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Posted on: November 14, 2023

Samantha Payne joins City of Springfield as development project facilitator


Payne headshotSamantha Payne has recently taken on the role of development project facilitator at the City of Springfield, effective Nov. 6. In her new capacity, she oversees the progress of various development projects and collaborates directly with developers, designers and contractors to streamline the City's development review process.

The development project facilitator position operates as an extension of the City Manager's Office. Payne brings a wealth of experience to this role, having previously served as the deputy city manager for the City of Ozark. In that capacity, she played a crucial role in facilitating and directing project management across various departments. Notable achievements include managing the Governor's Cost Share grant for the $3.2 million McCracken Bridge Revitalization Project and overseeing Missouri's inaugural Community Forest Program grant from the U.S. Forest Service.

Prior to her deputy city manager role, Payne held positions as the public information officer and parks and recreation director for the City of Ozark. Her academic background includes a master of business administration from William Woods University and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Evangel University.

"I am thrilled to embark on this role as the development project facilitator, an integral extension of the City Manager’s Office. The opportunity to immerse myself in the dynamic world of development projects, collaborating directly with developers, designers, and contractors, fuels my excitement. Together, we will navigate the intricate landscape of the City’s development review process, ensuring efficiency and progress at every turn. Let's build a future that reflects the vision and vibrancy of our community!”

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For more information, please contact Cora Scott at 417-380-3352.

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