Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    New City Council to interview candidates for Zone 1 on Tuesday

    The 2015 Springfield City Council will interview the five applicants for the Zone 1 seat at its Council Lunch meeting at noon, April 21 at the Busch Municipal Building. Read on...
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    Springfield Fire Department offers free home safety surveys

    Most of home fires are completely preventable.To better protect the community, the Springfield Fire Department is launching a new home safety campaign. Read on...
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    Take time to thank a 911 telecommunicator this week

    April 12-18 is set aside in Springfield and across the nation as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week to recognize the outstanding service of 911 dispatchers. Read on...
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    Public Works releases April safety message

    Cycle safety is a top concern of the Public Works Department and is the topic of April's Traffic Safety Message. Read on...
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    HAWK pedestrian traffic signal on Sunset Street to begin functioning Tuesday at 9 a.m.

    Starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, the HAWK (High Intensity Activated Crosswalk) pedestrian traffic signal will begin functioning at the new crosswalk on Sunset Street east of Kimbrough Avenue. Read on...
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    City, County leaders update Council and Commission on urgent law enforcement issues

    City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter updated City Council and the Greene County Commission about urgent law enforcement and criminal justice system issues at a noon meeting today at the Public Safety Center. Read on...
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    SPD to step up seat belt enforcement

    The Springfield Police Department will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement on April 14 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up — and to save more lives. Read on...
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    April 13 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. April 13. A written summary and video recording of meeting are available. Read on...
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    Fatality crash

    At 8:56 p.m. on April 8, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Chestnut Expressway and Barnes Avenue. Read on...
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    Monthly sales tax revenue down

    The City of Springfield's April 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 7% compared to what was budgeted. Read on...
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    Birthplace of Route 66 Festival concert to feature Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    The Gillioz Theatre and Dwight Glenn Productions are proud to present the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with special guests Pure Prairie League on Friday, Aug. 14 at the Gillioz Theatre. Reserved seating tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, April 10. Read on...
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    Missouri Summer Jobs Program offers work experience for Ozarks youth

    Alternative Opportunities, Inc. and the Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region are proud to introduce the Missouri Summer Jobs Program, an initiative providing youth with opportunities to gain valuable work experience. Read on...
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    Fatality crash

    At 3:30 p.m. on March 22, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Sunshine and Enterprise. Read on...
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    Earth Month 2015 full of activities and educational opportunities

    Planned activities include a native plant workshop and sale at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., a tree-planting relay on Arbor Day April 10 and many other opportunities for fun and learning. Read on...
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    Signal at Boonville Avenue and Olive Street begins flashing in all directions April 3

    Starting tomorrow (April 3), the City of Springfield will begin flashing the traffic signal red in all directions on Boonville Avenue at Olive Street to evaluate its need and determine if it can be removed. Read on...
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    Martin Gugel selected as Springfield Public Works Assistant Director

    Martin Gugel, P.E., has been selected as the new Public Works Assistant Director, effective April 5. He replaces Jonathan Gano, who moved to Des Moines last year. Read on...
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    Springfield Art Museum opens Family Art Lab

    The Springfield Art Museum recently opened its Family Art Lab, an interactive space where families can create art and engage in hands-on learning activities together. Read on...
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    Citizen-led Environmental Priorities Task Force presents recommendations

    Dan Hoy and Fred Palmerton, co-chairs of the Springfield-Greene County Citizens Environmental Task Force, walked City and County officials through recommendations today. Read on...
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    City Council approves collective bargaining agreement with police union

    Springfield City Council voted to approve a collective bargaining agreement with the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 22 (police union) at a special council meeting. Read on...
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    Springfield Lasers 20th season schedule announced

    John Isner appears in Springfield Saturday, July 25
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    City Council receives arbitrator’s recommendations for police union

    The City of Springfield is one step away from arriving at a mutually agreeable collective bargaining agreement with the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 22, after a meeting on Friday, March 27, 2015. Read on...
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    Springfield Fire Department proposes changes to better protect tenants in a fire

    The Department is recommending that owners and landlords of all 1-or-2 family rental properties be required to install smoke alarms on every level, in every bedroom, and outside each sleeping area. Read on...
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    Summer seasonal employment opportunities available through Park Board

    Great first jobs for youth or summer jobs for students
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    Diversity in SGF

    Springfield leaders share the sentiment that diversity and inclusion are extremely important aspects of community culture.
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    Daily pollen counts resume for 2015

    It may not officially be spring yet, but spring allergens have already made a return to the area. The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is now posting daily pollen counts for the 2015 season. Read on...
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    Anita Cotter sworn in as Acting City Clerk

    City Clerk Brenda Cirtin swore in Assistant City Clerk Anita Cotter as Acting City Clerk this morning at the Busch Municipal Building's fourth floor conference room. Cirtin is now City Clerk Emeritus and will work on special projects for the City. Read on...
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    Stationary bike offers exercise, stress relief for Springfield-Greene County 911 telecommunicators

    Studies have shown that 911 telecommunicators have one of the most stressful jobs in the U.S. Springfield-Greene County 911 is trying something new to help telecommunicators battle stress and encourage movement. Read on...
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    Mark your calendar for fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Aug. 14-16

    Join us in downtown Springfield Aug. 14-16 for the fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. This year's festival promises to be the best yet with an expanded two-day car show and new events such as a parade, a motorcycle show and a cruise-in party. Read on...
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    Newly created Springfield Homeless Court Program offers fresh start

    Modeled after the first homeless court program in the nation, created in San Diego in 1989, Springfield’s Homeless Court convenes at 6:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in a conference room at The Kitchen, 1630 N. Jefferson. Read on...
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    City, County leaders update Council and Commission on urgent stormwater issues

    City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter dove right into urgent stormwater management issues at a joint meeting of Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission today. Read on...
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    Task force report outlines City and County challenges

    A task force consisting of City of Springfield and Greene County staff worked for the past 18 months to identify challenges facing both governmental entities and reported them to City Council and the Greene County Commission, Dec. 9. 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.

Purpose
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