Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    Investigation underway in North Golden house fire

    A 52-year-old Springfield man was killed in the fire that was reported around 9 Tuesday night. Read on...
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    Aug. 22 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22. A written summary and video recording of meeting are available. Read on...
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    Motorists: Slow down and watch for pedestrians as students head back to school

    As Springfield Public Schools students head back to school Wednesday and area universities start their fall sessions in coming weeks, Public Works Traffic Engineering reminds drivers to slow down and watch for pedestrians. Read on...
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    Route 66 Festival draws record attendance

    About 38,000 people participated in Springfield Missouri’s 6th annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, presented by KY3/KSPR; City of Springfield and Aaron Sachs & Associates. Read on...
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    Festival’s John T. Woodruff Award to be presented Saturday

    On behalf of the 2016 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, David Eslick will present John T. Woodruff Awards at noon, Saturday Aug. 13 at Park Central Square. Read on...
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    Love to chat about Route 66? Visit The Old Glass Place Aug. 13-14

    A gathering of authors, artists, collectors, associations, and preservation and tourism enthusiasts affiliated with Route 66 will take place at The Old Glass Place, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 13 and Sunday, Aug. 14. Read on...
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    Gypsy tour tradition comes to the Mother Road during Route 66 Festival this weekend

    Along with Aaron Sachs and Associates, Ozarks on Two Wheels joined forces with the 4-3 Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) chapter to create the second annual Route 66 Gypsy Tour Poker Run. Read on...
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    Expect road closures, traffic delays downtown Friday-Sunday during Route 66 Festival

    Motorists in downtown Springfield should expect road closures and traffic delays all weekend in downtown Springfield due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, starting the morning of Friday, Aug. 12 and lasting until evening Sunday, Aug. 14. Read on...
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    City GIS staff create 80-stop virtual tour down Springfield’s stretch of Historic Route 66

    The City of Springfield’s Geographic Information Systems division has created an intensive 80-stop “story map” of Historic Route 66 through Springfield utilizing mapping software Esri. Read on...
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    West Central Neighborhood to host pre-party Friday before the Route 66 Festival Parade

    The West Central Neighborhood Alliance will host a pre-party for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Parade 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12 at the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park at College Street and Fort Avenue. Read on...
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    Festival organizers release parade details, instructions for participants

    The second annual Birthplace of Route 66 Parade has an exciting lineup this year that includes more than 350 cars and motorcycles to date, several floats, special guest appearances and entertainment for the whole family. Read on...
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    Festival founders hope to pass preservation of Historic Route 66 to future generations

    Birthplace of Route 66 Festival founders Tommy and Glenda Pike, David Eslick and the West Central Neighborhood Alliance hope to pass the spirit of preservation of Historic Route 66 on to future generations of Route 66 enthusiasts. Read on...
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    City, West Central Neighborhood to ceremoniously break ground for Route 66 Plaza Streetscape Aug. 10

    The City of Springfield and the West Central Neighborhood Alliance will ceremoniously break ground for the Route 66 Plaza Streetscape at College Street and Broadway Avenue at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 10. Read on...
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    August sales tax revenues down 2% compared to budget

    The City of Springfield's August 2016 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 2%, or $41,007, compared to the amount budgeted. Read on...
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    City to host public input meeting Aug. 11 to discuss C-Street TIF projects

    The City will host the first in a series of public input meetings about how to spend revenue from the Commercial Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plan 5:30-7 p.m., Thursday Aug. 11 at White River Brewing Co., 505 W. Commercial Street. Read on...
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    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

    The second quarter of 2016 saw an overall increase in crime by 2 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of April through June 2015, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Safety Report. Read on...
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    National Night Out promotes safe, healthy neighborhoods

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams is sending a message to criminals: neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. This year marks the fifth anniversary of a citywide National Night Out event to coincide with the national public safety event. Read on...
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    New right-turn lane design to be piloted at Battlefield and Campbell

    Public Works will test out the safety benefits of a new right-turn lane design with a pilot study at the intersection of Battlefield Road and Campbell Avenue beginning Tuesday, July 26. Read on...
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    City Human Resources director announces retirement

    Sheila Maerz, City of Springfield Human Resources director, announces her retirement effective Oct. 20. Read on...
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    Blanche Jones retires from the Zoo after 43-year career

    Jones retires a longest-serving city employee
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    Back-to-school immunization clinics begin soon

    It may seem early, but now is the time for parents and guardians of school-age children to think about required and recommended vaccinations for the 2016-17 school year. Read on...
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    David Holtmann named interim Finance director

    City Manager Greg Burris has named David Holtmann to serve as interim Finance director effective July 25. Read on...
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    Zone Blitz initiative promotes community unity

    The City of Springfield, along with community partners and Zone 1 neighbors, officially launched the Zone Blitz, an initiative to improve quality of life in northwest Springfield, Monday morning at Nichols Park. Read on...
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    Reverse-angle parking pilot on Commercial Street to begin July 9

    The City of Springfield Department of Public Works, in partnership with the Commercial Street community, will introduce reverse-angle parking to C-Street as an eight-week pilot beginning Saturday, July 9. Read on...
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    Frank Romines selected as Springfield City Attorney

    Frank Romines has been selected as the City of Springfield’s City Attorney, effective July 13. He currently serves as senior corporate counsel for Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. Read on...
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    EPA recognizes Springfield for 17 years of successful redevelopment using brownfields grants

    The City of Springfield was officially recognized today by EPA Region 7 for its successful 17-year history of redevelopment of formerly polluted properties. Read on...
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    Mayor in State of City address: Springfield in especially strong position

    More than 300 attendees gathered to hear Mayor Bob Stephens share his views this morning about the state of Springfield during his last State of the City address. Read on...
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    SGF named 11th Best City for Staycations in WalletHub.com study

    To help Americans find the best staycation spots in the U.S. ? and the ones worth leaving home for ? WalletHub¹s number crunchers compared the 150 largest cities across 28 key metrics. Read on...
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    Discount theme park tickets available through the Park Board

    Visit Silver Dollar City, Worlds of Fun, Oceans of Fun, Schlitterbahn or Six Flags
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    SGF named 8th Best City to Start a Business in WalletHub.com study

    In order to determine the best cities for Hispanic entrepreneurs, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across two key dimensions, namely “Hispanic Business-Friendliness” and “Hispanic Purchasing Power.” Read on...
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    Ozark Workforce Development Board to launch free Multi-Trade Pre-Apprenticeship

    The Pre-Apprenticeship Multi-Trade Orientation (PAMTO) is a four week program that is offered at no charge to participants. It will allow them to gain experience and insight into the participating trades: Carpenters, Plumbers & Pipefitters, and Laborers. Read on...
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    SGF named 17th Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs in WalletHub.com study

    In order to determine the best cities for Hispanic entrepreneurs, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across two key dimensions, namely “Hispanic Business-Friendliness” and “Hispanic Purchasing Power.” Read on...
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    Springfield Lasers announce 2016 season home schedule July 31-Aug. 13

    No. 1 American John Isner plays in Springfield Thursday, Aug. 11
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    2016 Route 66 Festival to offer three days of cars, motorcycles, concerts and family fun

    The City of Springfield and Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partners KY3, Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C. and Ozarks On Two Wheels announced the 2016 festival event lineup at a press conference at the historic Gillioz Theatre March 22. Read on...
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    SGF named 5th Best City to Get Married in WalletHub.com study

    To help couples find the most wedding-friendly destinations, WalletHub's analysts compared 150 of the biggest cities across 18 key indicators of a cost-effective, convenient and enjoyable occasion. Read on...
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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