Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    EPA announces revised Ground-Level Ozone Standard; SGF currently in attainment

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the revised Ground-Level Ozone standard today. The Springfield region is officially 68 ppb, though the values are expected to be 61 ppb once the 2013-2015 readings are certified. Read on...
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    Springfield Fire Department kicks of Fire Prevention Month with visits to 10,000 children

    The Springfield Fire Department will visit Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms in every school in the city. This year, the Department will focus on encouraging residents to install more smoke alarms. Read on...
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    Thanksgiving day Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk Early Bird registration now open

    Training for the Trot class available for 5K group training
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    Springfield Fire Department receives 400 smoke alarms to install in area homes

    The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield will donate 400 smoke alarms to the Springfield Fire Department's free smoke alarm program. The Springfield Fire Department will install the alarms in homes of Springfield children.
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    Third-graders to discover 'Treasures of the City' Tuesday, Oct. 6

    Third-grade students and their families will tour the City's Government Plaza while they treasure-hunt for knowledge of municipal government at Tuesday, Oct. 6's 26th annual "Treasures of the City" Partners in Education event. Read on...
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    Assistant City Attorney Sarah Kerner named interim Economic Development director

    Assistant City Attorney III Sarah Kerner will join the City of Springfield’s Planning and Development department as interim Economic Development director effective Oct. 4. Read on...
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    Sept. 28 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28. A written summary and video recording of meeting are available. Read on...
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    Haunted Trail of Horrors, Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch opens Fri.-Sat. nights through Oct. 24

    Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze and new kids Halloween feature also open late at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
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    'Zone blitz' plan to address concerns shared in May’s listening meetings

    At a series of nine “listening” meetings in Springfield’s northwest neighborhoods in May, City and community leaders heard neighbors’ concerns. Now, it’s time for action. Read on...
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    City to receive federal grant to help hire 11 additional police officers

    The City of Springfield was notified Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice that the City will receive funds to assist with the hiring of 11 additional officer positions under the 2015 COPS Hiring Program (CHP). Read on...
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    Springfield Fire Department provides fire safety education to middle and high schoolers

    The Springfield Fire Department is partnering with Springfield Public Schools to provide safe cooking tips, fire extinguisher training and more to a much overlooked audience. Read on...
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    Mayor Stephens announces formation of task force on crisis sheltering

    Mayor Bob Stephens announced Wednesday, Sept. 16, the formation of a task force on crisis sheltering. Stephens said the lack of crisis shelter facilities in Springfield has reached a crisis level. Read on...
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    Harvest Fest returns to Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park

    Six weekends of corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides and fall family fun Sept. 19-20 through Oct. 24-25
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    September sales tax revenue up 1% compared to budget

    The City of Springfield's September 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 1% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in August from transactions made primarily in July. Read on...
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    Sobriety checkpoint results

    The Springfield Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint last night at Jefferson Avenue and Harrison Street. Read on...
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    Neighborhood Watch training sessions to be offered next month

    The Springfield Police Department will be conducting Neighborhood Watch training sessions in October. Read on...
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    Investigators confirm names of individuals killed in Springfield house fire

    Using medical records, the Greene County Medical Examiner was able to determine that it was the remains of 73-year-old Ronald Hanes and 71-year-old Onna Hanes that were found in the debris of a house fire at their home in Springfield early Monday.
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    Construction begins for phase II of Jefferson Avenue streetscape project

    This project will continue the streetscape improvements previously constructed downtown, including the construction of ADA-compliant sidewalks, lighting enhancements and signal reconstruction. Read on...
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    City releases 2014 Year in Review

    Find out what the City was up to in 2014 by checking out our 2014 interactive Year in Review report.
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    WalletHub names Springfield third-best city for doing business in the U.S.

    WalletHub analyzed the relative start-up opportunities that exist in the 150 most populated U.S. cities. Springfield ranked third on the list. View the findings
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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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    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