Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    Proclamation recognizes City Utilities’ commitment to renewable energy

    In recognition of City Utilities’ outstanding commitment to renewable energy, Mayor Ken McClure has proclaimed July 27, 2017 to be Focus on Renewable Energy Day. Read on...
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    NOTICE: HUD releases 2017 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability

    NOTICE: Department of Housing and Urban Development releases 2017 Continuum of Care Notice of Funding Availability Read on...
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    National Night Out promotes safe, healthy neighborhoods

    Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams is sending a message to criminals: neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. This year marks the sixth anniversary of a citywide National Night Out event to coincide with the national public safety event. Read on...
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    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

    During the second quarter of 2017, SPD reported an overall increase in crime by 16 percent. Read on...
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    July 24 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. July 24. A written summary and video recording of the meeting are available. Read on...
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    July 10 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. July 10. A written summary and video recording of the meeting are available. Read on...
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    Prescription Drug Monitoring Program before City Council tonight

    A proposed ordinance to implement a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program will be presented tonight to City Council in an effort to combat the growing opioid epidemic in our community. Read on...
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    City partners to explore downtown economic development project

    Missouri State University, the Springfield Business Development Corporation and The Vecino Group announced today that they are exploring the potential for a new development within the IDEA Commons district. Read on...
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    July sales tax revenues up 6% compared to budget

    After five months of below-budget sales tax checks from the Missouri Department of Revenue, the City of Springfield’s July check is up 6%, or $283,141, compared to the amount budgeted. Read on...
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    Committee considers use of level property tax for unfunded needs

    Springfield City Council’s Finance & Administration Committee met Wednesday to discuss a possible continuation of the City’s level property tax levy (LPT) to pay for unfunded capital improvement needs. Read on...
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    Brigitte Marrs appointed executive director of Mayor’s Commission for Children

    The Mayor’s Commission for Children board announces the appointment of Brigitte Marrs as its new executive director. Marrs has served on the commission since 2013. She replaces former executive director Denise Bredfeldt. Read on...
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    City releases internal audit reports for cashier operations, accounts payable and cash disbursements

    Certified accounting firm RubinBrown LLP has completed audit reports of the City of Springfield’s cashier operations and accounts payable and cash disbursements processes. Read on...
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    City to kick off new SGF Yields program to help Springfield become more pedestrian friendly

    To combat a growing trend in pedestrian-involved traffic incidents, the City is rolling out a new safety campaign called SGF Yields. Read on...
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    Five honored, 22 others recognized at 26th annual Gift of Time luncheon

    Five volunteers were honored by the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and City of Springfield as Volunteers of the Year at the annual Gift of Time Awards Luncheon today at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Read on...
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    Community Involvement Committee hears recommendations for reducing the use of coal tar sealants

    City Council’s Community Involvement Committee met June 13 to hear additional information about coal tar-based sealants (CTBS) and provide feedback regarding recommendations for the voluntary reduction of CTBS in the community. Read on...
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    City Council approves City budget; prioritizes public safety

    Springfield City Council voted 8-1 to approve the $348 million total balanced City budget. The new fiscal year begins July 1. In the proposed FY18 budget, 62% (or more than $51 million) of General Fund appropriations address public safety needs. Read on...
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    Ozarks Alliance finishes 5-day MARC; shelter placements continue

    The Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness (OAEH) and other service providers have connected with more 230 individuals experiencing some form of homelessness during the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) event this week. Read on...
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    Mayor Ken McClure testifies before governor’s committee in support of economic development tools

    Mayor Ken McClure testified this afternoon before the Governor’s Committee on Simple, Fair and Low Taxes in support of the various economic development tools used in Springfield. Read on...
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    June sales tax revenues down 10% compared to budget

    The City of Springfield's June 2017 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 10% compared to the amount budgeted. Read on...
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    Mayor Ken McClure in State of the City address: SGF truly a great city

    In his inaugural State of the City address, Mayor Ken McClure said Springfield is overall in good health, he is optimistic for the future, and the reason for that is its people. Read on...
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    Capital improvement grants awarded to eight neighborhoods through Neighborhood Works Program

    Eight registered neighborhoods in Springfield will soon be seeing improvements to their parks thanks to a competitive grant made possible through the voter-approved 1/4-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax. Read on...
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    David Pennington sworn in as Springfield Fire Chief

    After a nationwide search, City Manager Greg Burris has named Assistant Fire Chief of Operations David Pennington fire chief effective May 28. He was sworn in May 26. Read on...
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    Forbes ranks SGF first on list of Cities You Didn't Expect To Be Great for Business

    According to the Forbes article, with low labor costs and tax basis, Springfield is a great place to start a new business as well as expand an existing one. The city and state provide many programs to help stimulate local business. Read on...
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    Springfield’s fire death rate prompts Fire Department to launch Project RED Zone

    The year-long effort aims to reduce fires, fire-related injuries and fire fatalities in the community by ensuring every family is prepared for a fire. Read on...
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    Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partners announce 2017 event lineup

    Please mark your calendar to celebrate all things Route 66 Aug. 11-12 at the seventh annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield. Read on...

Mission Statement

We are committed to working with the community by providing timely and accessible city information using all relevant communication technologies to empower citizens and staff to participate in open and transparent government.


The Department of Public Information provides information to the general public and media, and serves as a departmental resource to the community. Public Information also works with other city departments to plan special events, news releases, develop web site material, brochures, videos, and other informational materials about city government.

Services to the Community

Special Events and Special Event Permitting - The Department of Public Information sponsors or cooperates in planning special events, such as the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, the Springfield Jazz Festival, the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony, the State of the City Address and the Partners in Education "Treasures of the City," event. The Department of Public Information also assists other City departments in planning and executing special events such as ribbon cuttings and dedications, as well as in coordinating their promotion. Public Information also oversees permitting special events in the city of Springfield. 

CityView - Original programming related to city events, news, and issues, streamed online and broadcasts via Mediacom cable and AT&T Uverse; also broadcasts a rotating informational bulletin board.

Frequently Requested Contact Information - An online database of information to assist citizens in their search for city, county and state phone numbers.

News Releases - News releases announcing city events and issues sent to local media help provide information to the public.

Other services include print pieces such as brochures and signage, citizen and employee surveys, and general information assistance.

Citizen Resource Center - One of the department's most visible services, this program helps provide service or address problems by working with citizens, other city departments, and city council members to make citizens aware of action the city may be taking related to the request. Call 417-864-1010 for assistance. 

The SCENE - This award-winning monthly newsletter for employees and retirees of the City of Springfield provides benefit information, features on city employees, and information about city events.

Tours - Schools, businesses, and other interested groups may schedule tours of City Hall, the Busch Municipal Building, and other city facilities by calling 417-864-1010.

Website - The city's official website provides information, applications, forms, and interactive features.

Department Fast Facts

  • Employs about 12 people
  • Has an annual budget of about $800,000