Posted on: May 2, 2016

City participating in CFO's Give Ozarks to raise funds for Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower

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Nearly 150 nonprofit agencies will participate in Give Ozarks, Community Foundation of the Ozarks' 24-hour online giving day Tuesday, May 3. The City of Springfield is participating in Give Ozarks to fundraise for the planned Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower as part of the Route 66 Plaza streetscape project at College Street and Broadway Avenue along Historic Route 66, which the City will break ground for this summer to kick of the sixth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Aug. 12-14.

The estimated cost for the Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower is about $55,000.

In addition to the 24 hours of fund raising, Nathan P. Murphy's in downtown Springfield will host an evening of jazz, blues and classic rock to benefit the project. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the lineup includes local blues performer King Clarentz, Brenda Meyer Band, Roots 66 and street performer O'Neal. The cover charge is $10 for those 21 and over, and $14 for those under 21.

Saturday, April 30 marked the 90th anniversary of the telegram sent from Springfield proposing U.S. 66 as the name for the new Chicago-to-L.A. highway, which is why Springfield is officially recognized as the birthplace of the iconic "Mother Road."

Route 66 meandered across Springfield from Kearney to Glenstone to St. Louis Street, through Park Central Square to Olive and College streets, then headed west along what is now Chestnut Expressway.

Springfield is currently redeveloping the College Street portion of Route 66 through Springfield.

While the City is implementing certain infrastructure improvements along the College Street stretch of Historic Route 66 between Grant Avenue and Kansas Expressway, it must leverage its investment in the project with private donations and other sources of funding. A larger plan to revitalize Historic Route 66 through other parts of Springfield could roll out in phases, as the City gauges interest and potential funding.

The City broke ground May 22, 2014 for the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park near the intersection of College Street and Fort Avenue.

"We hope to make Springfield THE stop along the famed, historic byway," says City Manager Greg Burris.

About Give Ozarks
The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and BKD Wealth Advisors are presenting this region-wide effort to raise awareness of philanthropy, encourage online donations to participating nonprofits and offer prizes and matching funds.

These nonprofit agencies will work to raise online donations from midnight to midnight on May 3 at giveozarks.org for a variety of needs that will improve services and opportunities for Ozarks residents.

This is the second year for Give Ozarks; in 2015, the first region-wide online giving day raised more than $1 million for about 150 nonprofit agencies.

Making a secure donation is simple. From midnight to midnight on May 3, donors can log onto giveozarks.org and search for a specific nonprofit or a cause they support to complete a basic credit-card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

“Although philanthropy and charitable giving know no season, we are very excited for the opportunity to focus on a day to emphasize giving,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “The dollar benefits might accrue only for a day, but the possibility of new awareness of our non-profits, a new understanding of the good things they do, and an appreciation of charitable support should grow throughout the year.”

Community Foundation of the Ozarks is hosting Give Ozarks with presenting sponsor BKD Wealth Advisors and platinum sponsors The Musgrave Foundation, The Commerce Trust Co./Coover Charitable Foundation and Ron and Janice Penney.

Founded in 1973, CFO has grown to include 45 affiliate community foundations and more than 2,700 charitable funds.

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For more information about Give Ozarks, please contact Louise Knauer at 417-864-6199 or lknauer@cfozarks.org; or Matt Lemmon, 417-864-6199 or mlemmon@cfozarks.org. For more information about the Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower project, please contact Cora Scott Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.govRead on...

Donate to Route 66 Roadside Park fund.
Posted on: April 29, 2016

Saturday marks 90th anniversary of telegram sent from Springfield naming Route 66

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Route 66, also known as the “Mother Road” and the “Main Street of America,” was conceived 90 years ago Saturday in downtown Springfield.

On April 30, 1926, a group of businessmen led by Cy Avery of Tulsa and Springfield’s John...Read on...

View telegram.
Posted on: April 28, 2016

MEDIA ALERT: Hearing continues at 1:30 p.m., Friday

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A hearing carried over from April 20, will continue in Historic City Hall’s 3rd floor City Council Chambers at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 29. The hearing was requested by a majority of City Council members, to look into the facts surrounding Councilwoman Kri...Read on...

Posted on: April 19, 2016

MEDIA ALERT: Second Sculpture Walk installation Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Springfield Brewing Co.

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MEDIA ALERT

The second of 12 sculptures that will comprise the 2016 Sculpture Walk in downtown Springfield will arrive via truck from Brooklyn, New York and will be installed at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday on Springfield Brewing Company's balcony, according to...Read on...

Visit SculptureWalk's Web site.
Posted on: April 13, 2016

City of Springfield, Greene County observe National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

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The week of April 10-16 is set aside to honor those that provide the voice of our emergency services across our country. The City of Springfield recognizes the outstanding service of 9-1-1 telecommunicators during observance of Na...Read on...

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Posted on: April 12, 2016

9-1-1 Director Zim Schwartze named Missouri 9-1-1 Director of the Year

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Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Director Zim Schwartze was named Missouri 9-1-1 Director of the Year at the Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference (MPSCC) March 22 in Columbia.

The Springfield...Read on...

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Posted on: April 11, 2016

Gift of Time volunteer appreciation program to host 25th annual banquet June 30

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Volunteers are a vital part of delivering services to our community every day – from hunger to education; homelessness to advocacy; volunteers are there to give the most important gift – the gift of time.

To celebrate the ded...Read on...

View the Gift of Time Web site and nomination form
Posted on: April 8, 2016

April sales tax revenues down 3% compared to budget

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The City of Springfield's April 2016 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 3%, or $112,213, compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in March from transa...Read on...

View Sales Tax Chart.
Posted on: March 31, 2016

Author and professor Robert D. Putnam to speak at MSU Public Affairs Conference April 8

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The City of Springfield, along with the 12 partner organizations listed below, are bringing author and Harvard professor Robert D. Putnam to speak noon-1 p.m. Friday, April 8 at Missouri State University’s annual Public Affairs Conference at Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.

Putnam, author of “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,” and “Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community,” will address what he calls the “opportunity gap,” noon-1 p.m. at the conference.

Putnam is a political scientist and Malkin Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is responsible for popularizing the term "social capital." Praised by The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The New York Times Book Review, “Our Kids” explores why "fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility.”

Admission to the conference is free and open to the public, and registration is not necessary.

For more information about the conference, please visit publicaffairs.missouristate.edu/conference. Members of the media interested in interviewing Dr. Putnam may contact Care to Learn Executive Director Linda Ramey-Greiwe at 417-862-7771, 417-655-6980 or lrameygreiwe@caretolearnfund.org.

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Partner Organizations
• Care to Learn
• Community Foundation of the Ozarks
• Community Partnership of the Ozarks
• Council of Churches of the Ozarks
• Every Child Promise
• The Hamels Foundation
• Help Give Hope
• Missouri State University
• Ozarks Regional YMCA
• Ozarks Technical Community College
• Springfield Public Schools
• Springfield Area Chamber ofRead on...

Posted on: March 30, 2016

City, Community Partnership of the Ozarks to host landlord training seminar April 9

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The City of Springfield and Community Partnership of the Ozarks will host an annual landlord training seminar 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 9 at Christ Episcopal Church, 610 E. Walnut.

This training is designed for landlords a...Read on...

Register here.
Posted on: March 23, 2016

City Council hears first reading for West Wye connection project

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A long-discussed project to divert coal trains from the center of Springfield is back on track.

City Council will meet at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, March 24 in Council Chambers at Historic City Hall to hear the first reading of a bil...Read on...

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Posted on: March 22, 2016

2016 Route 66 Festival to offer three days of cars, motorcycles, concerts and family fun

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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...Read on...

Posted on: March 21, 2016

City to pay to house inmates in Miller, Taney counties

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Springfield City Council voted on March 21 to allocate up to $500,000 to house inmates in Miller and Taney County detention facilities, as a temporary solution to a long-standing disagreement with the Greene County Sheriff over th...Read on...

Posted on: March 22, 2016

Please join us at 10 a.m. at the Gillioz to hear about 2016 Route 66 Festival event lineup

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Please join us for a press conference at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 22 at the historic Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, as we announce the featured attractions of the 2016 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.

Last year’s festival drew a...Read on...

Posted on: March 14, 2016

City continues to respond to March 13-14 flash flooding event

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Missouri Severe Weather Preparedness Week kicked off early in Springfield with Sunday night’s signature flash flooding event due to a convective thunderstorm.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flooding warning for Sp...Read on...

Posted on: March 14, 2016

Sculpture takes springtime tumble Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

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It’s tumble time.

Public Works Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey encourages interested citizens to come down to Park Central Square at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 15 for the springtime rotation of the Tumbler, Springfield’s first piece of modern art...Read on...

View a video about the Tumbler.
Posted on: March 14, 2016

Today's media lunch about Convoy of Hope Springfield event postponed

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Today's media lunch scheduled for noon at the Springfield-Greene County Public Safety center is being postponed to a later date. Information on the rescheduled date will be sent out as soon as details are confirmed. Sorry for any inconvenience. Media inte...Read on...

Posted on: March 13, 2016

City details efforts to address poverty and homelessness

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According to Springfield’s 2013 point in time homeless count data, on any given night, 711 people in Springfield are homeless. That includes 350 single adults, 50 veterans, 425 families and 163 children. Together with the rising poverty rate, homelessness...Read on...

List of Area Crisis Shelters
Posted on: March 8, 2016

Marianne Banks named Interim City Attorney

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City Manager Greg Burris named Marianne Banks to serve as Interim City Attorney, effective March 14, 2016. Banks temporarily replaces Dan Wichmer, who recently took a new position with Legal Services of Southern Missouri.

Banks has extensive experienc...Read on...

Posted on: March 8, 2016

Zone 3 City Councilman Mike Schilling to host community meeting March 15

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Zone 3 City Councilman Mike Schilling cordially invites Springfield residents to a community meeting 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 15 at Horace Mann Elementary, 3745 S. Broadway.

Join Schilling and Zone 3 neighbors to discuss wha...Read on...

What City Council zone do I live in?
Posted on: March 7, 2016

Media invited to March 14 luncheon to discuss upcoming Convoy of Hope: Springfield event

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Please join Convoy of Hope Signature Events Director Steve Pulis and City Manager Greg Burris for a media luncheon noon-1 p.m., Monday, March 14 at the Public Safety Center, 330 W. Scott, to learn about media opportunities and res...Read on...

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Posted on: March 4, 2016

1 Million Cups Springfield moves to the Springfield Art Museum

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1 Million Cups Springfield announced Wednesday its move to the Springfield Art Museum effective April 6.

The program launched Feb. 26, 2014 with the mission to build a start up and entrepreneurial community in southwest Missouri. This free, weekly experiential event, has hosted thousands of diverse community members gathered to learn from and help build local start-up companies and organizations. There have been over 200 small businesses/organizations that have presented at the event that typically has over 100 community members attend each week.

1 Million Cups Springfield is the third-largest 1 Million Cups community out of nearly 100 national
and international communities. The program was created by the Kauffman Foundation in KansasCity, based on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a cup
of coffee. Each community uses the same format; 2 presenters, 1 hour, lots of free coffee, andasking of the generous question of “What can we as a community do to help your business?"

Until this point, 1 Million Cups Springfield has met at The eFactory, a tech-focused entrepreneurship center designed to assist startup and growth in new small businesses and continuing education and training in mature organizations.

Serving as a front door to entrepreneurship in Springfield, The eFactory helps companies start, grow and accelerate. The eFactory is part of IDEA Commons, a Missouri State University vision and commitment to create an urban innovation park, located downtown
Springfield.

As the new venue sponsor of 1 Million Cups Springfield, the Springfield Art Museum is dedicatedto enhancing the education of and documenting the cultural heritage of the people of southwest
Missouri through the collection, preservation and exhibition of art objects. This new collaborationwill view entrepreneurship as an ART. Both organizations seek to expand exposure to each
other’s core audience and increase awareness.

Join us at 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Springfield Art Museum, for coffee and conversation. Presentations start promptly at 9 a.m. All are welcome. Early stage companies are encouraged to apply to present.

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Current 1 Million Cups Springfield organizers are Phillip Baird, Deb Bellotti, Jonathan Putnam, Craig Jamison and Jennifer DeCamp.

For more information on 1MC, please contact Phillip Baird, at 417-619-5849 or springfieldmo@1millioncups.com.

The Springfield Art Museum is Springfield's oldest cultural institution, founded in 1928. A department of the City of Springfield, we are dedicated to enhancing the education and documenting the cultural heritage of the people of southwest Missouri through the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art objects. For more information, please visit sgfmuseum.org.

Media contact: Joshua Best, Development and Marketing Coordinator, 417-837-5700 ext. 224 or jbest@springfieldmo.govRead on...

Visit 1 Million Cups Springfield online.
Posted on: March 7, 2016

March sales tax revenue up 24% compared to budget

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The City of Springfield's March 2016 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 24%, or $942,338, compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in February from tran...Read on...

View Sales Tax Chart.
Posted on: March 1, 2016

City Attorney Dan Wichmer accepts new position

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City Attorney Dan Wichmer has accepted the position of Executive Director of Legal Services of Southern Missouri. His last day at the City of Springfield will be March 11.

Wichmer became Springfield City Attorney in May 2005 af...Read on...

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Posted on: March 1, 2016

Mayor Bob Stephens to host news conference at 10 a.m.

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MEDIA ALERT

Mayor Bob Stephens will host a news conference at 10 a.m. today at the Springfield Regional Police-Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield Road. Immediately following the news conference, the mayor will be available for one-on-one interv...Read on...

View livestream of news conference.
Posted on: March 1, 2016

Jefferson Avenue Footbridge to close beginning March 1 for inspection

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During a recent weekly inspection of the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, Public Works noticed corrosion and steel loss in the north support column of the 114-year-old bridge. Public Works brought in experts from Great River Engineeri...Read on...

Jefferson Avenue Footbridge closure Fact Sheet
Posted on: February 29, 2016

Mayor’s Task Force on Crisis Sheltering presents recommendations to Council

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The 17-member Mayor’s Task Force on Crisis Sheltering presented its recommendations to Mayor Bob Stephens and members of City Council at today’s Council Lunch.

Mayor Stephens announced the formation of the task force last fall....Read on...

View report.
Posted on: February 24, 2016

Business, marketing, IT skills in greatest demand locally over next 5-10 years, according to survey

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Over 300 local workforce professionals attended the second annual MOmentum 2016: State of the Workforce Luncheon, hosted Feb. 23 by the local Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center-Ozark Region. In addition to dis...Read on...

View executive summary and full results.
Posted on: February 22, 2016

Citizens’ Sales Tax Oversight Committee issues clean report to City Council

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The City of Springfield doesn’t expect citizens to take its word for it that tax dollars are spent appropriately. At tonight’s City Council meeting, the Citizens’ Sales Tax Oversight Committee (CSTOC) gave another "clean" report t...Read on...

Posted on: February 22, 2016

Ozarks workforce leaders to release state of the workforce survey results tomorrow

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Missouri Job Center, will host the second annual MOmentum: State of the Workforce Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the White River Conference Center at Bass Pro,...Read on...

Posted on: February 17, 2016

Missouri Job Center to host hiring events for Lowe's Springfield locations

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The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will assist the two Springfield Lowe's locations with hiring more than 100 seasonal positions this month.

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Missouri Job Center...Read on...

Visit the Job Center's Web site.
Posted on: February 25, 2016

Mayor’s Task Force on Crisis Sheltering to present recommendations to Council on Monday

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MEDIA ALERT

The 17-member Mayor’s Task Force on Crisis Sheltering will present its recommendations to Mayor Bob Stephens and members of City Council at a special Council lunch meeting at noon, Monday, Feb. 29 in the Busch Municipal Building’s fourth-fl...Read on...

Posted on: February 25, 2016

REMINDER: Zone 2 City Councilman Justin Burnett to host community meeting tonight

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Zone 2 City Councilman Justin Burnett cordially invites Springfield residents to a community meeting 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 25 at Alice Pittman Elementary, 2934 E. Bennett.

Join Burnett and Zone 2 neighbors to discuss wha...Read on...

What City Council zone do I live in?
Posted on: February 10, 2016

City employee dies in accident at landfill

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John Wesley Choate died after an accident at the City’s landfill. Choate worked at the City in various capacities since 2008, most recently as a maintenance worker.

“We are all saddened by the loss of one of our own” said City...Read on...

Posted on: February 9, 2016

Help 9-1-1 help you by filling out functional needs form for household

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In an emergency, it can be vitally important for first responders (police officers, firefighters or emergency medical services personnel) to know that a resident of the household where help is needed is visually impaired, hearing ...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2016

City solicits bids for properties

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The City of Springfield is soliciting sealed bids for the sale of various parcels of City-owned property at the following locations:

  • 1410 E. Pacific - Zoned R-SF (Residential Single-Family)
  • 1102 N. Rogers - Zoned R-SF (Residenti...
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    View the bid posting.
    Posted on: February 8, 2016

    February sales tax revenue down 7% compared to budget; YTD revenues still up 3% over budget

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's February 2016 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 7%, or $223,927, compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in January from t...Read on...

    View Sales Tax Chart.
    Posted on: February 5, 2016

    Police, partner agencies continue to assist individuals notified to vacate properties

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Department and Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ One Door program, which works to prevent and end homelessness in Greene, Christian and Webster Counties, continue to work together to assist an estimated 20 in...Read on...

    View protocol for moving homeless camps.
    Posted on: February 4, 2016

    Mayor to issue proclamation recognizing bravery of neighbors who pulled boy from burning home

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    Mayor Bob Stephens will issue a proclamation at a fundraiser tonight recognizing the bravery of Springfieldians Theron Teeter, also known as Too Much, and Mike Wallace, for pulling 4-year-old Ben Garrison from his burning home on ...Read on...

    View proclamation.
    Posted on: January 27, 2016

    Join City, community leaders and neighbors for Zone 1 Connect event on Saturday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Residents, service providers, business owners and church members from Springfield's Zone 1 are invited to Zone 1 Connect, a community meeting to map out an improvement plan for the city's northwest quadrant, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Saturd...Read on...

    Download Zone 1 Connect flyer
    Posted on: January 26, 2016

    Ozarks workforce leaders to release state of the workforce survey results at Feb. 23 luncheon

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Missouri Job Center, will host the second annual MOmentum: State of the Workforce Luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the White River Conference Center at Bass Pro,...Read on...

    Register for MOmentum.
    Posted on: January 25, 2016

    Missouri Job Center to host multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Job Center will host a multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Missouri Job Center, 2900 E. Sunshine.

    Employers present will include CoxHe...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: January 25, 2016

    Springfield-Greene County 911 telecommunicators field record call numbers in last 4 weeks

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    Springfield-Greene County 911 telecommunicators have experienced a record number of calls and phone interactions in the four weeks since the flooding event on Dec. 26, 2015.

    "The flooding that occurred mainly on the day after C...Read on...

    Posted on: January 21, 2016

    Tree City USA meeting postponed, P&Z canceled

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Due to weather, today's Tree City USA meeting has been rescheduled to 1:30-2:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and tonight's Planning & Zoning Commission meeting has been canceled.Read on...

    Posted on: January 19, 2016

    Tonight's Council-CACCD public hearing meeting canceled

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Due to weather, the joint City Council-Citizen Advisory Committee for Community Development Public Hearing scheduled for tonight has been rescheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26 in City Council Chambers inside Historic City Hall....Read on...

    Posted on: January 15, 2016

    Zone 2 Councilman Justin Burnett rescinds resignation

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    Springfield Zone 2 City Councilman Justin Burnett has decided to rescind his resignation, after reconsideration.

    “I have decided to rescind my resignation and will be taking a break from college instead in order to focus on my...Read on...

    View letter.
    Posted on: January 14, 2016

    Zone 2 Councilman Justin Burnett resigns

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Zone 2 Councilman Justin Burnett distributed a letter today to City Council tendering his resignation, effective Jan. 15. Burnett was elected in April 2015.

    Essentially citing reasons of health and time commitment, he indicated...Read on...

    View letter.
    Posted on: January 12, 2016

    City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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    Building Development Services
    Service requests for the Building Development Services department are up 10% over this time last year. BDS implements and monitors a variety of cit...
    Read on...

    Posted on: January 12, 2016

    Zone 1 residents invited to help map out details of improvement plan for northwest SGF Jan. 30

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    Residents, service providers, business owners and church members from Springfield's Zone 1 are invited to Zone 1 Connect, a community meeting to map out an improvement plan for the city's northwest quadrant, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Saturd...Read on...

    Download Zone 1 Connect flyer
    Posted on: January 11, 2016

    January sales tax revenue up 13% compared to budget

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's January 2016 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 13%, or $462,680, compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in December 2015 fr...Read on...

    View Sales Tax Chart.
    Posted on: December 31, 2015

    Video looks back at 2015

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    From the amazing recovery of Springfield Police officer Aaron Pearson and the generous outpouring of support from the community, to the challenges of the roller coaster Missouri weather and ongoing lively debate over a wide range of political and social i...Read on...

    Year in Review Video
    Posted on: December 28, 2015

    Emergency shelter to open at 8 p.m. for flooding victims

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At the request of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) The Red Cross will open an emergency shelter tonight at 8 p.m. at Day Springs Christian Church, 2157 N. Prospect in Springfield, to house residen...Read on...

    Posted on: December 28, 2015

    City, residents battle floodwaters from near-record rainfall

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield/Greene County residents continue to battle the waters from the rainstorm that worked its way through Springfield and region beginning Saturday, Dec. 26, continuing steadily through Sunday and turning into flurries late...Read on...

    Posted on: December 27, 2015

    Public Information Call Center to be activated to collect damage reports

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management (GCOEM) will activate its Public Information Call Center (PICC) 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. Citizens in Greene County who have experienced flood damage to t...Read on...

    Posted on: December 23, 2015

    City issues statement regarding former Southwest Treatment Plant employee

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    Responding to media inquiries pointing to charges filed on Casenet, the City issues the following statement:
    The City of Springfield regrets that the actions of a former Southwest Treatment Plant employee have led to criminal charges. Managers acted imme...Read on...

    Posted on: December 21, 2015

    City Finance Department receives budget presentation award

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    For the eighth year in a row, the City of Springfield Finance Department has received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation award for its budget. The G...Read on...

    Posted on: December 17, 2015

    Missouri Police Chiefs Association names SPD Chief Paul Williams 2015 Chief of the Year

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At its annual meeting in Jefferson City Dec. 10, the Missouri Police Chiefs Association (MPCA) presented Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams with the 2015 Missouri Police Chiefs Donald “Red” Loehr Chief of the Year Award.

    M...Read on...

    View congratulatory video from SPD and City staff.
    Posted on: December 15, 2015

    City Council receives independent audit report

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    The Springfield City Council received an “unmodified” (the highest level given) opinion on the City’s financial statement audit today from the City’s independent auditing firm, BKD.
    The equity of the City at the close of the most...Read on...

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    Posted on: December 14, 2015

    Public Works to rotate the Tumbler for the winter season Tuesday morning

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    Not to be outdone by the magnificent Park Central Square Christmas tree, the Tumbler, Park Central Square's resident piece of modern art, is set to rotate for the winter season tomorrow morning at 7:30.

    About the Tumbler

    For...Read on...

    Posted on: December 14, 2015

    City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

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    Health
    At tonight’s meeting, City Council is expected to vote on a resolution to limit tethering dogs within the city limits of Springfield. The Springfield-Greene County Health...
    Read on...

    Posted on: December 7, 2015

    City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

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    City Council
    • City Council and Springfield-based Convoy of Hope will co-host a “vision casting” meeting at tomorrow’s Council’s lunch at noon at the City’s Mill Building (corne...
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    Posted on: December 7, 2015

    City Council, Convoy of Hope to co-host vision casting meeting at tomorrow's Council Lunch

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    MEDIA ALERT

    City Council and Springfield-based Convoy of Hope will co-host a “vision casting” meeting at tomorrow’s Council’s lunch at noon at the City’s Mill Building (corner of Central Street and Boonville Avenue) to plan for the May 7, 2016 Convoy o...Read on...

    Posted on: December 7, 2015

    December sales tax revenue up less than 1% compared to budget; up 3% YTD

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's December 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up less than 1%, or $5,911, compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in November from...Read on...

    View Sales Tax Chart.
    Posted on: December 8, 2015

    REMINDER: Zone 4 community meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Holland Elementary School

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Zone 4 City Councilman Craig Fishel cordially invites Springfield residents to a community meeting 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Holland Elementary School, 2403 S. Holland.

    Join Fishel and Zone 4 neighbors to discuss what's ...Read on...

    What City Council zone do I live in?
    Posted on: December 3, 2015

    City continues review of Southwest Treatment Plant

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield has thoroughly reviewed operations at the Southwest Treatment plant after quickly responding to concerns brought forward by employees in August 2014. The Southwest Treatment plant is one of two wastewater t...Read on...

    Posted on: December 1, 2015

    City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Public Safety
    • Jumpstart Your Winter Weather Preparedness
    Take advantage of the mild temperatures and sunny skies expected over the next several days to prepare now for winter weather. Ensure that your vehicle is in good running co...

    Read on...

    Posted on: December 1, 2015

    CU Community Credit Union to launch payday lending alternative

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CU Community Credit Union is rolling out the Fresh Start Loan Program, a more affordable alternative to traditional payday loans, to provide much-needed relief to people struggling in the payday loan debt cycle.

    "There are man...Read on...

    More info about the Fresh Start Loan Program.
    Posted on: November 30, 2015

    MEDIA ALERT: Poverty Commission, CU Community Credit Union to host news conference tomorrow

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    The Impacting Poverty Commission and CU Community Credit Union will host a news conference at 1:30 pm, Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the Busch Municipal Building main lobby to announce a program to offer relief for people struggling in the payday loan debt cycle.
    ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 25, 2015

    Awards & Achievers

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At the Nov. 23 City Council meeting, Mayor Bob Stephens recommended the following:
    • Appointments to the Mayor’s Commission for Children: Gerry Lee; Dr. Elizabeth Andrews; Brigitte Marrs; and Linda Ramey Griewe with terms to expi...
    Read on...

    Posted on: November 23, 2015

    City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

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    Health
    • Historic City Hall is looking especially dapper these days. The building is sporting a ‘stache to celebrate “Movember,” which encourages men to pay attention to their health.
    Contact: Kathryn Wall, Public Information Adminis...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 18, 2015

    City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

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    Art Museum
    • Opening exhibit for WatercolorNow at 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20. This invitational exhibition, hosted every four years by the Springfield Art Museum, will feature work by current members of the Watercolor U.S.A. H...
    Read on...

    Posted on: November 13, 2015

    Park Central Square Christmas Tree to be installed 8:30 a.m. Monday

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    It’s that time of year again. City of Springfield Public Works will install the Park Central Square Christmas tree at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 16.

    The 30-foot blue spruce tree was donated by Missouri State University and forme...Read on...

    Posted on: November 9, 2015

    SGF named 2015 Digital Cities Survey winner by Center for Digital Government

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and its Digital Communities program earlier this month announced the top-ranked cities in the 2015 Digital Cities Survey. Springfield, Mo. held its place as sixth among cities with popula...Read on...

    Posted on: November 9, 2015

    Take a selfie with Santa, costumed characters at Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 28

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    Mayor Bob Stephens, with help from first- and second-grade students, will signal the start of the holiday season by lighting a 33-foot Norway spruce, located in Jordan Valley Park, east of the Mediacom Ice Park at the annual Mayor...Read on...

    View the PSA.
    Posted on: November 5, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host Chick-fil-A hiring event 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 12

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a hiring event for Chick-fil-A 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Missouri Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine.

    Chick-fil-A is looking to hi...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: November 5, 2015

    MEDIA ALERT: Mayor to present keys to the City to 6 decorated WWII vets Saturday

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Mayor Bob Stephens will present keys to the City to six decorated World War II veterans at a pre-Veterans Day Parade ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, 815 E. St. Louis Street.

    Receiving...Read on...

    View slideshow.
    Posted on: November 5, 2015

    November sales tax revenue down 2% compared to budget; up 3% YTD

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's November1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 2% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in October from transactions made prima...Read on...

    View Sales Tax Chart.
    Posted on: November 3, 2015

    Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade to include skydivers and honor World War II vets

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield’s annual Veterans Day Parade, hosted by American Legion Post 639, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday Nov. 7 in downtown Springfield. This year’s parade focuses on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and will...Read on...

    Posted on: November 3, 2015

    MEDIA ALERT: Projects for 1/4-cent and 1/8-cent sales tax renewal to go to Council today at noon

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    Public Works will present a list of proposed construction projects and city-wide improvement programs to be funded through the upcoming 2016 1/4-cent Capital Improvements and 1/8-cent Transportation sales tax renewals at City Council Lunch today at noon i...Read on...

    Posted on: November 2, 2015

    Five City Councilmembers issue statement

    PUBLIC STATEMENT TO THE CITIZENS OF SPRINGFIELD

    ISSUED ON BEHALF OF:
    Mayor Pro Tem Ken McClure; Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson; Councilman Craig Fishel; Councilwoman Jan Fisk; Councilman Mike Schilling

    As elected officials representing the city, th...Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2015

    Mayor Bob Stephens to host news conference at 1:30 p.m.

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Mayor Bob Stephens will host a news conference at 1:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers on the third floor of Historic City Hall, 830 Boonville. Immediately following the news conference, the mayor will be available for one-on-one inter...Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2015

    Keep little ghosts and goblins safe on Halloween night

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    While Halloween is a favorite holiday for most families with young children, it does pose several safety risks. Children younger than 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult while trick-or-treating. Older childre...Read on...

    Posted on: October 27, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host second annual seasonal hiring event Thursday at Battlefield Mall

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host its second annual seasonal hiring event 2-6 p.m., on Thursday, Oct. 29 inside the main entrance of the Battlefield Mall. Job seekers will have th...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: October 26, 2015

    City development review and inspection staff to gather for meeting Friday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Those needing to access City of Springfield development review and inspection services may experience slight delays Friday, Oct. 30 as the team convenes to review development practices and procedures. All services will resume norm...Read on...

    Posted on: October 16, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Missouri Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine. Job seekers are encouraged to come...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: October 14, 2015

    Ozarks workforce leaders to conduct second annual regional survey

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Missouri Job Center and various chambers of commerce, is releasing the second annual State of the Workforce Survey to identify the issues, challenges and trends...Read on...

    Posted on: October 13, 2015

    Springfield designated bronze Walk Friendly Community by Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has designated Springfield a bronze Walk Friendly Community for its walkability initiatives and programs.

    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Adminis...Read on...

    Posted on: October 9, 2015

    October sales tax revenue up 5% compared to budget

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's October 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 5% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in September from transactions made prima...Read on...

    View Sales Tax Chart.
    Posted on: October 6, 2015

    MEDIA ALERT: SGF third-graders to discover 'Treasures of the City' tonight

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Third-grade students and their families will tour the City's Government Plaza while they treasure-hunt for knowledge of municipal government tonight at the 26th annual "Treasures of the
    City" Partners in Education event, hosted b...Read on...

    View video of 2013's Treasures of the City even
    Posted on: October 5, 2015

    Thursday's Planning & Zoning Commission meeting moved to Historic City Hall

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's Oct. 8 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting has been moved to City Council Chambers on the third floor of Historic City Hall, 830 Boonville. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

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    For more informa...Read on...

    Posted on: September 29, 2015

    Third-graders to discover 'Treasures of the City' Tuesday, Oct. 6

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Third-grade students and their families will tour the City's Government Plaza while they treasure-hunt for knowledge of municipal government at the 26th annual "Treasures of the
    City" Partners in Education event, hosted by the Ci...Read on...

    View video of 2013's Treasures of the City even
    Posted on: September 29, 2015

    Assistant City Attorney Sarah Kerner named interim Economic Development director

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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.

    While serving in her new position, Kerner will retain ...Read on...

    Download Kerner head shot.
    Posted on: September 23, 2015

    'Zone blitz' to address concerns shared in May’s listening meetings

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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.

    About 175 individuals representing nearly 100 organi...Read on...

    Posted on: September 22, 2015

    City to receive federal grant to help hire 11 additional police officers

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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). The estimated to...Read on...

    Posted on: September 22, 2015

    MEDIA ALERT: Nearly 100 partner organizations join City's "Zone Blitz!"

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    About 175 individuals representing 95 organizations have joined the City of Springfield in a "Zone Blitz!" to follow last May's "Community Listening" initiative, which focused on addressing issues in City Council Zone 1.

    Partn...Read on...

    Posted on: September 16, 2015

    Mayor Stephens announces formation of task force on crisis sheltering

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Mayor Bob Stephens announced Wednesday, Sept. 16, the formation of a task force on crisis sheltering. Describing the numbers of people in need of immediate shelter, as “mind boggling,” Stephens said the lack of crisis shelter faci...Read on...

    List of Area Crisis Shelters
    Posted on: September 16, 2015

    Collaborative to host inaugural EmployAbility Summit

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The EmployAbility Collaborative, in partnership with the Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, will host the inaugural EmployAbility Summit Thursday, Oct. 22, at The Old Glass Place, 521 E. St. Louis.

    Beginning at 10 a.m.,...Read on...

    View Disabillity Employment Fact Sheet.
    Posted on: September 15, 2015

    September sales tax revenue up 1% compared to budget

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 primar...Read on...

    View Sales Tax Chart.
    Posted on: September 15, 2015

    Mayor Bob Stephens to host news conference tomorrow at 1:30 at the Busch Municipal Building

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Mayor Bob Stephens will host a news conference at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the
    Busch Municipal Building's main lobby, 840 N. Boonville. He will announce a planned response to a pressing issue in the Springfield communit...Read on...

    Posted on: September 14, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon Thursday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Missouri Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine. Job seekers are encouraged to co...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: September 14, 2015

    Public Works to rotate the Tumbler on Park Central Square Tuesday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The changing of the seasons signals a new look for a downtown Springfield landmark.

    Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey encourages citizens to come down to Park Central Square at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15 to watch a P...Read on...

    Posted on: September 10, 2015

    Planning & Zoning Commission meeting moved to Historic City Hall

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield Planning and Zoning Commission meeting has been moved to City Council Chambers in Historic City Hall. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

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    For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Publ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 25, 2015

    CreAsian restaurant to donate half of Sept. 9 gross sales to Springfield Police and Fire

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CreAsian restaurant, at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Campbell in Springfield, will again
    donate half of its gross sales Wednesday, Sept. 9, to the City's Police and Firedepartments.

    Last year's donation netted nearl...Read on...

    Posted on: August 21, 2015

    Enhancement of Springfield’s indecent exposure ordinance to come before Council

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A proposal to enhance the city’s indecent exposure ordinance is scheduled for a first reading at the regular City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24.

    Councilman Justin Burnett asked the City’s law department to dr...Read on...

    Posted on: August 17, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon Thursday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Aug. 20 at the Missouri Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine. Job seekers are encouraged to com...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: August 14, 2015

    City responds to Sheriff's Counterclaim

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    We have received a notice of the Sheriff's counterclaim and news release. Due to ongoing litigation, we are unable to comment further at this time.

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    Posted on: August 14, 2015

    City staff, neighborhood to build Route 66 pop-up plaza tonight at College and Broadway

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Route 66 Festival attendees are invited to come out to the corner of College Street and Broadway Avenue at 7 p.m. tonight to see what the new Route 66 streetscape will look like when it's built.

    The City of ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2015

    23,000 pack downtown for Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Approximately 23,000 people visited downtown Springfield Aug. 14-16 for the 5th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, presented by KY3/KSPR/CW and Aaron Sachs & Associates.

    City of Springfield Dir...Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2015

    Route 66 Parade: tips for navigating through Springfield Friday evening

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Attention motorists: Expect delays at locations intersecting with St. Louis Street between Glenstone and Campbell Friday evening from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Parade. The parade kicks off at St. Louis and Glenstone at...Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2015

    Route 66 Festival to include memorabilia and musings with Mother Road aficionados at Old Glass Place

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A gathering of authors, artists, collectors and associations affiliated with Route 66 will be at the Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 16.

    These folks will have displays with ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 11, 2015

    Historic week for downtown Springfield to culminate with Route 66 Festival this weekend

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The second week of August 2015 is already proving to be a banner week for the economic revitalization of downtown Springfield.

    With the grand opening celebration for the Heer’s building, another grand opening celebration on Th...Read on...

    Posted on: August 11, 2015

    Heer's Luxury Living hosts grand-opening celebration, announces ground-floor tenant

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Sent on behalf of Heer's Luxury Living LLC

    Heer’s Luxury Living, LLC (138 Park Central Square announced its grand opening of 80 units of luxury rental housing and 18,000 square feet of commercial space in downtown Springfield.

    T...Read on...

    Posted on: August 7, 2015

    August sales tax revenue up 11% compared to budget

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's August 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 11% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in July from transactions made primarily ...Read on...

    View Sales Tax Chart
    Posted on: July 30, 2015

    One of Springfield’s first female police officers to retire from the City after 41 years

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Ever since the first police departments in the U.S. were formed in the mid-19th century, policing has been viewed by most as a traditionally male career path.

    In 1970, only about 2 percent of all police officers in the United ...Read on...

    Download high-res mounted officer photo.
    Posted on: July 28, 2015

    Council Lunch at 11:30 a.m. today at Transportation Management Center

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Please note that the City Council lunch meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. today at the Transportation Management Center, 1107 W. Chestnut Expressway.

    Posted on: July 24, 2015

    Nuisance properties bill to help City improve housing conditions

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    City Council at its Monday night meeting will hear a second reading and vote on a bill that City staff think is the next step in addressing chronic nuisance properties in Springfield.

    At a series of nine listening meetings in ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 20, 2015

    City to transition to new phone system tomorrow; brief outages may occur in morning hours

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Beginning at 6 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, July 21) the City of Springfield with will begin a transition to a new phone system. The move is expected to be completed by 9 a.m. During this time, there may be some brief phone outages whe...Read on...

    Posted on: July 14, 2015

    City confirms petition seeking judgment on sheriff's contractual requirement regarding jail

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield confirms filing a petition today in Greene County Circuit Court seeking a declaratory judgment on Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott’s contractual requirement to accept municipal prisoners. Other counts inclu...Read on...

    Posted on: July 14, 2015

    Judge Becky Borthwick appointed to Missouri Supreme Court municipal judge education committee

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    According to Missouri Supreme Court Justice Patricia Breckenridge, Springfield Municipal Court Judge Becky Borthwick was appointed on July 8 to the 13-member Missouri Supreme Court’s Municipal Judge Education Committee for a term ...Read on...

    Download photo of Judge Borthwick.
    Posted on: July 13, 2015

    MEDIA ALERT: City-County Study Session to take place at noon, Tuesday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Another look at the justice system is on tap tomorrow, noon, as members of the Joint City-County Planning Task Force present a six-month update to Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission. The study session will t...Read on...

    Posted on: July 13, 2015

    Joint City-County Task Force to present 6-month update tomorrow

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Members of the Joint City-County Planning Task Force will present a six-month update to Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission at noon tomorrow (Tuesday, July 14) in the Busch Municipal Building fourth-floor conference ro...Read on...

    Posted on: July 13, 2015

    Full lineup of Birthplace of Route 66 Festival events announced

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Please mark your calendar to celebrate all things Route 66 Aug. 14-16 at the fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield. This year's festival promises to be the best yet!

    Events will include a Route 6...Read on...

    Visit Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Web site.
    Posted on: July 13, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host multi-industry hiring event noon-4 p.m. tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a multi-industry hiring event noon-4 p.m. tomorrow at the Missouri Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine. Forty-five employers are currently committed ...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: July 10, 2015

    MEDIA ALERT: Mayor to host news conference at 2 p.m.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens, along with other Greene County municipal officials, will hold a news conference at Friday, July 10, 2015, in the Busch Municipal Building lobby to discuss the situation with the City-County consolid...Read on...

    Posted on: July 8, 2015

    Mayor's State of the City address tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. at e-Plex

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Mayor Bob Stephens will share his views about the state of Springfield during the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield! at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Event Center (e-Plex) tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. Those...Read on...

    Posted on: July 7, 2015

    July sales tax revenue up 9% compared to budget

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's July 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 9% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in June from transactions made primarily in ...Read on...

    View Sales Tax Chart
    Posted on: July 7, 2015

    City staff to ask P&Z Commission, Council for more time regarding group home ordinance

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    City staff are recommending to the Planning & Zoning Commission to table the group home text amendments and the reasonable accommodation text amendment at Thursday’s meeting. If the commission grants the request, the amendments wi...Read on...

    Posted on: July 9, 2015

    Mayor: future for Springfield continues to be bright

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    More than 300 attendees gathered to hear Mayor Bob Stephens share his views this morning about the state of Springfield during the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield! at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds an...Read on...

    Posted on: July 6, 2015

    Springfield Homeless Court Program's first success stories to graduate tomorrow evening

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    MEDIA ALERT

    The path out of homelessness is a complicated one, often met with many obstacles.

    A program created by Springfield Municipal Court, the Springfield Police Department, the City Prosecutor’s Office, Legal Services of Southwest Missouri an...Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2015

    American Airlines brings Springfield non-stop service to Charlotte, North Carolina

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    American Airlines begins new, non-stop service between Springfield and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport beginning Nov. 5. Tickets go on sale July 5.

    This new service gives the Springfield airport 11 non-stop destinations...Read on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2015

    Missouri Career Center welcomes new employees

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Missouri Career Center and Workforce Development division welcomes several new employees, along with other staff changes this week.

    The Career Center's Business Services division welcomes Dennis Wiggins as the new busines...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: June 19, 2015

    Great Race festivities to begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday

    MEDIA ALERT

    The first day of the Hemmings Motor News Great Race along historic Route 66 will kick off in Kirkwood tomorrow and will wind up in Springfield Saturday afternoon. The Great Race will feature more than 100 classic cars competing on their way...Read on...

    Visit the Great Race's Web site.
    Posted on: June 16, 2015

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

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    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.

    Nominated b...Read on...

    Posted on: June 15, 2015

    Gift of Time awards luncheon tomorrow at Ramada Oasis Convention Center

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    MEDIA ALERT

    The City of Springfield and Council of Churches of the Ozarks will host the annual Gift of Time Awards luncheon noon-1 p.m. tomorrow at the Ramada Inn Oasis Convention Center, 2456 N. Glenstone.

    The Gift of Time Awards has the distincti...Read on...

    Posted on: June 11, 2015

    Several community events downtown Saturday, June 20

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Downtown Springfield is the place to be on Saturday, June 20, with a wide variety of community events for all ages.

    Greater Ozarks Pridefest
    • Walk: 11 a.m.-noon, Boonville Avenue from Chestnut Expressway to the Square).
    •...

    Read on...

    View map.
    Posted on: June 15, 2015

    Celebrate National Home Ownership Month by touring Community Land Trust home

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A previous version of this release included information about touring a Habitat for Humanity home in Legacy Pines. While Habitat for Humanity will still be part of this event, the tour of the home has been canceled.

    The City of Sp...Read on...

    Posted on: June 9, 2015

    911 director to participate in Special Olympics torch relay through eight states to World Games

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications Director Zim Schwartze is an avid runner and fitness aficionado. But running with an Olympic torch through eight of the United States next week will be a first for her.

    Sc...Read on...

    Visit www.unifiedrelay.org for more information.
    Posted on: June 8, 2015

    June sales tax revenue up 3% compared to budget

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 A...Read on...

    View Sales Tax Charts
    Posted on: June 8, 2015

    Great Race to make first overnight pit stop in Springfield June 20

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    If Dad is a car buff, he can catch a glimpse of some amazing autos as the Hemmings Motor News Great Race, presented by Hagerty, makes its first overnight pit stop in Springfield, the Birthplace of Route 66, on June 20.

    The ope...Read on...

    Visit the Great Race's Web site.
    Posted on: June 8, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host multi-industry hiring event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a multi-industry hiring event 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, June 9 at the Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine.

    Thirty-six employers, including Loren ...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: June 4, 2015

    American Legion post to host traveling Vietnam memorial wall in July

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Everyone should have an opportunity to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, but most Americans, especially those living outside of the Washington, D.C., area may never get the opportunity.

    Thanks to the American Legion Post ...Read on...

    Visit the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Web site
    Posted on: June 4, 2015

    City staff recommends group home ordinance be tabled

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    City staff are recommending that the Planning & Zoning Commission table group home text amendments and the reasonable accommodation text amendment at tonight's meeting. If the Commission decides to table, it will likely be brought...Read on...

    Posted on: May 28, 2015

    International Institute of Municipal Clerks recognizes Brenda Cirtin with Honorary Membership award

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The International Institute of Municipal Clerks recognized City Clerk Emeritus Brenda Cirtin with its Honorary Membership award on May 18 at its annual conference in Hartford, Connecticut.

    This class of membership is reserved...Read on...

    Posted on: May 27, 2015

    Municipal Court Chief Judge Todd Thornhill selected for Missouri Supreme Court working group

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Supreme Court of Missouri May 14 announced the formation of the Supreme Court Municipal Division Work Group, which it has charged with reviewing all matters relevant to practice in the municipal divisions throughout the state,...Read on...

    Posted on: May 22, 2015

    Budget Discussions to continue Tuesday, May 26

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    City Council will have a budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 in the Fire Department 1st floor conference room in Historic City Hall. The meeting is open to the public, however, this meeting is not a public hearing.

    The...Read on...

    Posted on: May 18, 2015

    Gift of Time nomination deadline extended to Thursday at midnight

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Every day across the Ozarks, hundreds of volunteers lend their time to nonprofit, public and human-service organizations. Since 1991, the Gift of Time Awards Luncheon has recognized volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to ...Read on...

    View the Gift of Time Web site and nomination form
    Posted on: May 18, 2015

    BDS asks building and development community to review proposed amendments to adopted building codes

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...Read on...

    Posted on: May 18, 2015

    Neighbors in Midtown, Grant Beach and Heart of the Westside to share concerns this week

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Community leaders will listen to the concerns of residents of the Midtown, Grant Beach and Heart of the Westside neighborhoods this week. Results from the six previous meetings are available at springfieldmo.gov/communitylisten.

    • Midtow...Read on...

    Posted on: May 14, 2015

    Anita Cotter named Springfield City Clerk

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 and replaces Brenda Cirtin, who transitioned to City Clerk Emeritus in March. C...Read on...

    Posted on: May 14, 2015

    Gift of Time nomination deadline Sunday at 5 p.m.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Every day across the Ozarks, hundreds of volunteers lend their time to nonprofit, public and human-service organizations. Since 1991, the Gift of Time Awards Luncheon has recognized volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to ...Read on...

    View the Gift of Time Web site and nomination form
    Posted on: May 13, 2015

    McDaniel Street road closure to continue unit 5 p.m. Thursday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The McDaniel Street road closure between Patton Avenue and Campbell Avenue will continue until 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14. It is closed for the repair of a utility cut. Also, Campbell Ave at McDaniel St will be reduced to one lane d...Read on...

    Posted on: May 12, 2015

    City mobile app GoSpringfieldMO now available for download

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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.”

    A...Read on...

    View GoSpringfieldMO video.
    Posted on: May 12, 2015

    City’s budget highlights: Public safety, environmental stewardship and employee pay

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    City Council began budget discussions Tuesday at a lunch workshop facilitated by Finance Director Mary Mannix Decker. The workshop follows City Manager Greg Burris submitting the fiscal year 2016 City of Springfield Budget to City...Read on...

    View 2015-2016 Proposed Budget.
    Posted on: May 12, 2015

    Missouri Career Center plans job fair for Mammoth employees in June

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 p...Read on...

    Search jobs.
    Posted on: May 11, 2015

    Neighbors in Tom Watkins, West Central and Woodland Heights to share concerns this week

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Community leaders will listen to the concerns of residents of the Tom Watkins, West Central and Woodland Heights neighborhoods this week.

    • Tom Watkins: 5 p.m. tonight, Williams Elementary, 2205 W. Kearney.
    • West Central: 5:30 p.m., M...
    Read on...

    View Community Listen flyer and meeting schedule.
    Posted on: May 8, 2015

    May sales tax revenue down 4% compared to budget

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's May 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 4% compared to what was budgeted, however, receipts are still strong on a year-to-date basis, according to City Finance Direc...Read on...

    View Sales Tax Charts
    Posted on: May 8, 2015

    No jail space for municipal prisoners leaves offenders on the streets

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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. Sheriff Jim Arnott announced he would stop accepting municipal ...Read on...

    View the Task Force's report.
    Posted on: May 6, 2015

    Missouri Career Center offers support for Mammoth employees

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Staff at the City of Springfield's Department of Workforce Development are available to help the more than 200 employees affected by the impending closure of the Mammoth manufacturing plant at 3300 E. Pythian.

    The City's Depar...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: May 5, 2015

    Two-part dedication for new Link crossings, HAWK signal Friday at 3 p.m.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Please join the City of Springfield, Ozark Greenways Inc. and Ozarks Technical Community College at 3 p.m. Friday, May 8 for a two-part dedication and ribbon cutting for the The Link crossings at Sunset Street (which includes the ...Read on...

    View invitation.
    Posted on: May 4, 2015

    City to issue $41 million of bonds for sewer system improvements May 11

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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. The rating reflects the solid financial position of the City.

    “We anticipate the city’s financial operations and reserve position will remain stable in the near-term given continued improvement in financial metrics including liquidity and General Fund balance,” Moody’s said in a news release issued about the bonds.

    The bond proceeds will be used to complete sewer improvement projects outlined in both the Early Action Plan and the Overflow Control Plan, the latest of which was approved by City Council in December 2014.

    The bond sale will finance an expansion of the anaerobic digester at the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant to replace aging equipment and accommodate community growth, as well as rehabilitation of approximately 100,000 linear feet of clay pipe to reduce excessive inflow and infiltration within selected sub-basins.

    The bonds will be repaid with sewer revenues. The bonds are expected to be offered to the public the week of May 11. The City is offering local individual investors who are interested in purchasing these bonds priority access. An order period will be established on the day of the sale specifically for retail investors. Interested persons may contact their broker or the local office of Oppenheimer at 417-886-8005.

    For more information, please contact Cora Scott Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.govRead on...

    Posted on: May 4, 2015

    Be part of the Route 66 SGF legacy by participating in Give Ozarks tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Nearly 150 nonprofit agencies will participate in the region’s first-ever 24-hour online giving day during the Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Give Ozarks event May 5.

    The City of Springfield, with its Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park along College Street, is one of the agencies participating in Give Ozarks.

    About the Roadside Park Project
    Springfield is officially recognized as the birthplace of what became known as the iconic "Mother Road." It was on April 30, 1926 at Park Central Square where officials first proposed U.S. 66 as the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway. Route 66 meandered across Springfield from Kearney to Glenstone to St. Louis Street, through Park Central Square to Olive and College streets, then headed west along what is now Chestnut Expressway.

    Springfield is currently redeveloping the College Street portion of Route 66 through Springfield. The City broke ground May 22, 2014 for the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park near the intersection of College Street and Fort Avenue.

    Plans for the park include incorporating memories of local Route 66 landmarks, sculptures, a filling station replica, a motor court sign replica and a history plaza. The first phase of the park includes the replica of the Red’s Giant Hamburg sign; park driveway and parallel parking; and landscaping and sidewalk improvements along College Street.

    The estimated cost for the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park is about $1 million. While the City will provide funding to implement certain infrastructure improvements along the College Street stretch of Historic Route 66 between Grant Avenue and Kansas Expressway, it must leverage its investment in the project with private donations and other sources of funding. A larger plan to revitalize Historic Route 66 through other parts of Springfield could roll out in phases, as the City gauges interest and potential funding.

    "We hope to make Springfield THE stop along the famed, historic byway," says City Manager Greg Burris.

    About Give Ozarks
    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and BKD Wealth Advisors are presenting this region-wide effort to raise awareness of philanthropy, encourage online donations to participating nonprofits and offer prizes and matching funds.

    These nonprofit agencies will work to raise online donations from midnight to midnight on May 5 at giveozarks.org for a variety of needs that will improve services and opportunities for Ozarks residents.

    Nonprofits also will be eligible for $92,950 in prize money raised from generous sponsors; prizes are based on both their success raising funds and also the number of supporters who make online donations on May 5. Through a competitive application process, 24 nonprofits were selected to receive matching grants from the CFO for up to $5,000 each to raise money for endowment funds that help build long-term financial stability. Collectively, nonprofits will be eligible for about $220,000 in these bonus funds and non-cash prizes.

    The CFO will host a free, community event from 4-7 p.m., May 5, at Jordan Valley Park. Kids’ activities, Cinco de Mayo dances, food and other entertainment will take place as nonprofit agencies share their projects and goals for Give Ozarks. The Springfield Cardinals, a Give Ozarks sponsor, will give away Cardinals/Give Ozarks T-shirts to the first 3,500 fans attending the 6:30 p.m. game that evening against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

    Making a secure donation is simple. From midnight to midnight on May 5, donors can log onto giveozarks.org and search for a specific nonprofit or a cause they support to complete a basic credit-card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

    “Although philanthropy and charitable giving know no season, we are very excited for the opportunity to focus on a day to emphasize giving,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “The dollar benefits might accrue only for a day, but the possibility of new awareness of our non-profits, a new understanding of the good things they do, and an appreciation of charitable support should grow throughout the year.”

    May 5 is Give Local America Day when community foundations across the country, including the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation, will be holding similar online fundraising events to boost resources for their local nonprofits, encourage new donors and raise awareness of philanthropy in general. Online giving days, a growing movement in the field of philanthropy, have raised millions of dollars for nonprofit organizations over the past six years. The Give Ozarks site was created by Mostly Serious, a Springfield-based web development firm.

    Along with the CFO and BKD Wealth Advisors, the platinum sponsors include The Musgrave Foundation, The Commerce Trust Co./Coover Charitable Foundation and Ron and Janice Penney along with a host of Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors detailed at giveozarks.org. Media partners include KY3, 105.9 KGBX, the News-Leader, and Ozarks Public Broadcasting.

    The CFO is a regional public charitable foundation, founded in 1973, which includes 46 affiliate foundations and nearly 600 nonprofit partners and schools.

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    For more information about Give Ozarks, please contact Louise Knauer at 417-864-6199 or lknauer@cfozarks.org; or Matt Lemmon, 417-864-6199 or mlemmon@cfozarks.org. For more information about the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park, please contact Cora Scott Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.govRead on...

    Donate to Route 66 Roadside Park fund.
    Posted on: May 4, 2015

    Series of neighborhood meetings starts tonight at 6 p.m. at Bissett Elementary School

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Community leaders will be “all ears” at a series of nine meetings in Springfield neighborhoods starting tonight at 6 p.m. at Bissett Elementary School, 3014 W. Calhoun. Food and childcare will be provided for those who wish to attend.

    Th...Read on...

    View Community Listen flyer and meeting schedule.
    Posted on: May 1, 2015

    1,000 runners expected in downtown Springfield Sunday morning for run

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    About 1,000 participants are expected for the Missouri State University ROTC third annual Springfield Urban Warrior Challenge 12K beginning at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 3 in downtown Springfield.

    Off-duty Springfield Police Depar...Read on...

    View the course map.
    Posted on: April 30, 2015

    City of Springfield, community partners to host 9 events in May to listen to neighborhood concerns

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Community leaders will be “all ears” at a series of nine meetings in Springfield neighborhoods starting Monday.

    “We have studied multi-year trends in our community, and in your neighborhood, and while there have been tremendou...Read on...

    View Community Listen flyer and meeting schedule.
    Posted on: April 30, 2015

    Municipal Court, SMBA and partners to host seminar featuring founder of first homeless court program

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield and partners Legal Services of Southern Missouri, Drury Enactus, The Kitchen Inc., Burrell Behavioral Health, I Pour Life, Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region and Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation wil...Read on...

    View flyer.
    Posted on: April 27, 2015

    Dedication for Fassnight Creek Greenway and Stormwater Project Thursday at 11 a.m.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Please join the City of Springfield, Ozark Greenways Inc., the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and Greene County at 11 a.m., Thursday April 30 for the dedication and ribbon cutting for the Fassnight Creek Greenway and Stormw...Read on...

    View invitation.
    Posted on: April 23, 2015

    Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee announces application process

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee, a committee appointed by City Council to manage the grant award process for the returned tax proceeds from Wonders of Wildlife (WOW), will host a mandatory question and answer session at...Read on...

    View the application criteria.
    Posted on: April 21, 2015

    Phyllis Ferguson selected to Zone 1 Council Seat

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 He...Read on...

    Posted on: April 20, 2015

    Gift of Time nominations now open

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Every day across the Ozarks, hundreds of volunteers lend their time to nonprofit, public and human-service organizations. Since 1991, the Gift of Time Awards Luncheon has recognized volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to ...Read on...

    View the Gift of Time Web site and nomination form
    Posted on: April 20, 2015

    City Council Zone 1 candidate interview schedule

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    MEDIA ALERT

    City Council will interview the five applicants for the Zone 1 seat at its Council Lunch meeting at April 21 at the Busch Municipal Building.

    The interview schedule is:

    • 11:50 a.m.-noon: Brent Esch
    • Noon-12:10 p.m.: Joseph Hoffma...

    Read on...

    Posted on: April 17, 2015

    Firm issues audit findings for City’s purchasing card program

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A certified accounting firm selected to perform the City of Springfield’s internal audit functions, has completed its first audit: a look at the City’s purchasing card (P-card) program.

    RubinBrown, Certified Accountants and & B...Read on...

    Purchasing Card Audit Report
    Posted on: April 16, 2015

    New City Council to interview candidates for Zone 1 on Tuesday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The 2015 Springfield City Council will interview the five applicants for the Zone 1 seat at its Council Lunch meeting at noon, April 21 at the Busch Municipal Building.

    Zone 1 is located in the northwest quadrant of the City o...Read on...

    Posted on: April 15, 2015

    Take time to thank a 911 telecommunicator this week

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    April 12-18 is set aside in Springfield and across the nation as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week to recognize the outstanding service of 911 dispatchers.

    The Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications...Read on...

    Visit 911's Web site.
    Posted on: April 14, 2015

    City, County leaders update Council and Commission on urgent law enforcement issues

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter updated City Council and the Greene County Commission about urgent law enforcement and criminal justice system issues at a noon meeting today at the Public Saf...Read on...

    View the Task Force's report.
    Posted on: April 13, 2015

    City, County leaders to update Council and Commission on urgent law enforcement issues Tuesday

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    MEDIA ALERT

    City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter will update City Council and the Greene County Commission about urgent law enforcement and criminal justice system issues at a noon meeting Tuesday, April 14 at the Publ...Read on...

    View the Task Force's report.
    Posted on: April 13, 2015

    Four new City Council members to start Monday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A special reception honoring the service of five outgoing City Council members will begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 13 (today) in the Busch Municipal Building. The public is invited to attend.

    Four new members will be sworn i...Read on...

    Join the Facebook event.
    Posted on: April 10, 2015

    Bid outgoing City Council members farewell at reception Monday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Please join the City of Springfield 4:30-6:15 p.m., Monday April 13 in the lobby of the Busch Municipal Building for a reception honoring the public service of City Council members Doug Burlison, Mike Carroll, Jerry Compton, Cindy...Read on...

    Join the Facebook event.
    Posted on: April 8, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host second annual networking event for college students on Thursday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region will host an informal networking event for college students to meet with local employers 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at the Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine.

    The Missouri State Universit...Read on...

    Posted on: April 7, 2015

    Springfield to celebrate 30 years as a Tree City USA with 30 tree plantings April 10

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield will mark its 30th year as a Tree City USA with 30 tree plantings throughout the day and an Arbor Day celebration on Park Central Square at 4:30 p.m. April 10, which will feature the 30th and final tree-pla...Read on...

    Download "Building with Trees" PowerPoint.
    Posted on: April 7, 2015

    Monthly sales tax revenue down

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's April 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 7% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in March from transactions made primarily...Read on...

    View chart.
    Posted on: April 7, 2015

    Public hearing for Menards zoning case and preliminary plat set for April 9

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The zoning case and 39-acre preliminary plat for a Menards home improvement store at the corner of Zimmer Avenue and West Sunshine Street will come before the Planning & Zoning Commission at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9 in Council...Read on...

    Posted on: April 7, 2015

    Birthplace of Route 66 Festival concert to feature Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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....Read on...

    Visit Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Web site.
    Posted on: April 7, 2015

    Missouri Summer Jobs Program offers work experience for Ozarks youth

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Alternative Opportunities, Inc. and the Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region are proud to introduce the Missouri Summer Jobs Program, an initiative providing Missouri’s youth with opportunities to gain valuable work experience to p...Read on...

    Posted on: April 6, 2015

    Jail policy to be discussed at City-County staff meeting Tuesday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    City of Springfield and Greene County staff will discuss Sheriff Jim Arnott's recent decision to stop taking prisoners booked on municipal-only charges, at tomorrow's regularly scheduled City-County Staff Meeting. The meeting will...Read on...

    Posted on: April 2, 2015

    Arbor Day poster contest winner to be honored with tree-dedication ceremony tomorrow

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Cowden Elementary fifth-grader Marion Deweerd will be honored with a tree-dedication ceremony for her city-wide and state of Missouri award-winning Arbor Day poster at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 at Cowden Elementary School, 2927 S. Kimbroug...Read on...

    Posted on: April 2, 2015

    Martin Gugel selected as Springfield Public Works Assistant Director

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Martin Gugel, P.E., has been selected as the new Public Works Assistant Director, effective April 5. He replaces Jonathan Gano, who moved to Des Moines last year.

    Gugel will oversee traffic, transportation management, internal ...Read on...

    Download Gugel portrait.
    Posted on: March 31, 2015

    City Council approves collective bargaining agreement with police union

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield City Council voted to approve a collective bargaining agreement with the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 22 (police union) at a special council meeting at noon, Marc...Read on...

    Download the full collective bargaining agreement.
    Posted on: March 31, 2015

    City Council to vote on union contract

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Springfield City Council will vote on a collective bargaining agreement with the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 22 (police union) at a special council meeting at noon, March 31, 2015 at ...Read on...

    Posted on: March 30, 2015

    Five apply for Zone 1 City Council Seat

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Five citizens have applied for the Zone 1 City Council position vacated by Jeff Seifried earlier this year. The deadline to apply was March 27.
    City Council will review applications the week of April 13 and select finalists to do...Read on...

    View candidates' applications.
    Posted on: March 30, 2015

    Citizen-led Environmental Priorities Task Force to present findings Tuesday

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Representatives from a 31-member citizen task force will present the group’s findings to City Council and the Greene County Commission at noon, Tuesday, March 31 at the Public Safety Center, 330 W. Scott Street.

    The Springfield-Greene Co...Read on...

    Posted on: March 27, 2015

    City Council receives arbitrator’s recommendations for police union

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    The City of Springfield is one step away from arriving at a mutually agreeable collective bargaining agreement with the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 22, after a meeting on Friday, March 27, 2015.
    ...Read on...

    View arbitrator's recommendations.
    Posted on: March 24, 2015

    Media Tour of Heer's Luxury Living

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    What: Media Tour of Heer’s Luxury Living

    When: 10 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015 (please arrive 20 minutes prior to sign a liability waiver)

    Where: 138 Park Central Square West

    For more information, contact Zachary Nichols at the Dalmark Developme...Read on...

    Download Media Tour Invitation
    Posted on: March 17, 2015

    Application deadline for Zone 1 Council Seat March 27

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Qualified citizens interested in filling the Zone 1 City Council seat vacated by Jeff Seifried may apply at the link below or pick up an application from the City Clerk’s office in the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville.

    T...Read on...

    Apply for the Zone 1 seat
    Posted on: March 13, 2015

    Public Works to rotate the Tumbler on Park Central Square Tuesday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    If we can’t see the Tumbler’s shadow after its spring rotation next week, does that mean we won’t have six more weeks of winter?

    Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey isn’t sure, but he encourages interested citizens to come dow...Read on...

    View a video about the Tumbler.
    Posted on: March 12, 2015

    Stationary bike offers exercise, stress relief for Springfield-Greene County 911 telecommunicators

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Studies have shown that 911 telecommunicators have one of the most stressful jobs in the U.S. From long hours and increasing call volumes to fielding calls from distraught citizens, most agree that while the job is rewarding, it c...Read on...

    View photo of Cinnamon Fuller on the bike.
    Posted on: March 11, 2015

    City of Springfield thanks Convoy of Hope for delivering water to mobile-home park residents

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield-based Convoy of Hope delivered much-needed water this morning to a mobile home park in northeast Springfield where more than 30 families have been without access to running water since Monday.

    The City of Sprin...

    Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2015

    Bill to repeal pit bull ordinance removed from Monday’s City Council agenda

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At the request of Councilman Craig Fishel, Mayor Robert Stephens has agreed to postpone the first reading of Council Bill No. 2015-056. The bill, sponsored by Councilman Doug Burlison, would repeal the ordinance outlining regulati...Read on...

    Posted on: March 6, 2015

    No building inspections March 27; inspectors to attend disaster training

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Commercial and residential building inspections will not be available from the City’s Building Development Services Friday, March 27 because the department’s inspectors will be participating in training led by the Missouri State E...Read on...

    Posted on: March 4, 2015

    Public Works crews at work on slick roadways

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Public Works road crews are at work Wednesday night clearing a light dusting of snow from area roadways. Main arterial routes are currently slick, with center turn lanes and intersection turn lanes covered.

    A 12-per...Read on...

    Posted on: March 3, 2015

    Public Hearing for Menards West Zoning and Plat Rescheduled

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The zoning case and preliminary plat for the Menards West project (3705 W. Sunshine Street) will be tabled at the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting Thursday, March 5. The applicant has requested the tabling. The public hearing ...Read on...

    Posted on: March 3, 2015

    Landmarks Board meeting cancelled

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Due to inclement weather, the Landmarks Board meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Historic City Hall is canceled. All agenda items will be forwarded to the next meeting in two weeks on Wednesday, March 18.

    For more information, con...Read on...

    Posted on: March 3, 2015

    MoDOT engineer to speak at City Council Lunch

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Becky Baltz, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) southwest district engineer, will speak to Springfield City Council at noon, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Busch Municipal Building, 840 N. Boonville.

    Baltz will provid...Read on...

    MO 325 map
    Posted on: February 27, 2015

    UPDATE: Rally to support Officer Aaron Pearson moved to the Historic Fox Theatre

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Please join the City of Springfield for a rally in support of Officer Aaron Pearson at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Fox Theatre on Park Central Square.

    The event will include a welcome by Mayor Bob Stephens; prayer and short servi...Read on...

    Purchase tickets from the Gillioz Web site.
    Posted on: February 23, 2015

    Application process to fill Zone 1 Council seat opens

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Qualified citizens interested in filling the Zone 1 City Council seat recently vacated by Jeff Seifried may apply at the link below or pick up an application from the City Clerk’s office in the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonvi...Read on...

    Apply for the Zone 1 seat
    Posted on: February 18, 2015

    Mayor's Commission on Human Rights meeting cancelled

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Mayor's Commission on Human Rights meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at the Busch Municipal Building has been cancelled.

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    Posted on: February 17, 2015

    City Council determines timeline to fill Zone 1 vacancy

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    City Council adopted a proposed timeline from City Manager Greg Burris outlining the deadlines for steps to refill the Zone 1 City Council seat vacated by Jeff Seifried. Seifried resigned to accept a job in Branson.

    • Feb. 23: ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2015

    Monthly sales tax revenue down

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's February one-percent general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 5.7% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in January from transaction...Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2015

    Reverse vendor fair to offer businesses access to multiple public agencies in one location

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Missouri Association of Public Purchasing (MAPP) will host a "reverse vendor fair" and two workshops in conjunction with its annual state conference Thursday, May 14 at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center.

    Vendors ...Read on...

    Download registration form.
    Posted on: February 9, 2015

    Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried resigns Council; plans move to Branson

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Mayor Pro Tem and Zone 1 Councilman Jeff Seifried resigned during Monday night’s City Council meeting, citing a job opportunity outside of Springfield. He praised his fellow colleagues of City Council, City staff, including City C...Read on...

    Posted on: February 9, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host five hiring events over next week and a half

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region will host five hiring events over the next week and a half at its location at 2900 E. Sunshine.

  • Dollar Tree will conduct interviews for general labor positions for a store opening 9 a.m.-...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: February 9, 2015

    Mark your calendar for fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Aug. 14-16

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...Read on...

    Visit Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Web site.
    Posted on: February 9, 2015

    Weekly Calendar for February 9 – February 13

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Highlights include:

  • City Council Meeting will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, February 9 at the City Council Chambers, Historic City Hall; 830 N Boonville Ave
  • Mayor's Commission for Children Meeting on will meet at 8:00 a.m., Tuesd...
  • Read on...

    Weekly Calendar
    Posted on: February 4, 2015

    Newly created Springfield Homeless Court Program offers fresh start

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The path out of homelessness is a complicated one, often met with many obstacles.

    A new program created by Springfield Municipal Court, the Springfield Police Department, the City Prosecutor’s Office, Legal Services of Southwe...Read on...

    Posted on: February 4, 2015

    Tickets now on sale for Playin' & Prayin' for 1641 benefit concert for injured police officer

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 27 Prayin' & Prayin' for 1641 benefit concert at the Gillioz Theatre to benefit Officer Aaron Pearson and his family with their long-term expenses. Officer Pearson was shot in the line of duty ...Read on...

    Purchase tickets from the Gillioz Web site.
    Posted on: February 3, 2015

    City, County leaders update Council and Commission on urgent stormwater issues

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter dove right into urgent stormwater management issues at a joint meeting of Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission. The update follows a sober...Read on...

    View the Task Force's report.
    Posted on: January 27, 2015

    Springfield-Greene Co. 911 Emergency Communications fields 490,143 total calls in 2014

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    In 2014, the Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications department averaged more than 20,500 9-1-1 calls per month with nearly 80% from mobile devices, says Director Zim Schwartze.

    The Springfield-Greene County 911...Read on...

    Posted on: January 26, 2015

    Today's Route 66 Festival news conference postponed

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    In light of the news regarding the shooting of a Springfield police officer, the news conference scheduled at 10 a.m. at the Gillioz Theatre will be postponed. We regret any inconvenience and will send out a new date once it is e...Read on...

    Posted on: February 9, 2015

    REMINDER: Birthplace of Route 66 Festival news conference today at 2 p.m. at the Gillioz Theatre

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    MEDIA ALERT

    WHO: The City of Springfield and Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partners
    WHAT: Announcement of the featured attractions of the 2015 festival.
    WHEN: 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9.
    WHERE: Historic Gillioz Theatre.
    WHY: The annual Birthplace of ...


    Read on...

    View the invitation.
    Posted on: January 22, 2015

    Business, marketing, IT skills in greatest demand locally over next 5-10 years, according to survey

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Nearly 300 local workforce professionals attended the first MOmentum 2015: State of the Workforce Luncheon, hosted Jan. 22 by the local Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region. In addition to discuss...Read on...

    Download the Executive Summary.
    Posted on: January 20, 2015

    MOmentum 2015 State of the Workforce event on Thursday

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    MEDIA ALERT

    WHO: The local Workforce Investment Board and Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region.
    WHAT: MOmentum 2015 State of the Workforce Luncheon.
    WHEN: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 22.
    WHERE: White River Conference Center, 600 W. Sunshine.
    WHY: Joi...


    Read on...

    Posted on: January 20, 2015

    Filing closes for City Council seats

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Filing closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday for those interested in running for a City Council seat or for Springfield mayor.

    Five of nine council seats are on the ballot. The following seats are up for election:

  • Mayor (currently occup...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: January 13, 2015

    Brett Foster to join City of Springfield as principal engineer for construction inspection

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    Brett A. Foster, P.E., will join the City of Springfield Jan. 26 as principal engineer for construction inspection. Foster’s responsibilities will include working with consultants, property owners, developers and contractors to provide plan review and con...Read on...

    Download Foster head shot.
    Posted on: January 12, 2015

    Volunteers needed for local boards and commissions

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield is currently taking applications for a variety of boards and commissions.

    Current openings include:

  • Planning & Zoning Commission,
  • Landmarks Board,
  • Traffic Advisory Board,
  • Art Museum Board,
  • Citizens Advisor...
  • Read on...

    Download volunteer packet.
    Posted on: January 12, 2015

    Weekly Calendar for January 12 – January 16

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Highlights include:

  • City Council Meeting will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 12 at the City Council Chambers, Historic City Hall; 830 N Boonville Ave.
  • Mayor's Commission for Children will meet at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, Januar...
  • Read on...

    Weekly Calendar
    Posted on: January 8, 2015

    Public Works asks for input on updated design standards

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Public Works is updating the content of the Design Standards, General Conditions and Technical Specifications and Standard Drawing Details for Public Improvements documents, and asks consultants, contractors and other...Read on...

    Download Design Guide documents.
    Posted on: January 7, 2015

    City Clerk announces retirement; assistant to be appointed acting City Clerk

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield City Clerk Brenda Cirtin formally announces she will retire in August 2015. She and City Council have agreed upon a transition plan that includes appointing current assistant city clerk Anita Cotter as acting City Cler...Read on...

    Posted on: December 29, 2014

    Dec. 30 City Council Lunch CANCELLED

    The Dec. 30 City Council Lunch has been cancelled. The next Council Lunch is scheduled for noon, Tuesday, Jan. 6 at the Busch Municipal Building 4th floor conference room.

    Posted on: December 16, 2014

    City Council receives independent audit report

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield City Council received an “unmodified” (the highest level given) opinion on the City’s financial statement audit today from the City’s independent auditing firm, BKD.

    There was a positive change in net position ...Read on...

    Download audit report.
    Posted on: December 15, 2014

    Weekly Calendar for December 15-19

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Highlights include:

  • City Council Meeting will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, December 15 at the City Council Chambers, Historic City Hall; 830 N Boonville Ave
  • City Council Lunch will meet at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 16 in the...
  • Read on...

    Weekly Calendar
    Posted on: December 12, 2014

    Springfield Police and Fire Respond to Small Plane Crash

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    Springfield Police and Fire Departments responded Friday evening to a downed small aircraft in northeast Springfield. The aircraft was found in a vacant lot, between two houses, on the south side of Pythian.

    There were four occupants found in the plane...Read on...

    Posted on: December 9, 2014

    Task force report outlines City and County challenges

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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....Read on...

    Posted on: December 5, 2014

    Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried to present key to the city to Springfield Batman

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried will present a key to the city at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 at Park Central Square, to a Springfieldian who has gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to spread good will in the community.

    Derek Smith...Read on...

    Posted on: December 5, 2014

    Councilman Doug Burlison to host Q&A about serving on City Council Saturday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Councilman Doug Burlison will host an informal Q&A session for those interested in running for City Council 2:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Midtown Branch Library’s upstairs meeting room. Councilman Burlison, who is not se...Read on...

    Posted on: December 9, 2014

    REMINDER: Chasing Platinum news conference today at 10 a.m.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Media are invited to a kick-off event for the new “Chasing Platinum Project,” at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Chase Operations Center, 303 E. Republic Road.

    Alternative Opportunities, Inc., in collaboration with the City of ...Read on...

    About the ACT Nat'l Career Readiness Certificat
    Posted on: December 1, 2014

    Filing opens Tuesday for City Council seats

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    Those interested in running for an open City Council seat or for Springfield Mayor may officially file an application with the City Clerk’s office, beginning at 8 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2. The deadline for application and petition submissions is 5 p.m., Jan....Read on...

    Posted on: November 28, 2014

    Shop locally tomorrow to support small businesses

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield shoppers have another opportunity to score holiday shopping bargains and support the local economy at the same time. Mayor Bob Stephens is encouraging residents to participate in Small Business Saturday on Saturday, No...Read on...

    View Small Business Saturday proclamation
    Posted on: November 24, 2014

    City’s plan for continued sewer upgrades a sound investment

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A long-term sewer overflow control plan, (a plan required by state and federal environmental regulators to reduce sewer system overflows) will be presented to City Council Monday night. The plan, which has been years in the making...Read on...

    Posted on: November 24, 2014

    Community Development Block Grant Program marks 40th anniversary

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Mayor Bob Stephens issued a proclamation at the Nov. 18 City Council Lunch recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Community Development Block Grant Program and the 30th anniversary of the Community Development Loan Program in Spr...Read on...

    Posted on: November 22, 2014

    Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony tonight rain or shine

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Who: Mayor Bob Stephens and a few thousand of his closest friends.

    What: Springfield’s Annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony and Festival of Lights Kickoff

    When: Saturday, Nov. 22

    4:30 p.m. - Pre-show sing-along with the ...Read on...

    Link to more details
    Posted on: November 21, 2014

    Mary Lilly Smith named new Director of Planning and Development

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield’s Economic Development Director Mary Lilly Smith has been promoted to the position of Director of Planning and Development, effective Jan. 26, 2015.

    Smith follows Ralph Rognstad, who is retiring in January. She has ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 20, 2014

    Director of Planning Ralph Rognstad announces retirement

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield’s Director of Planning and Development Ralph Rognstad announces he will retire Jan. 23, 2015. Rognstad has worked for the City 27 years.

    As director, he is responsible for managing the City of Springfield's developm...Read on...

    Posted on: November 20, 2014

    Salvation Army to join the festivities at Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 22

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield’s annual Festival of Lights will kick off at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at Jordan Valley Park with the Mayor's Treelighting Ceremony, followed by a Cardinals Christmas with fireworks at at Hammons Field.

    Mayor Bo...Read on...

    Download the schedule of Festival of Lights events
    Posted on: November 20, 2014

    Mayor Bob Stephens encourages civility as grand jury deliberates in Ferguson

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    As the nation awaits a grand jury decision in Ferguson, Springfield officials encourage citizens to stay the course with regard to civil discussions and dialogue about sensitive topics such as politics and diversity, along with c...Read on...

    Posted on: November 18, 2014

    Springfield ‘saves’ Hollywood

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Hollywood, Florida is looking to Springfield to “save the day.”

    Hollywood is spending thousands of dollars a day to truck liquid oxygen to its treatment plant to treat its wastewater while officials there have work...Read on...

    Posted on: November 18, 2014

    Winners announced in first Bass Pro Neighborhood Challenge

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Representatives from nine registered Springfield neighborhood associations who cheered on participants in the Nov. 2 Bass Pro Marathon learned which groups had the most “Springfield spirit” at last night’s Neighborhood Advisory Co...Read on...

    View a slideshow of the cheering sections.
    Posted on: November 14, 2014

    Tour new affordable housing residence at 1107 N. Forest on Monday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield and Affordable Housing Action Board invites the community to tour a newly completed affordable-housing property 4-5:30 p.m., Monday Nov. 17 at 1107 N. Forest. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom new-constructio...Read on...

    View 1107 N. Forest open house flyer.
    Posted on: November 14, 2014

    Springfield to rally for peace Saturday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    SENT ON BEHALF OF NAACP AND MINORITIES IN BUSINESS:
    Anger and unrest continue to grab headlines as communities across the country wrestle with the issues of all types of violence. In Springfield, the National Association for the ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 13, 2014

    City Clerk certifies referendum petition

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield City Clerk has certified a referendum petition opposing the Oct. 13 decision to amend the City’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

    The issue now goes back to City Council, likely at the Nov. 24 meeting, where City Counc...Read on...

    Posted on: November 13, 2014

    Springfield again named a Digital Cities Survey winner by Center for Digital Government

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    E.Republic's Center for Digital Government and the Digital Communities Program today announced the top-ranked cities in the 2014 Digital Cities Survey. Springfield, Mo. ranked sixth among cities with populations of 125,000 to 249,...Read on...

    View the 2014 Digital Cities Survey.
    Posted on: November 10, 2014

    Weekly Calendar November 10-14

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Highlights include:

  • City Council Meeting will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, November 10 at the City Council Chambers, Historic City Hall; 830 N Boonville Ave.
  • Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Work Session will meet at 5:00 p.m.,...
  • Read on...

    Weekly Calendar
    Posted on: November 6, 2014

    Kick off the holiday season at Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 22

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield’s annual Festival of Lights will kick off at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at Jordan Valley Park with the Mayor's Treelighting Ceremony, followed by a Cardinals Christmas with fireworks at at Hammons Field.

    Mayor Bob...Read on...

    Download the schedule of Festival of Lights events
    Posted on: November 5, 2014

    City Clerk Receives Referendum Petition

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield City Clerk received a referendum petition with approximately 2,346 signatures opposing the Oct. 13 decision to amend the City’s nondiscrimination ordinance. The City Clerk’s office will begin the process of certifying ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 4, 2014

    City ensures life safety of those in north Springfield building

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Fire officials evacuated the American Inn near I-44 and Hwy 65 Monday after determining the building to be unsafe for occupancy due to an inoperable sprinkler and fire alarm system. The fire code requires buildings equ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 31, 2014

    Neighborhood cheering sections, mini marathon planned for Bass Pro Conservation Marathon Sunday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Representatives from 11 registered Springfield neighborhood organizations will be up bright and early for the Bass Pro Marathon Sunday, Nov. 2. But they won’t be running. They’ll be cheering.

    As a way to show off its hometown’...Read on...

    View a map of the marathon route.
    Posted on: October 28, 2014

    Keep little ghosts and goblins safe on Halloween night

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    While Halloween is a favorite holiday for most families with young children, it does pose several safety risks. Children younger than 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult while trick-or-treating. Older childre...Read on...

    Posted on: October 27, 2014

    City reaches agreement with Fire Fighters Union

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    City Council considered an agreement reached between the City of Springfield and the Southern Missouri Professional Fire Fighters Local 152, (The International Association of Fire Fighters Local 152 - the Bargaining Unit of the Sp...Read on...

    Posted on: October 27, 2014

    Dan Smith selected as City’s Public Works director

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Dan Smith has been selected as Springfield’s Public Works Director, effective Dec. 1. He currently serves as Greene County Highway Administrator and is responsible for all operations of the Greene County Highway Department. The De...Read on...

    Posted on: October 27, 2014

    Weekly Calendar October 27-31

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Highlights include:

  • City Council Meeting will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, October 27 at Historic City Hall, City Council Chambers; 830 N. Boonville Ave.
  • City Council Lunch will meet at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct 28 at the Busch M...
  • Read on...

    Weekly Calendar
    Posted on: October 23, 2014

    Missouri Career Center plans to make Battlefield Mall holiday job fair an annual event

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Wednesday’s holiday hiring event at the Battlefield Mall, sponsored by the Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region, resulted in 20 on-the-spot hires and 30 scheduled interviews, according to Mary Ann Rojas, director of Workforce Devel...Read on...

    Visit the Missouri Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: October 20, 2014

    Application packets, petitions for open City Council seats available starting tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Those who wish to run for mayor or City Council in the April 2015 election may begin the process starting tomorrow at 8 a.m.

    Applications and petitions for filing may be obtained from the City Clerk’s office beginning at 8 a.m...Read on...

    Posted on: October 20, 2014

    City Council committee approves three-year audit plan

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    RubinBrown, Certified Accountants and & Business Consultants, presented a three-year audit plan to City Council’s Finance & Administration Oct. 20. Members of the firm identified risks based on financial data, input from managemen...Read on...

    Posted on: October 17, 2014

    Volunteers needed for local boards and commissions

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield is currently taking applications for a variety of boards and commissions. Current openings include the Personnel Board, Planning & Zoning Commission, Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development, B...Read on...

    Download volunteer packet.
    Posted on: October 17, 2014

    Historic City Hall’s bell tower, Jefferson Avenue Footbridge glow pink for breast cancer awareness

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Visitors to City Government Plaza or the Commercial Street Historic District might notice a pinkish hue emitting from the bell tower of Historic City Hall and the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge. The hue, achieved via multicolored LED...Read on...

    Posted on: October 14, 2014

    Complete Council Bill 2014-189 now posted

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    It was brought to our attention that the version of Council Bill 2014-189 that was posted online was not complete. It did not contain the amendment adopted by City Council prior to the public hearing on Sept. 8.

    The amendment ...Read on...

    The complete approved bill can be found here.
    Posted on: October 14, 2014

    City names Baltz, Gano and Smith as Public Works director finalists

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield has named Becky Baltz, Jonathan Gano and Dan Smith as the finalists for the Director of Public Works position.

    The public is invited to meet the finalists 5-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the fourth...Read on...

    Posted on: October 14, 2014

    City to train volunteers for right-of-way beautification

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Signs, signs. Everywhere are signs.

    Whether they're advertising a yard sale on the outer edge of a public sidewalk or an in-home day
    care on a utility pole, signs in public rights-of-way are prohibited by Springfield City Code...Read on...

    View a video about how to place a sign legally.
    Posted on: October 13, 2014

    Weekly Calendar October 13 - October 17

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Highlights include:

  • City Council Meeting will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, October 13 at Historic City Hall, City Council Chambers; 830 N. Boonville Ave.
  • City Council Community Involvement Committee Meeting will meet at 12:00 p...
  • Read on...

    Weekly Calendar
    Posted on: October 10, 2014

    Workforce Investment Board to host youth forum Oct. 23

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board Youth Council will provide an opportunity for high school counselors and administrators, resource agencies, and businesses to share ideas about preparing youth for the job market at its ...Read on...

    Register to attend.
    Posted on: October 8, 2014

    City's October sales tax revenue up

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's October one-percent general sales tax revenue from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 23.6% compared to the month of October 2013. October 2014 revenue was $3,780,574, an increase of $721,095 over l...Read on...

    Posted on: October 7, 2014

    City continues review of Southwest Treatment Plant

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield has concluded a personnel investigation within the Department of Environmental Services. All personnel matters are private and confidential. Springfield City Manager Greg Burris has requested a separate inv...Read on...

    Posted on: October 6, 2014

    Council to propose amendments to Campbell Ave. rezoning and SOGI bills

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Members of Springfield City Council are expected to propose amendments to two controversial bills slated for the Oct. 13 meeting.

    South Campbell Avenue Rezoning (Council Bill 2014-207)City Council held a public hearing Sept....Read on...

    Posted on: October 6, 2014

    Weekly Calendar October 6-10

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Highlights include:

  • Mayor's Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations - Universal Design Task Force will meet at 11:30 a.m., Monday, October 6 at the Southwest Center for Independent Living; 2864 S. Nettleton Avenue ...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: October 3, 2014

    Third-graders to discover 'Treasures of the City' Tuesday evening

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Third-grade students and their families will tour the City's Government Plaza while they treasure-hunt for knowledge of municipal government at Tuesday's 25th annual "Treasures of the
    City" Partners in Education event, hosted by ...Read on...

    View video of last year's Treasures of the City
    Posted on: October 2, 2014

    City reaches resolution in Police-involved shooting litigation

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield reached a resolution of a pre-suit settlement demand made by attorney Joshua Roberts on behalf of Eric David Butts. Butts was shot by former Springfield police officer Jason Shuck after he responded to a Ma...Read on...

    Posted on: October 2, 2014

    Tricycle Drag Race to raise money for the United Way of the Ozarks

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Come watch the high-speed hilarity starting at 12:30 p.m. today at 216 W. Central as City, Greene County and CU staff pedal their way to the finish line on tricycles to raise money for the United Way!

    Starting at 12:30, teams ...Read on...

    View a schedule of the City's United Way drive.
    Posted on: July 29, 2014

    Red Robin to donate Saturday’s proceeds to Springfield Police and Fire

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers has prompted a friendly competition between Springfield’s police and fire departments. This Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Red Robin is encouraging the Springfield community to participate in ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 30, 2014

    City outlines plans for additional police

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    On the eve of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams announces that two of the 10 additional police positions to be added to the force will be domestic violence investigators. Like most communiti...Read on...

    Posted on: September 29, 2014

    City to receive federal grant to help hire 10 additional police officers

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 10 additional officer positions under the 2014 COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The estimated to...Read on...

    Posted on: September 29, 2014

    Springfield Jazz Festival announces new additions for 5th anniversary

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    After last year’s “packed house” downtown, organizers are providing two new offers for jazz lovers at this year’s 5th annual Springfield Jazz Festival.

    The festival is free to the public and combines a variety of grooves that ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 29, 2014

    Weekly Calendar September 29 - October 3

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Highlights include:

  • City Council Workshop will meet at 7:00 p.m., Monday, September 29 at the Springfield-Branson National Airport; 2300 N Airport Blvd.
  • Mayor's Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations - Offender E...
  • Read on...

    Weekly Calendar
    Posted on: September 24, 2014

    City Council, Springfield School Board continue talks on crossing guard program

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    Springfield City Council and the Springfield School Board met Wednesday evening to review a proposal regarding school crossing guard services. A committee comprised of both City and school district staff had put together a recomm...Read on...

    Link to Joint City / School Board Presentation
    Posted on: September 23, 2014

    Council learns more about stormwater policies and practice

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    City of Springfield stormwater engineer Todd Wagner addressed City Council Tuesday at the weekly lunch workshop. He presented information at the request of Council members, who had questions about the City’s stormwater management ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 22, 2014

    Weekly Calendar September 22 - September 26

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Highlights include:

  • Mayor's Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations - Universal Design Task Force Meeting will meet at 11:30 a.m., Monday, September 22 at Southwest Center for Independent Living, 2864 S. Nettleton A...
  • Read on...

    Weekly Calendar
    Posted on: September 26, 2014

    DATE CHANGE: Public invited to meet Public Works Director finalists

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    The City of Springfield will host a public reception to meet finalists for the Director of Public Works position, 5-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15 in the fourth floor conference room of the Busch Municipal Building, 840 N. Boonvill...Read on...

    Posted on: September 15, 2014

    Overflow crowd again expected for next City Council Meeting

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    The Sept. 22 City Council meeting is expected to draw a large crowd that could possibly exceed building capacity. Overflow rooms with be set up, as well as loud speakers set up outside the building. To ensure safety and provide fa...Read on...

    Posted on: September 15, 2014

    Weekly Calendar September 15-19

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Highlights Include:

  • Springfield Library Board Finance and Personnel Committee Meeting will meet at 12:00 p.m., Monday, September 15 at The Library Center, 4653 S. Campbell
  • Workforce Investment Board Planning and Oversight Com...
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    Weekly Calendar
    Posted on: September 12, 2014

    Date changed for vote on SOGI bill; other Council updates

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    Springfield City Council will vote on a proposed amendment to the City’s non-discrimination ordinance at its Oct. 13 meeting. Previously, it was mentioned that the vote would take place Oct. 27. That was in error. We regret any i...Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2014

    Workforce Investment Board conducting regional workforce survey

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    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board, in partnership with the Missouri Career Center and local chambers of commerce, are conducting a regional workforce survey titled “MOmentum 2015,” to identify the issues, challenges and...Read on...

    Posted on: September 11, 2014

    City of Springfield selects firm to perform internal audits

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    RubinBrown, Certified Accountants and & Business Consultants, has been selected to perform the City of Springfield’s internal audit functions, beginning immediately. Representatives from the firm’s St. Louis office will perform 3-...Read on...

    Posted on: September 8, 2014

    City Council revisits non-discrimination ordinance after two years

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    An overflow crowd came out for Springfield City Council’s meeting Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. At issue was a proposed addition to the City’s non-discrimination ordinance, deeming sexual orientation and gender identity to be protected...Read on...

    View Judge J. Miles Sweeney's statement
    Posted on: September 8, 2014

    Sept. 8 City Council meeting summary

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    An overflow crowd came out for Springfield City Council’s meeting Monday, Sept. 8, 2014. One issue was a proposed addition to the City’s non-discrimination ordinance, deeming sexual orientation and gender identity to be protected categories of persons f...Read on...

    View summary.
    Posted on: September 8, 2014

    City to remove red-light cameras from intersections

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    More than four years after the City of Springfield discontinued its red-light camera program as a result of a Missouri Supreme Court ruling, and at Councilman Doug Burlison’s suggestion, vendor American Traffic Solutions, via Ewin...Read on...

    Posted on: September 8, 2014

    CreAsian restaurant to donate proceeds to Springfield Police and Fire

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CreAsian restaurant, at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Campbell in Springfield, will be
    donating half of their gross sales Tuesday, Sept. 9, to the City's Police and Firedepartments.

    Proceeds will benefit SPD's crime ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 8, 2014

    Overflow crowd expected at tonight's CIty Council meeting

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    An overflow crowd is expected tonight at City Council meeting, as more than 30 people have signed up to address a single issue – the consideration of adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes i...Read on...

    MEDIA: Direct link to the video stream.
    Posted on: September 8, 2014

    Weekly Calendar September 8 - September 12

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    The City of Springfield’s weekly calendar September 8- September 12 is now available online. Highlights include:

  • City Council Meeting will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, September 8 in Historic City Hall, Council Chambers, 830 N ...
  • Read on...

    City of Springfield Weekly Calendar
    Posted on: September 3, 2014

    City Council to weigh changes to non-discrimination ordinance Monday

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    The first reading of a City Council bill adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected categories in the City’s non-discrimination ordinance, will take place Monday, Sept. 8. The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at...Read on...

    Posted on: September 2, 2014

    Weekly Calendar September 1- September 5

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

  • Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority will meet at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 2 at the Busch Municipal Building, Room 2 West, 840 N. Boonville Ave.
  • Landmarks Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 3 in Historic ...
  • Read on...

    View weekly calendar
    Posted on: August 27, 2014

    New City signage program informs motorists

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Motorists will see additional information from the City as they make their way throughout Springfield’s roadway construction zones. The Public Works and Public Information departments started a new signage program this week that g...Read on...

    View the National Avenue widening project sign.
    Posted on: August 25, 2014

    Community Involvement Committee meeting canceled

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City Council Community Involvement Committee Meeting, scheduled to meet at 1 p.m., tomorrow at the Expo Center; 635 East St. Louis Street, has been cancelled.

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    Posted on: November 3, 2014

    Weekly Calendar November 3 - November 7

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Highlights include:

  • Mayor's Commission for Children Executive Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 4 at the Head Start Conference Room; 215. S Barnes.
  • The Natural Environment Subcommittee will meet at 7:30 a.m., ...
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    Weekly Calendar
    Posted on: August 20, 2014

    August sales tax revenue up

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    The City of Springfield's August one-percent general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 14% compared to the month of August 2013.
    The sales tax check for August 2014 was $2,400,705, compared to the Augu...Read on...

    Posted on: August 20, 2014

    Citizens pleased with overall direction of City, according to 2014 Citizen Survey

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    The results of the 2014 Citizen Survey are in, and they show that Springfieldians are pleased with the overall direction their city is taking and they feel they are receiving a good value for their taxes they pay. Overall citizen ...Read on...

    Citizen Survey 2014
    Posted on: August 19, 2014

    Proposed amendment to Council Bill 2014-169.

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    Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried proposed an amendment to Council Bill 2014-169 at the Aug. 18 City Council meeting. The amendment was tabled, but can be viewed at the link below.

    View proposed amendment.
    Posted on: August 14, 2014

    Law department issues clarification on SOGI bill

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Due to an error by the City’s Law Department, the wrong version of a bill aimed at expanding the City’s nondiscrimination ordinance was brought before City Council’s Community Involvement Committee.

    The bill, sponsored by Mayor...Read on...

    SOGI Task Force Full Report
    Posted on: August 13, 2014

    Mayor expresses concerns about staffing issues

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    For decades, the retirement of the baby boom generation has been a looming economic threat. Now, it’s no longer looming — it’s here. Every month, more than a quarter-million Americans turn 65.

    It’s a topic Mayor Bob Stephens is...Read on...

    Download chart
    Posted on: August 12, 2014

    SFD to receive $640,000 grant for breathing apparatus

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    Springfield Fire Department is breathing a little easier after being notified of a $640,000 grant to replace its self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). The grant is thanks to Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assist...Read on...

    Visit the Springfield Fire Department's Web sit
    Posted on: August 8, 2014

    New system for City news releases

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Hello!
    With the conversion of the City of Springfield's Web site (springfieldmo.gov) to a new content management system, news releases will now be coming to you in this format.. You will be receiving similar emails from the Sprin...Read on...

    Manage your subscriptions
    Posted on: July 10, 2014

    City solicits bids for properties

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield is soliciting sealed bids for the sale of various parcels of City-owned property at the following locations:

  • 2221 N. Main - Zoned R-SF (Residential Single-Family)
  • 2907 W. Lombard - Zoned R-SF (Residential...
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    View the bid posting.
    Posted on: July 28, 2014

    National Night Out promotes safe, healthy neighborhoods

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    6 p.m.-Sundown, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014
    Meador Park, 2500 S. Fremont Ave.

  • 1 pool admission or donate a canned good for FREE pool admission (6-8 p.m.)
  • Crime and safety informational booths
  • Tour police, fire and EMS vehicles
  • Prescri...
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    View the public service announcement.
    Posted on: July 28, 2014

    Finance Department receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

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    For the 37th year, the City of Springfield's Finance Department, headed by Director Mary Mannix Decker, has earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association...Read on...

    Posted on: July 17, 2014

    City’s Aa1 Bond Rating affirmed by Moody’s

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    The City of Springfield’s bond rating of Aa1 was recently affirmed by Moody’s Investors Service. The City asked for a rating in conjunction with upcoming general obligation bond issuance. Moody’s is a bond rating agency that ranks...Read on...

    Posted on: July 10, 2014

    State of the City strong and getting stronger, Mayor says

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    More than 300 attendees gathered to hear Mayor Bob Stephens share his views this morning about the state of Springfield during the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield! at the Mediacom Ice Park at 635 E....Read on...

    Posted on: July 8, 2014

    July sales tax revenue up

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    The City of Springfield's July one-percent general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 26.55% compared to the month of July 2013. Revenues are also ahead of budget for July by $682,250 or 17.82%.

    The s...Read on...


    Posted on: April 29, 2016

    16th annual Choose Environmental Excellence awards announced

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    Twelve organizations presented a total of 21 awards celebrating the efforts, dedication and accomplishments of a wide variety of recipients. Each presenting organization at the Awards Luncheon determines their own award criteria a...Read on...

    Visit the Choose Environmental Excellence website.
    Posted on: April 26, 2016

    16th annual Choose Environmental Excellence awards to be presented Friday, April 29

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    The 16th annual Springfield/Greene County Choose Environmental Excellence awards will be presented Friday, April 29 at a noon luncheon at the White River Conference Center, 600 W. Sunshine, Springfield, as a part of Springfield's ...Read on...

    Visit the Choose Environmental Excellence website.
    Posted on: April 22, 2016

    Environmental Services dedicates Clean Water Services Operations Building

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    In celebration of Earth Day, the City of Springfield Environmental Services Department dedicated the new Clean Water Services Operations Building with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility open house Friday, April 22 at 755 N. Franklin Avenue.

    This...Read on...

    Read the Fact Sheet.
    Posted on: April 20, 2016

    MEDIA ALERT: Public invited to Open House for new Clean Water Services Operations Building April 22

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    The public is invited to celebrate Earth Day with the dedication of the new City of Springfield Environmental Services Clean Water Services Operations Building 10 a.m. – noon, Friday, April 22 at 755 N. Franklin Avenue. Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremo...Read on...

    Posted on: April 7, 2016

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

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    In an effort to serve the public during the 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.

    In addition, the City’s three recy...Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2016

    Celebrate Earth Month 2016 with variety of events and activities

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    The local observance of the 46th Earth Day is an offering of a variety of activities. This year’s Arbor Day celebration marks the celebration of the city of Springfield’s 31st year as a Tree City, USA.

    A complete schedule of ...Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2016

    City employee dies in accident at landfill

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    John Wesley Choate died after an accident at the City’s landfill. Choate worked at the City in various capacities since 2008, most recently as a maintenance worker.

    “We are all saddened by the loss of one of our own” said City...Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2016

    City maintenance worker injured in landfill accident

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    A 53-year-old male maintenance worker has been transported to Mercy Hospital following an industrial accident at the City’s landfill this morning. Police are onsite performing an industrial accident investigation, per protocol. Th...Read on...

    Posted on: February 9, 2016

    Sanitary sewer smoke testing this week around East Kearney between Glenstone and Burton

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will perform sanitary sewer smoke testing Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week in the PR19 basin (east and west of East Kearney Street between North Glenstone and North Burton avenues).

    Smoke testing is conducted to locate leaks in the sanitary sewer system. Harmless, odorless smoke is blown into sewer manholes in the street, goes through the pipes and comes out where there are broken pipes and where roof downspouts, outside area drains, or foundation drains are connected to the sanitary sewers.

    The smoke testing program is part of a $200 million Overflow Control Plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging system over the next 10 years.

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    For more information, contact Brian Olle at 417-864-1152Read on...

    View smoke testing Q&A.
    Posted on: February 2, 2016

    City’s newest street sweeper reinforces water quality message

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    The City’s newest street sweeper not only cleans streets, but acts as a high-impact mobile billboard to remind citizens of their role in keeping Ozarks waterways clean.

    “The ‘Working together to protect our streams one mile at a time,’ message and graphics, were chosen to highlight the relationship between clean streets and water quality in our streams, rivers, and lakes,” says Water Quality Coordinator Carrie Lamb. “Streets and storm drains flow directly into our waterways, unlike indoor sewer drains which carry sewage to the wastewater treatment plant.”

    The sweeper, a $290,000 Elgin Whirlwind, is the sixth in the City’s fleet of sweepers. The new model offers an additional safety feature and is environmentally friendly, according to Public Grounds Maintenance Supervisor Bryan Loughrige.

    “This is our first sweeper with a back-up camera that has audio, and it is also equipped with a Tier 3 engine,” Loughrige says. “The Tier 3 program is part of a comprehensive approach to reducing the impacts of motor vehicles on air quality and public health. The program considers the vehicle and its fuel as an integrated system, setting new vehicle emissions standards and lowering the sulfur content of gasoline, beginning in 2017.”

    In addition to keeping roadways clean and safe, street sweeping removes dirt and debris that would otherwise end up in waterways, impacting water quality.

    “Citizens play an important role in keeping waterways clean by keeping pollution out of streets and storm drains, and by reporting pollution,” Lamb said. “A common pollution problem in our area is citizens blowing or sweeping leaves, grass clippings or other yard waste into the street or the storm drains. Yard waste gets washed downstream, degrading the quality of waterways by adding excess nutrients that turn the water green and lead to algae blooms.”

    Citizens are encouraged to report pollution by calling the Citizen Resource Center at 864-1010, Lamb said.

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    For more information, please contact Carrie Lamb at 864-1996 or Bryan Loughrige at 864-1451Read on...

    Posted on: January 5, 2016

    UPDATE: Sewer smoke testing on MSU campus postponed due to impending weather

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    Due to impending inclement weather, the smoke testing planned for sanitary sewers on the MSU campus this week has been postponed.

    ORIGINAL RELEASE:

    The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will perform smoke testing on Missouri State University's campus Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. Boundaries for the testing are National Avenue (east), Grand Street (south), Cherry Street (north) and Holland Avenue (west).

    "We will try to do the entire campus over the three days and we will be running two crews. There will be smoke coming up in many different places within these boundaries as we move across the campus," said Mike DeLong, superintendent of the City's Clean Water Services division.

    Smoke testing is conducted to locate leaks in the sanitary sewer system. Harmless, odorless smoke is blown into sewer manholes in the street, goes through the pipes and comes out where there are broken pipes and where roof downspouts, outside area drains, or foundation drains are connected to the sanitary sewers.

    The smoke testing program is part of the City's $200 million overflow control plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging sewer system over the next 10 years.

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    For more information, contact Mike DeLong at 417-864-1928Read on...

    View smoke testing Q&A.
    Posted on: December 15, 2015

    Several options available for Christmas tree recycling this season

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield residents are reminded that Christmas trees are not accepted at Missouri landfills, however, several options are available for recycling this year’s Christmas trees.

    Bass Pro

    Bass Pro will accept trees at the fenced area at the northwest end of the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World parking lot directly behind the store at 1935 S. Campbell Ave.
    Dates accepted: Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 2016
    Hours: Noon to 6 p.m. daily
    Fee: $2 per tree donation; benefitting the Boy Scouts
    Uses:Trees are used to provide wildlife habitat for rabbits, quail and song birds.
    Special Instructions: Remove all icicles, ornaments, tree stand and no flocked trees accepted.
    For more information, contact: Larry Whiteley, 830-9023.

    Drury University

    Open to the Greater Drury Community, the Midtown Neighborhood, the Rountree area, and the Downtown Springfield area.
    Dates accepted: Jan. 4 and Jan. 8, 2016
    Hours: 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Location:Trees may be dropped at the Law Enforcement Academy building (on Bob Barker Boulevard, east of Hammons School of Architecture.
    Uses:Trees will be chipped by AllAboutTrees and Drury Grounds staff. Mulch generated will be reused in various areas on Drury campus.
    Special Instructions: Remove all decorations.

    Wickman's

    Wickman’s will accept trees at 1345 S. Fort Ave., in Springfield and at 10791 U.S. Hwy. 60 in Monett.
    Dates accepted: Dec. 26-Jan. 31, 2016
    Hours: (Springfield) Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.(Monett) Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m.
    Fee:$5 per tree at both locations; proceeds donated to The Kitchen
    Uses:(Springfield) Trees will be ground into wood chip mulch, available for free. Bring your own container. (Monett) Free bag of mulch available equivalent to size of tree brought in.
    Special instructions: Remove all icicles, ornaments, tree stand, plastic bags, and no flocked trees accepted.
    For more information, contact: (Springfield) 862-3707; or (Monett) 235-1112 or visit: wickmans.com.

    City of Springfield Yardwaste Recycling Center

    The Yardwaste Recycling Center will accept Christmas trees.
    Directions: West on Sunshine (U.S. Hwy. 60); south on Farm Road 115; left on Farm Road 164. Follow signs to the Yardwaste Recycling Center.
    Dates accepted: Dec. 26-Jan. 30, 2016. The Center will be closed on Jan. 1.
    Hours: 8am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sundays and Mondays.
    Fees: Donations are accepted; the brush recycling fee of $4 will be waived for residential Christmas trees through Jan. 30, 2016; otherwise, the $4 gate fee will apply. Existing commercial fees will apply to commercial loads, including Christmas trees.
    Special instructions: Remove all icicles, ornaments and tree stand.
    For more information, contact: Recycling Hotline, 864-1904; or visit springfieldmo.gov/recycling
    NOTE: Trees are not accepted at the Franklin and Lone Pine Avenue recycling centers.

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    For more information, please contact Sustainability Officer Barbara Lucks at 864-2005 or blucks@springfieldmo.govRead on...

    Download holiday season waste reduction tip sheet.
    Posted on: November 12, 2015

    Environmental Services sponsors free day at Discovery Center to celebrate America Recycles Day

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    The City of Springfield’s Environmental Services department is partnering with the Discovery Center of Springfield 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 to celebrate American Recycles Day with free admission and interactive exhibits centered around recycling.

    Exhibits include:

    From Trash to Treasure activities in the Exploratory Lab: Make a bracelet from a plastic shopping bag, a treasure box from recycled cards, or a Doodle Owl from a cardboard tube.

    Build A Car in the Theater: Use recycled materials to build a car, then race it!

    Recycling Show in Gallery: Juggling with Garland Owens – learn fun ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle at home AND cool juggling tricks at the same time! Show times are 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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    Media contacts: Laurie Duncan, Education Director, Discovery Center of Springfield: 417-862-9910x701 or Barbara Lucks, Sustainability Officer, City of Springfield, 417-864-2005.

    For more information about America Recycles Day, visit americarecyclesday.org.

    For information about the Discovery Center of Springfield, visit discoverycenter.orgRead on...

    Posted on: November 6, 2015

    Don’t waste those leaves – recycle them!

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    For many of us, an Ozarks autumn wouldn’t be complete without long drives along country roads to gaze at the beautiful gold, crimson and orange leaves. However, once the leaves fall from the trees, we’re tasked with disposing of them properly.

    In 1992, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources banned yardwaste (leaves, grass clippings, brush) from Missouri landfills – for good reason. When placed in landfills, yardwaste takes up valuable space. Besides, it has great value when composted or ground up for landscaping mulch.

    In response to the landfill yardwaste ban, the city of Springfield implemented several programs to help Springfield and Greene County residents reuse and recycle yardwaste.

    The best recycling process for grass and leaves is to mulch the yardwaste while mowing your yard. When grass and leaves are left on the yard after mowing, important nutrients are put back into the soil. By adding these free nutrients back into the soil, we can improve the appearance of our lawns. This is also more convenient because it eliminates needless bagging of grass and leaves, along with transporting and hauling costs.

    A second option is to compost grass and leaves in a small compost bin on your property. This also provides residents with a convenient and economical option for reusing grass and leaves without having to haul these materials to an approved processing facility. The composted materials can then be used to enhance the soil in flower and vegetable gardens.

    As a third option, the city offers the Yardwaste Recycling Center, located near the Southwest Treatment Plant. This recycling center accepts materials from residents of Springfield and Greene County and processes the grass clippings and leaves into compost for reuse as a soil amendment and grinds woody materials for landscaping mulch. These products are available for sale at the center.

    As a last option, the City accepts small quantities of yardwaste at the Franklin Recycling Center, 731 N. Franklin, and at the Lone Pine Recycling Center, 3020 S. Lone Pine. Loads above the limits will be referred to the Yardwaste Recycling Center.

    As a reminder, city ordinance prohibits placing yardwaste in streets, storm drains, ditches, waterways or other drainage areas. Placing yardwaste in streets or drainage areas can cause flooding and water pollution. When storm drains and ditches are clogged with yardwaste, there is the potential for flooding, which can result in unsafe driving conditions and property damage.

    Placing yardwaste in the street can also cause a hazard to motorists by reducing traction between vehicles and the roadway. Storm drains and ditches flow directly into streams, rivers and lakes, which provide drinking water and recreation. The nutrients in yardwaste promote undesirable algae growth in our streams and lakes, affecting the quality of our water resources.

    Visit springfieldmo.gov/recycling for information regarding hours of operation, locations and materials accepted or call the Recycling Hotline at 864-1904.

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    For more information, please contact Sustainability Officer Barbara Lucks at 864-2005 or blucks@springfieldmo.gov.

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    Posted on: October 1, 2015

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

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    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. This information is intended to assist media with localized information.

    Background
    The Ground-Level Ozone standard is a standard established by EPA under the Clean Air Act of the early 1970’s. Under that law, EPA is required to periodically review the existing standards in light of new research information gained in the years between reviews regarding the effects of ground-level ozone on human health and the environment. Download graphic.

    History
    The Ozone standard was last revised in 2008 to a level of 75 parts per billion. EPA has proposed a new standard of 70 parts per billion. This is calculated on a three-year rolling average and, while our 2013-2015 readings are still preliminary, as of Sept. 30, they appear to be at 61 parts per billion.

    Local Implications
    Springfield/Greene County is currently “in attainment,” or is meeting that standard. A designation of “non-attainment” would mean the region is out of compliance. Usually there are levels of severity determined with a non-attainment designation. This determines the level of impact non-attainment can have on a region. Being in non-attainment places new requirements on a region and can require additional study before expanding or adding certain types of new businesses and roadway capacity. Once an area is non-attainment, even achieving the standards brings a 20-year maintenance plan before a region can exit the non-attainment program.

    Health concerns
    Though not all pollution can be seen, it can create harmful effects on the human body. The elderly, children, and other vulnerable populations feel the effects of air pollution much greater than the general population. There is a fact sheet from the EPA in your handouts that further details impacts on hospital visits due to changes in pollution levels. Download graphic.

    Local sources of ozone
    Ozone is a bit complex. Ozone high in the atmosphere is beneficial. It shields the earth from harmful rays from the sun. Download graphic.

    However, at ground level, ozone can have a negative impact on both human and plant health. Ground-level ozone is not emitted from a single source, rather, it is the formed by the interaction of several pollutants reacting with heat, especially over the course of the day. Download graphic.

    This is why levels are higher during the summer months. Contributors, nitrous oxide (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), accumulate during the day, and as things get warmer throughout the day, these elements combine to form ozone. This is why many ozone-related prevention strategies may mention changing evening activities.

    There are also some natural and seemingly innocuous sources that can contribute to the formation of ground level ozone. When coupled with well-known pollutants, these can add difficulty to the task of preserving good air quality. For example, in our region, mobile sources (automobiles, buses, trucks, inboard/outboard motors and other gasoline-powered engines account for nearly half of all contributing emissions and are considered our “primary sources.” Download graphic.

    Proactive steps under way
    Springfield, Greene County and City Utilities of Springfield have been taking steps proactively for a number of years to protect our air quality and avoid nonattainment status for ground-level ozone, including being founding members of the Ozarks Clean Air Alliance (OCAA).

    Formed in 2007, OCAA currently serves an 11-county region. OCAA started in 2007 as a subcommittee of the Environmental Collaborative at the Community Partnership of the Ozarks and has grown into an active coalition of various stakeholders, including City, County, and State government officials, local businesses and non-profits, area utility companies, and interested citizens.

    OCAA has produced Clean Air Action Plan, first adopted in 2009 and originally addressing only ground level ozone pollutant concerns. Over the past few years, the plan and the efforts of the OCAA have grown to include particulate matter (another regulated pollutant). The Clean Air Action Plan now serves as the Path Forward Document for both proactive EPA Ozone Advance and Particulate Matter (PM) Advance Programs.

    Role of City Utilities of Springfield
    Typically, coal-fired power plants are major contributors to ground level ozone; however, in Springfield, City Utilities has made great strides in reducing their emissions in the region. Download graphic

    Mobile and industrial sources, including utility boilers, emit NOx and VOC emissions that are precursors to ozone formation under specific atmospheric conditions. City Utilities and its customers have invested in air quality in the region by significantly reducing its emissions.

    CU has helped the Springfield-Greene County region meet National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) while power generation and customer demand has continued to increase. Since 1988, as federal regulatory pressures move the goalposts, CU has decreased its overall emissions by nearly 82% with power generation requirements increasing over 80%.

    Additionally, CU and its customers have invested over $150 million in emission control technology and currently has purchased power agreements in place totaling $10 million that include wind and solar generation.

    Other preventative activities performed by OCAA member organizations
    • Development and implementation approved formal and non-formal educational materials for air quality education, including teachers’ workshops.
    • Website development/management: showmecleanair.com.
    • Management of a regional rides-haring program for both employers and the general public or ozarkscommute.com.
    • Coordination with Missouri Department of Transportation to utilize electronic road signs
    • Support of the local municipally-owned utility air quality protection efforts, including promotion of solar power.
    • Support of the region’s continued build-out of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, which boasts over 100 miles of trails, and a goal of 10 miles of new sidewalk each year.
    • Inclusion of air quality protection efforts as a component of the Ozarks GreenScore voluntary sustainability program which rates and provides technical assistance to local businesses.
    • Local participation in the Missouri PACE (Property Assessed Clean
    Energy) program providing funding sources for energy efficiency capital improvements.
    • Promotion of a model no-idle policy for local governments and businesses.

    • Support of the City of Springfield Air Quality protection program following loss of state funding for local regulatory efforts, including Stage One Vapor Recovery requirements.
    • Securing EPA Diesel Emission Reduction Assistance (DERA) grants used to retrofit and or replace school buses, diesel trucks and related vehicles.

    Summary
    The citizens and visitors who enjoy living and recreating in our region value our clean and healthy environment. As a part of the larger community, we are constantly working to balance the protection of our natural environment with the costs associated with those efforts.

    As we have seen in our water quality protection efforts, we tend to be ahead of many areas in the country in that our public infrastructure is in place, leaving additional gains to be made to come from the “smaller” or “nonpoint” sources. In the case of air quality, those sources are our cars, trucks, even lawn mowers. In order for us to continue to meet or exceed standards and to continue to protect the health of our citizens and our environment, the entire community must pitch in.

    Awareness of air quality as a potential environmental/health concern tends to be rather low, in part, because we do have good quality air; however, it is not without effort and expense that we are in this preferred position and it will take continued effort and expense to continue to enjoy this most precious of resources.

    For more information
    • Receive daily air quality level predictions: enviroflash.info.
    • Missouri Department of Natural Resources Air Quality Program Web site: dnr.mo.gov.
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Ozone Web site: epa.gov/air.
    • Ozarks Clean Air Alliance: showmecleanair.com. Contact: Natasha Longpine, 417-865-3042 x103 or Barbara Lucks, 417-864-2005.
    • City Utilities of Springfield: cityutilities.net. Contact: Joel Alexander, 417-831-8902.
    • Ozarks Transportation Organization: ozarkstransportation.org. Contact: Natasha Longpine, 417-865-3042 x103.
    • City of Springfield Dept. of Environmental Services – Air Quality Section: springfieldmo.gov/airquality. Contact: Brian Adams, 417-864-1412.
    • Real-time air quality readings: airnow.gov

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    Posted on: September 23, 2015

    Ozarks Clean Air Alliance to host media workshop on ground-level ozone on Friday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozarks Clean Air Alliance (OCAA) will present an informational workshop for the media on the topic of ground-level ozone 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 25 in the community room at the City’s Environmental Resource Center, 290 E. Central Street.

    The workshop is in anticipation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s expected announcement of revised ground-level ozone standards within the near future. Background and historical information will be presented that is critical to the understanding and accurate communication of this complex issue and its local impact.

    Key personnel will be available for interviews following the presentations. In addition, should you have an interest in filming associated with this topic, please let us know and we’ll make those arrangements with you. Please RSVP to 864-2002 if you plan to attend.

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    Posted on: July 17, 2015

    Sanitary sewer smoke testing planned for next week in Ward Branch 05 basin

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will begin sanitary sewer smoke testing in the Ward Branch 05 basin (the region near Ozark Highlands Mobile Home Park west of Glenstone Avenue) the week of July 20.

    Smoke testing is conducted to locate leaks in the sanitary sewer system. Harmless, odorless smoke is blown into sewer manholes in the street, goes through the pipes and comes out where there are broken pipes and where roof downspouts, outside area drains, or foundation drains are connected to the sanitary sewers.

    The smoke testing program is part of a $200 million Overflow Control Plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging system over the next 10 years.

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    For more information, contact Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement Cora Scott at 417-864-1009 or 417-380-3352Read on...

    View smoke testing Q&A.
    Posted on: July 7, 2015

    Unhealthy level air quality alert today and tonight

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 for the rest of this afternoon and evening in the Springfield area and surrounding communities.

    Unhealthy levels of air quality may affect a larger population who may encounter breathing difficulties while outdoors for extended periods of time. Persons with respiratory health conditions may wish to stay indoors to avoid the poor air quality outside.

    Rain showers have the effect of cleaning the air of the smoke particles and improving air quality during the rain event. Should the forecasted rain showers begin later tonight, air quality conditions should improve by Wednesday morning.

    For more information:
    • showmecleanair.com
    airnow.gov See “Ozone Facts” and current air quality readings.
    springfieldmo.gov/airquality, Springfield’s local air quality Web site.
    rideshare.org for carpooling information.

    To sign up to receive air quality advisories, please visit: airnow.gov and click on EnviroFlash e-Mails.

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    For more information, please contact Barbara J. Lucks, City of Springfield Sustainability Officer, at 417-864-2005 or blucks@springfieldmo.govRead on...

    Posted on: July 2, 2015

    Sanitary sewer smoke testing to begin next week

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield’s Clean Water Services division will begin smoke testing in the Jordan Creek 11 sewer basin the week of July 6. The Jordan Creek 11 basin is located north of East Blaine Street between North Link Avenue and North Old Orchard Avenue. Testing will last one to two weeks.

    Smoke testing is conducted to locate leaks in the sanitary sewer system. Harmless, odorless smoke is blown into sewer manholes in the street, goes through the pipes and comes out where there are broken pipes and where roof downspouts, outside area drains, or foundation drains are connected to the sanitary sewers.

    The City will continue smoke testing in other basins throughout the summer. Testing in the Ward Branch 05 basin, the region near Ozark Highlands Mobile Home Park west of Glenstone Avenue, will begin the week of July 20.

    The smoke testing program is part of a $200 million Overflow Control Plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging system over the next 10 years.

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    For more information, contact Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement Cora Scott at 417-864-1009 or 417-380-3352Read on...

    View smoke testing Q&A.
    Posted on: July 1, 2015

    Planned sewer rate increase takes effect July 1

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    Residents on City wastewater service will see a planned rate increase July 1. The City of Springfield contracts with City Utilities for wastewater services billing, so customers will notice this change on their August CU bills.

    Sewer rates are based on water consumption. This is because the majority of water residents use goes down drains and toilets and ends up in the wastewater system. Springfield Cleanwater Services charges a minimum sewer bill and a specific rate for each additional ccf. One ccf equals 748 gallons.

    An average residential user with a use of 6 ccf receives a bill for $27.29 per month. Following the July 1, 2015 effective date, a residential user with a 6 ccf use will go to $28.11, or a 3% increase.

    Rate increases were approved by Springfield City Council in spring 2011, following the recommendations of a community stakeholder group appointed to consider change to Springfield’s wastewater system, including rates.

    The Wastewater Improvements Task Force sought advice from a consultant, who proposed raising the average residential customer bill from $25.27 a month to $26.27 in July 2013. A second rate increase to $27.29 a month went into effect last year. Additional planned increases will raise the rate to $29 per 6 ccf in 2017.

    A task force report also included specific suggestions – doubling the system's reserve fund to between $15 million and $20 million, for example – as well as "guiding principles," such as linking ratepayer fees directly to the cost of providing service.

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    Posted on: June 16, 2015

    Galloway property owners invited to Private Sewer Repair Program open house tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Property owners and residents of the Galloway 01 sewer basin are invited to an open house 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 17 at Holy Trinity Church, 2818 E. Bennett St., to learn about the City of Springfield’s Private Sewer Repair Program. The Galloway 01 basin is located between Sunshine Street and Seminole Street, east of Glenstone to Lone Pine.

    The Private Sewer Repair Program is a voluntary program that helps prevent rainwater from entering the sanitary sewer system, causing backups into homes and untreated water to overflow into streams and lakes. The program offers property owners the opportunity to have improper connections to the sanitary sewer repaired at no charge.

    Property owners within a targeted basin will be contacted to schedule a plumbing evaluation to identify improper connections to the sewer system. Repairs will then be made where improper connections are found. Property owners will be asked to allow qualified local plumbers, paid by the City, to correct them.

    In the last two years, the Private Sewer Repair Program has evaluated and made repairs in 10 basins. This represents an investment of $2 million per year and will affect approximately 1,750 properties.

    “We have found that for every $2 million we invest into this program, we will avoid spending $22 million on capacity improvements,” said Environmental Services Director Steve Meyer. “Much of that investment goes back into our local economy through our contracts with local plumbing companies.”

    Galloway 01 is the first of three basins scheduled to take part in the program this year. Ward Branch 05, the region near Ozark Highlands Mobile Home Park west of Glenstone, will begin evaluations in August. Jordan Creek 11, located off Division Street north of Killian Softball Complex, will begin in October. To learn if your property is part of the targeted basins, visit http://www.kcmapping.com/PrivateSewerRepairProgramPhase3/.

    The Private Sewer Repair Program is part of a $200 million Overflow Control Plan to reduce sanitary sewer overflows in Springfield’s aging system over the next 10 years. The City’s plan was recently approved by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
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    Posted on: June 9, 2015

    City's sewer overflow control plan approved by Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield has received approval for its Sanitary Sewer Overflow Control Plan (OCP) by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

    Approved by City Council last December, the OCP is the City’s response to a 2012 Amended Consent Judgment with the State of Missouri and Missouri Department of Natural Resources to reduce sanitary sewer overflows caused by excessive infiltration of rain water into the sewer system.

    As enforcement of the federal Clean Water Act of 1972 continues to escalate, most large and medium-sized communities across the United States are under similar legal orders to reduce sewer overflows.

    Springfield’s plan is unique, however, in that it uses an integrated planning approach to ensure that investments made in the sewer system represent the “biggest bang for the buck” for the community.

    The Springfield plan relies on a phased approach which will invest $200 million into the aging sewer system over the next 10 years, during which time City staff will work to optimize the capacity of the existing system and submit a new plan in 2025.

    “Using key concepts from the Springfield-Greene County Integrated Plan, our OCP takes a unique approach to reducing sanitary sewer overflows and represents a significant savings to our ratepayers over more traditional plans,” says Steve Meyer, director of the City's Environmental Services department.

    “We believe that if it weren’t for our integrated planning approach, our plan would be considerably higher than Springfield’s $200 million,” said City Manager Greg Burris.

    Springfield is not alone in spending large sums of money on reducing overflows. Cities across the nation are facing similar state or federal consent judgments to address sewer overflows during wet weather.

    "Though work remains to be done, we are proud of our progress,” Burris said.

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    Posted on: June 8, 2015

    Construction begins June 15 to restore South Creek along Sunset Street

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    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 the one-mile section along Sunset Street between Campbell Avenue and Kansas Expressway.

    “The purpose of the project is to improve water quality and habitat for aquatic life,” says Water Quality Coordinator Carrie Lamb. “The project aligns with two major goals in the City’s Field Guide 2030 Strategic Plan to utilize native plants in publicly funded projects and to restore streams and riparian corridors.”

    Construction will be complete by winter. No closures of the South Creek greenway trail adjacent to the project are anticipated during construction.

    The project is funded in part by a $765,000 water quality grant awarded to the City by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). The grant is federal funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, through MDNR, under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

    The required 40% match will be provided from the ¼ cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax and the 2006 Springfield-Greene County Parks/Waterways Sales Tax, along with contributions of time from City staff and grant partner Ozark Greenways.

    The total project cost is approximately $1.1 million for construction and $140,000 for design. The design consultant is Olsson Associates and the construction contractor is Towe Construction. James River Basin Partnership and the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute are providing technical assistance and water quality monitoring for the project.

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    For more information, contact: Chris Dunnaway, Public Works Professional Engineer, 417- 864-1876; or Carrie Lamb, Environmental Services Water Quality Coordinator, 417-864-1996Read on...

    Posted on: May 20, 2015

    Ribbon cutting for City Government Plaza parking lots project Friday at 10:30 a.m.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Please join the City of Springfield at 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 22 to cut the ribbon for the reconstructed parking lots at City Government Plaza. In case of rain, the event will be moved indoors to the Busch Municipal Building Lobby.

    The reconstruction of the lots was a grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater that reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reaches our streams. The lots now include pervious pavement, rain gardens and a bioswale that allow rainwater to soak into the ground.

    Construction began in September 2014 and occurred in two phases.

    The project was a partnership of Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield as part of the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project Grant (nicknamed Big Urbie).

    The parking lots project was one of many projects funded by the Big Urbie grant, a $1.1 million federal grant awarded to Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in 2011 by U.S. EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

    The required 40% match was provided through in-kind staff time from the City and grant partners, and City matching funds from the 2006 Parks/Waterways Sales Tax dedicated for lake, waterway and stream improvements.

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    For more information, contact: Carrie Lamb, City of Springfield Environmental Services Water Quality Coordinator, 417-864-1996; or Stacey Armstrong, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Projects Manager, 417-866-1127Read on...

    Visit Big Urbie's Web site.
    Posted on: May 4, 2015

    City to issue $41 million of bonds for sewer system improvements May 11

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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. The rating reflects the solid financial position of the City.

    “We anticipate the city’s financial operations and reserve position will remain stable in the near-term given continued improvement in financial metrics including liquidity and General Fund balance,” Moody’s said in a news release issued about the bonds.

    The bond proceeds will be used to complete sewer improvement projects outlined in both the Early Action Plan and the Overflow Control Plan, the latest of which was approved by City Council in December 2014.

    The bond sale will finance an expansion of the anaerobic digester at the Southwest Wastewater Treatment Plant to replace aging equipment and accommodate community growth, as well as rehabilitation of approximately 100,000 linear feet of clay pipe to reduce excessive inflow and infiltration within selected sub-basins.

    The bonds will be repaid with sewer revenues. The bonds are expected to be offered to the public the week of May 11. The City is offering local individual investors who are interested in purchasing these bonds priority access. An order period will be established on the day of the sale specifically for retail investors. Interested persons may contact their broker or the local office of Oppenheimer at 417-886-8005.

    For more information, please contact Cora Scott Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.govRead on...

    Posted on: April 27, 2015

    Dedication for Fassnight Creek Greenway and Stormwater Project Thursday at 11 a.m.

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    Please join the City of Springfield, Ozark Greenways Inc., the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and Greene County at 11 a.m., Thursday April 30 for the dedication and ribbon cutting for the Fassnight Creek Greenway and Stormw...Read on...

    View invitation.
    Posted on: April 7, 2015

    Springfield to celebrate 30 years as a Tree City USA with 30 tree plantings April 10

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    The City of Springfield will mark its 30th year as a Tree City USA with 30 tree plantings throughout the day and an Arbor Day celebration on Park Central Square at 4:30 p.m. April 10, which will feature the 30th and final tree-pla...Read on...

    Download "Building with Trees" PowerPoint.
    Posted on: April 3, 2015

    Earth Month 2015 full of activities and educational opportunities

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    What began as a one-day celebration of the natural environment more than 40 years ago has expanded to include all of April. The first Earth Day, held on April 22, 1970, is widely credited with launching the modern environmental m...Read on...

    View Earth Month 2015 activities.
    Posted on: April 2, 2015

    Arbor Day poster contest winner to be honored with tree-dedication ceremony tomorrow

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    Cowden Elementary fifth-grader Marion Deweerd will be honored with a tree-dedication ceremony for her city-wide and state of Missouri award-winning Arbor Day poster at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 at Cowden Elementary School, 2927 S. Kimbroug...Read on...

    Posted on: March 31, 2015

    Citizen-led Environmental Priorities Task Force presents recommendations

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Dan Hoy and Fred Palmerton, co-chairs of the Springfield-Greene County Citizens Environmental Task Force, walked City and County officials through recommendations today.

    The 31-member advisory group met nine times over the past...Read on...

    Download presentation.
    Posted on: March 30, 2015

    Citizen-led Environmental Priorities Task Force to present findings Tuesday

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    Representatives from a 31-member citizen task force will present the group’s findings to City Council and the Greene County Commission at noon, Tuesday, March 31 at the Public Safety Center, 330 W. Scott Street.

    The Springfield-Greene Co...Read on...

    Posted on: February 3, 2015

    City, County leaders update Council and Commission on urgent stormwater issues

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    City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter dove right into urgent stormwater management issues at a joint meeting of Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission. The update follows a sober...Read on...

    View the Task Force's report.
    Posted on: January 27, 2015

    Green Building Task Force recommends program to finance energy conservation improvements

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield-Greene County Green Building Task Force presented its recommendations to City Council and the Greene County Commission Jan. 27.

    Included in the recommendations is encouraging and incentivizing voluntary green bu...Read on...

    View the report.
    Posted on: January 27, 2015

    Green Building Task Force to present recommendations to Council and Greene County Commission today

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    MEDIA ALERT

    WHO: The Springfield-Greene County Green Building Task Force.
    WHAT: Presentation of recommendations to City Council and the Greene County Commission.
    WHEN: Noon.
    WHERE: Greene County Archives & Election Center, 1126 N. Boonville.
    WHY: A...


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    Posted on: January 5, 2015

    Springfield Fire Stations promote environmental sustainability

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Firefighters are known for saving homes. Now, they’re doing their part to help save the environment by recycling their food scraps. Ten of Springfield’s Fire Stations are now “vermicomposting” sites where food scraps are recycled ...

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    More information on vermicomposting
    Posted on: December 16, 2014

    Phase I of Government Plaza parking lot reconstruction complete; public lot to reopen Wednesday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The public parking lot directly in front of the Busch Municipal Building will reopen to the public at 7 a.m., Wednesday. The new parking lot will allow traffic to enter at the new north entrance on Robberson Avenue and circulate to exit at the new south exit on Robberson. Handicap parking has been and will continue to be available at City Government Plaza throughout all phases of construction.

    Demolition of the City employee parking lot for Phase 2 of the project also begins Wednesday.

    The parking lot reconstruction project is a Big Urbie grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater that reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reaches streams. Once complete, the project will include pervious pavement, rain gardens and a bioswale that allow rainwater to soak into the ground and be used and naturally filtered by soil, plants and trees.

    The pavement work is expected to be complete in mid-January, while the plantings will take place around the first of April, weather permitting.

    The project is a partnership of Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield as part of the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project Grant (nicknamed Big Urbie), a $1.1 million federal grant awarded to Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in 2011 by U.S. EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under section 319 of the Clean Water Act.

    The required 40 percent match is being provided through in-kind staff time from the City and grant partners, and City matching funds from the 2006 Parks/Waterways Sales Tax dedicated for lake, waterway and stream improvements.

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    For more information, contact: Carrie Lamb, City of Springfield Environmental Services Water Quality Coordinator, 417-864-1996; or Stacey Armstrong, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Projects Manager, 417-866-1127Read on...

    Visit Big Urbie's Web site.
    Posted on: December 15, 2014

    Options available for recycling Christmas trees

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield residents are reminded that Christmas trees are not accepted at Missouri landfills. Several options are available for recycling this year’s trees, however.

    Bass Pro
    Bass Pro will accept trees at the fenced area at ...
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    Posted on: November 24, 2014

    City’s plan for continued sewer upgrades a sound investment

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A long-term sewer overflow control plan, (a plan required by state and federal environmental regulators to reduce sewer system overflows) will be presented to City Council Monday night. The plan, which has been years in the making...Read on...

    Posted on: November 18, 2014

    Springfield ‘saves’ Hollywood

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Hollywood, Florida is looking to Springfield to “save the day.”

    Hollywood is spending thousands of dollars a day to truck liquid oxygen to its treatment plant to treat its wastewater while officials there have work...Read on...

    Posted on: November 3, 2014

    Recycling Centers offer Sunday hours to accommodate fall yardwaste season

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    Most Springfieldians only have to venture as far as their own backyards to enjoy the fall foliage. But what to do with those beautiful leaves once they’ve fallen? City ordinances prohibit the dumping of leaves and other yardwaste...Read on...

    View a video about how to maintain your property.
    Posted on: October 14, 2014

    City, County and CU to receive $67,000 from EPA in technical assistance for integrated planning

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    Springfield is one of five communities that will receive $67,000 each in technical assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help develop components of integrated plans for wastewater and stormwater management, a...Read on...

    Springfield's Integrated Plan Web site
    Posted on: October 7, 2014

    City continues review of Southwest Treatment Plant

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    The City of Springfield has concluded a personnel investigation within the Department of Environmental Services. All personnel matters are private and confidential. Springfield City Manager Greg Burris has requested a separate inv...Read on...

    Posted on: October 9, 2014

    City identifies source of milky substance in Jordan Creek

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield’s Department of Environmental Services has identified the source of the substance that recently impacted Jordan Creek.

    After receiving word from the public the morning of Sept. 24 about a milky substanc...Read on...

    Posted on: September 29, 2014

    Help protect waterways with proper disposal of yardwaste and leaves this fall

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    While the City’s Environmental Services and Public Works departments enjoy autumn as much as anyone, they aren’t looking forward to the problems the fallen leaves create when they make their way into the storm drains.

    "When dit...Read on...

    View a video about how to maintain your property.
    Posted on: September 23, 2014

    Council learns more about stormwater policies and practice

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    City of Springfield stormwater engineer Todd Wagner addressed City Council Tuesday at the weekly lunch workshop. He presented information at the request of Council members, who had questions about the City’s stormwater management ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 26, 2014

    City prepares to submit latest sewer overflow control plans to regulators

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    The Long-Term Overflow Control Plan, (a plan required by state and federal environmental regulators to reduce sewer system overflows) will be submitted in December. It will recommend investments in the local sewer system totaling...Read on...

    Posted on: August 25, 2014

    High temperatures plus sunshine plus automobiles equals ground-level ozone

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The current stretch of high temperatures brings more than just discomfort from the heat . Combined with the sunny days and emissions produced from automobiles and other gas-powered equipment, it also causes the interaction that p...Read on...

    Posted on: August 6, 2014

    Work completed on Upper Ward Branch Stormwater and Trail Improvement Project

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    Work on the Ward Branch Stormwater and Greenway Trail Improvements Project is complete. This was a multi-purpose project that included stream bank stabilization to protect road embankments and improve water quality as well as a c...Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2014

    Demolition begins Thursday for City Government Plaza parking lots project

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Demolition of the parking lot at the City Government Plaza will begin Thursday, Sept. 25 as part of a grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater that reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reaches our streams.

    The project will include pervious pavement, rain gardens and a bioswale that allow rainwater to soak into the ground and be used and naturally filtered by soil, plants and trees. Construction will occur in two phases.

    Phase 1 will include construction of the existing public parking lot and Phase 2 will include construction of the existing employee parking lot. During Phase 1, public parking will be located in the existing employee parking lot, just south of the public lot. Signage will be provided to direct the public to available parking.

    Upon completion of Phase 1, public parking will return to the existing public lot and construction of Phase 2 will begin. Handicap parking will be available throughout all phases of construction. Completion of the project is anticipated by the end of the year. The project is a partnership of Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield as part of the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project Grant (nicknamed Big Urbie).

    This is one of many projects funded by the Big Urbie grant, a $1.1 million federal grant awarded to Watershed Committee of the Ozarks in 2011 by U.S. EPA Region 7 through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The required 40% match is being provided through in-kind staff time from the City and grant partners, and City matching funds from the 2006 Parks/Waterways Sales Tax dedicated for lake, waterway and stream improvements.

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    For more information, contact: Carrie Lamb, City of Springfield Environmental Services Water Quality Coordinator, 417-864-1996; or Stacey Armstrong, Watershed Committee of the Ozarks Projects Manager, 417-866-1127Read on...

    Visit Big Urbie's Web site.

    Posted on: April 28, 2016

    Lane shifts, closures begin April 29 on Sunset Street near Campbell Avenue

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Public Works has authorized Henning Construction Company to begin construction on a public improvements project on Sunset Street near Campbell Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, April 29.

    Public improvements are required infra...Read on...

    Posted on: April 28, 2016

    City to host public meeting May 3 to discuss potential C-Street parking improvements

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield will host a public meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 3 at Drury on C-Street, 233 E. Commercial Street, to discuss potential parking improvements for the Commercial Street business district, including re-strip...Read on...

    Posted on: April 25, 2016

    Phelps Street between Boonville Avenue and Campbell Avenue to close April 26

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Phelps Street between Boonville Avenue and Campbell Avenue will be closed beginning 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 26 until approximately 3:30 p.m. (weather permitting) for utility work associated with the Phelps Street Streetscape proj...Read on...

    Posted on: April 18, 2016

    Intersection of Olive and Main and section of Main from College to Water to close April 19-May 6

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The intersection of Olive Street and Main Avenue and the section of Main Avenue from Olive Street to Water Street will close at at 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 19 for construction work associated with the Main Avenue Streetscape project....Read on...

    View map of closure.
    Posted on: April 15, 2016

    900 North Farm Road 123 to close April 20 - 22

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    900 North Farm Road will be closed starting Wednesday, April 20 until Friday afternoon, April 22 (weather permitting) to begin the replacement of the railroad crossing and roadway surfaces by the BNSF Railway Company.

    This wor...Read on...

    Learn more about the West Wye connection project.
    Posted on: April 15, 2016

    Overnight road, lane closures for South Campbell and South Street rescheduled for April 17

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Due to weather conditions last week, two overnight closures along South Campbell Ave. have been rescheduled to begin Sunday, April 17. Crews will work to mill and replace the surface asphalt.

    South Street east of Campbell Aven...Read on...

    Posted on: April 11, 2016

    Public Works releases April safety message on work zone awareness

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    As the spring construction season gears up on Springfield-area roadways, Public Works encourages drivers to use extra caution when driving through work zones. In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 11-15), work...Read on...

    View the April Traffic Safety Message.
    Posted on: April 11, 2016

    4400 West Junction Street to close beginning Wednesday, April 13

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    4400 West Junction Street will be closed west of Farm Road 123 beginning at 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 13 for the installation of the West Wye Connection by the Burlington Northern Sante Fe (BNSF) Railway. The street will reopen Fri...Read on...

    Posted on: April 8, 2016

    Olive Street from Robberson Alley to Jefferson Avenue to close April 12 - 15

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Olive Street from Robberson Alley to Jefferson Avenue will be closed beginning 7 a.m. Tuesday, April 12 through 5 p.m. Friday, April 15 for construction work related to the Jefferson Avenue streetscape project.

    Motorists are a...Read on...

    Posted on: April 8, 2016

    Grand Street east of Kickapoo Avenue to Fremont Avenue to close Monday, April 11

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Grand Street east of Kickapoo Avenue to Fremont Avenue will be closed beginning Monday, April 11 for the construction of a new water main. This work will take approximately two weeks.

    Grand Street will be open to local traffic...Read on...

    Posted on: April 8, 2016

    Division Street west of Glenstone Avenue to close Monday, April 11

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Division Street west of Glenstone Avenue to Weller Avenue will be closed beginning Monday, April 11 through Friday, April 15 for concrete repairs due to sewer work.

    All driveways will be open to local traffic only. Motorists ...Read on...

    Posted on: April 8, 2016

    Overnight road, lane closures for South Campbell and South Street starting, April 10

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Two overnight closures will occur along South Campbell Ave. Sunday, April 10 as crews work to mill and replace the surface asphalt.

    South Street east of Campbell Avenue will close for several hours beginning at 8 p.m. In addit...Read on...

    Posted on: March 18, 2016

    Intersection of Jefferson Avenue and St. Louis Street/Park Central East to close March 21 - 28

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's Public Works department has given Hunter Chase & Associates permission to close the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and St. Louis Street/Park Central East for a week beginning the afternoon of Monday, Ma...Read on...

    Posted on: March 18, 2016

    Seminole Street between Oak Grove Avenue and Ventura Avenue to close March 21

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Public Works Department will close Seminole Street between Oak Grove Avenue and Ventura Avenue on Monday, March 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to clean the culvert under Seminole Street.

    For more information, conta...Read on...

    Posted on: March 17, 2016

    Galloway Street west of Lone Pine to close overnight Thursday, March 17

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Galloway Street west of Lone Pine will be closed beginning at 10 p.m. Thursday, March 17 through 9 a.m. Friday, March 18 for street repairs due to a utility cut.

    Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.

    For more i...Read on...

    Posted on: February 29, 2016

    Jefferson Avenue between Olive Street and St. Louis Street to close Feb. 29 - March 9

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield's Public Works department has given Hunter Chase & Associates permission to close Jefferson Avenue between Olive Street and St. Louis Street/Park Central East beginning the afternoon of Monday, Feb. 29 thro...Read on...

    Posted on: February 29, 2016

    Public Works releases March safety message

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    In 2009, the first diverging diamond interchange (DDI) in North America was constructed in Springfield by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT). Since that time, Springfield drivers have had to adjust to the twists and...Read on...

    Posted on: February 26, 2016

    Main Avenue between College Street and Water Street to close Feb. 29 - May 6

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Main Avenue between College Street and Water Street will be closed beginning 6 a.m. Monday, Feb. 29 for construction work associated with the Main Avenue Streetscape project. This stretch of Main Avenue is expected to reopen Frida...Read on...

    View map.
    Posted on: February 17, 2016

    Overnight lane closure on Campbell Avenue south of Primrose Thursday night

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    As part of the Campbell and Primrose intersection improvements project, Public Works will temporarily close the outside northbound lane of Campbell Avenue south of Primrose Street at 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 18, reopening by 6 a.m.,...Read on...

    Posted on: February 9, 2016

    Lane shifts, closures start Wednesday at East Kearney and Mulroy Road

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Public Works has authorized Ewing Signal Construction, LLC to begin construction of roadway and signal improvements at the intersection of State Highway 744 (East Kearney Street) and Mulroy Road (Farm Road 199).

    Lane shifts an...Read on...

    Posted on: January 28, 2016

    Jefferson Avenue downtown to reopen to one lane of southbound traffic by 5 p.m. Friday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Jefferson Avenue will reopen to one lane of southbound traffic between Water Street and Park Central East/St. Louis Street by 5 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, Jan. 30). Traffic lane shifts are expected over the next several weeks as const...Read on...

    Posted on: January 28, 2016

    Public Works staff to host open house to discuss plans for Central Street relocation Feb. 4

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Public Works staff will host an open house to discuss plans for the relocation of Central Street near Ozarks Technical Community College 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at OTC's Information Commons West Building.

    For more informatio...Read on...

    Posted on: January 26, 2016

    Westview down to one lane, evening closures for northbound Campbell this week

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    As part of the Campbell and Primrose intersection improvements project, Public Works will close the westbound lane of Westview Street for 24 hours starting at 8 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 27, reopening by 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 28. The ...Read on...

    Posted on: January 4, 2016

    South Avenue east of Campbell to close for 24 hours Wednesday night

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Weather permitting, South Avenue approximately 300 feet east of Campbell Avenue will close for 24 hours beginning at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6 and reopening at 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 for stormwater work associated with the Campbel...Read on...

    Posted on: December 30, 2015

    Campbell Avenue to close at Phelps Street Jan. 4-6, 2016

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Campbell Avenue at Phelps Street will be closed Jan. 4-6, 2016 for utility work associated with the Phelps Street Streetscape project.

    This project includes constructing decorative sidewalks, lighting and ADA curb ramps along P...Read on...

    Posted on: December 3, 2015

    Nighttime street closures Dec. 6 - 12 for street rehabilitation work

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    Nighttime road closures will occur in three areas the week of Dec. 6 for rehabilitation work to fill voids and stabilize the soil underneath existing roadways.

    • South Campbell Avenue between Pershing and Walnut streets will be closed completely 9 p...Read on...

    Posted on: November 30, 2015

    Campbell Avenue between Mill Street and Phelps Street closed for utility work

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Campbell Avenue between Mill Street and Phelps Street will be closed immediately for utility work associated with the Phelps Street Streetscape project. This section of Campbell will remain closed until Friday, Dec. 4, weather per...Read on...

    Posted on: November 30, 2015

    Public Works releases November safety message

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Public Works does not wait for temperatures to drop to start preparing for the snow removal season. By November, crews have already been preparing and training for more than a month. As snow removal experts prepare their plows, ci...Read on...

    Posted on: November 27, 2015

    Traffic shift on Republic Road next week

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Traffic traveling on Republic Road between Quail Creek and Parkcrest Avenue will notice a new lane configuration early next week due to continued construction on the bridge over James River Freeway. Construction crews will move tr...Read on...

    Posted on: November 24, 2015

    Intersection of North Patterson and East Pythian to close Nov. 30 for stormwater improvements

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The intersection of North Patterson Avenue and East Pythian Street will close for approximately 45 days beginning Monday, Nov. 30 for construction of stormwater improvements to the Jordan Creek Detention Basin.

    This project i...Read on...

    Posted on: November 19, 2015

    McDaniel Street between Patton and Campbell to close overnight Sunday, Nov. 22

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Public Works Department will close McDaniel Street between Patton Avenue and Campbell Avenue beginning 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 22 through 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 23 to repair a utility street cut within McDaniel Street.
    ...Read on...

    Posted on: November 10, 2015

    Charleston Avenue between Carleton and Briar to be closed Nov. 16-30 for stormwater improvements

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A portion of Charleston Avenue, between Carleton Street and Briar Street, will be closed for two weeks Nov. 16-30 as part of the Ravenwood South subdivision phase 1 stormwater project.

    The project includes stormwater improve...Read on...

    Posted on: November 4, 2015

    Intersection of Oak Grove Avenue and Catalpa Street to close for five weeks beginning Nov. 11

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Beginning Wednesday, Nov. 11, the intersection of Oak Grove Avenue and Catalpa Street will be closed for several weeks during the construction of a roundabout. The roundabout is anticipated to open the week of Dec. 14, weather per...Read on...

    Posted on: October 28, 2015

    Dedication for Battlefield Road and Highway 65 Diverging Diamond Intersection Thursday at 5 p.m.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Please join the City of Springfield, Greene County, Ozarks Transportation Organization and the Missouri Department of Transportation at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 for a dedication ceremony and reception celebrating the completion of...Read on...

    Posted on: October 28, 2015

    Intersection of Oak Grove Avenue and Catalpa Street to close Nov. 3

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The intersection of Oak Grove Avenue and Catalpa Street will close Tuesday, November 3 for utility work associated with the Oak Grove Avenue and Catalpa Street Roundabout Project.

    Motorists are advised to use the marked detour....Read on...

    Posted on: October 20, 2015

    Expect lane shifts Tuesday morning on Primrose east of Campbell Avenue

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    As part of the intersection improvement project at Campbell Avenue and Primrose Street, traffic will be shifted to the new outside lanes of Primrose Street just east of Campbell Avenue after the morning rush Tuesday to accommodate...Read on...

    Posted on: October 16, 2015

    Stormwater improvement construction begins Oct. 19 at North Patterson and East Pythian

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Public Works has authorized Hartman and Company Inc. to begin construction for stormwater improvements to the Jordan Creek Detention Basin at North Patterson Avenue and East Pythian Street.

    This project includes enlarging two ...Read on...

    Posted on: October 16, 2015

    Swan Street at Campbell to be closed Oct. 19

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Swan Street will be closed at Campbell Avenue beginning Monday, Oct. 19 for approximately one week, weather permitting, for street and stormwater improvements.

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    For more information, contact: Dave Shalla at 417-864-19...Read on...

    Posted on: October 14, 2015

    Traffic signal outages expected Oct. 15 at Campbell and Primrose intersection

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Traffic signals at the Campbell Avenue and Primrose Street intersection will be converted to a new system from 9 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Oct. 15. The City of Springfield Police Department will be on site to direct traffic while th...Read on...

    Posted on: September 29, 2015

    Republic Road between Lark Street and Parkcrest Avenue to close overnight Sept. 29

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Republic Road between Lark Street and Parkcrest Avenue will be closed to traffic from 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29 until 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, weather permitting. Crews will continue installing new girders on the bridge o...Read on...

    Posted on: September 28, 2015

    Catalpa Street west of Oak Grove Avenue to close Sept. 30

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The 2500 block of East Catalpa Street, west of Oak Grove Avenue, will close beginning Wednesday, Sept. 30 for utility work associated with the Oak Grove Avenue and Catalpa Street Roundabout Project.

    Motorist are advised to use ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 28, 2015

    Republic Road between Lark Street and Parkcrest Avenue to close overnight Sept. 28

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Republic Road between Lark Street and Parkcrest Avenue will be closed to traffic from 9:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 until 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, weather permitting. Crews will continue installing new girders on the bridge over...Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2015

    Republic Road between Lark Street and Parkcrest Avenue to close overnight Sept. 27

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Republic Road between Lark Street and Parkcrest Avenue will be closed to traffic from 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27 until 5:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 28, weather permitting. Crews will be installing new girders on the bridge over James ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 25, 2015

    Olive Street between Robberson Avenue and Jefferson Avenue to close Sept. 29-Oct. 9

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Olive Street between Robberson Avenue and Jefferson Avenue will close Tuesday, Sept. 29 for utility work associated with the Jefferson Avenue Streetscape Phase II Project. Weather permitting, Olive Street will reopen to traffic Oct. 9. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route.

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    For more information, contact Eric Claussen, Traffic Engineer, Public Works Traffic Operations, at 417-874-1212Read on...

    Posted on: September 15, 2015

    Kissick Avenue from Farm Road 188 to Crenshaw to close Sept. 16 for roadway repair

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Kissick Avenue from Farm Road 188 to Crenshaw Road will be closed beginning at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16 through 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, for repair work on 160 feet of roadway surface. Motorists are advised to use the marke...Read on...

    Posted on: August 28, 2015

    Survey to gather feedback for new roadway construction projects closes Monday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City is seeking feedback from citizens in the form of a survey on the proposed list of new roadway construction projects to be included in the next cycles of the 1/4-cent and 1/8-cent sales tax programs. The survey is now in i...Read on...

    Participate in survey.
    Posted on: August 17, 2015

    Construction begins today for phase II of Jefferson Avenue streetscape project

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Public Works has authorized Hunter Chase & Associates to begin construction on phase II of the Jefferson Avenue streetscape project. This project will continue the streetscape improvements previously constructed downtown, includin...Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2015

    Route 66 Parade: tips for navigating through Springfield Friday evening

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Attention motorists: Expect delays at locations intersecting with St. Louis Street between Glenstone and Campbell Friday evening from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Parade. The parade kicks off at St. Louis and Glenstone at...Read on...

    Posted on: August 12, 2015

    Use caution as Public Works performs diamond grinding on Springfield streets Aug. 13-20

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Public Works will perform diamond grinding Aug. 13-20 on the Springfield streets bulleted below.

    Diamond grinding is a pavement preservation technique that corrects a variety of surface imperfections on both concrete and asphal...Read on...

    Posted on: August 12, 2015

    Fremont Avenue between Lark and Briar streets to close tomorrow morning for pavement sealing

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Fremont Avenue between Lark Street and Briar Street will be closed 9 a.m.-noon Thursday, Aug. 13 for pavement sealing. Traffic will be detoured to National Avenue during the application.

    For more information, please contact Da...Read on...

    Posted on: August 10, 2015

    Motorists: Slow down and watch for pedestrians as students head back to school

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    As Springfield Public Schools students head back to school Thursday, Aug. 13 and area universities start their fall sessions the following week, the City of Springfield’s Public Works Traffic Engineering division wants to remind d...Read on...

    Posted on: July 31, 2015

    City seeking input on projects for next 1/4-cent and 1/8-cent tax cycles

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    In April 2016, Springfield voters will be asked to approve the renewal of the 1/8-cent transportation sales tax (with no tax increase) and the 1/4-cent capital improvements sales tax (with no tax increase) to fund high-priority ca...Read on...

    Participate in survey.
    Posted on: July 31, 2015

    REMINDER: Division Street at railroad crossing west of U.S. 65 to close Aug. 1-10

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Division Street at the BNSF Railway railroad crossing, west of U.S. 65 will be closed starting at 7 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 1 until Monday, Aug. 10, (weather permitting) to begin the replacement of the railroad crossing and roadway s...Read on...

    Posted on: July 10, 2015

    Nightly lane closures begin Monday for Campbell and Primrose intersection improvement project

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Night work will begin Monday, July 13 for the Campbell Avenue and Primrose Street intersection improvement project.

    The outside southbound lane of Campbell will be closed 8:30 p.m.-6 a.m. nightly for approximately two weeks, w...Read on...

    Posted on: July 6, 2015

    Construction begins this week for intersection improvement project at Campbell and Primrose

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Construction will begin this week for an intersection improvement project at Campbell Avenue and Primrose Street.

    The $2.3 million project, funded by the 1/4-cent Capital Improvements Sales tax revenues, will provide roadway a...Read on...


    Posted on: April 19, 2016

    19th Annual C-Street Loftwalk, City Market seasonal opening Saturday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The 19th Annual C-Street Loftwalk is moving to the spring and teaming up with the Season Opening Celebration of the C-Street City Market, offering the perfect taste of Historic C-Street.

    As Mary Collette, Commercial Club pres...Read on...

    Download news release (PDF).

    Posted on: April 20, 2016

    Temporary Art Museum Position

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    Interested in working part time at our Art Museum? We are currently seeking candidates for the position of Temporary Gallery Attendant. Duties include providing excellent customer service to visitors and assisting security officers in monitoring the galle...Read on...


    Posted on: April 28, 2016

    Missouri Job Center's Mobile Career Center to assist TruGreen with Hiring Event Friday, April 28

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will be assisting TruGreen with a hiring event for Residential Sales and Service Technicians. On Friday, April 28, the Missouri Job Center's Mobile Career ...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: April 28, 2016

    Ozark Workforce Development Board to launch free Multi-Trade Pre-Apprenticeship

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield, Missouri - The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board is releasing a Pre-Apprenticeship program in May to assist individuals with gaining experience while working towards a Registered Apprenticeship in the Construc...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: April 20, 2016

    Missouri Job Center to host open interviews for Fisk Transportation Group Friday 4/20

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will be hosting a hiring event with open interviews for the Fisk Transportation Group on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 11 am to 1 pm. The Fisk Transportation...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: April 19, 2016

    Missouri Job Center's Mobile Career Center to assist MasterCorp with Branson hiring event 4/21

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will be assisting MasterCorp with a hiring event for part-time and full-time Housekeepers and Supervisors. On Thursday, April 21, the Missouri Job Center's...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: April 15, 2016

    Missouri Job Center to host final hiring event for Braum's new store on Tuesday, 4/19

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will be hosting a final hiring event for Braum's new location on East Sunshine. The hiring event will be held at the Missouri Job Center, 2900 E. Sunshine ...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: April 14, 2016

    Missouri Job Center recognized for continued reentry assistance in community

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield, Missouri, April 14, 2016 - The Ozark Region Missouri Job Center was recognized yesterday at the 8th Annual Criminal Justice Conference for work with citizens with criminal backgrounds that are working towards reenter...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: April 11, 2016

    UPDATE: Missouri Job Center to Host Construction & Trades Specific Hiring Event Wednesday, April 13

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will be hosting a Construction & Trades Specific Hiring Event on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. The hiring event will be from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Mis...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: April 5, 2016

    Missouri Job Center's Mobile Career Center to assist CTA with hiring event Thursday 4/7

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will be assisting Corporate Technologies Advantage (CTA) with a hiring event for approximately 100 employees as Inbound Sales Representatives. The position ...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: April 1, 2016

    Missouri Job Center to host three hiring events in April for new Braum's store

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will be hosting three hiring events for Braum's as they look to hire approximately 80 employees for the new location on East Sunshine. The hiring events wi...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: March 31, 2016

    Ribbon cutting ceremony for Mobile Career Center during NorthStar Battery hiring event on Monday 4/4

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield Department of Workforce Development and Ozark Region Workforce Development Board are planning a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 4, for the Missouri Job Center's Mobile Career Center. The ribbon c...Read on...

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    Posted on: March 30, 2016

    Missouri Job Center to Host Lumina Foundation's Career Exploration Event Thursday, April 14

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield Department of Workforce Development and the Missouri Job Center have partnered with a collaborative of educational institutions representing the Lumina Foundation to host a Springfield Area Career Explorat...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: March 25, 2016

    Missouri Job Center to host two hiring events next week for JBC Tire and Service Centers (3/29-3/30)

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will be assisting JBC Tire and Service Centers with hiring for several positions including two store managers, four sales associates, four ASE Certified Tec...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: March 16, 2016

    Missouri Job Center to host multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon Thursday 3/24

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will be hosting a multi-industry hiring event on Thursday, March 24, 2016. The hiring event will from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Missouri Job Center, 2900...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: March 16, 2016

    Second annual Missouri Summer Jobs Program provides work experiences for Ozarks youth

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Preferred Family Healthcare and the Missouri Job Center are preparing for the second annual Missouri Summer Jobs Program, an initiative providing Missouri's youth with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience to prepare f...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: March 14, 2016

    Missouri Job Center to host seasonal hiring event for Park Board

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will be assisting the Springfield-Greene County Park Board with a Seasonal Hiring Event on Wednesday, March 16. The event will be held 3-7 p.m. at the Medi...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: March 7, 2016

    Missouri Job Center–Branson hosts early spring job fair

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center – Branson is hosting the final week for the Early Spring Job Fair. The final three days of the Early Spring Job Fair are this week: March 8, 9, and 10. The ...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: March 7, 2016

    Missouri Job Center's Mobile Career Center assisting with CoxHealth hiring event

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will be assisting Cox South with a hiring event for Environmental Services and Floor Techs. On Wednesday, March 9, the Missouri Job Center's Mobile Career ...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: March 2, 2016

    Missouri Job Center Partners with CPO for third annual Achieving the Dream Life Betterment Fair

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center have partnered with Community Partnership for the third annual Achieving the Dream Life Betterment Fair on Friday, March 4. Central Assembly is hosting the ...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: February 24, 2016

    Business, marketing, IT skills in greatest demand locally over next 5-10 years, according to survey

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    Over 300 local workforce professionals attended the second annual MOmentum 2016: State of the Workforce Luncheon, hosted Feb. 23 by the local Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center-Ozark Region. In addition to dis...Read on...

    View executive summary and full results.
    Posted on: February 17, 2016

    Missouri Job Center to host hiring events for Lowe's Springfield locations

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and the Missouri Job Center will assist the two Springfield Lowe's locations with hiring more than 100 seasonal positions this month.

    On Wednesday, Feb. 24, the Missouri Job Center...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: October 16, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at the Missouri Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine. Job seekers are encouraged to come...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: November 5, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host Chick-fil-A hiring event 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 12

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a hiring event for Chick-fil-A 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Missouri Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine.

    Chick-fil-A is looking to hi...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: January 25, 2016

    Missouri Job Center to host multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Job Center will host a multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the Missouri Job Center, 2900 E. Sunshine.

    Employers present will include CoxHe...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: September 14, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon Thursday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a multi-industry hiring event 9 a.m.-noon on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Missouri Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine. Job seekers are encouraged to co...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.
    Posted on: June 8, 2015

    Missouri Career Center to host multi-industry hiring event 10 a.m.-2 p.m. tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center will host a multi-industry hiring event 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, June 9 at the Career Center, 2900 E. Sunshine.

    Thirty-six employers, including Loren ...Read on...

    Visit the Career Center's Web site.

    Posted on: May 2, 2016

    City participating in CFO's Give Ozarks to raise funds for Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower

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    Nearly 150 nonprofit agencies will participate in Give Ozarks, Community Foundation of the Ozarks' 24-hour online giving day Tuesday, May 3. The City of Springfield is participating in Give Ozarks to fundraise for the planned Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower as part of the Route 66 Plaza streetscape project at College Street and Broadway Avenue along Historic Route 66, which the City will break ground for this summer to kick of the sixth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Aug. 12-14.

    The estimated cost for the Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower is about $55,000.

    In addition to the 24 hours of fund raising, Nathan P. Murphy's in downtown Springfield will host an evening of jazz, blues and classic rock to benefit the project. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the lineup includes local blues performer King Clarentz, Brenda Meyer Band, Roots 66 and street performer O'Neal. The cover charge is $10 for those 21 and over, and $14 for those under 21.

    Saturday, April 30 marked the 90th anniversary of the telegram sent from Springfield proposing U.S. 66 as the name for the new Chicago-to-L.A. highway, which is why Springfield is officially recognized as the birthplace of the iconic "Mother Road."

    Route 66 meandered across Springfield from Kearney to Glenstone to St. Louis Street, through Park Central Square to Olive and College streets, then headed west along what is now Chestnut Expressway.

    Springfield is currently redeveloping the College Street portion of Route 66 through Springfield.

    While the City is implementing certain infrastructure improvements along the College Street stretch of Historic Route 66 between Grant Avenue and Kansas Expressway, it must leverage its investment in the project with private donations and other sources of funding. A larger plan to revitalize Historic Route 66 through other parts of Springfield could roll out in phases, as the City gauges interest and potential funding.

    The City broke ground May 22, 2014 for the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park near the intersection of College Street and Fort Avenue.

    "We hope to make Springfield THE stop along the famed, historic byway," says City Manager Greg Burris.

    About Give Ozarks
    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and BKD Wealth Advisors are presenting this region-wide effort to raise awareness of philanthropy, encourage online donations to participating nonprofits and offer prizes and matching funds.

    These nonprofit agencies will work to raise online donations from midnight to midnight on May 3 at giveozarks.org for a variety of needs that will improve services and opportunities for Ozarks residents.

    This is the second year for Give Ozarks; in 2015, the first region-wide online giving day raised more than $1 million for about 150 nonprofit agencies.

    Making a secure donation is simple. From midnight to midnight on May 3, donors can log onto giveozarks.org and search for a specific nonprofit or a cause they support to complete a basic credit-card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

    “Although philanthropy and charitable giving know no season, we are very excited for the opportunity to focus on a day to emphasize giving,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “The dollar benefits might accrue only for a day, but the possibility of new awareness of our non-profits, a new understanding of the good things they do, and an appreciation of charitable support should grow throughout the year.”

    Community Foundation of the Ozarks is hosting Give Ozarks with presenting sponsor BKD Wealth Advisors and platinum sponsors The Musgrave Foundation, The Commerce Trust Co./Coover Charitable Foundation and Ron and Janice Penney.

    Founded in 1973, CFO has grown to include 45 affiliate community foundations and more than 2,700 charitable funds.

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    For more information about Give Ozarks, please contact Louise Knauer at 417-864-6199 or lknauer@cfozarks.org; or Matt Lemmon, 417-864-6199 or mlemmon@cfozarks.org. For more information about the Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower project, please contact Cora Scott Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.govRead on...

    Donate to Route 66 Roadside Park fund.
    Posted on: April 29, 2016

    Saturday marks 90th anniversary of telegram sent from Springfield naming Route 66

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    Route 66, also known as the “Mother Road” and the “Main Street of America,” was conceived 90 years ago Saturday in downtown Springfield.

    On April 30, 1926, a group of businessmen led by Cy Avery of Tulsa and Springfield’s John...Read on...

    View telegram.
    Posted on: March 22, 2016

    2016 Route 66 Festival to offer three days of cars, motorcycles, concerts and family fun

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    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...Read on...

    Posted on: March 18, 2016

    Press conference 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Gillioz to announce Route 66 Festival event schedule

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Please join us for a press conference at 10 a.m., Tuesday, March 22 at the historic Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, as we announce the featured attractions of the 2016 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.

    Last year’s festival drew a...Read on...

    Posted on: August 14, 2015

    City staff, neighborhood to build Route 66 pop-up plaza tonight at College and Broadway

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Route 66 Festival attendees are invited to come out to the corner of College Street and Broadway Avenue at 7 p.m. tonight to see what the new Route 66 streetscape will look like when it's built.

    The City of ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2015

    23,000 pack downtown for Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

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    Approximately 23,000 people visited downtown Springfield Aug. 14-16 for the 5th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, presented by KY3/KSPR/CW and Aaron Sachs & Associates.

    City of Springfield Dir...Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2015

    Route 66 Parade: tips for navigating through Springfield Friday evening

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    MEDIA ALERT

    Attention motorists: Expect delays at locations intersecting with St. Louis Street between Glenstone and Campbell Friday evening from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Parade. The parade kicks off at St. Louis and Glenstone at...Read on...

    Posted on: August 13, 2015

    Route 66 Festival to include memorabilia and musings with Mother Road aficionados at Old Glass Place

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A gathering of authors, artists, collectors and associations affiliated with Route 66 will be at the Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 16.

    These folks will have displays with ...Read on...

    Posted on: July 13, 2015

    Full lineup of Birthplace of Route 66 Festival events announced

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Please mark your calendar to celebrate all things Route 66 Aug. 14-16 at the fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield. This year's festival promises to be the best yet!

    Events will include a Route 6...Read on...

    Visit Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Web site.
    Posted on: July 23, 2014

    Birthplace of Route 66 Festival to feature live concert simulcast at Park Central Square

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Birthplace of Route 66 Concert, featuring the Ozark Mountain Daredevils at the Gillioz Theater Aug. 9, has sold out. In partnership with the band, the City of Springfield will present a live simulcast of the concert at Park Ce...Read on...


    Posted on: May 2, 2016

    Deadly house fire caused by unattended candle

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Greene County Medical Examiners report shows 24-year-old Timothy L. Stain died of smoke inhalation from a house fire in his home on March 12, 2016. Springfield Fire Department investigators determined the cause of the fire wa...Read on...

    Posted on: March 16, 2016

    Springfield Fire Department Annual Report highlights accomplishments and future goals.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The 2015 Annual Report captures the sites, stats and news from the Fire Department. Along with stunning photos from the year, the report highlights the accomplishments of a very busy Water Rescue Team. As the result of two major ...Read on...

    2015 Annual Report
    Posted on: March 16, 2016

    Springfield Fire Department Hosts Residential Sprinkler Summit

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A burn demonstration will be the highlight of a daylong event aimed at educating attendees about residential fire sprinklers. The Missouri Home Fire Sprinkler Summit includes information on the differences in systems, the costs, p...Read on...

    Registration information
    Posted on: March 16, 2016

    Local, statewide organizations collaborate, bring Missouri Home Fire Sprinkler Summit to Springfield

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Learn about residential fire sprinklers at the Missouri Home Fire Sprinkler Summit from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 23, at the Springfield Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 West Battlefield Road in Springfield. The event is h...Read on...

    Posted on: March 12, 2016

    Victim in morning house fire identified

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The victim from the fire at the Forest Hills Apartments in the 2900 block of East University Street this morning has been identified as 24-year-old Timothy L. Strain. The results of the fire investigation are pending until the out...Read on...

    Posted on: March 12, 2016

    Fatality fire in 2900 block of East University Street

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Fire Department was dispatched to an early morning fire at the Forest Hills Apartments in the 2900 block of East University Street, which left one victim dead. The fire was reported to 9-1-1 at 4:54 a.m. The fire i...Read on...

    Posted on: February 29, 2016

    Walmart Neighborhood Market donates $1000 to free smoke alarm program

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Fire Department is expanding its free smoke alarm program to ensure families have adequate smoke alarm protection. Smoke alarms more than double a person's chances of surviving a fire. To increase these odds even m...Read on...

    Posted on: February 23, 2016

    Springfield Fire Department honors bravery and valor during annual awards ceremony

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Dozens of Springfield Fire Department personnel were honored during this year's annual awards ceremony. Among those honored were several members of Springfield Water Rescue Team who performed dangerous swift water rescues during f...Read on...

    Posted on: February 23, 2016

    Springfield Fire Department Awards Ceremony honors the best of the best

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Fire Department Annual Awards Ceremony will be held tonight, Tuesday, February 23rd at the Ramada Oasis Ballroom. The Fire Officer of the Year and Firefighter of the Year will be named during the ceremony, and crew...Read on...

    Posted on: January 28, 2015

    Report reveals risk of fire injury in Springfield

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A new report released by the Springfield Fire Department outlines the causes and frequency of fire related injuries in Springfield. Using data collected by Fire Marshal investigative reports and fire crew data, the report was crea...Read on...

    2005-2015 Fire Injury Report.
    Posted on: January 15, 2016

    Investigators look into cause of fire that claimed life of 4-year-old

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Investigators continue to look into the cause of a Thursday house fire that resulted in the death of 4-year-old Ben Garrison early Friday morning. The 4-year-old was home with his father and 18-month-old brother when the fire brok...Read more »

    Posted on: January 5, 2016

    Springfield house fires continue 10-year decline

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    There were a total of 233 house fires in Springfield in 2015, down from a 10-year high of 288 in 2008. That's a nearly 20% decline. The number of injuries caused by fires also continues to improve, down nearly 58% since a high of ...Read on...

    Fire Prevention
    Posted on: December 11, 2015

    Springfield Fire Department's ISO rating improves 5 points

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Fire Department has received the final results of the community’s recent formal Insurance Services Office (ISO) evaluation. The department is pleased to announce that out of 100 possible points, Springfield receive...Read on...

    Posted on: December 9, 2015

    Springfield Fire Recruits Prepare to Graduate from Academy

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Seven Springfield Fire Department recruits will graduate from the Springfield Fire Academy Thursday evening, after four months of training.

    The recruits spent time both in the classroom in the field, learning everything from me...Read on...

    Posted on: November 24, 2015

    Springfield Fire Department shares tips for avoiding cooking fires this Thanksgiving

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings, good food, and sadly, sometimes holiday tragedies. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 76 cooking fires in Springfield. At 22%, cooking fires are the leading cause of stru...Read on...

    Cooking Safety
    Posted on: November 10, 2015

    Fire incident contained at quarry

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    A truck working in a mine at Springfield Underground near Haseltine Road, north of Chestnut, has caught fire. Springfield Fire Department responded, and 7 employees and 17 individuals from nearby businesses and homes were evacuated safely out of an abunda...Read more »

    Posted on: November 10, 2015

    Fire Department responds to vehicle fire inside quarry

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    Springfield Fire Department has responded to a vehicle fire inside the quarry, located near Haseltine and Chestnut. Officials are using an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of those in the area. More information will be provided as it becomes ava...Read more »

    Posted on: October 1, 2015

    Springfield Fire Department concludes Fire Prevention Month with record-breaking numbers

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    Fire Prevention Month has come to a close and nearly 10,000 Springfield children are now a little safer thanks to the dedication of a team of Springfield Firefighters. During 16 days in October, thirty-one firefighters volunteere...Read on...

    Fire Safety for Students
    Posted on: October 30, 2015

    Keep little ghosts and goblins safe on Halloween night

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    While Halloween is a favorite holiday for most families with young children, it does pose several safety risks. Children younger than 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult while trick-or-treating. Older childre...Read on...

    Posted on: October 22, 2015

    Save a life and learn how to save your own today at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Fire Department, Battlefield Fire Protection District and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks are partnering to help save lives this Fire Prevention Month.

    Those who donate blood 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Communit...Read on...

    Posted on: October 1, 2015

    Springfield Fire Department kicks of Fire Prevention Month with visits to 10,000 children

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    October is Fire Prevention Month. The Springfield Fire Department will once again use the designation as an opportunity to educate Springfield citizens about fire safety. In cooperation with Springfield Public Schools and several ...Read on...

    Fire Safety for Students
    Posted on: September 30, 2015

    Springfield Fire Department receives 400 smoke alarms to install in area homes

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Four hundred Springfield homes will now be a lot safer, thanks to a donation of smoke alarms from The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield, Meek’s – The Builder’s Choice, Metro Appliances & More and the HBA Charitable ...Read more »

    Posted on: September 29, 2015

    Media Alert: Springfield Fire Department to receive 400 smoke alarms

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    During a presentation Wednesday, the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield will announce the donation of 400 smoke alarms to the Springfield Fire Department's free smoke alarm program. The Springfield Fire Department wi...Read on...

    Posted on: September 17, 2015

    Springfield Fire Department provides fire safety education to middle and high schoolers

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Members of the Springfield Fire Department are going back to high school. As part of a new fire safety program aimed at middle and high school students, educators with the Springfield Fire Department will visit numerous schools te...Read on...

    Fire Safety for Students
    Posted on: September 10, 2015

    Corrected News Release: Investigators confirm names of individuals killed in Springfield house fire

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    Corrected news release: The Springfield Fire Department can now confirm the identities of the two individuals killed in a house fire September 7. While the final autopsy report is pending, using medical records, the Greene County ...Read more »

    Posted on: September 7, 2015

    Fire marshals confirm the remains of two individuals were found inside burned house

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Fire Marshals have confirmed that the remains of two individuals were found in the debris of an overnight house fire in north Springfield. Firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire on the 2000 block of North Grant j...Read more »

    Posted on: August 26, 2015

    Aaron Goddard Memorial Blood Drive Scheduled for Thursday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Fire Department encourages you to help save a life during the Aaron Goddard Memorial Blood Drive tomorrow. The drive, held in conjunction with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, will be held Thursday, August...For more information about Aaron Goddard

    Posted on: August 25, 2015

    CreAsian restaurant to donate half of Sept. 9 gross sales to Springfield Police and Fire

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CreAsian restaurant, at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Campbell in Springfield, will again
    donate half of its gross sales Wednesday, Sept. 9, to the City's Police and Firedepartments.

    Last year's donation netted nearl...Read on...

    Posted on: July 27, 2015

    Fire Department Annual Report highlights a memorable year

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Reaccreditation and the first ever Collective Bargaining Agreement are among the historic events outlined in the 2014 Annual Report of the Springfield Fire Department. The Annual Report highlights the continued commitment of the Fire Department, as the yearly calls for service continued to climb in 2014 to an all time high of 15,298.

    Placed on a visually appealing backdrop of historic photos and interesting facts, the report includes a summary of notable accomplishments of each of the Department's four divisions.

    The complete Report can be found on our website.

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    For Media Only: For more information, contact Cara Erwin at cerwin@springfieldmo.govRead on...

    2014 Annual Report
    Posted on: July 23, 2015

    First half of 2015 shows significant drop in fires

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Fires in the city of Springfield during the first half of the year are down 28% over the same time period last year. There were 349 fires between January 1 and July 1 of 2015, compared to 484 fires between January 1 and July 1 of ...Read on...

    Fire Prevention in Apartments
    Posted on: June 26, 2015

    National organization recognizes Springfield Fire Department's sprinkler education efforts

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The national, nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has named Springfield Fire Department a “Built for Life Fire Department” for its efforts to help Springfield citizens understand the life-saving importance of installing fire sprinkler systems in homes.

    The HFSC established this new designation with federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant funding, as part of a national campaign to increase the number of fire departments that teach about home fire sprinklers.

    More than 80 percent of all U.S. fire deaths happen in homes, killing more than 3,000 people each year. Fire safety experts agree that increased installation of home fire sprinkler systems could dramatically reduce this national toll. Fire sprinklers detect a fire automatically and control it early on, limiting deadly smoke and heat and saving lives. Each sprinkler is activated by heat and only the sprinkler closest to the fire will operate by spraying water directly on the flames. Smoke cannot set off a fire sprinkler.

    “Fire sprinkler systems do more than any other fire protection technology can and they belong in places where people are at greatest risk – the home,” said Springfield Fire Chief David Hall. “In addition to protecting men, women and children who live in the home, fire sprinklers also protect firefighters.”

    The Springfield Fire Department encourages anyone looking to build a new home or remodel their current home to talk with their builder about having a fire sprinkler system installed. Free information is available at HFSC’s website: www.HomeFireSpinkler.org.

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    Home Fire Spinkler Coalition
    Posted on: June 26, 2015

    Reminder: Illegal to set off fireworks in the city

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Fire Department would like to remind city residents that it is illegal to set off fireworks within the city limits. Novelty items such as small sparklers, snappers, party poppers and snakes are allowed, but should be handled with care.

    In a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year, fireworks cause more than 15,000 reported fires, including structure fires, vehicle fires, and outside fires.

    In addition to fires, fireworks can also cause injuries including serious burn and eye injuries. In 2013, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2014 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14.

    With that in mind, the Springfield Fire Department is asking all residents to follow these tips this 4th of July:

    • Even sparklers can be dangerous. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals. In 2010, there were an estimated 1,200 injuries associated with sparklers, according to CPSC.
    • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
    • Supervise children properly. Never allow them to play with or ignite fireworks. Educate them about the dangers of fireworks.
    • The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. • After the firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.

    Over the holiday period, the Springfield Fire and Police Departments will enforce the City’s fireworks ordinance. All fireworks will be confiscated and tickets may be issued.

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    For Media Only: For more information, contact Cara Erwin at cerwin@springfieldmo.govRead on...

    Posted on: June 17, 2015

    Springfield Fire Department warns about dangers of flash flooding

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    With the increased potential for strong rains and flash flooding this week, the Springfield Fire Department would like to remind you of the danger posed by moving water, and encourage you to Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

    Flooding is the leading cause of weather-related death in the United States, with 80% of all fatalities in flash floods resulting from drivers ignoring obvious warning signs on open roads, or driving around marked flood barricades placed by public safety personnel.

    Remember that it is never wise to wade or drive into floodwater. Water over a road, no matter how deep, can hide washed out roads with as little as six inches of moving water being capable of floating and carrying away a vehicle.

    The Springfield Fire Department would like to encourage you to Turn Around, Don’t Drown, when faced with water covered roads. Take an alternate route or wait until the water recedes. If you are in need of assistance, dial 911.

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    For Media Only: For more information, contact Cara Erwin at cerwin@springfieldmo.govRead on...

    Posted on: May 13, 2015

    After a safe start to 2015, May fires raise concerns for firefighters

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Despite a decrease in home fires during the first third of 2015, recent large fires in two Springfield apartment complexes highlights the need to remind tenants to focus on safety.

    During the first third of the year, structure...Read on...

    Fire Prevention in Apartments
    Posted on: September 3, 2014

    Springfield Fire Department receives $2,000 grant to promote fire safety

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    During a presentation Wednesday, the Springfield Fire Department received a check from FM Global in the amount of $2,060. The grant will help fund 4,000 fire safety activity books which will be distributed to Springfield elementa...

    Read on...

    Learn more about FM Global

    Posted on: January 4, 2016

    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 ...

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    Posted on: May 2, 2016

    January assault turns to homicide investigation

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department responded to 1053 S. Thelma Ave. at approximately 1:34 a.m. on Jan. 28, 2016, after a 911 caller stated a person had been stabbed. Officers located a male victim inside the home who had injuries c...

    Read on...

    Posted on: April 28, 2016

    Missing person case comes to a close

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Update:
    Junelle Waterhouse was contacted by police on April 28 and is no longer considered missing.

    Original news release:The Springfield Police Department is investigating a report of a missing and endangered person. Junell...

    Read on...

    Posted on: April 19, 2016

    Coffee with the Chief this Thursday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 21, at Dancing Mule, 1945 S. Glenstone. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public and ...

    Read on...

    Posted on: April 12, 2016

    Statewide "Click It or Ticket" enforcement Thursday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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.

    Despite eviden...

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    Buckle Up and Arrive Alive
    Posted on: April 9, 2016

    Fifteen impaired drivers arrested during sobriety checkpoint

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department, in conjunction with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, conducted a sobriety checkpoint last night at Jefferson Avenue and Harrison Street. A total of 590 motorists were contacted during the four ...

    Read on...

    Posted on: March 31, 2016

    Fatality crash in Springfield

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department responded to an injury crash at Kansas Expressway and Mt. Vernon at 7:13 a.m. on March 31.

    A 2001 Ford F-150, driven by Anthony Smith, 32, of Springfield, with a passenger, Viola Tuttle, 62, of...

    Read on...

    Posted on: March 30, 2016

    SPD has DWI checkpoint planned for April

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department takes drunk driving very seriously and is planning at least one DWI checkpoint during the month of April. It will be funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

    Consequen...

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    Posted on: March 23, 2016

    Missing and endangered person, Bobbie L. Carter, located in Texas

    Bobbie Carter

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Update: Bobbie Carter and Irwin Rogers were located by deputies of the Wichita Falls Sheriff's Department today. SPD's missing person case has concluded now that Bobbie has been located and is considered an adult in the state of M...

    Read on...

    Posted on: March 21, 2016

    City to pay to house inmates in Miller, Taney counties

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield City Council voted on March 21 to allocate up to $500,000 to house inmates in Miller and Taney County detention facilities, as a temporary solution to a long-standing disagreement with the Greene County Sheriff over th...Read on...

    Posted on: March 21, 2016

    Missing and endangered person, Timothy "Scott" Bell, located

    Timothy Bell

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Original news release: The Springfield Police Department is investigating a report of a missing person and is asking for assistance from the public. Timothy “Scott” Bell, 49, was last contacted while receiving medical care in Spri...

    Read on...

    Posted on: March 15, 2016

    Coffee with the Chief this Thursday

    Coffee photo

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, March 17, at Big Momma's Coffee & Espresso Bar, 217 E. Commercial. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion be...

    Read on...

    Posted on: March 14, 2016

    Assault turns to homicide investigation after victim dies from injuries

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to 831 W. Catalpa at 6:58 p.m. on March 11 after a 911 caller found an injured male lying along the road.

    Officers and medical personnel located Landon M. Bays, 18, of Springfi...

    Read on...

    Posted on: March 12, 2016

    Police need assistance in identifying victim of life-threatening assault

    crime scene tape

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Update: The victim has been identified as Landon Mark Bays, 18, of Springfield. He is currently in critical condition, and next of kin has been notified. SPD has no further details to provide regarding the assault investigation a...

    Read on...

    Posted on: March 9, 2016

    Police promotions to be celebrated with ceremony Friday

    recognition

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department will host a promotion ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, March 11, at the Mill Building, 216 W. Central.

    Lt. Shawn Williams was promoted to captain, effective March 6.
    Sgt. Jason Laub was promoted to...

    Read on...

    Posted on: March 7, 2016

    SPD to host Q&A session for potential applicants

    Job fair

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department would like to invite anyone who is interested in becoming a Springfield police officer to attend an upcoming informational seminar.

    The seminar will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 14, at t...

    Read on...

    Learn more about joining the SPD.
    Posted on: February 28, 2016

    Springfield police officer assaulted with vehicle, suspect charged

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Just before 8:30 p.m. on Feb. 27, Officer Clinton “Dave” Laws was in the area of Glenstone and Division where he located a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Casey's General Store. The driver refused to acknowledge Officer L...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 26, 2016

    Police Department completes annual report

    annual report

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department has completed an annual report that highlights the department’s activities during 2015.

    Police Chief Paul Williams mentions in his opening message of the report that many things were accomplish...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2016

    Springfield Police Department provides “Safe Exchange Zone” for internet transactions

    Safe Exchange Zone

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department has designated a parking spot at its headquarters, 321 E. Chestnut Expressway, to create a secure location for Springfield residents to complete transactions initiated in an online forum such as F...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 18, 2016

    Statewide "Click It or Ticket" enforcement tomorrow

    seat belt

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement on Feb. 19 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up and to save more lives. Despite evidence pr...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 15, 2016

    Motorcyclist dies weeks after January crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Chestnut Expressway and O’Hara Avenue at 3:46 p.m. on Jan. 29.

    A 2015 Triumph motorcycle driven by Donald Myers, 55, of Springfield, was traveling eastbou...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 14, 2016

    Springfield police investigate homicide

    crime scene

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield police were dispatched to 839 S. West Ave. at approximately 6:42 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, after a 911 caller stated a person had been shot.

    Upon arrival to this address, officers located a male victim in the front...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 12, 2016

    Long-time Springfield homicide sergeant to retire

    Sgt. Allen Neal

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Sgt. Allen Neal will retire on Feb. 18 after 25 years of service with the Springfield Police Department.

    Sgt. Allen Neal began his law enforcement career with the Panola County Sherriff’s Office in Batesville, Miss. After three...

    Read on...

    Posted on: July 1, 2015

    Fatality crash investigation continues at Springfield Sanitary Landfill

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash at 3545 W Farm Road 34, the Springfield Sanitary Landfill, at 10:57 a.m. on Feb. 10.

    A 2016 Kenworth semi truck towing a trailer, driven by Jordan Born, 28, of...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 11, 2016

    Subject of missing person investigation, located

    Newberry

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Update: The subject of this missing person investigation has been located and is safe.

    Original news release: The Springfield Police Department is investigating a report of a missing person and is asking for assistance from th...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2016

    Victim identified in fatal pedestrian crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to the 2000 block of South Glenstone Avenue for a vehicle versus pedestrian crash at 6:36 p.m. on Feb. 9. The initial investigation determined a red 2005 Ford Five Hundred sedan dri...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 10, 2016

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Grand Street and Golden Avenue at 5:56 p.m. on Feb. 9.

    A 2003 Jeep Wrangler driven by Mary Murphy, 44, of Springfield, was traveling eastbound on Grand St...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 9, 2016

    Coffee with the Chief

    Coffee photo

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Classic Rock Coffee, 1900 W. Sunset. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public ...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 6, 2016

    Springfield police investigate homicide on Republic Road

    crime scene tape

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield police officers were dispatched to the parking lot of 1645 W. Republic at 10:01 p.m. on Feb. 5 after a 911 caller stated a person had been shot. At the scene, officers located a male victim in the parking lot that had ...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 5, 2016

    Police, partner agencies continue to assist individuals notified to vacate properties

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Department and Community Partnership of the Ozarks’ One Door program, which works to prevent and end homelessness in Greene, Christian and Webster Counties, continue to work together to assist an estimated 20 in...Read on...

    View protocol for moving homeless camps.
    Posted on: February 4, 2016

    January crash turns fatal

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Sunset and Jefferson at 1:23 p.m. on Jan. 19. A 2005 Pontiac Vibe driven by Timothy D. Keeling, 67, of Springfield, was traveling southbound on Jefferson whe...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 1, 2016

    Motorcyclist dies after Sunday crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a two-vehicle injury crash at the intersection of Republic Road and Golden Avenue at 12:34 p.m. on Jan. 31.

    A 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Brian Raymond, 39, o...

    Read on...

    Posted on: February 1, 2016

    Pedestrian crash turns fatal

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 7:07 p.m. on Jan. 26 Springfield police officers responded to 2515 N. Glenstone for a crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian.

    Pedestrians Petra Hensler, 53, and Kevin Drake, 56, both of Springfield, were traveling westbou...

    Read on...

    Posted on: January 29, 2016

    Neighborhood Watch training session to be offered in March

    nbrhoodwatch.jpg

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department will be conducting a Neighborhood Watch training session from 6-9 p.m. on March 15 at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield. The training focuses on crime p...

    Read on...

    Training Session Registration Form
    Posted on: January 29, 2016

    SPD releases 2015 Uniform Crime Report

    UCR logo

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department's 2015 crime reporting through the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) has been completed, and the year-end data shows an overall increase in Part 1 crime in Springfield of 4.5 percent, compared to 2014, w...

    Read on...

    Posted on: January 26, 2016

    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

    quarterly public safety report

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The fourth quarter of 2015 saw an overall increase in crime by 4.5 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of October through December 2014, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Pu...

    Read on...

    Quarterly Public Safety Report - 4th Quarter 2015
    Posted on: January 22, 2016

    66th Springfield Police Academy class graduates tonight

    badge

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Graduation ceremonies for the officers of the 66th Springfield Police Academy will be held at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 22, at the Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 2210 W. Republic Road.

    These 21 graduates have undergone 1,019 hours (26 wee...

    Read on...

    Posted on: January 21, 2016

    Springfield police captain retires after 22 years with department

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The commander of the Springfield Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Captain David Millsap, will retire from the department on Jan. 25 after 22 years of service to the City of Springfield.

    During his time wit...

    Read on...

    Posted on: August 10, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief cancelled due to inclement weather

    Coffee photo

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Update: Coffee with the Chief has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Big Momma's Coffee and Espresso Bar, 21...

    Read on...

    Posted on: January 17, 2016

    Bicyclist succumbs to injuries after Saturday crash

    police lights

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Catalpa and Scenic at 11:37 p.m. on Jan. 16.

    A bicyclist, Darion L. Sands, 27, of Springfield, was traveling westbound when he was struck by a 2006 Ford ...

    Read on...

    Posted on: January 8, 2016

    SPD searches for missing and endangered person

    Jack Brattin

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Update: Brattin was located in Lincoln, Mo. He is safe with law enforcement and waiting to be reunited with family.

    The Springfield Police Department is investigating a report of a missing and endangered person and is asking fo...

    Read on...

    Posted on: January 3, 2016

    Springfield police investigate homicide on S. Glenstone

    crime scene tape

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield police responded to a convenience store located at 2101 S. Glenstone Ave. at approximately 1:22 a.m. today, Jan. 3, after a 911 caller stated a person had been shot. Upon arrival at the convenience store, officers loca...

    Read on...

    Posted on: December 22, 2015

    SPD’s Officer Mark Priebe recognized by Special Olympics Missouri

    Priebe's award

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Officer Mark Priebe of the Springfield Police Department was named the “Outstanding Unsung Hero in Region 3” by the Statewide Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) for Special Olympics Missouri. The state’s top achievers were recognize...

    Read on...

    SPD's Polar Plunge Team Page
    Posted on: December 21, 2015

    Springfield police investigate suspicious death

    crime scene tape

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield police were dispatched to Franciscan Villa at 620 W. Scott Sunday night at approximately 10:46 p.m. after a 911 caller stated a gunshot was heard in a neighboring apartment. Upon responding to Franciscan Villa, officer...

    Read on...

    Posted on: December 18, 2015

    SPD commanders attend Department of Justice program focused on protecting kids

    NCMEC training

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams and five of the Springfield Police Department’s other commanders completed the Missing Children Seminar for Chief Executives (CEO) hosted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Chil...

    Read on...

    NCMEC Law Enforcement Training
    Posted on: December 17, 2015

    SPD to honor lateral academy graduates

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A lateral graduation ceremony will take place for three police officers at 4 p.m. tomorrow at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield.

    Graduates include:

  • Nathan Fetters, formerly of the ...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: December 17, 2015

    Missouri Police Chiefs Association names SPD Chief Paul Williams 2015 Chief of the Year

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At its annual meeting in Jefferson City Dec. 10, the Missouri Police Chiefs Association (MPCA) presented Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams with the 2015 Missouri Police Chiefs Donald “Red” Loehr Chief of the Year Award.

    M...Read on...

    View congratulatory video from SPD and City staff.
    Posted on: December 17, 2015

    Missing woman safely located

    missing person

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Update: Patroni was located and is safe.

    Original release: The Springfield Police Department is investigating a report of a missing adult and is asking for assistance from the public. The adult is Alejandrina Patroni , a 92-...

    Read on...

    Posted on: December 15, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief

    Coffee photo

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at Hebrews Coffee at 1604 E. Republic. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public a...

    Read on...

    Posted on: December 14, 2015

    Suspect charged in robbery/assault of delivery driver

    lights

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    On Dec. 10, Springfield officers responded to the area of 2131 N. Pierce to investigate a robbery after contacting a male victim at a convenience store at 1605 E. Kearney. The victim was able to tell officers that he worked for Pi...

    Read on...

    Posted on: December 14, 2015

    Suspects charged in armed robbery

    Tanskis

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 2:13 a.m. on Dec. 12, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to a robbery involving a handgun that had just taken place at a convenience store at 609 E. Elm.

    In the parking lot of the store, two males exited their...

    Read on...

    Posted on: December 7, 2015

    SPD to host Q&A sessions for potential applicants

    Periscope screenshot

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department would like to invite anyone who is interested in becoming a Springfield police officer to attend an upcoming informational seminar. There will be two options for the seminars: in-person and virtua...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 26, 2015

    Springfield police investigate officer-involved shooting

    crime scene tape

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A suspect was shot and killed on Nov. 25 after attempting to take a Springfield police officer's gun. The suspect has been identified as Magnum E. Phillips, 23, of Springfield. His next of kin have been notified.

    At approximate...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 25, 2015

    Springfield Police Department achieves reaccreditation from CALEA

    CALEA

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    On Nov. 21, Chief Paul Williams, Sgt. Patrick Haenni and Capt. Vance Holland of the Springfield Police Department appeared before the Board of Commissioners for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (C...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 24, 2015

    Springfield police continue homicide investigation, victim identified

    crime scene tape

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At approximately 12:25 p.m. on Nov. 23, Springfield police officers responded to 342 E. Downing Street after a 911 caller requested that officers check the well-being of the residents. After responding to the home, officers were a...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 23, 2015

    Increased "Click It or Ticket" enforcement Wednesday

    seatbelt

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement on Nov. 25 for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up, and save more lives.

    Despite evidence p...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 17, 2015

    October crash turns fatal

    crash

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 5:36 a.m. on Oct. 30, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Division Street and LeCompte Road. A 2006 Chevrolet HHR driven by Kimber L. Vansandt, 21, of Springfield, was traveling southbound o...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 17, 2015

    SPD recognizes promotions and honors award recipients

    awards and promotions

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department hosted a combined awards and promotions ceremony for citizens and SPD staff at 2 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Springfield Art Museum. Staff and citizens were commended for their service, and in some cas...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 16, 2015

    Springfield police investigate connected robberies

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation of two related robberies that occurred on Nov. 13 and 15.

    Case 15-45645: On Nov. 13 at approximately 3:18 p.m., Springfield police were d...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 16, 2015

    Media Alert: SPD to present awards, recognize promotions

    patch

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    WHAT: Ceremony recognizing three SPD promotions and 13 award recipients, to include Officer Aaron Pearson who received career-ending injuries from a shooting on Jan. 26, 2015.

    WHEN: 2 p.m., Nov. 17

    WHERE: Springfield...

    Read on...

    Posted on: July 1, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 4:47 a.m. on Nov. 6, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Orchard Crest Avenue and Watkins Street. A 2003 Chevrolet Impala driven by Joshua A. Wilson, 23, of Springfield, was traveling northb...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 7, 2015

    Sobriety checkpoint results

    drunkdriving.jpg

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department, in collaboration with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, conducted a sobriety checkpoint last night on Sunshine Street at West Bypass. A total of 500 motori...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 5, 2015

    Suspect killed in officer-involved shooting identified as Joseph M. Tyndall

    police.jpg

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The suspect who pointed a gun at Springfield police officers and was shot and killed in the early morning hours of Nov. 4 has been identified as Joseph M. Tyndall, age 30. Tyndall is from the Joplin area and his only known relativ...Read on...

    Posted on: August 10, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief this Friday

    Coffee photo

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at Dancing Mule, 1945 S. Glenstone. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public and the ...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 4, 2015

    Springfield police investigate officer-involved shooting

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At approximately 12:40 a.m. on Nov. 4, Sgt. Ryan Russell of the Springfield Police Department was on patrol just west of Kearney and Glenstone when he discovered a vehicle crash near the intersection, and one of the drivers involv...

    Read on...

    Posted on: November 2, 2015

    Springfield police investigate homicide on W. State

    crime scene tape

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At approximately 8:25 a.m. on Nov. 2, officers from the Springfield Police Department responded to 920 W. State Street after a 911 caller stated a disturbance was occurring at the residence. After responding to the home, officers ...

    Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2015

    Police to conduct DWI checkpoint in November

    drunk driving photo

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department takes drunk driving very seriously and is planning at least one DWI checkpoint during the month of November. It will be funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

    Conseq...

    Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2015

    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The third quarter of 2015 saw an overall increase in crime by 3 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of July through September 2014, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public ...

    Read on...

    Posted on: October 30, 2015

    Keep little ghosts and goblins safe on Halloween night

    halloween.jpg

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    While Halloween is a favorite holiday for most families with young children, it does pose several safety risks. Children younger than 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult while trick-or-treating. Older childre...Read on...

    Posted on: October 27, 2015

    Springfield police investigate homicide

    crime scene

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At approximately 9:23 p.m. on Oct. 26, Springfield police officers responded to 2148 N. East, Apt. #B, after the 911 caller discovered a male subject who was not breathing. When officers and medical personnel arrived, they found a...

    Read on...

    Posted on: October 19, 2015

    Pedestrian dies following Oct. 6 traffic crash

    lights

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 9:49 p.m. on Oct. 6, a crash occurred near the intersection of National Avenue and Bear Boulevard. Officers from the Springfield Police Department responded and conducted an investigation. The initial investigation determined t...

    Read on...

    Posted on: October 14, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief

    Coffee photo

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at The Coffee Ethic, 124 Park Central Square. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the pu...

    Read on...

    Posted on: October 7, 2015

    Burglary suspect charged

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Robert Jacob Rushing, 33, of Springfield has been charged with two counts of burglary and two counts of felony stealing.

    Rushing was arrested by Springfield Police yesterday in reference to a residential burglary in the 3300 b...

    Read on...

    Posted on: October 1, 2015

    Police promotions to be celebrated with ceremony Friday

    Patch

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department will hold a promotion ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at the Special Response Team Building, 216 W. Central.

    The SPD has promoted five to sergeant.

  • Cpl. Nelson Kibby, effective Oct. 4
  • Cpl...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: September 29, 2015

    SPD to host Q&A sessions for potential applicants

    Job fair

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department would like to invite anyone who is interested in becoming a Springfield police officer to attend an upcoming informational seminar. There will be two options for the seminars: in-person and virtua...

    Read on...

    Learn more about joining the SPD.
    Posted on: September 29, 2015

    Family Violence Task Force to partner with Verizon and MSU to host third annual community conference

    Stop the Violence banner

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Verizon Wireless has awarded a $15,000 HopeLine grant to the Family Violence Task Force, a part of Community Partnership of the Ozarks' Violence Free Families. The funds will allow domestic violence training to be provided at no c...

    Read on...

    Posted on: September 24, 2015

    Increased police presence planned this weekend

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department will increase its presence this weekend in the area of the Glenstone/Kearney intersection.

    O’Reilly Auto Parts is sponsoring the 27th Annual Street Machine Nationals on Sept. 26-27 at the Oza...

    Read on...

    Posted on: September 22, 2015

    City to receive federal grant to help hire 11 additional police officers

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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). The estimated to...Read on...

    Posted on: September 15, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief

    Coffee photo

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, at Classic Rock Coffee, 1900 W. Sunset. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public ...

    Read on...

    Posted on: September 10, 2015

    Neighborhood Watch training sessions to be offered next month

    nbrhoodwatch.jpg

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department will be conducting Neighborhood Watch training sessions in October. The training focuses on crime prevention, observation and reporting skills, Operation Identification and Crime Prevention Throug...

    Read on...

    Training Session Registration Form
    Posted on: September 12, 2015

    Sobriety checkpoint results

    blurred vision

    The Springfield Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint last night at Jefferson Avenue and Harrison Street. A total of 625 motorists were contacted during the 3 ½ hours the checkpoint was in operation.
    ...Read on...

    Posted on: September 10, 2015

    Neighborhood Watch training sessions to be offered next month

    Neighborhood watch signs

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department will be conducting Neighborhood Watch training sessions in October. The training focuses on crime prevention, observation and reporting skills, Operation Identification and Crime Prevention Throug...

    Read on...

    Training Session Registration Form
    Posted on: September 9, 2015

    2015 Citizen’s Police Academy kicks off tomorrow

    Citizens police academy

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department’s 2015 Citizen’s Police Academy (CPA) begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield.

    Twenty-five students from various...

    Read on...

    Posted on: September 7, 2015

    Update on missing person

    Carrie Ann Allen

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    UPDATE: Carrie Ann Allen is no longer missing. She reported to Springfield Police Headquarters this evening and is safe.

    The Springfield Police Department is investigating a report of a missing person and is asking for assista...

    Read on...

    Posted on: September 3, 2015

    Police to conduct DWI checkpoint this month

    drunk driving photo

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department takes drunk driving very seriously and is planning at least one DWI checkpoint during the month of September. It will be funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

    Conse...

    Read on...

    Posted on: August 25, 2015

    CreAsian restaurant to donate half of Sept. 9 gross sales to Springfield Police and Fire

    creasian.jpg

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    CreAsian restaurant, at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Campbell in Springfield, will again
    donate half of its gross sales Wednesday, Sept. 9, to the City's Police and Firedepartments.

    Last year's donation netted nearl...Read on...

    Posted on: August 16, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 11:32 p.m. on Aug. 15, Springfield officers were dispatched to a crash involving a motor vehicle and a pedestrian near the Campbell Avenue exit on James River Freeway. Gregory Collins, 37, of Brookline, was struck by a vehicle ...

    Read on...

    Posted on: August 15, 2015

    Sobriety checkpoint conducted last night

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department and The Greene County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint last night at Campbell Avenue and Bennett Street. A total of 481 motorists were contacted during the four hours the checkpoin...

    Read on...

    Posted on: August 10, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief this Thursday

    Coffee photo

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 13, at Big Momma's Coffee and Espresso Bar, 217 E. Commercial. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion b...

    Read on...

    Posted on: August 4, 2015

    Multiple agencies partner today for Operation Lifesaver

    railroad crossing

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    This morning, the Springfield Police Department partnered with BNSF Railroad officers, the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in Operation Lifesaver, which is a program aimed toward rail safety ed...

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    Posted on: August 3, 2015

    Injury crash turned fatal

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 9:18 a.m. on June 15, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash at 2906 E. Eastwood. An unoccupied 2001 Toyota Tacoma, which was in neutral, rolled backward (northbound) down a private driveway and str...

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    Posted on: July 30, 2015

    One of Springfield’s first female police officers to retire from the City after 41 years

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Ever since the first police departments in the U.S. were formed in the mid-19th century, policing has been viewed by most as a traditionally male career path.

    In 1970, only about 2 percent of all police officers in the United ...Read on...

    Download high-res photo of Sandy Goss.
    Posted on: July 30, 2015

    Springfield police officer receives statewide award from American Legion

    Kevin Holle

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    An officer with the Springfield Police Department received high honors this month from the Missouri Department of American Legion.

    Kevin Holle, a 20-year veteran of the SPD, received the American Legion Law & Order Award for 20...

    Read on...

    Posted on: July 29, 2015

    Crash results in two fatalities

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department and other emergency personnel responded to a fatality crash at 4:14 p.m. on July 28 at the intersection of West Bypass and Battlefield. The crash involved two motor vehicles: a white 1999 Honda CR...

    Read on...

    Posted on: July 28, 2015

    National Night Out promotes safe, healthy neighborhoods

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams is sending a message to criminals: neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. This year marks the fourth anniversary of a citywide National Night Out event to coincide with the national p...

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    Posted on: July 28, 2015

    Accreditation assessment team invites public comment

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA ®), will arrive on Aug. 10 to examine all aspects of the Springfield Police Department’s policy and procedures, management, operati...

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    Posted on: July 24, 2015

    Springfield police conducted saturation patrol Thursday

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    On July 23, the Springfield Police Department conducted a DWI saturation patrol. Six drivers were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated during the time of the operation.

    The saturation patrol was funded through a grant from th...

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    Posted on: July 22, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, July 23, at the Dancing Mule, 1945 S. Glenstone. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public a...

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    Posted on: July 21, 2015

    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The second quarter of 2015 saw an overall increase in crime by 6 percent. This is in comparison to the crime statistics of April through June 2014, and it is shown in the Springfield Police Department’s latest Quarterly Public Saf...

    Read on...

    Posted on: July 13, 2015

    Garage burglaries trending upward

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    One common form of burglary during the summer months is entering open garage doors, and just as in past summers, the Springfield Police Department has been noticing an increase in this type of criminal behavior.

    “What we are se...

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    Crime Prevention
    Posted on: July 10, 2015

    SPD to honor lateral academy graduates today

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A lateral graduation ceremony will take place for two police officers at 4 p.m. today at the Springfield Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield.

    Graduates include:

  • Justin Compton, formerly of the Carthage (Mi...
  • Read on...

    Posted on: July 7, 2015

    Springfield captain graduates from Senior Management Institute for Police

    Captain David Millsap

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The commander of the Springfield Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Captain David Millsap, graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP) on June 18. With classes held at Boston University, the...

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    Posted on: June 30, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 3:46 p.m. on June 30, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Kearney Street and Melville Road.

    A 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue, driven by Shirley M. Hughes, 80, of Springfield, was traveling sout...

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    Posted on: June 30, 2015

    Police supervisor receives automotive fleet specialist certification

    DeAnn Reynolds

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    DeAnn Reynolds, fleet and equipment supervisor for the Springfield Police Department, earned accreditation as a Certified Automotive Fleet Specialist (CAFS) from the NAFA Fleet Management Association®.

    Reynolds’s focuses of st...

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    Posted on: June 30, 2015

    Vehicle vs. bicycle crash turns fatal

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 1:41 p.m. on June 29, Springfield police officers responded to the intersection of Brentwood and Seminole for a crash involving a vehicle and bicyclist.

    The initial investigation determined that Barbara A. Calhoun, 72, of S...

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    Posted on: June 22, 2015

    SPD hosts seminar for potential recruits

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department would like to invite anyone who is interested in becoming a Springfield police officer to attend the upcoming informational seminar. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 6, at the Sp...

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    Police Officer Employment
    Posted on: June 19, 2015

    Eight drivers arrested during saturation patrol

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    On June 18, the Springfield Police Department, in collaboration with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, conducted a saturation patrol, and eight drivers were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.

    The saturation patrol was fu...

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    Posted on: June 17, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, June 18, at Hebrews Coffee, 1604 E. Republic. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public and ...

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    Posted on: June 12, 2015

    Fatality crash

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 1:43 p.m. on May 18, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near Calhoun Street and Lafontaine Avenue. A 2004 Buick LeSabre driven by Lisa Lee, 51, of Springfield, was traveling eastbound on Calhoun...

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    Posted on: June 11, 2015

    Missing endangered child: Maximus Mobley-Benson, 9

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    UPDATE: Maximus was safely located in the 3800 block of S. Campbell.

    The Springfield Police Department is searching for 9-year-old Maximus Mobley-Benson. He is autistic and was last seen by his mother at 4:15 p.m. today in the ...

    Read on...

    Posted on: June 5, 2015

    Police to conduct DWI checkpoint this month

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department takes drunk driving very seriously and is planning at least one DWI checkpoint during the month of June. It will be funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

    Consequenc...

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    Posted on: June 5, 2015

    Springfield police ask to hear from witnesses of vehicular assault

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At approximately 1:49 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, Springfield police officers responded to Cartoons Oyster Bar, 1614 S. Glenstone, in regards to an assault on the parking lot at the location. When officers arrived, they found one su...

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    Posted on: June 2, 2015

    Shooting suspect wanted: Tyler Shepard

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department is requesting the public's help in locating Tyler B. Shepard, 25. A probable cause item has been issued for first-degree assault for his involvement in the shooting of a 29-year-old male just afte...

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    Posted on: May 31, 2015

    Update: Child has been located

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Update: Randy Marney was safely returned to his home on a church bus just before 1 p.m. today and is unharmed. It was discovered that Marney was with a church group during the morning, but parents were unclear of related details....

    Read on...

    Posted on: May 29, 2015

    UPDATE: Missing endangered child located

    Jacob Dake

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Update: 2-month-old Jacob Dake and parents, Kyle Dake and Dorothy Stas, were located this morning at a Springfield hotel. The child is safe and is being treated at a hospital. Dake and Stas were arrested for interference with cust...

    Read on...

    Posted on: May 29, 2015

    SPD lieutenant graduates from Command College

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A lieutenant from the Springfield Police Department was honored as part of the Missouri Police Chiefs Charitable Foundation (MPCCF) Command College Class V. Lieutenant Eric Reece graduated from MPCCF’s Command College during comme...

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    Posted on: May 29, 2015

    Memorial Day crash turns fatal

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    At 1:13 p.m. on May 25, the Springfield Police Department was dispatched to an injury crash near US Highway 60 and National Avenue.

    A 2011 Chevrolet Cruze driven by Ernest Cloud, 86, of Mountain Grove, was traveling eastbound ...

    Read on...

    Posted on: May 22, 2015

    SPD detectives receive statewide honor

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Two detectives from the Springfield Police Department have been named Law Enforcement Investigators of the Year by the Missouri State Investigators Association (MSIA). Corporal Rod Noble and Detective David Hatch were recognized b...

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    Posted on: May 20, 2015

    Coffee with the Chief tomorrow

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams will be hosting "Coffee with the Chief" at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 21, at Eurasia Café, 445 E. Commercial. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage an open discussion between the public and th...

    Read on...

    Posted on: May 15, 2015

    Statement on prosecutor's conclusion of officer-involved shooting

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department appreciates the Greene County Prosecutor’s Office’s thorough and extensive review of the shooting by then Officer Andrew Bath that resulted in the death of Michael Ireland.

    On Feb. 17, Springf...

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    Posted on: May 14, 2015

    Cause of May hotel deaths confirmed

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    June 22, 2015 Update:
    The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention performed testing on Gerrit Strydom, 45, and James Bethel, 44, confirming the cause of both their deaths to be cerebral malaria, a non-communicabl...

    Read on...

    Posted on: January 21, 2015

    Springfield Police Department 25-year veteran to retire

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield Police Department will be honoring Lt. Brian Phillips during a retirement ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan.22 at the Springfield Regional Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 W. Battlefield.

    Phillips joi...

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    Posted on: January 27, 2016

    Greene County sees first confirmed flu case

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    In an unusually late start to flu season compared to recent years, Greene County has seen its first confirmed influenza case.

    Comparatively, there had been more than 1,800 cases this time last year in Greene County alone.

    “While this is a late sta...Read on...

    Posted on: January 11, 2016

    Greene County signs budget to eliminate additional vaccine charge

    Greene County Missouri Budget Signing - Kevin Gipson speaking for SGCHD

    The signing of the 2016 Greene County budget today marked the elimination of an out-of-city vaccine fee Greene County residents have had to pay for immunizations.

    Since mid-2012, Greene County residents living outside of the city limits of Springfield...Read on...

    Posted on: December 28, 2015

    Tips for Health and Safety After Flooding

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    The Springfield-Greene County Health Department urges residents to use caution when cleaning up the mess left behind from historic regional flooding.

    Floodwater can contain contaminants and unseen hazards. Caution should be exercised with anything touc...Read on...

    Posted on: December 15, 2015

    WIC Contract Renewed for 2016

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    The Springfield-Greene County Health Department received word that the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has renewed the contract for the Special Supplemental Food and Nutrition Education Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) for a...Read on...

    Posted on: September 14, 2015

    Health Department to present new ordinances promoting responsible pet ownership

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will be presenting big changes to how Animal Control deals with a variety of animal issues, including aggressive, biting and nuisance dogs, tonight at Springfield’s City Council meet...Read on...

    View video about ordinance changes.
    Posted on: August 18, 2015

    Health Department announces new assistant director

    Katie Towns-Jeter

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield-Greene County Health Department is excited to welcome Katie Towns-Jeter back to the SGCHD family.

    Towns-Jeter will return as an assistant director for the department, a title she will share with current Assist...Read on...

    Download Katie Towns-Jeter headshot.
    Posted on: July 28, 2015

    Partners announce Regional Health Assessment Plan, ask for community feedback

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    A variety of organizations working across the spectrum of health in our community have come together to better understand the health status, behaviors and needs of the populations they serve.
    And now they need your help.

    Unde...Read on...

    Posted on: June 23, 2015

    Reminder: Parking lot animal sales no longer permitted

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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.

    In November, Sp...Read on...

    Posted on: February 24, 2015

    Adoptable pit bull and pit bull mix dogs to be sent to rescue partners on trial basis

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    As a result of a request from Springfield City Council, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will begin partnering with local animal rescues to avoid euthanizing adoptable pit bull and pit bull mix dogs.

    The six-mon...Read on...

    Posted on: September 9, 2014

    Health Department encourages easy prevention of respiratory illness

    Help prevent respiratory illness by washing hands frequently.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    In light of several hospitals in Illinois and Missouri recently reporting clusters of severe respiratory illness in children, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department would like to stress the simple prevention methods that ...Read on...


    Posted on: May 2, 2016

    Springfield Cardinals join Miracle League tonight

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    Members of the Springfield Cardinals will join the Miracle League tonight at the Betty and Bobby Allison Miracle League Ball Field, at Dan Kinney Park, 2701 E. Blackman Road.

    Youth ball games begin at 6 and 7 p.m. tonight. The Springfield Cardinals pla...Read more »

    Posted on: April 19, 2016

    Springfield Lasers announce 2016 season home schedule July 31-Aug. 13

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    Springfield, Mo. — The Springfield Lasers Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Pro League team has announced its 2016 season schedule.

    The Lasers schedule includes six home matches at the Mediacom Tennis Stadium, in Springfield’s Cooper Tennis Complex, 2331 E ...Read more »

    Visit WTT.com
    Posted on: April 1, 2016

    Sisters Cities announces construction of Peace Through People Pavilion

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    The Springfield Sister Cities Association announces the construction of the new Peace Through People Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater designed for cultural performances and events at the Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Pa...Read more »

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    Posted on: March 25, 2016

    Springfield Lasers draft No. 1 American John Isner for second season

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    Springfield, Mo. — The Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Pro League completed its 41st Season Roster Draft this morning during the Miami Open tennis tournament in Miami, Fla.

    The Springfield Lasers, celebrating their 21st season in 2016, drafted John Isner...Read more »

    Visit WTT.com
    Posted on: March 4, 2016

    Find a summer job with the Park Board

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    Thinking of a summer job? Apply today at the Park Board!

    Seasonal openings include lifeguards at indoor and outdoor pools; cashiers, scorekeepers and umpires at sports complexes, concessions staff at pools, sports complexes and special events; front ...Read more »

    Learn more about jobs available
    Posted on: March 16, 2016

    Interior renovations continue at Timmons Temple

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    Interior renovations continue this week at historic Timmons Temple in Silver Springs Park.

    The Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union No. 178 apprenticeship program will rough in drains and vents in the 83-year-old building Thursday, March 17, 5-8:30 p.m...Read more »

    Donate to Save Timmons Temple
    Posted on: March 4, 2016

    Summer seasonal employment available through Park Board

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    Thinking of a summer job? The Park Board is now accepting applications for a variety of summer seasonal employment positions.

    Seasonal openings include lifeguards at indoor and outdoor pools; cashiers, scorekeepers and umpires at sports complexes, conc...Read more »

    Seasonal job descriptions
    Posted on: March 1, 2016

    Interior renovations begin at Timmons Temple

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    Interior renovations have begun at historic Timmons Temple, ushering in the first major interior renovation work since the 83-year-old building was moved into Silver Springs Park.

    The Union Carpenters Local 978 apprenticeship program began framing inte...Read more »

    Donate to Save Timmons Temple
    Posted on: November 27, 2014

    21st Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk draws estimated 7,700

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    An estimated 7,700 runners and walkers registered for this morning’s 21st Annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk, exceeding last year’s registered participation by about 100.

    The annual event is one of the largest timed 5K race in Springfield and the largest...Read more »

    Posted on: October 20, 2015

    Halloween-Fest, Zombie Run highlight final weekend of Harvest Fest

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    Oct. 23-25 is the final weekend for Harvest Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, with two special events added to the fall-themed activities.

    The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Halloween-Fest takes place during Harvest Fest hours Saturday, Oct. 2...Read more »

    Rock4Kids Zombie Run/Walk info
    Posted on: September 28, 2015

    Haunted Trail of Horrors, Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch opens Fri.-Sat. nights through Oct. 24

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    Brave the Haunted Trail of Horrors or tour the kids' Halloween Fun Field every Friday and Saturday night Oct. 2-3 through 23-24, 6-10 p.m., at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146, Springfield.

    The Haunted Trail of Horrors includes a hayride...Read more »

    Click here for Corn Maze map and more!
    Posted on: September 24, 2015

    Hundreds of BMX racers compete at Park Board’s Spokes BMX Raceway

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    The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Spokes BMX Raceway hosts hundreds of BMX racers this weekend at the USA BMX Gold Cup Championship Central.

    Nearly 800 BMX racers from 20 states, along with their families, will attend the event. Competitors in...Read more »

    Visit usabmx.com
    Posted on: September 15, 2015

    Harvest Fest returns to Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park

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    Harvest Fest at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park opens Sept. 19-20, kicking off six weekends of corn maze, pumpkin patch and all kinds of fall-themed family fun.

    The annual Harvest Fest event spans Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m., Sept....Read more »

    Posted on: July 23, 2014

    Park Board implements new photo policy

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has implemented a new photography policy outlining how photographers and videographers may operate in public parks.

    The new policy is designed to preserve public enjoyment of parks by ad...

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    Posted on: January 4, 2016

    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 ...

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    Posted on: May 2, 2016

    City participating in CFO's Give Ozarks to raise funds for Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Nearly 150 nonprofit agencies will participate in Give Ozarks, Community Foundation of the Ozarks' 24-hour online giving day Tuesday, May 3. The City of Springfield is participating in Give Ozarks to fundraise for the planned Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower as part of the Route 66 Plaza streetscape project at College Street and Broadway Avenue along Historic Route 66, which the City will break ground for this summer to kick of the sixth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Aug. 12-14.

    The estimated cost for the Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower is about $55,000.

    In addition to the 24 hours of fund raising, Nathan P. Murphy's in downtown Springfield will host an evening of jazz, blues and classic rock to benefit the project. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the lineup includes local blues performer King Clarentz, Brenda Meyer Band, Roots 66 and street performer O'Neal. The cover charge is $10 for those 21 and over, and $14 for those under 21.

    Saturday, April 30 marked the 90th anniversary of the telegram sent from Springfield proposing U.S. 66 as the name for the new Chicago-to-L.A. highway, which is why Springfield is officially recognized as the birthplace of the iconic "Mother Road."

    Route 66 meandered across Springfield from Kearney to Glenstone to St. Louis Street, through Park Central Square to Olive and College streets, then headed west along what is now Chestnut Expressway.

    Springfield is currently redeveloping the College Street portion of Route 66 through Springfield.

    While the City is implementing certain infrastructure improvements along the College Street stretch of Historic Route 66 between Grant Avenue and Kansas Expressway, it must leverage its investment in the project with private donations and other sources of funding. A larger plan to revitalize Historic Route 66 through other parts of Springfield could roll out in phases, as the City gauges interest and potential funding.

    The City broke ground May 22, 2014 for the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park near the intersection of College Street and Fort Avenue.

    "We hope to make Springfield THE stop along the famed, historic byway," says City Manager Greg Burris.

    About Give Ozarks
    The Community Foundation of the Ozarks and BKD Wealth Advisors are presenting this region-wide effort to raise awareness of philanthropy, encourage online donations to participating nonprofits and offer prizes and matching funds.

    These nonprofit agencies will work to raise online donations from midnight to midnight on May 3 at giveozarks.org for a variety of needs that will improve services and opportunities for Ozarks residents.

    This is the second year for Give Ozarks; in 2015, the first region-wide online giving day raised more than $1 million for about 150 nonprofit agencies.

    Making a secure donation is simple. From midnight to midnight on May 3, donors can log onto giveozarks.org and search for a specific nonprofit or a cause they support to complete a basic credit-card donation. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by the IRS.

    “Although philanthropy and charitable giving know no season, we are very excited for the opportunity to focus on a day to emphasize giving,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “The dollar benefits might accrue only for a day, but the possibility of new awareness of our non-profits, a new understanding of the good things they do, and an appreciation of charitable support should grow throughout the year.”

    Community Foundation of the Ozarks is hosting Give Ozarks with presenting sponsor BKD Wealth Advisors and platinum sponsors The Musgrave Foundation, The Commerce Trust Co./Coover Charitable Foundation and Ron and Janice Penney.

    Founded in 1973, CFO has grown to include 45 affiliate community foundations and more than 2,700 charitable funds.

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    For more information about Give Ozarks, please contact Louise Knauer at 417-864-6199 or lknauer@cfozarks.org; or Matt Lemmon, 417-864-6199 or mlemmon@cfozarks.org. For more information about the Route 66 Plaza Clock Tower project, please contact Cora Scott Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement for the City of Springfield, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.govRead on...

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    Posted on: April 29, 2016

    Saturday marks 90th anniversary of telegram sent from Springfield naming Route 66

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Route 66, also known as the “Mother Road” and the “Main Street of America,” was conceived 90 years ago Saturday in downtown Springfield.

    On April 30, 1926, a group of businessmen led by Cy Avery of Tulsa and Springfield’s John...Read on...

    View telegram.
    Posted on: April 29, 2016

    16th annual Choose Environmental Excellence awards announced

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Twelve organizations presented a total of 21 awards celebrating the efforts, dedication and accomplishments of a wide variety of recipients. Each presenting organization at the Awards Luncheon determines their own award criteria a...Read on...

    Visit the Choose Environmental Excellence website.
    Posted on: April 28, 2016

    Ozark Workforce Development Board to launch free Multi-Trade Pre-Apprenticeship

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield, Missouri - The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board is releasing a Pre-Apprenticeship program in May to assist individuals with gaining experience while working towards a Registered Apprenticeship in the Construc...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: April 27, 2016

    SGF named 17th Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs in WalletHub.com study

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Springfield was named the 17th Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs in a recent study by WalletHub.com.

    To help Hispanic entrepreneurs find the most fertile ground for their enterprises, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 l...Read on...

    View the study results.
    Posted on: March 16, 2016

    Springfield Fire Department annual report highlights accomplishments and future goals.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The 2015 Annual Report captures the sites, stats and news from the Fire Department. Along with stunning photos from the year, the report highlights the accomplishments of a very busy Water Rescue Team. As the result of two major ...Read on...

    2015 Annual Report
    Posted on: April 26, 2016

    16th annual Choose Environmental Excellence awards to be presented Friday, April 29

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The 16th annual Springfield/Greene County Choose Environmental Excellence awards will be presented Friday, April 29 at a noon luncheon at the White River Conference Center, 600 W. Sunshine, Springfield, as a part of Springfield's ...Read on...

    Visit the Choose Environmental Excellence website.
    Posted on: April 19, 2016

    Springfield Lasers announce 2016 season home schedule July 31-Aug. 13

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    Springfield, Mo. — The Springfield Lasers Mylan World TeamTennis (WTT) Pro League team has announced its 2016 season schedule.

    The Lasers schedule includes six home matches at the Mediacom Tennis Stadium, in Springfield’s Cooper Tennis Complex, 2331 E ...Read more »

    Visit WTT.com
    Posted on: April 14, 2016

    Missouri Job Center recognized for continued reentry assistance in community

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Ozark Region Missouri Job Center was recognized yesterday at the 8th Annual Criminal Justice Conference for work with citizens with criminal backgrounds that are working towards reentering the workforce and community. The Mis...Read on...

    Visit the Job Center's Web site.
    Posted on: April 13, 2016

    City of Springfield, Greene County observe National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The week of April 10-16 is set aside to honor those that provide the voice of our emergency services across our country. The City of Springfield recognizes the outstanding service of 9-1-1 telecommunicators during observance of Na...Read on...

    View proclamation.
    Posted on: April 12, 2016

    FBI announces $25,000 reward for information leading to recovery of artwork

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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.

    It is believed the break in and theft occurred sometime during the early morning hours on April 7, at which time seven of 10 Andy Warhol editioned prints on display at the museum were taken.

    The collection, which has been owned by the Springfield Art Museum since 1985, is Set number 31 of the Campbell’s Soup I collection and is valued at approximately $500,000.

    Each piece in the editioned screen print collection based on paintings created by Warhol in 1962 measures 37 inches high by 24.5 inches wide and are framed in white frames. Images of the stolen artwork are included in the FBI’s April 11 press release.

    “We appreciate the outpouring of support of the Springfield community and the quick response of the Springfield Police Department and FBI,” said Art Museum Director Nick Nelson. “For those of us who work at the museum and in Springfield’s art community, the theft of these iconic Warhol prints that the museum has had in our permanent collection for 30 years feels like the loss of a family member. We appreciate any assistance the public can provide to law enforcement to ensure the return of these treasured pieces of art.”

    The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the stolen artwork. Anyone with information should contact the FBI Springfield, Missouri office directly at 417-882-3303 or the Springfield Police Department TIPS line at 417-869-TIPS. Additionally, individuals may contact their local law enforcement agency.

    “The museum is working with the proper authorities and being proactive in our security efforts as we remain open to the public. We are confident that the measures we are taking will protect the museum’s treasures, while still making art accessible to our community,” Nelson said.

    For information about the investigation, please contact Lisa Cox, Springfield Police Department Public Affairs Officer, at 417-864-1786 or Lcox@springfieldmo.govRead on...

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    Posted on: April 12, 2016

    9-1-1 Director Zim Schwartze named Missouri 9-1-1 Director of the Year

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    Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Director Zim Schwartze was named Missouri 9-1-1 Director of the Year at the Missouri Public Safety Communications Conference (MPSCC) March 22 in Columbia.

    The Springfield...Read on...

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    Posted on: April 11, 2016

    Gift of Time volunteer appreciation program to host 25th annual banquet June 30

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    Volunteers are a vital part of delivering services to our community every day – from hunger to education; homelessness to advocacy; volunteers are there to give the most important gift – the gift of time.

    To celebrate the ded...Read on...

    View the Gift of Time Web site and nomination form
    Posted on: April 11, 2016

    Public Works releases April safety message on work zone awareness

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    As the spring construction season gears up on Springfield-area roadways, Public Works encourages drivers to use extra caution when driving through work zones. In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 11-15), work...Read on...

    View the April Traffic Safety Message.
    Posted on: April 8, 2016

    April sales tax revenues down 3% compared to budget

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    The City of Springfield's April 2016 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 3%, or $112,213, compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in March from transa...Read on...

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    Posted on: April 7, 2016

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

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    In an effort to serve the public during the 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.

    In addition, the City’s three recy...Read on...

    Posted on: April 1, 2016

    Celebrate Earth Month 2016 with variety of events and activities

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    The local observance of the 46th Earth Day is an offering of a variety of activities. This year’s Arbor Day celebration marks the celebration of the city of Springfield’s 31st year as a Tree City, USA.

    A complete schedule of ...Read on...

    Posted on: March 22, 2016

    2016 Route 66 Festival to offer three days of cars, motorcycles, concerts and family fun

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    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...Read on...

    Posted on: March 21, 2016

    City to pay to house inmates in Miller, Taney counties

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    Springfield City Council voted on March 21 to allocate up to $500,000 to house inmates in Miller and Taney County detention facilities, as a temporary solution to a long-standing disagreement with the Greene County Sheriff over th...Read on...

    Posted on: March 14, 2016

    Springfield Art Museum to open All School Exhibition March 18

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    The Springfield Art Museum presents an artful weekend for all ages. Every March, we invite student artists from across our community, in kindergarten through twelfth grades, to exhibit outstanding artwork in the “All School Exhibi...Read on...

    Posted on: February 8, 2016

    SGF named 5th Best City to Get Married in WalletHub.com study

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    Springfield was named the 5th Best City to Get Married in a recent study by WalletHub.com.

    To help couples find the most wedding-friendly destinations, WalletHub¹s analysts compared 150 of the biggest cities across 18 key indi...Read on...

    View the study results.
    Posted on: October 28, 2011

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