Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    Unhealthy level air quality alert today and tonight

    The City of Springfield is monitoring a wildfire smoke plume from the Canadian Yukon that is anticipated to enter the Springfield airshed this afternoon. This is an alert for high levels of fine particulates in this smoke plume. Read on...
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    Springfield Homeless Court Program's first success stories to graduate tomorrow evening

    Springfield Homeless Court Program's first success stories will "graduate" from the program at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 7 at a conference room at The Kitchen, Inc., 1630 N. Jefferson. Media are invited to attend. Read on...
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    Movies at Founders Park begins Friday, July 10

    See recent release and classic movies in a family-friendly outdoor setting
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    American Airlines brings Springfield non-stop service to Charlotte, North Carolina

    American Airlines begins new, non-stop service between Springfield and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport beginning Nov. 5. Tickets go on sale July 5. Read on...
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    Planned sewer rate increase takes effect July 1

    Springfield must make additional investments in its wastewater system to continue meeting regulatory requirements and to protect the environment Read on...
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    Aquathon Series and 12th Annual Kid’Athlon events offer triathlon-style races

    Swim and run races for all ages in July; Kid’Athlon for kids only Aug. 1
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    Vehicle vs. bicycle crash turns fatal

    On June 29, Springfield police officers responded to the intersection of Brentwood and Seminole for a crash involving a vehicle and bicyclist. Read on...
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    65th Springfield Police Academy class graduates Friday

    Graduation ceremonies for the officers of the 65th Springfield Police Academy will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 26, at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 2210 W. Republic Rd. Read on...
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    Park Board offers discount theme park tickets

    Get discount tickets for Missouri theme parks through the Springfield-Greene County Park Board Read on...
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    Public Works releases June safety message

    Urban flooding is the topic of June's Traffic Safety Message. Read on...
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    Reminder: Parking lot animal sales no longer permitted

    The Springfield-Greene County Health Department would like to remind the public that parking lot or roadside sales of domestic animals by private citizens inside the City of Springfield are no longer permitted. Read on...
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    June 22 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. June 22. A written summary and video recording of meeting are available. Read on...
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    Cause of May hotel deaths confirmed

    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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    24th annual Gift of Time Awards Luncheon honors 37, awards 10

    Ten local citizens were honored by the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and City of Springfield as the Volunteers of the Year at the annual Gift of Time Awards Luncheon today at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center. Read on...
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    June sales tax revenue up 3% compared to budget

    The City of Springfield's June 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 3% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in May from transactions made primarily in April. Read on...
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    Construction begins June 15 to restore South Creek along Sunset Street

    The City’s Public Works and Environmental Services departments will begin construction June 15 on the South Creek Restoration Project, which will remove the concrete channel and restore the creek to a more natural condition in along Sunset Street. Read on...
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    American Legion post to host traveling Vietnam memorial wall in July

    The American Legion Post 639 will host the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at its location at 2660 S. Scenic July 9-12. Read on...
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    Park Board publishes summer activities guide

    The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has published the summer 2015 edition of The Park Bench activities guide.
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    Pick up a Passport to Healthy Living for summer surprises and prizes

    Passport available Tuesday, May 26, at libraries and Park Board facilities
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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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Springfield Lasers 20th season schedule announced

    John Isner appears in Springfield Saturday, July 25
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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