July 28, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Springfield, Greene County Launch Community Information Service

The City of Springfield and Greene County have launched a new Web-based community information service designed to deliver timely electronic information updates directly to subscribers.

The Nixle service (www.nixle.com) is free for both subscribers and participating agencies and offers the options of subscribing via e-mail, the Web and/or text messages. There is NO advertising or Spam on Nixle.

Nixle requires participating agencies to go through an authentication process to participate in the service. Subscribers can be assured that information sent through Nixle is coming from the participating Springfield-Greene County agencies and is not based on rumors or hoaxes. As of today’s launch, the City of Springfield, Springfield Police, Springfield-Greene County Health and Springfield-Greene County Emergency Management have established accounts. Citizens can subscribe to all four and any future local accounts through one registration.

Citizens can subscribe at: www.nixle.com. The registration process is quick and free. (Standard text message charges would apply for those who choose text-based delivery, but don’t have unlimited text cell-phone plans.)

The information provided via Nixle includes road-construction updates, police information, emergency management/public safety alerts and advisories, health advisories, public meetings and special events, with more added as the service grows.

Citizens who already subscribe to Twitter can receive Nixle updates by following these Twitter accounts: www.twitter.com/cityofsgf; www.twitter.com/sgchd; and www.twitter.com/gcoem.

Nixle is a privately funded LLC based in New Jersey and California. Launched earlier this year, Nixle has more than 1,250 cities or towns in more than 40 states using or reviewing the system for their communities. It will hold its formal launch on National Night Out on Aug. 4, 2009 in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice.

For more information, contact: Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, 864-1010.

city of springfield

Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov