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Posted on: December 24, 2018

Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1 Helps Prepare for Christmas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Department is helping out this Christmas season and trying to help prevent potential burglaries.  A broadcast was made on Dec. 24 to be on the lookout for an ‘unide...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: December 20, 2018

Hearing on FY2019 HUD Annual Action Plan scheduled for January

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City Council and the Citizens Advisory Committee for Community Development (CACCD) will hold a joint public hearing on the City’s proposed use of funds for its Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) HUD Annual Action Plan, at...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: December 18, 2018

City Council receives FY 2018 independent audit report

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The Springfield City Council received an unmodified opinion, the highest level given, on the City’s financial statement audit from the City’s independent auditing firm, RSM. The firm indicated that the audit showed no materia...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: December 17, 2018

City Council to honor former Councilman Denny Whayne Friday

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Mayor Ken McClure will host a reception and unveiling of the new signage at 4 p.m, Friday, Dec. 21 in the new Councilman Denny Whayne Conference Room in the Busch Municipal Building 4th floor. City Council unanimously passed a resolut...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: December 17, 2018

City sales tax revenue down nearly 4% in December

Revenues remain above budget YTD and on 12-month average

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After a rebound in November, the City of Springfield’s sales tax revenues from the Missouri Department of Revenue are down 3.79 percent compared to budget with the December sales...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: December 14, 2018

Fire Chief and Police Chief warn against fake bomb threats

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The Springfield Fire Department Bomb Squad has been responding to reports of bomb threats that were delivered via email over the past 24 hours. These emails are consistent in tone and content with what is occurring nationall...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: December 14, 2018

Rhonda Lewsader named Springfield City Attorney

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City Manager Jason Gage has named Rhonda Lewsader as City Attorney. Most recently the City’s Deputy City Attorney, Lewsader has been with the City of Springfield for 19 years, minus a short tenure as Republic’s City Attorney...

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Download portrait of Rhonda Lewsader. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: December 5, 2018

Mayor Ken McClure sends holiday wishes in video Christmas Card

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure sends his warm holiday wishes in a video Christmas Card produced by the City of Springfield’s Department of Public Information & Civic Engagement. Please consider sharing it as you...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: December 4, 2018

Airport Task Force presents report to City Council

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A nine-member task force comprised of representatives appointed by City Council presented its report Dec. 4 . The report outlined to the Council the pros and cons of transferring the Springfield-Branson National Airport’s gov...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: December 4, 2018

City Manager Jason Gage selects two deputy city managers

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City Manager Jason Gage has named two deputy city managers: current assistant city manager Collin Quigley, and a newcomer to Springfield, Maurice Scott Jones. Quigley will be promoted and transition into the new ro...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: December 3, 2018

City mourns passing of former Mayor Paul Redfearn

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A statement from Mayor Ken McClure:

 

“The City mourns the passing of former Mayor Paul Redfearn. We are grateful for his exemplary service to our community. Our community relies upon, and functions best, when we have dedicated...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: November 19, 2018

City Council honors former Councilman Denny Whayne

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City Council unanimously passed a resolution honoring former Councilman Denny Whayne for his service on Council and his decades-long commitment to justice and equal rights. The Busch Municipal Building’s fourth-floor conference room i...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: November 19, 2018

City Council outlines 2019 legislative priorities

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Springfield City Council unanimously approved a resolution adopting its 2019 legislative priorities, which will guide the City’s elected officials and staff in their work with state and federal legislators in the coming year...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: November 19, 2018

Holiday Crossroads album available for purchase, download

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"Holiday Crossroads," a collection of holiday music from local artists to benefit the City’s Festival of Lights celebration, is now available for $20 at the Springfield Art Museum, Coffee Ethic on Park Central Square and the...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: November 15, 2018

City soliciting applications for $192,000 in 2019 CDBG funding

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The City of Springfield, Missouri is soliciting applications for 2019 funding activities under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program until noon on Friday, Dec. 14...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: November 15, 2018

City sales tax revenue rebounds with November payment

Revenues are 15% above budget for November.

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The City of Springfield’s November sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 15 percent, or $430,570, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $3,238,111 c...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: November 11, 2018

Public Works crews prepare for predicted precipitation

Springfield Public Works crews will have a crew coming in early Monday morning to start pre-treatment work on bridges and hill routes, as snow is expected. Focus during the morning will be pre-treating arterial and priority routes. The remainder of the cr...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: November 9, 2018

Join Mayor Ken McClure and special guests at the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 17

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The 2018 Mayor’s Tree Lighting in Park Central Square on Saturday, Nov. 17 will include a variety of entertainment and free activities for all ages.

The pre-show begins at 6 p.m. when pianist Luke Cooksey takes the stage. The full stag...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: November 9, 2018

Park Central Square Christmas Tree to be installed 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13

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City of Springfield Public Works will install the Park Central Square Christmas tree beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13.

The 25 to 30-foot-tall blue spruce was donated from a residential property in the Ravenwood South subdivision.

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: November 7, 2018

CoxHealth, Mercy, MSU, Springfield Striping & Sealing commit to City's Clean Pavement Initiative

Springfield Environmental Services recently signed four organizations to its Clean Pavement Initiative, a program aimed at voluntarily reducing the use of coal tar-based sealants on parking lots and driveways in the Springfield community.

CoxHealth, Mercy,...

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Visit the Clean Pavement Initiative website. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: November 7, 2018

Holiday compilation CD features Springfield musical entertainers

Members of the Reed Middle School Choir will be in the recording studio at noon today, Nov. 7 - a unique experience for most of the budding performers. They are recording one of about 12 tracks on "Holiday Crossroads," a collection of music from...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: November 5, 2018

City and Ozark Greenways to host ceremonial groundbreaking for West Meadows Trail Project Nov. 7

The City of Springfield and Ozark Greenways, Inc. will host a ceremonial groundbreaking at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7 for the construction of a new trail along the Jordan Creek in Springfield’s West Meadows.

The City received a $250,000 Recreational Trails ...

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View the West Meadows Fact Sheet. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: November 1, 2018

Developer requests postponement of zoning hearing on Galloway properties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Developer Elevation Development Co. has requested that the Planning & Zoning Commission postpone zoning case Z-20-2018 w/ Conditional Overlay District No. 155 to the Dec. 6 P&Z meeting. This case proposes rezoning 3503, 3521 a...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: October 25, 2018

Andrew Lear appointed to City Council General Seat C

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Andrew Lear has been named City Council’s newest member, appointed to fill General Seat C. He will hold this seat until the April 2, 2019 election.

City Council interviewed seven finalists Tuesday and selected Lear with five votes in o...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: October 22, 2018

Council hears first reading of 1/4-cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax bill

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The City’s Public Works Director Dan Smith presented the first reading of a bill requesting to call an election on April 2, 2019, asking voters whether or not to continue the 1/4-cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax for a period of 20 ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: October 18, 2018

October sales tax revenues fall 10% short of budgeted amount

Revenues remain on budget both year-to-date on a rolling 12-month average

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield’s October sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 10 percent, or $391,150, compared to the amount budge...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: October 18, 2018

Treasures of the City event this evening at City Government Plaza

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Second-grade students and their families will tour the City's Government Plaza this evening while they treasure-hunt for knowledge of municipal government at the 29th annual "Treasures of the City" event, hosted by the City ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: October 16, 2018

Council selects seven finalists for vacant General C Council seat

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City Council reviewed 15 applications and selected seven individuals to interview Oct. 25 to fill the vacant General C Council seat. They include:

Amy Champlin

Kevin Evans

AJ Exner

Andrew Lear

Theresa Martin

Natalie McGuire

Charles Pettijohn...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: October 13, 2018

Fifteen apply for General C vacant City Council Seat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOct. 13, 2018

 

Fifteen apply for General C vacant City Council Seat

Springfield City Council will hold a special meeting at noon, Tuesday, October 16 in the Busch Municipal Building 4th Floor Classroom to discuss which applican...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: October 9, 2018

City to roll out new construction permitting software next week

BDS, Public Works and Planning permit counters to be closed the morning of Oct. 15 for rollout

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The City’s Building Development Services, Public Works and Planning permit counters will be closed the morning of Monday, Oct. 15, but for g...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: October 9, 2018

Springfield Art Museum announces visionary 30-year master plan

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 The Springfield Art Museum unveiled a new 30-year Master Plan at a City of Springfield City Council luncheon held at the Museum. The master plan is the culmination of an almost nine-month process by BNIM, a nationally recogn...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: October 8, 2018

Big plans considered for Springfield Art Museum

MEDIA ALERT:

Nick Nelson, Director of the Springfield Art Museum, will present the museum’s 30-year master plan to City Council at noon, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. The workshop will take place in the museum’s Community Room, at 1111 W. Brookside.

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: October 4, 2018

City Council accepting applications for City Utilities Board

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City Council is accepting applications for the Board of Public Utilities through Oct. 19. Interviews will take place on Oct. 31.

Two seats are open – one of which requires residency in the Springfield city limits and the other may resid...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: October 2, 2018

Discussions begin on ¼-cent capital improvement renewal proposal

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Public Works leaders presented the findings of a citizen survey regarding capital improvement and transportation projects at the Oct. 2 City Council lunch workshop. More than 1500 citizens responded to the survey, which asked ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 29, 2018

Springfield Jazz Festival Ramsey Lewis headliner concert is cancelled due to artist illness; free mu

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Tonight's Jazz Festival Ramsey Lewis headliner concert at the Gillioz is cancelled due to artist illness. Ticket holders will be offered the option of a refund. Mr. Lewis fell extremely ill yesterday evening, after performing in Des M...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 27, 2018

Accounting firm completes audits of PII, fee study processes

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RubinBrown Certified Accountants & Business Consultants presented audits of the City’s processes to obtain, store and dispose of personally identifiable information (PII), and conduct fee studies at the Sept. 12 Finance and Admini...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 26, 2018

City Clerk details process for filling General Seat C City Council vacancy

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Those wishing to serve on Springfield’s City Council can apply for the General Seat C seat vacated by Kristi Fulnecky’s resignation, beginning Oct. 1.

Applications will be accepted in the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hour...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 26, 2018

Jasmine Bailey named Springfield Police Department Public Affairs Officer

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Jasmine Bailey has been named public affairs officer for Springfield Police Department. She replaces Lisa Cox, who moved to central Missouri in July. She is part of the City of Springfield’s Department of Public Information and Civic ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 26, 2018

9th annual Springfield Jazz Festival this Saturday

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Springfield continues a great season of live music downtown with the 9th annual Springfield Jazz Festival, starting at noon on Saturday.  

The festival includes seven hours of free live music on Park Central East and Park Cent...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 21, 2018

City Council to consider support for innovation district project

City Council is expected to vote on a resolution Monday night that would further a public-private partnership that officials describe as a “transformational economic catalyst.”Mayor Ken McClure says the $55 million-dollar project in the IDEA Commons - an ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 20, 2018

Agencies collaborate to ensure successful Presidential visit Friday

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As law enforcement agencies from across southwest Missouri complete the final preparations for President Trump’s visit Friday, City Manager Jason Gage wishes to express his appreciation to the multiple agencies collaborating to ensure...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 20, 2018

Council to hear first readings of ordinances to adopt 2018 building codes in October

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Springfield’s building codes will be updated for the first time in at least three years, if approved by City Council this fall.

City Council will hear the first readings of a set of ordinances to adopt the 2018 International ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 20, 2018

Councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky tenders resignation

Councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky notified Mayor Ken McClure of her resignation as the City’s General Seat C Councilmember, effective today.

She was elected in April 2015. Fulnecky said her family found a house in Nixa, Missouri and plans to move in a few days....

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 18, 2018

Square sculpture takes autumn tumble Friday at 7:30 a.m.

tumbler

Public Works Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey encourages interested citizens to come down to Park Central Square at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21 for the autumn rotation of the Tumbler, Springfield’s first piece of modern art. Grab some coffee and watch...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 18, 2018

City Council applications available Oct. 1, 2018

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Those wishing to serve on Springfield’s City Council can pick up packets at the City Clerk's Office in the Busch Municipal Building, 840 N. Boonville, beginning at 8 a.m., Monday, Oct. 1, 2018. Six seats will be up for elect...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 11, 2018

Developer requests postponing zoning hearing on Galloway property

Developer representative Derek Lee has  requested that the Planning & Zoning Commission postpone zoning case Z-20-2018 to the Oct. 11 meeting in order to allow the developer more time to work with the neighborhood.  This case propose...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 10, 2018

September sales tax revenues down 5 percent compared to budget, but continue positive 12-month trend

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The City of Springfield’s September sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 5 percent, or $233,781, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $4,329,682 compared to the budgeted amount of $4,563,...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 8, 2018

Mayor expresses condolences after tragic loss of Greene County Deputy Aaron Roberts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mayor Ken McClure wishes to express his sincere condolences on behalf of he and his colleagues on City Council and the City of Springfield, to the family of Greene County Deputy Aaron Roberts and all of those at the Greene County Sher...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 6, 2018

SGF Yields pedestrian safety program receives state grant funding to continue, expand

The City of Springfield Department of Public Works was recently awarded a $11,400 Blueprint for Safer Roadways grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation to continue and expand the SGF Yields pedestrian safety program.  

Launched in July...

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Learn more about the SGF Yields program. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 6, 2018

Mandatory Pre-Proposal Meeting for Landfill Greenhouse project Friday, Sept. 7

The City of Springfield Department of Environmental Services will host a mandatory pre-proposal meeting 9 - 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7 at the Environmental Resources Center (290 E. Central Street) for parties interested in submitting a proposal for the land...

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View the project webpage and full RFP. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: September 5, 2018

City Planning Department and HUD provide funding for $5.7 million in projects

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A change in the way the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) calculates a timeliness ratio (what it means to use grant money in a timely manner) last year, required the City’s Planning and Development Department to r...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: August 22, 2018

Springfield City Attorney to take new role in Denver, Colorado

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Frank Romines has submitted his letter of resignation as the City of Springfield’s City Attorney, effective Tuesday, Sept. 4.  He has taken a staff attorney role with the City/County of Denver, Colorado.

 

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Download portrait of Frank Romines. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: August 16, 2018

C-Street stakeholders to meet Aug. 30 to discuss proposed TIF-funded projects

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Staff from the City of Springfield’s Economic Development office and Zone 1 Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson will host a public input meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 30 at White River Brewing Company located at...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: August 14, 2018

City sales tax revenue up in second month of fiscal year

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The City of Springfield’s August sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 17 percent, or $446,761, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $3,085,106 compared to the budgeted amount of $2,638,345....

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: August 13, 2018

City seeking input on projects for next 1/4-cent sales tax cycle

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In April 2019, Springfield voters will be asked whether or not to approve the renewal of the 1/4-cent capital improvement sales tax (with no tax increase) to fund capital improvement and transportation improvement projects in Springfi...

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Learn more and complete the survey. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: August 11, 2018

2018 John T. Woodruff Award presented to Mother’s Brewing Company owner Jeff Schrag

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Birthplace of Route 66 Festival founder David Eslick presented Jeff Schrag, founder and owner of Mother’s Brewing Company and The Daily Events, with the 2018 John T. Woodruff Award today in Park Central Square.

Woodruff’s grandson, Joh...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: August 10, 2018

Opening festivities for the 2018 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival begin at 4 p.m. at Roadside Park

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The Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park, located in the 1200 block of West College, will serve as party central for the opening festivities and parade assembly for the 2018 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival. The parade will begin at 6 ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: August 7, 2018

Mayor Ken McClure issues statement on local vote

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Mayor Ken McClure would like to express thanks to all who came out to vote today. “Tonight, voters did not approve a ban on pit bulls within the City of Springfield. The people have spoken and my colleagues on City Council and I belie...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: August 7, 2018

Expect road closures, traffic delays downtown Thursday-Saturday during Route 66 Festival

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Motorists in downtown Springfield should expect road closures and traffic delays starting the morning of Thursday, Aug. 9 through Saturday, Aug. 11 in downtown Springfield due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.

Below is a comprehe...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: August 6, 2018

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure congratulates Lasers on Championship Win

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure would like to congratulate the Springfield Lasers on their World TeamTennis (WTT) Championship Final, beating the top-seeded Philadelphia Freedoms 19-18 and winning the King Trophy.Springfield came back f...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: August 2, 2018

Rendering of first marker in African-American Heritage Trail to be unveiled at Park Day Reunion

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The organizers of Springfield’s African American Heritage Trail project will unveil an artist’s rendering of the trail’s first marker at the annual Park Day Reunion, Saturday, Aug. 3 at Silver Springs Park, which is celebrating its 10...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: July 31, 2018

Springfield's 7th National Night Out 5-8 p.m. Aug. 7 at Nichols Park

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Each August, Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams and Springfield neighborhoods send a message to criminals: Springfield neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against crime.

Aug. 7 will mark Springfield’s 7th annual National ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: July 31, 2018

New City Manager to be sworn in Wednesday at 8:15 a.m.

MEDIA ALERT

Incoming City Manager Jason Gage will be sworn in Wednesday at 8:15 a.m. in the lobby of the Busch Municipal Building. Media and the general public are invited and encouraged to attend.

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: July 30, 2018

City of Springfield servers down

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield computer servers that authenticate employee user names and passwords, allowing access to most computer programs and files, are down as of Monday morning. Data is not compromised, but some municipal daily work p...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: July 23, 2018

O’Reilly Center for Hope Training Center to be named after former City Manager

When Community Partnership of the Ozarks (CPO) recently announced the future plans to turn the former Pepperdine Elementary School building into the O’Reilly Center for Hope, they deliberately held back one piece of information. Charlie O’Reilly,...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: July 23, 2018

Springfield takes proactive stance to preserve trees

The Missouri Department of Conservation has confirmed the presence of the invasive forest pest, the Emerald Ash Borer, in Greene County. 

The Emerald Ash Borer is an exotic beetle from Asia whose larvae feed on the inner bark of ash trees, killing...

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View the City's Emerald Ash Borer webpage. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2018

City adds data to monthly sales tax revenue reports

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield began the 2018-2019 fiscal year with a sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue up 5 percent, or $224,612, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $4,710,384 compared to the budg...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2018

Residents urged to seek relief from heat as temperatures rise

As heat indices today are expected to top 104 today, the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management and City of Springfield offer the following advice for places to seek relief from the heat:

Public spaces, such as Springfield-Greene County l...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2018

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure extends sympathy

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure would like to express his sincere condolences to the Branson community and all of those affected by last night's tragedy. He shares these words on behalf of himself, his colleagues on City Council and the City of Springfield....

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: July 18, 2018

City issues request for proposal for landfill greenhouse project

Following growing interest from the community, the City of Springfield has issued a request for proposals (RFP) from qualified applicants to plan, design, develop and operate a proposed community greenhouse and agriculture park operation powered by renewa...

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View the project webpage and full RFP. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: July 13, 2018

City mourns loss of former Police-Fire Pension Task Force chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mayor Ken McClure wishes to express his condolences to the friends and family of a man who helped chart the course toward financial recovery for the City of Springfield following the great recession of 2008.  Jerry Fenstermak...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: June 26, 2018

Community Partnership, City invite community to special announcement at Pepperdine

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: June 26, 2018

Public Works provides update on construction projects; plans to apply for grant

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During a regular update of completed and pending Public Works projects, Assistant Director Martin Gugel proposed that the City apply for a highly-competitive BUILD Transportation Grant. BUILD stands for “Better Utilizing Investments t...

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Grant Avenue Parkway Trail Connector Project Map 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: June 26, 2018

MEDIA ALERT: Public Works to present regular project update, discuss potential grant opportunity

MEDIA ALERT

The City of Springfield Department of Public Works will provide City Council with a regular update on recently completed and future construction projects at noon today during City Council Lunch workshop on the 4th floor of the Busch Municipal B...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: June 19, 2018

MEDIA ALERT: City Council to hear update on Landfill Greenhouse Project today at noon

MEDIA ALERT

The City of Springfield department of Environmental Services will provide City Council with an update on the proposed Landfill Greenhouse Project today at noon during City Council Lunch workshop. These workshops are held on the 4th Floor of the...

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Learn more about the Landfill Greenhouse project. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: June 18, 2018

Square sculpture takes summertime tumble Thursday at 7:30 a.m.

tumbler

Public Works Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey encourages interested citizens to come down to Park Central Square at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, June 21 for the summertime rotation of the Tumbler, Springfield’s first piece of modern art. Grab some coffee and ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: June 18, 2018

Vote for Hammons Field to win Best Double-A Ballpark in baseball

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hammons Field has made it through four rounds of voting and is now in the finals in a contest by Ballpark Digest to name the Best Double-A Ballpark in baseball. Mayor Ken McClure encourages citizens to vote as soon as possible because...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: June 13, 2018

City ends 2017-2018 fiscal year with tax revenues 1 percent above budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield’s June sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 6 percent, or $231,686, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $3,956,710 compared to the budgeted amount of $4,188,396.

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View Sales Tax Chart. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: June 7, 2018

Mayor McClure Presents 2018 State of the City

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure presented the annual State of the City address Thursday, June 7, 2018. The event, part of the Chamber of Commerce's monthly Good Morning, Springfield!, was held at Evangel University. McClure's address highlighted various Cit...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: June 6, 2018

MEDIA ALERT: Mayor Ken McClure to present his 2018 State of the City address tomorrow

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure will present his annual State of the City address at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow (June 7) at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning, Springfield! program at Evangel University’s Crusader Dining Hall (1111 N. Glenstone...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: June 1, 2018

Jason Gage named Springfield City Manager

Springfield City Council announced Friday that Jason Gage will be Springfield’s next City Manager. His planned start date is Aug. 1.

“Jason emerged from a very strong pool of candidates,” said Mayor Ken McClure. “He was the best fit for Springfield with hi...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 30, 2018

MEDIA ALERT: City Council to make an announcement at 1:30 p.m.

Springfield City Council will make an announcement at 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 1,  in the Busch Municipal Building 4th Floor Conference Room. The announcement will be carried live on City View:  cityview.springfieldmo.gov; Mediacom 15.1 o...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 30, 2018

City of Springfield and Greene County take next steps to address opioid crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nearly 64,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016, and at least two-thirds of those deaths were linked to opioids, a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers avai...

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Video: Public safety testimonials 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 30, 2018

Citizen Resource Center Coordinator Claudia Crighton to retire this week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Potholes, vacant buildings, tall weeds, grimy grocery carts and urban beavers. These are just a few examples of the many citizen service requests answered by Citizen Resource Coordinator Claudia Crighton over the years. After more tha...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 29, 2018

Mayor issues statement on new state leadership

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure extends best wishes to Lt. Governor Mike Parson as he assumes the position of the Governor of the state of Missouri. Mayor McClure has known Parson since his service in the Missouri House of Representatives and Missouri Senat...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 24, 2018

Neighborhood Advisory Council elects Rusty Worley as next chair

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield’s Neighborhood Advisory Council unanimously elected Rusty Worley as its next chair at its May 9 meeting.

Worley replaces Pete Radecki, who will complete three years as chair at the end of June. Zone 1 City Councilwoman Phyl...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 22, 2018

City releases Public Works annual report during National Public Works Week

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The City of Springfield is celebrating National Public Works Week May 20 – 26 by releasing its 2017 Public Works Annual Report and with various events aimed at honoring the vital role public works services play in advancing quality of life in our communit...

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View the 2017 Public Works Annual Report. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 24, 2018

REMINDER: Announcement today at 2 p.m. at Police & Fire Training Center

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On Thursday, May 24, the City of Springfield, Greene County and Healthy Living Alliance leadership will hold a press conference to discuss the impact mental health and substance abuse issues have had locally. The announcements will in...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 21, 2018

Media avails for city manager finalists at 11 and 11:30 a.m. at Art Museum

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Reminder: Media avails with the two finalists for Springfield's next city manager are today at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive: 

11 a.m. – Media availability with Jason Gage

11:30 a.m. – Media availability with Wayne ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 16, 2018

City Council names two finalists in City Manager search

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Springfield City Council is pleased to announce that two finalists have been selected for the position of City Manager of Springfield. Jason A. Gage, the current City Manager in Salina, Kansas, and Wayne T. Pyle, the current City ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 9, 2018

May sales tax up 22 percent compared to budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield’s May sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 22 percent, or $612,900, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $3,425,775 compared to the budgeted amount of $2,812,875.

The...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 9, 2018

Ribbon cutting for College Street improvements 11 a.m. Thursday

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Please join the City of Springfield at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 10 near the intersection of College Street and Main Avenue as we cut the ribbon for the improvements to College Street between Grant and Market avenues. The project included new feder...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 9, 2018

City celebrates National Economic Development Week with several announcements

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield is celebrating National Economic Development Week this week by announcing two grants from the Environmental Protection Agency and redevelopment incentives for Kearney Street and the Route 66 corridor. The annou...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 8, 2018

Horace Mann Elementary students have chance to win new bike on Bike to School Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield, in partnership with Springfield Public Schools, SafeKids Springfield and TrailSpring, is encouraging students to bike or walk to school on Bike to School Day, Wednesday, May 9.

Community partners are using the ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 8, 2018

City and Chamber to host news conference Wednesday at 10 a.m. regarding economic development in SGF

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Please join the City and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 2431 N. Glenstone, for some important announcements regarding economic development in Springfield.

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 4, 2018

City of Springfield is now the home of America's Best Aquarium

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City of Springfield now the home of America’s Best Aquarium

Springfield, Missouri Mayor Ken McClure congratulates Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium on being voted America’s Best Aquarium. The distinction w...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: May 1, 2018

Ribbon cutting for Talmage Dip Monarch Butterfly Waystation at 6:30 p.m.

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Please join Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson, the Doling Neighborhood Association and the City of Springfield at 6:30 p.m. as we cut the ribbon for the Talmage Dip Monarch Butterfly Waystation, 1388 W. Talmage.  After the City made stormw...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: April 30, 2018

City issues Zone Blitz Final Report

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City issues Zone Blitz Final Report

City officials released a report summarizing the results of the Community Listen Zone Blitz initiative, an 18-month pilot project that mobilized hundreds of partners to help improve the quality of li...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: April 30, 2018

City Council to hear final report on Zone Blitz at 4 p.m.

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City Manager Greg Burris and Director of Public Information and Civic Engagement Cora Scott will present a final report to City Council on the Zone Blitz initiative at 4 p.m. at the Mill Building (corner of Boonville Avenue and Centra...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: April 24, 2018

City budget workshops begin

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City Manager Greg Burris began a series of City Council workshops Tuesday, April 24 in preparation for the formal presentation of the FY 2018-19 budget recommendations. The first workshop was held during City Council’s regular lunch m...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: April 23, 2018

Mayor sends condolences to family and friends of Harry Cooper

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure sends his condolences to the family and friends of the late Harry Cooper, one of Springfield’s most well-known businessmen and third-generation owner of Harry Cooper Supply Company.

“Harry was a good man w...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: April 18, 2018

Zone 4 Town Hall meeting tonight at Kickapoo High School Theater

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Councilman Matthew Simpson will host a Zone 4 meet-and-greet Town Hall 6:30-7:30 p.m.  this evening in the Kickapoo High School Theater, 3710 S. Jefferson. 

This event will be a first for the City – a combination live-audience ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: April 13, 2018

EPA Region 7 Superfund Division Director to visit Springfield on Monday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mary Peterson, director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 7 Superfund Division, will visit Springfield Monday, April 16 to serve as the keynote speaker for the Missouri Job Center’s Green for Greene program graduation at...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: April 12, 2018

10 census tracts in Springfield designated Opportunity Zones

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced the locations of 161 “Opportunity Zones” in Missouri – low-income areas that will see added incentives for investment – including zones in downtown, central and north Spr...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: April 11, 2018

April sales tax down less than 1 percent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield’s April sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down less than 1 percent, or $29,810, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $3,595,901 compared to the budgeted amount of $3...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: April 10, 2018

City Council seeking public input in search for new city manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield City Council is seeking a dynamic, personable and seasoned city manager, and is  seeking public input over the next several weeks while they select and interview candidates. The community will have the opportunity...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: April 9, 2018

City and Greene County celebrate 9-1-1 during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

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April 8-14 is set aside in Springfield and across the nation as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week to recognize the outstanding service of 9-1-1 dispatchers. Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications will ho...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: April 4, 2018

Second Give 5 class to graduate Thursday

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Nearly 30 retirees ready to give back to the Springfield-Greene County community will graduate from the Give 5 program  at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5 at Kentwood Hall, 700 E. St. Louis. Each graduate will participate in a signing cere...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: March 29, 2018

MEDIA ALERT: Jefferson Avenue Footbridge rehabilitation design open house 4-6 p.m. tonight

The City of Springfield will host an informational open house 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at White River Brewing Company (505 W. Commercial Street) to gather public input needed to complete the final design phase of the proposed rehabilitation of the 116-...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: March 28, 2018

Accounting firm completes audit of Municipal Court

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Certified accounting firm RubinBrown LLP has completed an audit report of Springfield-Municipal Court for transactions from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. The firm reported that the court’s operations have adequate inte...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: March 22, 2018

Errin Kemper named City's next Director of Environmental Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Errin Kemper has been named the City’s Director of Environmental Services, effective April 1, 2018. Kemper succeeds Steve Meyer, who is retiring.

Kemper has been Assistant Director of Environmental Services at City of Springfield since...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: March 13, 2018

Strafford AT&T customers now able to call 9-1-1

UPDATE

The Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Department was notified by AT&T early this afternoon that the issue for the 736 exchange (primarily Strafford) has been resolved.  Strafford public safety personnel have been ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: March 13, 2018

City to host open house March 29 to gather input on Jefferson Footbridge rehabilitation design

The City of Springfield will host an informational open house 4-6 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at White River Brewing Company (505 W. Commercial Street) to gather public input needed to complete the final design phase of the proposed rehabilitation of the 116-...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: March 8, 2018

March sales tax revenues down 5 percent

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield’s March sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 5 percent, or $235,423, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $4,253,685 compared to the budgeted amount of $4,489,117....

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: March 6, 2018

Matthew Simpson selected to fill Zone 4 City Council seat

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

City Council has selected Matthew Simpson as the new Zone 4 council representative at a special City Council meeting March 6. Simpson will serve until the next council election, which will be in 2019.

Simpson is employed by O...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: March 2, 2018

Don’t wait to enter Route 66 Festival Car & Truck Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

If you’re contemplating entering the 2018 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Car & Truck Show, don’t hesitate! Seven of the 11 zones have already sold out, with more than 200 cars registered. Online Those registered for the show are ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: March 2, 2018

City Environmental Services director announces retirement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Steve Meyer, director the City’s Department of Environmental Services, announces his retirement effective May 12.

Meyer, a professional engineer, returned to his hometown of Springfield in 1987 to join the City. Over the course of his ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: March 1, 2018

2018 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival entertainment announced

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More than 50,000 Route 66 revelers came to downtown Springfield last year for the 7th annual festival celebrating Springfield, Missouri as the Birthplace of Route 66.

Festival organizers Aaron Sachs & Associates, Ozarks on Two Whee...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: March 1, 2018

REMINDER: 2018 Route 66 Festival lineup to be announced at 10 a.m.

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Please join us for a press conference at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 1 at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, as we announce the featured attractions of the 2018 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield Aug. 10-11.

New this y...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: February 16, 2018

Zone 4 Applicants to be interviewed by City Council March 6

Six citizens have applied for the City Council Zone 4 seat recently vacated by former councilman Craig Fishel. The deadline for submitting applications was 5 p.m. today, Feb. 16.

City Council is expected to conduct interviews with all six applicants at a s...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: February 14, 2018

City accepting public comments for FY2018-19 CDBG, HOME funding proposals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield is accepting comments on the attached listing of projects and programs being considered for CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) and HOME (HOME Investment Partnerships Programs) funding during the City’s 20...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: February 14, 2018

Text-to-9-1-1 available as option in emergencies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESpringfield-Greene County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Department has formally implemented ‘text-to-9-1-1” capabilities for rare cases when people are unable to communicate audibly via telephone.

“It was important to prepare and brin...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: February 12, 2018

City of Springfield soliciting bids for 18 surplus properties in city limits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield’s Purchasing division is soliciting sealed bids until 3 p.m., Tuesday, March 13 for the sale of various parcels of City-owned property at 18 locations in Springfield. Fourteen of the properties are located in C...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: February 12, 2018

February sales tax up 19 percent compared to budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield’s February sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 19 percent, or $592,566, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $3,717,693 compared to the budgeted amount of $3,125,12...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: February 8, 2018

Build My Future Collaborative receives national award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe National Association of Workforce Boards (MAWB) has awarded Springfield's Build My Future Collaborative with the 2018 W.O. Lawton Business Leadership Award. 

The collaborative, comprised of the Local Laborers Council, the ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: February 8, 2018

Join City leaders for special announcement at 5:30 p.m. at Fusion Center

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Please join City officials for a special announcement just prior to the launch of the Missouri Job Center’s new project, Change One Thousand.

 

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Location: The Fusion Center, 1320 N. Campbell

&...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: February 7, 2018

First Give 5 class to graduate at 3:30 p.m. at Kentwood Hall

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The first Give 5 class will "graduate" at 3:30 p.m. today at Kentwood Hall, 700 E. St. Louis. 

Give 5 is a newly created social program that matches innovative volunteer opportunities with retired (or almost retired) baby boom...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: February 2, 2018

City Clerk details process for filling Zone 4 City Council vacancy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Those wishing to serve on Springfield’s City Council can apply for the Zone 4 seat vacated by Craig Fishel’s resignation, beginning Monday.

Applications will be accepted in the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: January 29, 2018

Mayor's Commission for Children welcomes new members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:

Brigitte Marrs, Executive Director

Mayor’s Commission for Children

417.864.1656

Bmarrs@springfieldmo.gov

https://www.springfieldmo.gov/794/Mayors-Commission-for-Children

The Mayor’s Commission for Children welcomes six new members ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: January 23, 2018

Level Property Tax Implementation Budget presented to City Council

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Assistant City Manager Collin Quigley presented the implementation budget for the recently renewed Level Property Tax to City Council at its Lunch Workshop Tuesday. Voters approved the renewal of the tax in November 2017 with 75% supp...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: January 23, 2018

City Council to hear proposed timeline for Level Property Tax projects at Council Lunch

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City Council will hear about a variety of topics at a two-hour lunch workshop today starting at 11:30 a.m. in the fourth-floor conference room at the Busch Municipal Building.

Assistant City Manager Collin Quigley will present the timeline and i...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: January 18, 2018

City seeking proposals for sale and reuse of former fire stations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield is hoping the development community can give two old fire stations new life.

The City is seeking proposals from qualified applicants for the purchase and reuse of former Fire Station 1 at 235 N. Kimbrough and fo...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: January 12, 2018

January sales tax check continues upward trend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield’s January sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 4%, or $145,305, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $4,233,473 compared to the budgeted amount of $4,086,055.

The che...

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View Sales Tax Chart. 2018 City News Releases
Posted on: January 11, 2018

Wendy Garrison to join Springfield Municipal Court Jan. 30

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Pending City Council’s approval, Wendy Garrison of Springfield will join the City as a Municipal Court judge Jan. 30. She replaces Judge Becky Borthwick, who resigned in April 2016 to fill a Greene County Associate Circuit Court judge...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: January 10, 2018

Changes to short-term stay rentals section of City’s Zoning Ordinance to go before P&Z, City Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Hosts who rent out their property in the city limits of Springfield via Airbnb, VRBO or other online marketplaces will need to have a business license and comply with other short-term stay rental regulations aimed at protecting the sa...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: January 9, 2018

City to launch educational campaign on trash management system

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City’s contracts with Springfield’s trash haulers that own their own landfills are set to expire in 2019, which has led to the discussion about ways to improve how Springfield manages residential trash.

In 1991, Springfield voters ...

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2018 City News Releases
Posted on: January 5, 2018

City of Springfield congratulates WOW on being named America’s Best New Attraction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

On behalf of City Council and the City of Springfield, Mayor Ken McClure congratulates Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium on being named America’s Best New Attraction in a recent USA Today national poll.

“The community is...

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2018 City News Releases