January 25, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Volunteers Sought for Planning Groups

Citizens who want to serve on one of the work groups for the City of Springfield’s long-range strategic planning process are invited to submit an application expressing their interest.

Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5, 2010. The application form is available at: www.springfieldmo.gov/planninggroups

Citizens without computer access can call 864-1010 to request a mailed application or stop at the front desk of the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville Ave.

The application will ask citizens to list their top six areas of interest among the 11 planning groups and the coordinating committee. The topics of the planning groups are: Arts and Culture; Economic Development; Education/Workforce Development; Early Childhood Development; Global Perspectives and Diversity; Growth Management and Land Use; Housing; Natural Environment; Public Health; Public Safety; Transportation; and the overall Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee.

The applications will be provided to the Chairs of the planning groups, who are in the process of being selected by City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Tim Smith. Each group will be comprised of members who have expertise on the group’s topic. Burris also will ask each group to reserve several spaces for interested members of the general public who apply for the planning groups.

The planning groups will set their own meeting schedules. But it is likely that each planning group will require a significant amount of time over a period of several months through this spring and summer.

More applications may be submitted than the number of available spots on the planning groups. All planning group meetings, however, will be posted and open to the public.

Citizens also will have multiple opportunities for input as the strategic planning process proceeds. An online version of the “Listening Tour” survey will be available through the end of February. To complete the four-question survey, visit: listen.questionpro.com.

That input will be provided to the Planning Groups and the City Council. After the planning groups complete the initial phase of their work, additional public-input opportunities will take place this fall.

Any citizens interested in signing up to receive e-mail updates about the strategic planning process can submit e-mail addresses as part of the survey or send a request to: city@springfieldmo.gov or call 864-1010.

For more information, contact: City Manager Greg Burris, 864-1006; or Louise Whall, Director of Public Information, 864-1010.

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Office of the City Manager

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1000 • Fax: 417-864-1912 • springfieldmo.gov