Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    Cruise Kearney kickoff event at 6 p.m. Friday

    The Cruise Kearney! kickoff event will be held Friday, May 26 beginning at 6 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at Kearney Street and Melville Avenue, just west of the Kearney and Kansas Expressway intersection in front of Hobby Lobby. Read on...
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    City celebrates Public Works Week with Phil Broyles Complex dedication and release of annual report

    The City is celebrating National Public Works Week May 21-27 with the dedication of the Phil Broyles Complex and release of a Public Works annual report. Read on...
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    David Pennington named 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. 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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    May 15 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. May 15. A written summary and video recording of the meeting are available. Read on...
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    City budget workshops for Fiscal Year 2018 continue Tuesday

    City Council continues budget workshops Tuesday with news of General Fund shortfall, yet strong overall fiscal health. The City’s fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. Revenue projections are made several months in advance. Read on...
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    26th annual Gift of Time luncheon to honor local volunteers June 23

    Nominate a volunteer for a Gift of Time award now through May 31. Read on...
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    Council narrows field to six for open General Seat D

    Scott Bailes, Diana Day, Kent Hyde, Richard Ollis, Jane Sellars and Isabelle Jimenez Walker are the six finalists for the open City Council General Seat D. Read on...
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    Planning firm presents key findings in Kearney Street corridor study at Council Lunch

    At the April 25 City Council Lunch, PGAV Planners presented ideas for the revitalization of Kearney Street. Read on...
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    City releases 2016 year in review report

    The City of Springfield has released an interactive Year in Review report that highlights community activities and accomplishments during 2016. Read on...
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    City shares results of Trash and Recycling Collection Efficiency Study

    The City has concluded the first phases of a Trash and Recycling Collection Efficiency Study that have included an analysis of the current collection system, several methods of public outreach and regional and benchmarking comparison research. Read on...
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    Councilwoman hopes to see classic cars cruise Kearney again

    Zone 1 Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson is hoping to bring classic car cruising back to Kearney Street. Read on...
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    With 25 years of service each, three Springfield police commanders retire

    After 25 years of service to the City of Springfield, three commanders from the Springfield Police Department will retire today. Read on...
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    Week 1 of Project RED Zone a success; Project continues in West Central Saturday

    Firefighters will be out in West Central neighborhood again this weekend, testing smoke alarms and installing new ones if needed. Read on...
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    Ken McClure sworn in as Mayor of Springfield

    New Springfield Mayor Ken McClure took his seat at the dais after being sworn in during a noon City Council meeting in Historic City Hall April 11. Returning Council members Jan Fisk, Craig Hosmer, Phyllis Ferguson and Craig Fishel were also sworn in. Read on...
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    April sales tax revenues down 5% compared to budget

    The City of Springfield's April 2017 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 5% compared to the amount budgeted. 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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    Proposed program could help get panhandlers off the streets and into jobs

    City officials are working on an 8-week program called "Wheels to Work" to offer day jobs and long-term employment opportunities to panhandlers. 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...
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    Public invited to share ideas for the future of Springfield's Hazelwood Cemetery

    The public is invited to help develop a long-term plan for the future of Springfield’s Hazelwood Municipal Cemetery at a public workshop 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. April 11 at the Schweitzer-Brentwood Branch Library Community Room. Read on...
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    Francine Pratt to lead Prosper Springfield

    Passionate leader Francine Pratt will return to Springfield this spring to champion “Prosper Springfield.” Prosper Springfield is a collective-impact-model initiative created to unify the community’s efforts to lift people out of poverty. 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