooms and 10,000 children during Fire Prevention Month. Each classroom will receive valuable - potentially life-saving - fire safety lessons. Read on...
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    20th Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Early Bird registration now open

    Training for the Trot begins Sept. 30 for first-time 5K runners. Read on...
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    Help protect waterways with proper disposal of yardwaste and leaves this fall

    While the City’s Environmental Services and Public Works departments enjoy autumn as much as anyone, they aren’t looking forward to the problems the fallen leaves create when they make their way into the storm drains. Read on...
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    Send us your photos of Springfield in fall!

    Springfield photographers, we'd love to use your photos of Springfield in fall on our homepage. Please e-mail them to or post them to our Facebook page with the hashtag #sgfinfall. Read on...
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    City Jobs

    The City of Springfield offers challenging employment opportunities to people interested in careers in public service at the municipal level. View job openings.
Mission Statement
We are committed to working with the community by providing timely and accessible city information using all relevant communication technologies to empower citizens and staff to participate in open and transparent government.

The Department of Public Information provides information to the general public and media, and serves as a departmental resource to the community. Public Information also works with other city departments to plan special events, news releases, develop web site material, brochures, videos, and other informational materials about city government.

Services to the Community
  • CityView - Original programming related to city events, news, and issues, streamed online and broadcasts via Mediacom cable and AT&T Uverse; also broadcasts a rotating informational bulletin board.
  • Frequently Requested Contact Information - An online database of information to assist citizens in their search for city, county and state phone numbers.
  • News Releases - News releases announcing city events and issues sent to local media help provide information to the public.
  • Other Services include print pieces such as brochures and signage, citizen and employee surveys, and general information assistance.
  • Partners in Education (PIE) - Partnering with local schools, this program offers interaction between school children, teachers, and city officials, and helps teach young people about city government. By exposing children to local government at an early age they can grow up knowing about the services provided by the city and how each citizen can make a contribution to his or her community. Classroom materials, speakers, and special events are offered throughout the year, with a special emphasis for third grade students.
  • Service Requests - One of the department's most visible services, this program helps provide service or address problems by working with citizens, other city departments, and city council members to make citizens aware of action the city may be taking related to the request. Call 417-864-1011 for assistance. The Service Request Division also maintains the Citizen's Service Packet, a packet of information helpful to citizens with questions and concerns.
  • Special Events - The City of Springfield sponsors or cooperates in planning many special events, including ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings, legislative functions and community outreaches. The PIO assists city departments in planning special events, as well as in coordinating their promotions. The intent is for neighborhoods, civic organizations, and private individuals to have access to all the opportunities available from the city.
  • The SCENE - This award-winning monthly newsletter for employees and retirees of the City of Springfield provides benefit information, features on city employees, and information about city events.
  • Tours - Schools, businesses, and other interested groups may schedule tours of City Hall, the Busch Municipal Building, and other city facilities by calling 417-864-1010.
  • Website - The city's official website provides information, applications, forms, and interactive features such as maps.
Department Fast Facts
  • Employs about 12 people
  • Has an annual budget of about $800,000