City of Springfield News Releases (General)

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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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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 offi...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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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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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 lis...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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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 brie...Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2015

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

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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....Read on...

Posted on: July 14, 2015

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

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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 Co...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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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 s...Read on...

Posted on: July 13, 2015

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

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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-...Read on...

Posted on: July 13, 2015

Full lineup of Birthplace of Route 66 Festival events announced

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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!

Eve...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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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 c...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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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 C...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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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...Read on...

Posted on: July 7, 2015

July sales tax revenue up 9% compared to budget

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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 trans...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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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 req...Read on...

Posted on: July 9, 2015

Mayor: future for Springfield continues to be bright

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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 Ozark Em...Read on...

Posted on: July 6, 2015

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

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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 So...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2015

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

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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 no...Read on...

Posted on: July 2, 2015

Missouri Career Center welcomes new employees

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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 ...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

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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 com...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 Cent...Read on...

Posted on: June 15, 2015

Gift of Time awards luncheon tomorrow at Ramada Oasis Convention Center

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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 Award...Read on...

Posted on: June 11, 2015

Several community events downtown Saturday, June 20

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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 Av...Read on...

View map.
Posted on: June 15, 2015

Celebrate National Home Ownership Month by touring Community Land Trust home

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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 b...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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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 fi...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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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 transa...Read on...

View Sales Tax Charts
Posted on: June 8, 2015

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

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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 J...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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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 employer...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

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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 Am...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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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 ta...Read on...

Posted on: May 28, 2015

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

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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 mem...Read on...

Posted on: May 27, 2015

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

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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 th...Read on...

Posted on: May 22, 2015

Budget Discussions to continue Tuesday, May 26

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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 pub...Read on...

Posted on: May 18, 2015

Gift of Time nomination deadline extended to Thursday at midnight

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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 tho...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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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 c...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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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 Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2015

Anita Cotter named Springfield City Clerk

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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 E...Read on...

Posted on: May 14, 2015

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

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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 tho...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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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 re...Read on...

Posted on: May 12, 2015

City mobile app GoSpringfieldMO now available for download

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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 “GoS...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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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 Springf...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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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. ...Read on...

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Posted on: May 11, 2015

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

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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.
...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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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, accor...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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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 a...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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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. Pyt...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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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 (...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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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...Read on...

Posted on: May 4, 2015

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

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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...Read 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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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 wi...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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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 Sprin...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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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 ...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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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...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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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 ...Read on...

View invitation.
Posted on: April 23, 2015

Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee announces application process

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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 an...Read on...

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

Phyllis Ferguson selected to Zone 1 Council Seat

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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 work...Read on...

Posted on: April 20, 2015

Gift of Time nominations now open

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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 tho...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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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...Read on...

Posted on: April 17, 2015

Firm issues audit findings for City’s purchasing card program

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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 ...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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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 qua...Read on...

Posted on: April 15, 2015

Take time to thank a 911 telecommunicator this week

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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 Emerg...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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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 toda...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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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, A...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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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 memb...Read on...

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

Bid outgoing City Council members farewell at reception Monday

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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, J...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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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 Misso...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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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...Read on...

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

Monthly sales tax revenue down

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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 t...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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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., Thurs...Read on...

Posted on: April 7, 2015

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

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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...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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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 w...Read on...

Posted on: April 6, 2015

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

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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-Count...Read on...

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 Schoo...Read on...

Posted on: April 2, 2015

Martin Gugel selected as Springfield Public Works Assistant Director

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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 ma...Read on...

Download Gugel portrait.
Posted on: March 31, 2015

City Council approves collective bargaining agreement with police union

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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 me...Read on...

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

City Council to vote on union contract

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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,...Read on...

Posted on: March 30, 2015

Five apply for Zone 1 City Council Seat

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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 sel...Read on...

View candidates' applications.
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 Sp...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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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, ...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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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 c...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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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...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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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.

&l...Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2015

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

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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...Read on...

Posted on: March 6, 2015

No building inspections March 27; inspectors to attend disaster training

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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 t...Read on...

Posted on: March 4, 2015

Public Works crews at work on slick roadways

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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 c...Read on...

Posted on: March 3, 2015

Public Hearing for Menards West Zoning and Plat Rescheduled

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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 tabli...Read on...

Posted on: March 3, 2015

Landmarks Board meeting cancelled

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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.

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Posted on: March 3, 2015

MoDOT engineer to speak at City Council Lunch

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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.
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Posted on: February 27, 2015

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

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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; pra...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 B...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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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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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 Bran...Read on...

Posted on: February 10, 2015

Monthly sales tax revenue down

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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 i...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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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 &...Read on...

Download registration form.
Posted on: February 9, 2015

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

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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 staf...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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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 position...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...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 Commi...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 ...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 ...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 upd...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 Springfiel...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 ne...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 T...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 ...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 Confer...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:

    <...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:

  • 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 Comm...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, co...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 ...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 chan...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 ...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 Coun...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 commun...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 ...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 collaboratio...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 Satur...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 ...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 ...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 s...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 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 Spr...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 H...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 dive...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 offici...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 Neigh...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-bathr...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 A...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 meetin...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 popu...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 Committe...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 H...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 pro...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 req...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 sho...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-trea...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 Bargai...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 Gree...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 wil...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...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...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...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 C...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 v...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....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...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 prohibite...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 Communit...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...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 i...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 reque...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)Ci...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 Independe...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&qu...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 h...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!

    Starti...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...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. ...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...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 varie...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 Comm...Read on...

    Weekly Calendar
  • Posted on: September 24, 2014

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 pu...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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    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 sto...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 Ind...Read on...

    Weekly Calendar
  • Posted on: September 26, 2014

    DATE CHANGE: Public invited to meet Public Works Director finalists

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 Buildi...Read on...

    Posted on: September 15, 2014

    Overflow crowd again expected for next City Council Meeting

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 sa...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
  • W...Read more »

    Weekly Calendar
  • Posted on: September 12, 2014

    Date changed for vote on SOGI bill; other Council updates

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 err...Read on...

    Posted on: September 12, 2014

    Workforce Investment Board conducting regional workforce survey

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 iss...Read on...

    Complete the MOmentum 2015 workforce survey.
    Posted on: September 11, 2014

    City of Springfield selects firm to perform internal audits

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...Read on...

    Posted on: September 8, 2014

    City Council revisits non-discrimination ordinance after two years

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 identi...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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 ...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...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 ...Read on...

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

    Weekly Calendar September 8 - September 12

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The City of Springfield’s weekly calendar September 8- September 12 is now available online. Hi...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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...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 wil...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 progr...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.
  • Th...Read on...

    Weekly Calendar
  • Posted on: August 20, 2014

    August sales tax revenue up

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...Read on...

    Posted on: August 20, 2014

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

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 pa...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,...Read on...

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

    Mayor expresses concerns about staffing issues

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 Ma...Read on...

    Download chart
    Posted on: August 12, 2014

    SFD to receive $640,000 grant for breathing apparatus

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 Age...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 wil...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)
  • ...Read on...

    View the bid posting.
    Posted on: July 28, 2014

    National Night Out promotes safe, healthy neighborhoods

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 informati...Read on...

    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 IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 Fi...Read on...

    Posted on: July 17, 2014

    City’s Aa1 Bond Rating affirmed by Moody’s

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 ratin...Read on...

    Posted on: July 10, 2014

    State of the City strong and getting stronger, Mayor says

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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 Mediacom Ice Park at 635 E....Read on...

    Posted on: July 8, 2014

    July sales tax revenue up

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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%.
    ...Read on...