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Posted on: January 7, 2015

City Clerk announces retirement; assistant to be appointed acting City Clerk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield City Clerk Brenda Cirtin formally announces she will retire in August 2015. She and City Council have agreed upon a transition plan that includes appointing current assistant city clerk Anita Cotter as acting City Clerk, ...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: January 8, 2015

Public Works asks for input on updated design standards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield Public Works is updating the content of the Design Standards, General Conditions and Technical Specifications and Standard Drawing Details for Public Improvements documents, and asks consultants, contractors and other int...

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Download Design Guide documents. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: January 12, 2015

Weekly Calendar for January 12 – January 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Highlights include:

  • City Council Meeting will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 12 at the City Council Chambers, Historic City Hall; 830 N Boonville Ave.
  • Mayor's Commission for Children will meet at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 13 at M...
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Weekly Calendar 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: January 12, 2015

Volunteers needed for local boards and commissions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield is currently taking applications for a variety of boards and commissions. Current openings include:

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Download volunteer packet. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: January 13, 2015

Brett Foster to join City of Springfield as principal engineer for construction inspection

Brett A. Foster, P.E., will join the City of Springfield Jan. 26 as principal engineer for construction inspection. Foster’s responsibilities will include working with consultants, property owners, developers and contractors to provide plan review and con...

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Download Foster head shot. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: January 20, 2015

Filing closes for City Council seats

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Filing closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday for those interested in running for a City Council seat or for Springfield mayor. Five of nine council seats are on the ballot. The following seats are up for election:

  • Mayor (currently occupied by Bob ...
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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2015

Business, marketing, IT skills in greatest demand locally over next 5-10 years, according to survey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nearly 300 local workforce professionals attended the first MOmentum 2015: State of the Workforce Luncheon, hosted Jan. 22 by the local Workforce Investment Board and the Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region. In addition to discussing...

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Download the Executive Summary. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2015

REMINDER: Birthplace of Route 66 Festival news conference today at 2 p.m. at the Gillioz Theatre

MEDIA ALERT WHO: The City of Springfield and Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partners WHAT: Announcement of the featured attractions of the 2015 festival.

WHEN: 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 9.

WHERE: Historic Gillioz Theatre.

WHY: The annual Birthplace of Route 66 F...

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View the invitation. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: January 26, 2015

Today's Route 66 Festival news conference postponed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In light of the news regarding the shooting of a Springfield police officer, the news conference scheduled at 10 a.m. at the Gillioz Theatre will be postponed. We regret any inconvenience and will send out a new date once it is estab...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: January 27, 2015

Springfield-Greene Co. 911 Emergency Communications fields 490,143 total calls in 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In 2014, the Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications department averaged more than 20,500 9-1-1 calls per month with nearly 80% from mobile devices, says Director Zim Schwartze. The Springfield-Greene County 911 teleco...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 3, 2015

City, County leaders update Council and Commission on urgent stormwater issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter dove right into urgent stormwater management issues at a joint meeting of Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission. The update follows a sobering...

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View the Task Force's report. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 4, 2015

Tickets now on sale for Playin' & Prayin' for 1641 benefit concert for injured police officer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 27 Prayin' & Prayin' for 1641 benefit concert at the Gillioz Theatre to benefit Officer Aaron Pearson and his family with their long-term expenses. Officer Pearson was shot in the line of duty...

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Purchase tickets from the Gillioz Web site. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 4, 2015

Newly created Springfield Homeless Court Program offers fresh start

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The path out of homelessness is a complicated one, often met with many obstacles. A new program created by Springfield Municipal Court, the Springfield Police Department, the City Prosecutor’s Office, Legal Services of Southwest Miss...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2015

Weekly Calendar for February 9 – February 13

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Highlights include:

  • City Council Meeting will meet at 6:30 p.m., Monday, February 9 at the City Council Chambers, Historic City Hall; 830 N Boonville Ave
  • Mayor's Commission for Children Meeting on will meet at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, Febru...
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Weekly Calendar 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2015

Mark your calendar for fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Aug. 14-16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Join us in downtown Springfield Aug. 14-16 for the fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. This year's festival promises to be the best yet with an expanded two-day car show and new events such as a parade, a motorcycle show an...

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Visit Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Web site. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2015

Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Seifried resigns Council; plans move to Branson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mayor Pro Tem and Zone 1 Councilman Jeff Seifried resigned during Monday night’s City Council meeting, citing a job opportunity outside of Springfield. He praised his fellow colleagues of City Council, City staff, including City Cler...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 10, 2015

Reverse vendor fair to offer businesses access to multiple public agencies in one location

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Missouri Association of Public Purchasing (MAPP) will host a "reverse vendor fair" and two workshops in conjunction with its annual state conference Thursday, May 14 at University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center. Ve...

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Download registration form. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 10, 2015

Monthly sales tax revenue down

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield's February one-percent general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 5.7% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in January from transactions m...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 17, 2015

City Council determines timeline to fill Zone 1 vacancy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City Council adopted a proposed timeline from City Manager Greg Burris outlining the deadlines for steps to refill the Zone 1 City Council seat vacated by Jeff Seifried. Seifried resigned to accept a job in Branson. • Feb. 23: Vacanc...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 18, 2015

Mayor's Commission on Human Rights meeting cancelled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Mayor's Commission on Human Rights meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. today at the Busch Municipal Building has been cancelled. # # #

2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 23, 2015

Application process to fill Zone 1 Council seat opens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Qualified citizens interested in filling the Zone 1 City Council seat recently vacated by Jeff Seifried may apply at the link below or pick up an application from the City Clerk’s office in the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville...

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Apply for the Zone 1 seat 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: February 27, 2015

UPDATE: Rally to support Officer Aaron Pearson moved to the Historic Fox Theatre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Please join the City of Springfield for a rally in support of Officer Aaron Pearson at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Fox Theatre on Park Central Square. The event will include a welcome by Mayor Bob Stephens; prayer and short service by ...

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Purchase tickets from the Gillioz Web site. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2015

MoDOT engineer to speak at City Council Lunch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Becky Baltz, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) southwest district engineer, will speak to Springfield City Council at noon, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 in the Busch Municipal Building, 840 N. Boonville. Baltz will provide info...

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MO 325 map 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2015

Public Hearing for Menards West Zoning and Plat Rescheduled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The zoning case and preliminary plat for the Menards West project (3705 W. Sunshine Street) will be tabled at the Planning & Zoning Commission meeting Thursday, March 5. The applicant has requested the tabling. The public hearing...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2015

Landmarks Board meeting cancelled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Due to inclement weather, the Landmarks Board meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Historic City Hall is canceled. All agenda items will be forwarded to the next meeting in two weeks on Wednesday, March 18. For more information, contact C...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 4, 2015

Public Works crews at work on slick roadways

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield Public Works road crews are at work Wednesday night clearing a light dusting of snow from area roadways. Main arterial routes are currently slick, with center turn lanes and intersection turn lanes covered. A 12-person cr...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 6, 2015

No building inspections March 27; inspectors to attend disaster training

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Commercial and residential building inspections will not be available from the City’s Building Development Services Friday, March 27 because the department’s inspectors will be participating in training led by the Missouri State Emer...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 6, 2015

Bill to repeal pit bull ordinance removed from Monday’s City Council agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE At the request of Councilman Craig Fishel, Mayor Robert Stephens has agreed to postpone the first reading of Council Bill No. 2015-056. The bill, sponsored by Councilman Doug Burlison, would repeal the ordinance outlining regulations...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 11, 2015

City of Springfield thanks Convoy of Hope for delivering water to mobile-home park residents

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield-based Convoy of Hope delivered much-needed water this morning to a mobile home park in northeast Springfield where more than 30 families have been without access to running water since Monday. 

The City of Springf...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 12, 2015

Stationary bike offers exercise, stress relief for Springfield-Greene County 911 telecommunicators

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Studies have shown that 911 telecommunicators have one of the most stressful jobs in the U.S. From long hours and increasing call volumes to fielding calls from distraught citizens, most agree that while the job is rewarding, it can ...

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View photo of Cinnamon Fuller on the bike. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 13, 2015

Public Works to rotate the Tumbler on Park Central Square Tuesday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE If we can’t see the Tumbler’s shadow after its spring rotation next week, does that mean we won’t have six more weeks of winter? Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey isn’t sure, but he encourages interested citizens to come down to P...

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View a video about the Tumbler. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 17, 2015

Application deadline for Zone 1 Council Seat March 27

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Qualified citizens interested in filling the Zone 1 City Council seat vacated by Jeff Seifried may apply at the link below or pick up an application from the City Clerk’s office in the Busch Municipal Building, 840 Boonville. Timelin...

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Apply for the Zone 1 seat 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 24, 2015

Media Tour of Heer's Luxury Living

What: Media Tour of Heer’s Luxury Living When: 10 a.m., Thursday, April 2, 2015 (please arrive 20 minutes prior to sign a liability waiver) Where: 138 Park Central Square West For more information, contact Zachary Nichols at the Dalmark Development Group:...

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Download Media Tour Invitation 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 27, 2015

City Council receives arbitrator’s recommendations for police union

The City of Springfield is one step away from arriving at a mutually agreeable collective bargaining agreement with the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 22, after a meeting on Friday, March 27, 2015. Cou...

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View arbitrator's recommendations. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2015

Citizen-led Environmental Priorities Task Force to present findings Tuesday

MEDIA ALERT Representatives from a 31-member citizen task force will present the group’s findings to City Council and the Greene County Commission at noon, Tuesday, March 31 at the Public Safety Center, 330 W. Scott Street. The Springfield-Greene County E...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 30, 2015

Five apply for Zone 1 City Council Seat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Five citizens have applied for the Zone 1 City Council position vacated by Jeff Seifried earlier this year. The deadline to apply was March 27. City Council will review applications the week of April 13 and select finalists to do in-...

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View candidates' applications. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2015

City Council to vote on union contract

MEDIA ALERT Springfield City Council will vote on a collective bargaining agreement with the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 22 (police union) at a special council meeting at noon, March 31, 2015 at the...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: March 31, 2015

City Council approves collective bargaining agreement with police union

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield City Council voted to approve a collective bargaining agreement with the Springfield Police Officers’ Association (SPOA), Fraternal Order of the Police Lodge 22 (police union) at a special council meeting at noon, March 3...

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Download the full collective bargaining agreement. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 2, 2015

Martin Gugel selected as Springfield Public Works Assistant Director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Martin Gugel, P.E., has been selected as the new Public Works Assistant Director, effective April 5. He replaces Jonathan Gano, who moved to Des Moines last year. Gugel will oversee traffic, transportation management, internal servic...

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Download Gugel portrait. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 2, 2015

Arbor Day poster contest winner to be honored with tree-dedication ceremony tomorrow

MEDIA ALERT Cowden Elementary fifth-grader Marion Deweerd will be honored with a tree-dedication ceremony for her city-wide and state of Missouri award-winning Arbor Day poster at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 3 at Cowden Elementary School, 2927 S. Kimbrough Av...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 7, 2015

Public hearing for Menards zoning case and preliminary plat set for April 9

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The zoning case and 39-acre preliminary plat for a Menards home improvement store at the corner of Zimmer Avenue and West Sunshine Street will come before the Planning & Zoning Commission at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 9 in Counci...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2015

Jail policy to be discussed at City-County staff meeting Tuesday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City of Springfield and Greene County staff will discuss Sheriff Jim Arnott's recent decision to stop taking prisoners booked on municipal-only charges, at tomorrow's regularly scheduled City-County Staff Meeting. The meeting will ta...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 7, 2015

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival concert to feature Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Gillioz Theatre and Dwight Glenn Productions are proud to present the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with special guests Pure Prairie League on Friday, Aug. 14 at the Gillioz Theatre. Reserved seating tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. this F...

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Visit Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Web site. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 7, 2015

Monthly sales tax revenue down

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield's April 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 7% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in March from transactions made primarily in...

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View chart. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 7, 2015

Springfield to celebrate 30 years as a Tree City USA with 30 tree plantings April 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield will mark its 30th year as a Tree City USA with 30 tree plantings throughout the day and an Arbor Day celebration on Park Central Square at 4:30 p.m. April 10, which will feature the 30th and final tree-planti...

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Download "Building with Trees" PowerPoint. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 10, 2015

Bid outgoing City Council members farewell at reception Monday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Please join the City of Springfield 4:30-6:15 p.m., Monday April 13 in the lobby of the Busch Municipal Building for a reception honoring the public service of City Council members Doug Burlison, Mike Carroll, Jerry Compton, Cindy Ru...

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Join the Facebook event. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 13, 2015

Four new City Council members to start Monday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A special reception honoring the service of five outgoing City Council members will begin at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 13 (today) in the Busch Municipal Building. The public is invited to attend. Four new members will be sworn in later...

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Join the Facebook event. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 13, 2015

City, County leaders to update Council and Commission on urgent law enforcement issues Tuesday

MEDIA ALERT City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter will update City Council and the Greene County Commission about urgent law enforcement and criminal justice system issues at a noon meeting Tuesday, April 14 at the Public ...

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View the Task Force's report. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 14, 2015

City, County leaders update Council and Commission on urgent law enforcement issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter updated City Council and the Greene County Commission about urgent law enforcement and criminal justice system issues at a noon meeting today at the Public Safety...

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View the Task Force's report. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 15, 2015

Take time to thank a 911 telecommunicator this week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12-18 is set aside in Springfield and across the nation as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week to recognize the outstanding service of 911 dispatchers. The Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications depar...

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Visit 911's Web site. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 16, 2015

New City Council to interview candidates for Zone 1 on Tuesday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The 2015 Springfield City Council will interview the five applicants for the Zone 1 seat at its Council Lunch meeting at noon, April 21 at the Busch Municipal Building. Zone 1 is located in the northwest quadrant of the City of Sprin...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 17, 2015

Firm issues audit findings for City’s purchasing card program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A certified accounting firm selected to perform the City of Springfield’s internal audit functions, has completed its first audit: a look at the City’s purchasing card (P-card) program. RubinBrown, Certified Accountants and & Bus...

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Purchasing Card Audit Report 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2015

City Council Zone 1 candidate interview schedule

MEDIA ALERT City Council will interview the five applicants for the Zone 1 seat at its Council Lunch meeting at April 21 at the Busch Municipal Building. The interview schedule is:

• 11:50 a.m.-noon: Brent Esch

• Noon-12:10 p.m.: Joseph Ho...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2015

Gift of Time nominations now open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Every day across the Ozarks, hundreds of volunteers lend their time to nonprofit, public and human-service organizations. Since 1991, the Gift of Time Awards Luncheon has recognized volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to mak...

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View the Gift of Time Web site and nomination form 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 21, 2015

Phyllis Ferguson selected to Zone 1 Council Seat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phyllis Ferguson was selected as the new Zone 1 Councilperson at a special Council meeting April 21. Phyllis is chief operating officer and treasurer for Mexican Villa Food Products, Inc. and has previously worked for Mercy and Heer’...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 23, 2015

Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee announces application process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee, a committee appointed by City Council to manage the grant award process for the returned tax proceeds from Wonders of Wildlife (WOW), will host a mandatory question and answer session at 4:...

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View the application criteria. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2015

Dedication for Fassnight Creek Greenway and Stormwater Project Thursday at 11 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Please join the City of Springfield, Ozark Greenways Inc., the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and Greene County at 11 a.m., Thursday April 30 for the dedication and ribbon cutting for the Fassnight Creek Greenway and Stormwate...

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View invitation. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 14, 2015

City, County leaders update Council and Commission on urgent law enforcement issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City Manager Greg Burris and Greene County Administrator Chris Coulter updated City Council and the Greene County Commission about urgent law enforcement and criminal justice system issues at a noon meeting today at the Public Safety...

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View the Task Force's report. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 15, 2015

Take time to thank a 911 telecommunicator this week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12-18 is set aside in Springfield and across the nation as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week to recognize the outstanding service of 911 dispatchers. The Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications depar...

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Visit 911's Web site. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 16, 2015

New City Council to interview candidates for Zone 1 on Tuesday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The 2015 Springfield City Council will interview the five applicants for the Zone 1 seat at its Council Lunch meeting at noon, April 21 at the Busch Municipal Building. Zone 1 is located in the northwest quadrant of the City of Sprin...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 17, 2015

Firm issues audit findings for City’s purchasing card program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A certified accounting firm selected to perform the City of Springfield’s internal audit functions, has completed its first audit: a look at the City’s purchasing card (P-card) program. RubinBrown, Certified Accountants and & Bus...

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Purchasing Card Audit Report 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2015

City Council Zone 1 candidate interview schedule

MEDIA ALERT City Council will interview the five applicants for the Zone 1 seat at its Council Lunch meeting at April 21 at the Busch Municipal Building. The interview schedule is:

• 11:50 a.m.-noon: Brent Esch

• Noon-12:10 p.m.: Joseph Ho...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 20, 2015

Gift of Time nominations now open

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Every day across the Ozarks, hundreds of volunteers lend their time to nonprofit, public and human-service organizations. Since 1991, the Gift of Time Awards Luncheon has recognized volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to mak...

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View the Gift of Time Web site and nomination form 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 21, 2015

Phyllis Ferguson selected to Zone 1 Council Seat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phyllis Ferguson was selected as the new Zone 1 Councilperson at a special Council meeting April 21. Phyllis is chief operating officer and treasurer for Mexican Villa Food Products, Inc. and has previously worked for Mercy and Heer’...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 23, 2015

Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee announces application process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Hotel/Motel Tax Reallocation Committee, a committee appointed by City Council to manage the grant award process for the returned tax proceeds from Wonders of Wildlife (WOW), will host a mandatory question and answer session at 4:...

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View the application criteria. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2015

Dedication for Fassnight Creek Greenway and Stormwater Project Thursday at 11 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Please join the City of Springfield, Ozark Greenways Inc., the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and Greene County at 11 a.m., Thursday April 30 for the dedication and ribbon cutting for the Fassnight Creek Greenway and Stormwate...

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View invitation. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 12, 2015

City’s budget highlights: Public safety, environmental stewardship and employee pay

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City Council began budget discussions Tuesday at a lunch workshop facilitated by Finance Director Mary Mannix Decker. The workshop follows City Manager Greg Burris submitting the fiscal year 2016 City of Springfield Budget to City Co...

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View 2015-2016 Proposed Budget. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 30, 2015

Municipal Court, SMBA and partners to host seminar featuring founder of first homeless court program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield and partners Legal Services of Southern Missouri, Drury Enactus, The Kitchen Inc., Burrell Behavioral Health, I Pour Life, Missouri Career Center-Ozark Region and Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation will h...

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View flyer. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: April 30, 2015

City of Springfield, community partners to host 9 events in May to listen to neighborhood concerns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Community leaders will be “all ears” at a series of nine meetings in Springfield neighborhoods starting Monday. “We have studied multi-year trends in our community, and in your neighborhood, and while there have been tremendous strid...

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View Community Listen flyer and meeting schedule. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 1, 2015

1,000 runners expected in downtown Springfield Sunday morning for run

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE About 1,000 participants are expected for the Missouri State University ROTC third annual Springfield Urban Warrior Challenge 12K beginning at 8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 3 in downtown Springfield. Off-duty Springfield Police Department o...

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View the course map. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2015

Series of neighborhood meetings starts tonight at 6 p.m. at Bissett Elementary School

MEDIA ALERT Community leaders will be “all ears” at a series of nine meetings in Springfield neighborhoods starting tonight at 6 p.m. at Bissett Elementary School, 3014 W. Calhoun. Food and childcare will be provided for those who wish to attend. The meet...

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View Community Listen flyer and meeting schedule. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2015

Be part of the Route 66 SGF legacy by participating in Give Ozarks tomorrow

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nearly 150 nonprofit agencies will participate in the region’s first-ever 24-hour online giving day during the Community Foundation of the Ozarks' Give Ozarks event May 5. The City of Springfield, with its Birthplace of Route 66 Road...

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Donate to Route 66 Roadside Park fund. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2015

City to issue $41 million of bonds for sewer system improvements May 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield plans to issue approximately $41 million of bonds for sewer system improvements, which have been rated Aa2 by Moody’s Investor’s Service. Moody’s also affirmed the Aa1rating on the City’s outstanding general o...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 5, 2015

Two-part dedication for new Link crossings, HAWK signal Friday at 3 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Please join the City of Springfield, Ozark Greenways Inc. and Ozarks Technical Community College at 3 p.m. Friday, May 8 for a two-part dedication and ribbon cutting for the The Link crossings at Sunset Street (which includes the Hig...

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View invitation. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 8, 2015

No jail space for municipal prisoners leaves offenders on the streets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The jail capacity issue at the consolidated county-municipal justice center has now reached a critical point for the City of Springfield, according to City officials. Sheriff Jim Arnott announced he would stop accepting municipal inm...

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View the Task Force's report. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 8, 2015

May sales tax revenue down 4% compared to budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield's May 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 4% compared to what was budgeted, however, receipts are still strong on a year-to-date basis, according to City Finance Director...

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View Sales Tax Charts 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 11, 2015

Neighbors in Tom Watkins, West Central and Woodland Heights to share concerns this week

MEDIA ALERT Community leaders will listen to the concerns of residents of the Tom Watkins, West Central and Woodland Heights neighborhoods this week. • Tom Watkins: 5 p.m. tonight, Williams Elementary, 2205 W. Kearney.

• West Central: 5:30 p.m., M...

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View Community Listen flyer and meeting schedule. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 12, 2015

City mobile app GoSpringfieldMO now available for download

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield has launched its first mobile app, GoSpringfieldMO. The app is available for free download via iTunes (for Apple devices) and the Google Play store (for Android devices) by searching “GoSpringfieldMO.” App use...

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View GoSpringfieldMO video. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 14, 2015

Gift of Time nomination deadline Sunday at 5 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Every day across the Ozarks, hundreds of volunteers lend their time to nonprofit, public and human-service organizations. Since 1991, the Gift of Time Awards Luncheon has recognized volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to mak...

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View the Gift of Time Web site and nomination form 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 14, 2015

Anita Cotter named Springfield City Clerk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Acting City Clerk Anita Cotter has been appointed by Springfield City Council as the new City Clerk. She has served as Assistant City Clerk since 1996 and replaces Brenda Cirtin, who transitioned to City Clerk Emeritus in March. Cirt...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2015

Neighbors in Midtown, Grant Beach and Heart of the Westside to share concerns this week

MEDIA ALERT Community leaders will listen to the concerns of residents of the Midtown, Grant Beach and Heart of the Westside neighborhoods this week. Results from the six previous meetings are available at springfieldmo.gov/communitylisten. • Midtown: 7 p...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2015

BDS asks building and development community to review proposed amendments to adopted building codes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield’s Building Development Services department has prepared a series of proposed amendments to the building codes that were adopted by the City in 2012. The draft language of these proposed changes can be found at...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2015

Gift of Time nomination deadline extended to Thursday at midnight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Every day across the Ozarks, hundreds of volunteers lend their time to nonprofit, public and human-service organizations. Since 1991, the Gift of Time Awards Luncheon has recognized volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to mak...

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View the Gift of Time Web site and nomination form 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 22, 2015

Budget Discussions to continue Tuesday, May 26

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City Council will have a budget workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 in the Fire Department 1st floor conference room in Historic City Hall. The meeting is open to the public, however, this meeting is not a public hearing. The publi...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 27, 2015

Municipal Court Chief Judge Todd Thornhill selected for Missouri Supreme Court working group

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Supreme Court of Missouri May 14 announced the formation of the Supreme Court Municipal Division Work Group, which it has charged with reviewing all matters relevant to practice in the municipal divisions throughout the state, wi...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: May 28, 2015

International Institute of Municipal Clerks recognizes Brenda Cirtin with Honorary Membership award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The International Institute of Municipal Clerks recognized City Clerk Emeritus Brenda Cirtin with its Honorary Membership award on May 18 at its annual conference in Hartford, Connecticut. This class of membership is reserved for per...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: June 4, 2015

City staff recommends group home ordinance be tabled

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City staff are recommending that the Planning & Zoning Commission table group home text amendments and the reasonable accommodation text amendment at tonight's meeting. If the Commission decides to table, it will likely be brough...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: June 4, 2015

American Legion post to host traveling Vietnam memorial wall in July

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Everyone should have an opportunity to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, but most Americans, especially those living outside of the Washington, D.C., area may never get the opportunity. Thanks to the American Legion Post 639, a...

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Visit the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Web site 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2015

Great Race to make first overnight pit stop in Springfield June 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE If Dad is a car buff, he can catch a glimpse of some amazing autos as the Hemmings Motor News Great Race, presented by Hagerty, makes its first overnight pit stop in Springfield, the Birthplace of Route 66, on June 20. The opening ce...

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Visit the Great Race's Web site. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: June 8, 2015

June sales tax revenue up 3% compared to budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield's June 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 3% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in May from transactions made primarily in Apri...

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View Sales Tax Charts 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: June 9, 2015

911 director to participate in Special Olympics torch relay through eight states to World Games

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications Director Zim Schwartze is an avid runner and fitness aficionado. But running with an Olympic torch through eight of the United States next week will be a first for her. Schwartze...

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Visit www.unifiedrelay.org for more information. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: June 15, 2015

Celebrate National Home Ownership Month by touring Community Land Trust home

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA previous version of this release included information about touring a Habitat for Humanity home in Legacy Pines. While Habitat for Humanity will still be part of this event, the tour of the home has been canceled. The City of Sprin...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: June 11, 2015

Several community events downtown Saturday, June 20

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Downtown Springfield is the place to be on Saturday, June 20, with a wide variety of community events for all ages. Greater Ozarks Pridefest

• Walk: 11 a.m.-noon, Boonville Avenue from Chestnut Expressway to the Square).

• Festival: No...

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Posted on: June 15, 2015

Gift of Time awards luncheon tomorrow at Ramada Oasis Convention Center

MEDIA ALERT The City of Springfield and Council of Churches of the Ozarks will host the annual Gift of Time Awards luncheon noon-1 p.m. tomorrow at the Ramada Inn Oasis Convention Center, 2456 N. Glenstone. The Gift of Time Awards has the distinction of b...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: June 16, 2015

24th annual Gift of Time Awards Luncheon honors 37, awards 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ten local citizens were honored by the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and City of Springfield as the Volunteers of the Year at the annual Gift of Time Awards Luncheon today at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center. Nominated by vario...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: June 19, 2015

Great Race festivities to begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday

MEDIA ALERT The first day of the Hemmings Motor News Great Race along historic Route 66 will kick off in Kirkwood tomorrow and will wind up in Springfield Saturday afternoon. The Great Race will feature more than 100 classic cars competing on their way to...

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Visit the Great Race's Web site. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 2, 2015

American Airlines brings Springfield non-stop service to Charlotte, North Carolina

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE American Airlines begins new, non-stop service between Springfield and Charlotte-Douglas International Airport beginning Nov. 5. Tickets go on sale July 5. This new service gives the Springfield airport 11 non-stop destinations. The ...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 6, 2015

Springfield Homeless Court Program's first success stories to graduate tomorrow evening

MEDIA ALERT The path out of homelessness is a complicated one, often met with many obstacles. A program created by Springfield Municipal Court, the Springfield Police Department, the City Prosecutor’s Office, Legal Services of Southwest Missouri and commu...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 9, 2015

Mayor: future for Springfield continues to be bright

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More than 300 attendees gathered to hear Mayor Bob Stephens share his views this morning about the state of Springfield during the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield! at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and E...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 7, 2015

City staff to ask P&Z Commission, Council for more time regarding group home ordinance

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City staff are recommending to the Planning & Zoning Commission to table the group home text amendments and the reasonable accommodation text amendment at Thursday’s meeting. If the commission grants the request, the amendments w...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 7, 2015

July sales tax revenue up 9% compared to budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield's July 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 9% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in June from transactions made primarily in May...

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View Sales Tax Chart 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 8, 2015

Mayor's State of the City address tomorrow at 7:30 a.m. at e-Plex

MEDIA ALERT Mayor Bob Stephens will share his views about the state of Springfield during the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield! at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds and Event Center (e-Plex) tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. Those wh...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 10, 2015

MEDIA ALERT: Mayor to host news conference at 2 p.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens, along with other Greene County municipal officials, will hold a news conference at Friday, July 10, 2015, in the Busch Municipal Building lobby to discuss the situation with the City-County consolidate...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 13, 2015

Full lineup of Birthplace of Route 66 Festival events announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Please mark your calendar to celebrate all things Route 66 Aug. 14-16 at the fifth annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield. This year's festival promises to be the best yet! Events will include a Route 66 parad...

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Visit Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Web site. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 13, 2015

Joint City-County Task Force to present 6-month update tomorrow

MEDIA ALERT Members of the Joint City-County Planning Task Force will present a six-month update to Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission at noon tomorrow (Tuesday, July 14) in the Busch Municipal Building fourth-floor conference room....

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 13, 2015

MEDIA ALERT: City-County Study Session to take place at noon, Tuesday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Another look at the justice system is on tap tomorrow, noon, as members of the Joint City-County Planning Task Force present a six-month update to Springfield City Council and the Greene County Commission. The study session will take...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 14, 2015

Judge Becky Borthwick appointed to Missouri Supreme Court municipal judge education committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE According to Missouri Supreme Court Justice Patricia Breckenridge, Springfield Municipal Court Judge Becky Borthwick was appointed on July 8 to the 13-member Missouri Supreme Court’s Municipal Judge Education Committee for a term end...

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Download photo of Judge Borthwick. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 14, 2015

City confirms petition seeking judgment on sheriff's contractual requirement regarding jail

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield confirms filing a petition today in Greene County Circuit Court seeking a declaratory judgment on Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott’s contractual requirement to accept municipal prisoners. Other counts include ...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2015

City to transition to new phone system tomorrow; brief outages may occur in morning hours

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Beginning at 6 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, July 21) the City of Springfield with will begin a transition to a new phone system. The move is expected to be completed by 9 a.m. During this time, there may be some brief phone outages when c...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 24, 2015

Nuisance properties bill to help City improve housing conditions

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City Council at its Monday night meeting will hear a second reading and vote on a bill that City staff think is the next step in addressing chronic nuisance properties in Springfield. At a series of nine listening meetings in Springf...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 28, 2015

Council Lunch at 11:30 a.m. today at Transportation Management Center

MEDIA ALERT Please note that the City Council lunch meeting will take place at 11:30 a.m. today at the Transportation Management Center, 1107 W. Chestnut Expressway.

2015 City News Releases
Posted on: July 30, 2015

One of Springfield’s first female police officers to retire from the City after 41 years

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ever since the first police departments in the U.S. were formed in the mid-19th century, policing has been viewed by most as a traditionally male career path. In 1970, only about 2 percent of all police officers in the United States ...

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Download high-res mounted officer photo. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: August 7, 2015

August sales tax revenue up 11% compared to budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield's August 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 11% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in July from transactions made primarily in ...

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View Sales Tax Chart 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: August 11, 2015

Heer's Luxury Living hosts grand-opening celebration, announces ground-floor tenant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESent on behalf of Heer's Luxury Living LLC Heer’s Luxury Living, LLC (138 Park Central Square announced its grand opening of 80 units of luxury rental housing and 18,000 square feet of commercial space in downtown Springfield. The rib...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: August 11, 2015

Historic week for downtown Springfield to culminate with Route 66 Festival this weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The second week of August 2015 is already proving to be a banner week for the economic revitalization of downtown Springfield. With the grand opening celebration for the Heer’s building, another grand opening celebration on Thursday ...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: August 13, 2015

Route 66 Festival to include memorabilia and musings with Mother Road aficionados at Old Glass Place

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A gathering of authors, artists, collectors and associations affiliated with Route 66 will be at the Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 15 and Sunday, Aug. 16. These folks will have displays with informa...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: August 13, 2015

23,000 pack downtown for Birthplace of Route 66 Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Approximately 23,000 people visited downtown Springfield Aug. 14-16 for the 5th Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, presented by KY3/KSPR/CW and Aaron Sachs & Associates. City of Springfield Director of Public Information &am...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: August 13, 2015

Route 66 Parade: tips for navigating through Springfield Friday evening

MEDIA ALERTAttention motorists: Expect delays at locations intersecting with St. Louis Street between Glenstone and Campbell Friday evening from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Parade. The parade kicks off at St. Louis and Glenstone at...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: August 14, 2015

City staff, neighborhood to build Route 66 pop-up plaza tonight at College and Broadway

MEDIA ALERT Route 66 Festival attendees are invited to come out to the corner of College Street and Broadway Avenue at 7 p.m. tonight to see what the new Route 66 streetscape will look like when it's built. The City of Springfield's Public Works and Plann...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: August 14, 2015

City responds to Sheriff's Counterclaim

MEDIA ALERT We have received a notice of the Sheriff's counterclaim and news release. Due to ongoing litigation, we are unable to comment further at this time. ###

2015 City News Releases
Posted on: August 21, 2015

Enhancement of Springfield’s indecent exposure ordinance to come before Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A proposal to enhance the city’s indecent exposure ordinance is scheduled for a first reading at the regular City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 24. Councilman Justin Burnett asked the City’s law department to draft langu...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: August 25, 2015

CreAsian restaurant to donate half of Sept. 9 gross sales to Springfield Police and Fire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CreAsian restaurant, at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Campbell in Springfield, will again donate half of its gross sales Wednesday, Sept. 9, to the City's Police and Fire departments. Last year's donation netted nearly $1,200 ...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: September 10, 2015

Planning & Zoning Commission meeting moved to Historic City Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield Planning and Zoning Commission meeting has been moved to City Council Chambers in Historic City Hall. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. # # # For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Informa...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: September 14, 2015

Public Works to rotate the Tumbler on Park Central Square Tuesday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The changing of the seasons signals a new look for a downtown Springfield landmark. Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey encourages citizens to come down to Park Central Square at 7:30 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15 to watch a Public Works ...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: September 15, 2015

Mayor Bob Stephens to host news conference tomorrow at 1:30 at the Busch Municipal Building

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mayor Bob Stephens will host a news conference at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 16 in the Busch Municipal Building's main lobby, 840 N. Boonville. He will announce a planned response to a pressing issue in the Springfield community. # ...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: September 15, 2015

September sales tax revenue up 1% compared to budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield's September 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 1% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in August from transactions made primarily...

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View Sales Tax Chart. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: September 16, 2015

Collaborative to host inaugural EmployAbility Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The EmployAbility Collaborative, in partnership with the Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, will host the inaugural EmployAbility Summit Thursday, Oct. 22, at The Old Glass Place, 521 E. St. Louis. Beginning at 10 a.m., the su...

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View Disabillity Employment Fact Sheet. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: September 16, 2015

Mayor Stephens announces formation of task force on crisis sheltering

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mayor Bob Stephens announced Wednesday, Sept. 16, the formation of a task force on crisis sheltering. Describing the numbers of people in need of immediate shelter, as “mind boggling,” Stephens said the lack of crisis shelter facilit...

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List of Area Crisis Shelters 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: September 22, 2015

MEDIA ALERT: Nearly 100 partner organizations join City's "Zone Blitz!"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE About 175 individuals representing 95 organizations have joined the City of Springfield in a "Zone Blitz!" to follow last May's "Community Listening" initiative, which focused on addressing issues in City Council ...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: September 22, 2015

City to receive federal grant to help hire 11 additional police officers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield was notified Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice that the City will receive funds to assist with the hiring of 11 additional officer positions under the 2015 COPS Hiring Program (CHP). The estimated total...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: September 23, 2015

'Zone blitz' to address concerns shared in May’s listening meetings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE At a series of nine “listening” meetings in Springfield’s northwest neighborhoods in May, City and community leaders heard neighbors’ concerns. Now, it’s time for action. About 175 individuals representing nearly 100 organizations ga...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: September 29, 2015

Assistant City Attorney Sarah Kerner named interim Economic Development director

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Assistant City Attorney III Sarah Kerner will join the City of Springfield’s Planning and Development department as interim Economic Development director effective Oct. 4. While serving in her new position, Kerner will retain her job...

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Download Kerner head shot. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: September 29, 2015

Third-graders to discover 'Treasures of the City' Tuesday, Oct. 6

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Third-grade students and their families will tour the City's Government Plaza while they treasure-hunt for knowledge of municipal government at the 26th annual "Treasures of the City" Partners in Education event, hosted by ...

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View video of 2013's Treasures of the City even 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: October 5, 2015

Thursday's Planning & Zoning Commission meeting moved to Historic City Hall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield's Oct. 8 Planning and Zoning Commission meeting has been moved to City Council Chambers on the third floor of Historic City Hall, 830 Boonville. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. # # # For more information, cont...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: October 6, 2015

MEDIA ALERT: SGF third-graders to discover 'Treasures of the City' tonight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Third-grade students and their families will tour the City's Government Plaza while they treasure-hunt for knowledge of municipal government tonight at the 26th annual "Treasures of the City" Partners in Education event, ho...

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View video of 2013's Treasures of the City even 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: October 9, 2015

October sales tax revenue up 5% compared to budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield's October 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 5% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in September from transactions made primaril...

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View Sales Tax Chart. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: October 13, 2015

Springfield designated bronze Walk Friendly Community by Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has designated Springfield a bronze Walk Friendly Community for its walkability initiatives and programs. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: October 14, 2015

Ozarks workforce leaders to conduct second annual regional survey

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board, in partnership with the Missouri Job Center and various chambers of commerce, is releasing the second annual State of the Workforce Survey to identify the issues, challenges and trends fa...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: October 26, 2015

City development review and inspection staff to gather for meeting Friday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Those needing to access City of Springfield development review and inspection services may experience slight delays Friday, Oct. 30 as the team convenes to review development practices and procedures. All services will resume normal ...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: October 30, 2015

Keep little ghosts and goblins safe on Halloween night

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE While Halloween is a favorite holiday for most families with young children, it does pose several safety risks. Children younger than 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult while trick-or-treating. Older children s...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: October 30, 2015

Mayor Bob Stephens to host news conference at 1:30 p.m.

MEDIA ALERT Mayor Bob Stephens will host a news conference at 1:30 p.m. today in City Council Chambers on the third floor of Historic City Hall, 830 Boonville. Immediately following the news conference, the mayor will be available for one-on-one interview...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: November 2, 2015

Five City Councilmembers issue statement

PUBLIC STATEMENT TO THE CITIZENS OF SPRINGFIELD ISSUED ON BEHALF OF: Mayor Pro Tem Ken McClure; Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson; Councilman Craig Fishel; Councilwoman Jan Fisk; Councilman Mike Schilling As elected officials representing the city, the role o...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: November 3, 2015

MEDIA ALERT: Projects for 1/4-cent and 1/8-cent sales tax renewal to go to Council today at noon

Public Works will present a list of proposed construction projects and city-wide improvement programs to be funded through the upcoming 2016 1/4-cent Capital Improvements and 1/8-cent Transportation sales tax renewals at City Council Lunch today at noon i...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: November 3, 2015

Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade to include skydivers and honor World War II vets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield’s annual Veterans Day Parade, hosted by American Legion Post 639, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday Nov. 7 in downtown Springfield. This year’s parade focuses on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and will ho...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: November 5, 2015

November sales tax revenue down 2% compared to budget; up 3% YTD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield's November1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 2% compared to what was budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in October from transactions made primaril...

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View Sales Tax Chart. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: November 5, 2015

MEDIA ALERT: Mayor to present keys to the City to 6 decorated WWII vets Saturday

MEDIA ALERT Mayor Bob Stephens will present keys to the City to six decorated World War II veterans at a pre-Veterans Day Parade ceremony at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, 815 E. St. Louis Street. Receiving ke...

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View slideshow. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: November 9, 2015

Take a selfie with Santa, costumed characters at Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 28

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mayor Bob Stephens, with help from first- and second-grade students, will signal the start of the holiday season by lighting a 33-foot Norway spruce, located in Jordan Valley Park, east of the Mediacom Ice Park at the annual Mayor’s ...

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View the PSA. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: November 9, 2015

SGF named 2015 Digital Cities Survey winner by Center for Digital Government

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE e.Republic’s Center for Digital Government and its Digital Communities program earlier this month announced the top-ranked cities in the 2015 Digital Cities Survey. Springfield, Mo. held its place as sixth among cities with populatio...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: November 13, 2015

Park Central Square Christmas Tree to be installed 8:30 a.m. Monday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE It’s that time of year again. City of Springfield Public Works will install the Park Central Square Christmas tree at 8:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 16. The 30-foot blue spruce tree was donated by Missouri State University and formerly stoo...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: November 18, 2015

City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEArt Museum

• Opening exhibit for WatercolorNow at 5:30-7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 20. This invitational exhibition, hosted every four years by the Springfield Art Museum, will feature work by current members of the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: November 23, 2015

City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEHealth

• Historic City Hall is looking especially dapper these days. The building is sporting a ‘stache to celebrate “Movember,” which encourages men to pay attention to their health.

Contact: Kathryn Wall, Public Information Administra...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: November 25, 2015

Awards & Achievers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE At the Nov. 23 City Council meeting, Mayor Bob Stephens recommended the following:

• Appointments to the Mayor’s Commission for Children: Gerry Lee; Dr. Elizabeth Andrews; Brigitte Marrs; and Linda Ramey Griewe with terms to expire No...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: November 30, 2015

MEDIA ALERT: Poverty Commission, CU Community Credit Union to host news conference tomorrow

The Impacting Poverty Commission and CU Community Credit Union will host a news conference at 1:30 pm, Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the Busch Municipal Building main lobby to announce a program to offer relief for people struggling in the payday loan debt cycle. ##...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 3, 2015

City continues review of Southwest Treatment Plant

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield has thoroughly reviewed operations at the Southwest Treatment plant after quickly responding to concerns brought forward by employees in August 2014. The Southwest Treatment plant is one of two wastewater trea...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 1, 2015

CU Community Credit Union to launch payday lending alternative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CU Community Credit Union is rolling out the Fresh Start Loan Program, a more affordable alternative to traditional payday loans, to provide much-needed relief to people struggling in the payday loan debt cycle. "There are many ...

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More info about the Fresh Start Loan Program. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 1, 2015

City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPublic Safety

• Jumpstart Your Winter Weather Preparedness

Take advantage of the mild temperatures and sunny skies expected over the next several days to prepare now for winter weather. Ensure that your vehicle is in good running condit...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 8, 2015

REMINDER: Zone 4 community meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Holland Elementary School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Zone 4 City Councilman Craig Fishel cordially invites Springfield residents to a community meeting 6-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8 at Holland Elementary School, 2403 S. Holland. Join Fishel and Zone 4 neighbors to discuss what's happeni...

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What City Council zone do I live in? 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 7, 2015

December sales tax revenue up less than 1% compared to budget; up 3% YTD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The City of Springfield's December 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up less than 1%, or $5,911, compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in November from tr...

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View Sales Tax Chart. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 7, 2015

City Council, Convoy of Hope to co-host vision casting meeting at tomorrow's Council Lunch

MEDIA ALERT City Council and Springfield-based Convoy of Hope will co-host a “vision casting” meeting at tomorrow’s Council’s lunch at noon at the City’s Mill Building (corner of Central Street and Boonville Avenue) to plan for the May 7, 2016 Convoy of H...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 7, 2015

City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Need City head shots? Visit the City's SmugMug page.City Council

• City Council and Springfield-based Convoy of Hope will co-host a “vision casting” meeting at tomorrow’s Council’s lunch at noon at the City’s Mill Building (corner of ...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 14, 2015

Public Works to rotate the Tumbler for the winter season Tuesday morning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Not to be outdone by the magnificent Park Central Square Christmas tree, the Tumbler, Park Central Square's resident piece of modern art, is set to rotate for the winter season tomorrow morning at 7:30. About the Tumbler Former Assis...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 15, 2015

City Council receives independent audit report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Springfield City Council received an “unmodified” (the highest level given) opinion on the City’s financial statement audit today from the City’s independent auditing firm, BKD. The equity of the City at the close of the most rec...

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Download audit report. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 14, 2015

City of Springfield Weekly News Tip Sheet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Need City head shots? Visit the City's SmugMug page.Health

At tonight’s meeting, City Council is expected to vote on a resolution to limit tethering dogs within the city limits of Springfield. The Springfield-Greene County Health Depa...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 17, 2015

Missouri Police Chiefs Association names SPD Chief Paul Williams 2015 Chief of the Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE At its annual meeting in Jefferson City Dec. 10, the Missouri Police Chiefs Association (MPCA) presented Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams with the 2015 Missouri Police Chiefs Donald “Red” Loehr Chief of the Year Award. MPCA pre...

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View congratulatory video from SPD and City staff. 2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 21, 2015

City Finance Department receives budget presentation award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For the eighth year in a row, the City of Springfield Finance Department has received the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation award for its budget. The GFOA...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 23, 2015

City issues statement regarding former Southwest Treatment Plant employee

Responding to media inquiries pointing to charges filed on Casenet, the City issues the following statement: The City of Springfield regrets that the actions of a former Southwest Treatment Plant employee have led to criminal charges. Managers acted immed...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 27, 2015

Public Information Call Center to be activated to collect damage reports

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management (GCOEM) will activate its Public Information Call Center (PICC) 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, Dec. 28, 2015. Citizens in Greene County who have experienced flood damage to their...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 28, 2015

City, residents battle floodwaters from near-record rainfall

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Springfield/Greene County residents continue to battle the waters from the rainstorm that worked its way through Springfield and region beginning Saturday, Dec. 26, continuing steadily through Sunday and turning into flurries late Mo...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 28, 2015

Emergency shelter to open at 8 p.m. for flooding victims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE At the request of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) The Red Cross will open an emergency shelter tonight at 8 p.m. at Day Springs Christian Church, 2157 N. Prospect in Springfield, to house residents ...

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2015 City News Releases
Posted on: December 31, 2015

Video looks back at 2015

From the amazing recovery of Springfield Police officer Aaron Pearson and the generous outpouring of support from the community, to the challenges of the roller coaster Missouri weather and ongoing lively debate over a wide range of political and social i...

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Year in Review Video 2015 City News Releases