Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    Health Department, Watershed Committee stream testing under way

    The Springfield-Greene County Health Department partners with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks to monitor select stream and river locations in Greene County for the presence of E. coli and coliform bacteria. Read on...
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    Springfield police identify deceased, continue homicide investigation

    At 6:28 p.m. on May 20, Springfield police officers responded to 2541 W. Madison after a 911 call was placed reporting possible shots fired at the location. Read on...
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    Outdoor pools open for the season Memorial Day weekend

    Splash & Sizzle discount admission Monday at Fassnight, Grant Beach and Meador pools
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    BDS asks building and development community to review proposed amendments to adopted building codes

    The City of Springfield’s Building Development Services department has prepared a series of proposed amendments to the building codes that were adopted by the City in 2012. The draft language of these proposed changes can be found at the links below. Read on...
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    Statement on prosecutor's conclusion of officer-involved shooting

    The Springfield Police Department appreciates the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office’s thorough and extensive review of the Feb. 17, 2015 shooting by then Officer Andrew Bath that resulted in the death of Michael Ireland. Read on...
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    Update on hotel double death investigation

    The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to 1610 E. Evergreen, the La Quinta Inn, at 1:06 p.m. on May 9. Read on...
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    Anita Cotter named Springfield City Clerk

    Acting City Clerk Anita Cotter has been appointed by Springfield City Council as the new City Clerk. She has served as Assistant City Clerk since 1996. Read on...
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    City mobile app GoSpringfieldMO now available for download

    The City of Springfield has launched its first mobile app, GoSpringfieldMO. The app is available for free download via iTunes (for Apple devices) and the Google Play store (for Android devices) by searching “GoSpringfieldMO.” Read on...
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    City’s budget highlights: Public safety, environmental stewardship and employee pay

    City Manager Greg Burris submitted the fiscal year 2016 City of Springfield Budget to City Council Tuesday, April 28. Council must approve a final budget before the new fiscal year begins on July 1 each year. Read on...
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    Springfield Fire Department and OTC partner to provide realistic medical training

    Over the next two weeks Springfield Fire crews will be training in Ozarks Technical Community College's Simulation Center. Crews will use patient simulators to review obstetrical and newborn emergencies. Read on...
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    May 11 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. May 11. A written summary and video recording of meeting are available. Read on...
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    Missouri Career Center plans job fair for Mammoth employees in June

    The City of Springfield’s Department of Workforce Development is committed to providing career counseling, training options, job search assistance and employment opportunities to the more than 200 Mammoth, Inc. employees as they prepare for layoffs. Read on...
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    May sales tax revenue down 4% compared to budget

    City's May sales tax check down 4%; however, year-to-date figures still strong Read on...
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    City explains right-of-way mowing policy

    The City of Springfield’s Public Works – Public Grounds section provides mowing and related vegetation maintenance services to approximately 990 acres (equivalent to 3,960 typical residential lots) of roadside mowing along 795 centerline street miles. Read on...
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    No jail space for municipal prisoners leaves offenders on the streets

    The jail capacity issue at the consolidated county-municipal justice center has now reached a critical point for the City of Springfield, according to City officials. Read on...
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    Winter costs City $350,000 less than last season

    With summer in sight, Springfield Public Works added up the cost of the relatively mild winter so far, and it’s about $350,000 less than last year’s nearly $1 million total. Read on...
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    City to issue $41 million of bonds for sewer system improvements May 11

    The City of Springfield plans to issue approximately $41 million of bonds for sewer system improvements, which have been rated Aa2 by Moody’s Investor’s Service. Moody’s also affirmed the Aa1rating on the City’s outstanding general obligation debt. Read on...
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    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

    The first quarter of 2015 saw an overall increase in crime by 5 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of January through March of 2014, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Safety Report. Read on...
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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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    City of Springfield, community partners to host 9 events in May to listen to neighborhood concerns

    Community leaders will be “all ears” at a series of nine meetings in Springfield neighborhoods starting Monday. Read on...
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    Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee announces application process

    The Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee will host a mandatory Q&A session at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 6 at The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, for groups interested in applying for funds Read on...
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    Phyllis Ferguson selected to Zone 1 Council Seat

    Phyllis Ferguson was selected as the new Zone 1 Councilperson at a special Council meeting April 21. Phyllis is chief operating officer and treasurer for Mexican Villa Food Products, Inc. and has previously worked for Mercy and Heer’s department store. Read on...
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    Gift of Time nominations now open

    Do you know someone who gives their time to make the Ozarks a better place to live? Consider nominating him or her for a Gift of Time award. 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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    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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    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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    Springfield Lasers 20th season schedule announced

    John Isner appears in Springfield Saturday, July 25
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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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    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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    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