Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    Movies at Founders Park begin Friday, July 8

    See recent release and classic movies outdoors in downtown Springfield’s Founders Park
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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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    Heat Advisories prompt Park Board schedule changes, cooling center availability

    Discount pool hours extended, Skate Park schedule modified
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    Neighborhood Watch training session to be offered

    The Springfield Police Department's crime prevention officer will be conducting a Neighborhood Watch training session this month. Read on...
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    June 13 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. June 13. A written summary and video recording of meeting are available. 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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    June sales tax revenues up 11% compared to budget

    The City of Springfield’s June 2016 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 11%, or $44,782, compared to the amount budgeted. 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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    May 31 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. May 31. A written summary and video recording of meeting are available. 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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    Ozark Greenways connects Wilson’s Creek and South Creek Greenways

    Celebrate “A Tale of Two Trails” Saturday, June 4, 3551 S. Kauffman Rd.
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    Health Department, Watershed Committee stream testing underway

    To provide the community with information on the quality of water in local lakes and streams, the SGCHD partners with the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks to monitor select stream and river locations for the presence of E. coli and coliform bacteria. Learn More. .
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    City Finance Director announces retirement

    Mary Mannix Decker, City of Springfield Finance director, announces her retirement effective July 22. 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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    Outdoor pools open for the season Saturday, May 28

    Discount admission all day Memorial Day at Fassnight, Grant Beach and Meador pools
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    Missouri Job Center to assist with four hiring events this week

    The Mobile Career Center will assist with two hiring events in Springfield on Wednesday, May 25, and the Missouri Job Center - Branson location will host two hiring events on Thursday, May 26. Read on...
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    EPA awards $200,000 to Springfield for job training program

    A $200,000 grant to The Missouri Job Center will provide job opportunities in the city’s northwest quadrant. Read on...
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    Sewer insurance program not sanctioned by the City

    Springfield residents may have received a letter from American Water Resources (AWC) of Missouri, informing them of their sewer service line maintenance responsibility. Read on...
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    Holstein releases findings on Fulnecky issue

    Former Chief Justice John Holstein issued his findings today regarding the alleged misconduct by Councilmember Kristi Fulnecky during a Nov. 24, 2015 closed meeting. Read on...
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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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    Last piece in 2016 Sculpture Walk installed in downtown SGF today

    The last of 12 sculptures that comprise the 2016 Sculpture Walk in downtown Springfield was installed today. Read on...
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    City Manager presents Proposed 2017 Budget to City Council

    The City Manager’s proposed fiscal year 2017 (FY2017) budget was provided to City Council today in the first of four scheduled workshops. Read on...
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    Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee announces 2016 application process

    The Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee will host a mandatory Q&A session at 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 18, in the auditorium of the Discovery Center for groups interested in applying for funds. Read on...
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    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

    The first quarter of 2016 saw an overall increase in crime by 10 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of January through March 2015, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Safety Report. 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 Fire Department annual report highlights accomplishments and future goals

    The 2015 Annual Report captures the sites, stats and news from a very busy year in the Fire Department. 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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    Missouri Job Center recognized for continued reentry assistance in community

    The Missouri Job Center was recognized for continued reentry assistance at the 8th Annual Criminal Justice Conference with a staff member and former program participant both receiving awards, as well as a program receiving an award nomination. Read on...
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    FBI announces $25,000 reward for information leading to recovery of artwork

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation April 11 announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of artwork stolen from the Springfield Art Museum. Read on...
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    Gift of Time volunteer appreciation program to host 25th annual banquet June 30

    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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    Yardwaste and Lone Pine Recycling Centers open Sundays during spring yard clean-up season

    The City’s Yardwaste Recycling Center and Lone Pine Recycling Center will be open on Sundays 1-5 p.m. through May 15. Read on...
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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