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Posted on: November 30, 2023

Brendan Griesemer announces retirement


Brendan GriesemerInterim Planning and Development Director Brendan Griesemer has announced plans to retire in mid-January 2024. Griesemer has served the City of Springfield for 27 years in various planning roles. He came to the City as a senior planner in 1996.

“We are grateful for Brendan’s impressive legacy at the City and are especially appreciative of him delaying his retirement to serve as interim planning director until a new director was hired. That shows his commitment to the residents of Springfield,” said City Manager Jason Gage. 

In his nearly three-decade tenure, Griesemer has contributed to both the City organization and the community through his planning work. 

Highlights include:

  • Establishing a coordinated Homeowner Emergency Loan Program (HELP) for emergency home repair in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Council of Churches, Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation, and Catholic Charities of Southern Missouri.
  • Implementing Energy Star standards in the City’s affordable housing programs
  • Establishing Affordable Housing Design Guidelines for City’s Affordable Housing Program which received a Best Practice award by HUD.
  • Creating a Neighborhood Registry program for neighborhoods to be formally recognized by the City of Springfield.
  • Establishing the Springfield Community Land Trust for affordable homeownership and securing a $2.1 million grant to buy foreclosed homes, rehabilitate and place them in the CLT to preserve affordability.
  • Securing $1 million in HUD funding to establish a one-stop-shop affordable housing center (located in the O’Reilly Center for Hope) to assist Springfield citizens with finding affordable housing
  • Creating a neighborhood planning initiative (Neighborhood Assessment Program) by linking dedicated funding to implementation. The program led to the creation of nearly 10 neighborhood organizations and directed over $5 million in public infrastructure projects identified by citizens through this planning process.
  • Developing the city’s neighborhood clean-up program
  • Adopting neighborhood boundary agreements and institutional master plans with partners Drury University and Ozarks Technical Community College
  • Adopting numerous neighborhood plans including Mid-Town, Rountree and West Central.
  • Adopting the new Forward SGF Comprehensive Plan. 

“I have had the privilege and honor to work for the City for 27 years and it’s time to close this chapter as I look forward to writing the next chapter in my career,” Griesemer said. “I am excited about Steve Childers taking over the leadership of the department and am disappointed that I will not have an opportunity to work with him. I wish him and the entire team the best of luck.”

Griesemer is active in the American Planning Association and has held several local and state-wide positions in service to his profession.

In 2022, Griesemer achieved the highest national honor in the planning profession and became only the fourth planner in the State of Missouri to be inducted into the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.   He has previously served in various planning capacities for the City of Nixa, Missouri; the Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri; the City of Shawnee, Kansas; and the Kansas Department of Transportation.  

Griesemer earned a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Kansas, and a bachelor of science in community and regional planning from Missouri State University.

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For more information, contact Cora Scott at 417-380-3352 or [email protected].

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