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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 am...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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,...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: October 8, 2018

Big plans considered for Springfield Art Museum

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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. Broo...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 ...

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 th...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 Inte...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: September 18, 2018

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

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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...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: September 8, 2018

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

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 Depar...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 $...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 a...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 Par...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: July 31, 2018

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

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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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For more information, contact Director of Public Infor...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: July 30, 2018

City of Springfield servers down

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: July 20, 2018

City adds data to monthly sales tax revenue reports

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: July 13, 2018

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

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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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Posted on: June 26, 2018

Community Partnership, City invite community to special announcement at Pepperdine

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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Posted on: June 26, 2018

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

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 19, 2018

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

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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. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 18, 2018

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

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 18, 2018

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

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 13, 2018

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

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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. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 Hal...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 30, 2018

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

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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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Posted on: May 30, 2018

Citizen Resource Center Coordinator Claudia Crighton to retire this week

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 24, 2018

Neighborhood Advisory Council elects Rusty Worley as next chair

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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 Council...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 ou...

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View the 2017 Public Works Annual Report. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 avai...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 16, 2018

City Council names two finalists in City Manager search

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 9, 2018

May sales tax up 22 percent compared to budget

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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 $2,8...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 9, 2018

City celebrates National Economic Development Week with several announcements

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 8, 2018

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

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 Be...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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Posted on: April 24, 2018

City budget workshops begin

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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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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.

“Ha...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 18, 2018

Zone 4 Town Hall meeting tonight at Kickapoo High School Theater

MEDIA ALERT

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...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 13, 2018

EPA Region 7 Superfund Division Director to visit Springfield on Monday

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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 p...

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Posted on: April 12, 2018

10 census tracts in Springfield designated Opportunity Zones

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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 ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 11, 2018

April sales tax down less than 1 percent

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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 am...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 10, 2018

City Council seeking public input in search for new city manager

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 ade...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 8, 2018

March sales tax revenues down 5 percent

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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 $...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 2, 2018

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

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 2, 2018

City Environmental Services director announces retirement

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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 cour...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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.

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: February 14, 2018

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

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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&...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: February 12, 2018

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

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: February 12, 2018

February sales tax up 19 percent compared to budget

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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...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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. Cam...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 Offic...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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 welco...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 18, 2018

City seeking proposals for sale and reuse of former fire stations

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 12, 2018

January sales tax check continues upward trend

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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 $4,086,0...

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Posted on: January 11, 2018

Wendy Garrison to join Springfield Municipal Court Jan. 30

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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 C...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 10, 2018

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

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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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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 9, 2018

City to launch educational campaign on trash management system

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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,...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 5, 2018

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

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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.

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: December 30, 2017

City looks back at year's events in annual video

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The City of Springfield takes a look back at events large and small from 2017 in the annual Year-In-Review video online at the City’s website.

The year’s significant events include the election of Mayor Ken McClure ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: December 26, 2017

Springfield Mayor urges citizens to support WOW in national contest

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure is thrilled that Johnny Morris' Wonders of Wildlife National Aquarium and Museum is in the running to be considered as the best new attraction in the United States.  A USA TODAY readers' choice p...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: December 19, 2017

City Council receives FY 2017 independent audit report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 aud...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: December 18, 2017

December sales tax payment rebounds after three below-budget months

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The City of Springfield’s December sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 3%, or $136,085, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $4,379,322 compared to the budgeted amount of $4,243,...

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Posted on: December 11, 2017

City Council to consider repeal of future pit bull ban or refer to a citizen vote

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It is anticipated that City Council will make a decision at the Dec. 11 meeting to either repeal General Ordinance No. 6397 (approved on Oct. 2, 2017 establishing a future ban on pit bull dogs) or submit to voters a question of whethe...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: December 11, 2017

City Council to vote on pedestrian safety ordinance

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City Council will vote tonight on a proposed ordinance the City staff think will protect pedestrians and occupants of vehicles at intersections and along streets which have high volumes of traffic, high speed limits, or narrow median...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: December 5, 2017

Harlan Hill named as City’s new Director of Building Development Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Architect Harlan Hill has been selected as the City’s Director of Building Development Services (BDS), effective Jan. 7. Hill will replace Chris Straw, who announced he will retire in January 2018. Many residents have become...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: December 4, 2017

City plans more than $80M in capital improvements for 2018

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If given the green light by the Planning & Zoning Commission in December and City Council on Jan. 29, 2018, the City of Springfield will spend just over $80 million on 117 capital improvement projects and programs during the 2018 ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: December 4, 2017

Springfield named 25th in the country by Gallup in community ranking for exercise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Gallup organization has ranked Springfield 25th on its list of Communities with the Highest Rates of Regular Exercise.

The study conducted is an addition to the State of American: Well Being series. On the 2016 Community R...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: December 1, 2017

City soliciting applications for $192,000 in 2018 CDBG funding

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The City of Springfield, Missouri is soliciting applications for 2018 funding activities under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program until noon on Frida...

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Posted on: November 28, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: City Council to discuss animal control issues

MEDIA ALERT

City Council will discuss a broader view of animal control issues at today's Council Lunch Workshop at noon in the Busch Municipal Building 4th Floor Conference Room. Mayor Ken McClure and Councilman Craig Hosmer have requested additional infor...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: November 22, 2017

November sales tax check down 7% compared to budget

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The City of Springfield’s November sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 7%, or $187,341, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $2,650,264 compared to the budgeted amount of $2,83...

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Posted on: November 22, 2017

Fire chief accepted into Fire Service Executive Development Institute

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The International Association of Fire Chiefs has announced that Chief David Pennington of the Springfield Fire Department has been accepted into the Fire Service Executive Development Institute.  Chief Pennington com...

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Posted on: November 21, 2017

City Council hears findings of Street and Intersection Pedestrian Safety Study

Over the past year, five pedestrians have been killed on Springfield streets. It’s a number that City staff and City Council would like to reduce to zero. At the request of City Council, the City of Springfield has concluded a study examining pe...

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Posted on: November 21, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: City Council to hear findings of Street and Intersection Pedestrian Safety Study

WHAT: City Council to hear findings of Street and Intersection Pedestrian Safety Study

WHEN: Noon or immediately following the Special City Council Meeting to certify the results of the most recent election.

WHERE: Busch Municipal Building 4th Floor Confer...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: November 17, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: Plans come together for Downtown Tree Lighting

MEDIA ALERT

The 2017 Downtown Tree Lighting in Park Central Square on Saturday, Nov. 18 will include a wide variety of entertainment and free activities for all ages. Crews will begin to set up at the square at 10 a.m. to place the stage, grand piano and v...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: November 15, 2017

U.S. Capitol Christmas tree to stop in Springfield Nov. 21 on its way to Washington D.C.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium have been selected to be a “whistle stop” for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes its way from the Kootenai National Forest ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: November 20, 2017

Petition to repeal pit bull ban sufficient

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City Clerk Anita Cotter notified City Council today that a citizen-initiated petition to repeal general ordinance 6397, which established a future ban upon the possession of new pit bull dogs within the City limits, has been certified...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: November 7, 2017

Downtown Tree Lighting on Park Central Square Nov. 18 to kick off holiday season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Join Mayor Ken McClure with special guest Dino Kartsonakis, America’s Piano Showman, for the annual Downtown Tree Lighting on Park Central Square Saturday Nov. 18.

Enjoy free hot chocolate during the pre-show beginning at 6 p...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: November 4, 2017

C-SPAN reveals Springfield history and highlights authors during week-long visit

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The Honorable Mayor Ken McClure and Mediacom will welcome C-SPAN to Springfield on Monday, November 6, to kick-off a week-long visit to record the city’s history and non-fiction literary life for programs to be produced and ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: November 2, 2017

City launches “Give 5” program to connect retirees with volunteer opportunities

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Years ago, the word "retirement" might have evoked images of white-haired couples sitting in rocking chairs on their front porches. But with men and women living longer and enjoying better health into their later years, reti...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: November 1, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: City to launch program to connect retirees with volunteer opportunities

MEDIA ALERT

More than 80 representatives from Springfield-Greene County nonprofit organizations have RSVP'd to attend a luncheon workshop to learn more about the City of Springfield's newly created Give 5 retiree volunteer program. The workshop will be hel...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: October 31, 2017

Springfield Municipal Court probation officer Jody Austin recognized by Governor Eric Greitens for

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Springfield Municipal Court probation officer Jody Austin recognized by Governor Eric Greitens for her commitment to helping juveniles

Jody Austin, a probation officer at the Springfield Municipal Court, has been appointed by...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: October 24, 2017

HUD approves City’s Annual Action Plan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has notified the City that its 2017 Annual Action Plan has been approved by the agency. 

A change in the way the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Develo...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: October 24, 2017

City takes Safe Housing Program a step further in presentation to City Council

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At today's Council Lunch, Director of Building Development Services (BDS) Chris Straw presented additional details on a proposal he plans to bring forward for formal City Council approval next month. The proposal focuses on improving ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: October 23, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: BDS Director Chris Straw to update City Council on Safe Housing initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

At Tuesday's Council Lunch, Director of Building Development Services (BDS) Chris Straw will propose a plan for improving the City’ s ability to address chronic nuisance properties and buildings/houses that are deemed to be ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: October 18, 2017

Director of Building Development Services Chris Straw to retire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The City’s Director of Building Development Services (BDS) Chris Straw announces he will retire in January 2018. Many residents have become familiar with Chris and his department because many of the department&...

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Posted on: October 18, 2017

City seeking candidates for Board of Public Utilities

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

The City of Springfield is seeking qualified candidates for the Board of Public Utilities. The Board has three vacancies becoming available in December.

City Utilities of Springfield (CU) is a progressive, community-owned uti...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: October 17, 2017

Neighborhoods encouraged to take advantage of free cleanup program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield and Community Partnership of the Ozarks has again contracted with Republic Services to offer free neighborhood clean-ups for

registered Springfield neighborhoods this fall and the spring of 2018.

The twice-yearly...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: October 13, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: City to commemorate Hazelwood Cemetery Sesquicentennial tomorrow at 10 a.m.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WHAT:  The City of Springfield invites the community to celebrate 150 years of history and service to the community at the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Hazelwood Cemetery (1642 E. Seminole St.)

WHEN: Saturday, October 14 be...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: October 13, 2017

October sales tax revenues down 9% compared to budget, revenues down 2% YTD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield’s October sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 9%, or $356,885, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $3,607,193 compared to the budgeted amount of $3,964...

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Posted on: October 10, 2017

Clay Goddard named Springfield-Greene County director of health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

City Manager Greg Burris has appointed Assistant Director of Health Clay Goddard as director of health for Springfield-Greene County effective Nov. 12. 

Goddard has been with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department sin...

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Posted on: October 9, 2017

City to commemorate Hazelwood Cemetery Sesquicentennial Anniversary Saturday, Oct. 14

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The City of Springfield invites the community to celebrate 150 years of history and service to the community at the Sesquicentennial Anniversary of Hazelwood Cemetery (1642 E. Seminole St.) 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14. 

At the t...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: October 12, 2017

REMINDER: Second-graders to discover Treasures of the City Thursday evening

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Second-grade students and their families will tour the City's Government Plaza while they treasure-hunt for knowledge of municipal government at the 28th annual "Treasures of the City" Partners in Education event, hosted by ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: October 5, 2017

Additional parks and sidewalks to be constructed with HUD funds

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA 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) has required the City’s Planning  and Development D...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: July 8, 2014

July sales tax revenue up

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The City of Springfield's July one-percent general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 26.55% compared to the month of July 2013. Revenues are also ahead of budget for July by $682,250 or 17.82%.

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: September 27, 2017

Springfield Public Works and Environmental Services departments reaccredited by the APWA

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The City of Springfield departments of Public Works and Environmental Services have been reaccredited by the American Public Works Association (APWA) – achieving 100% compliance.

The reaccreditation certifies the departments ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: September 17, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: Performers rehearse today 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. for upcoming benefit concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 17, 2017

A group of local performers will practice today from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. at Brentwood Christian Church, 1900 E. Barataria, to prepare for a benefit concert that will help local children.

Nearly a dozen musicians and vocali...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: September 15, 2017

CreAsian restaurant to donate half of Sept. 19 gross sales to Springfield Police and Fire

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CreAsian restaurant, at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Campbell in Springfield, will for the sixth year, donate half of its gross sales Tuesday, Sept. 19, to the Springfield Police Foundation and the Springfield Fire Department&...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: September 25, 2017

Second public meeting for Kearney Street Redevelopment Plan tonight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

With the completion of the Kearney Street Corridor Study by PGAV Planners in May, the City of Springfield is now seeking input on the redevelopment plan for the three-mile stretch of Kearney between Kansas Expressway and Glenstone Ave...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: September 12, 2017

September sales tax revenues down 7% compared to budget, revenues still up 1% YTD

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The City of Springfield’s September sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 7%, or $319,017, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $4,153,204 compared to the budgeted amount of $4,4...

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Posted on: September 12, 2017

City of Springfield soliciting bids for 20 surplus properties in city limits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The City of Springfield’s Purchasing division is soliciting sealed bids until 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1 for the sale of various parcels of City-owned property at 20 locations in Springfield. Sixteen of the properties are loc...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: August 31, 2017

Group cited for aggressive panhandling

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Springfield Police Department issued six citations Wednesday to panhandlers at a local intersection for “aggressive panhandling” to people claiming to be collecting donations for Texas flood victims. All ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: September 1, 2017

Deputy City Manager Tim Smith announces he will retire at the end of the year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECity of Springfield Deputy City Manager Tim Smith announced today he will retire in December.

 

Smith’s key duties have included completion of an integrated plan proposal for meeting environmental standards and provid...

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Posted on: August 29, 2017

City Council approves putting continuation of level property tax on fall ballot

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Springfield City Council approved asking voters to continue the level property tax to pay for unfunded public safety capital improvement and staffing needs. The vote was 7-1 with Councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky voting no and Co...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: August 25, 2017

City Council continues discussion on level property tax continuation

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City Council will meet at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29 at Historic City Hall Council Chambers to discuss and possibly vote on a continuation of the City’s level property tax (LPT) levy to pay for unfunded capital improvement...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: August 24, 2017

First reading of pit bull ordinance delayed until Sept. 18

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At Councilwoman Kristi Fulnecky’s request, the first reading and public hearing for an ordinance to further regulate pit bull ownership in the city of Springfield has been rescheduled from the Sept. 5 City Council meeting to...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: August 22, 2017

City Council to meet today to discuss level property tax continuation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Springfield City Council will meet at 1 p.m. today in Historic City Hall Council Chambers for a first reading of a bill to put a measure on the Nov. 7 ballot.

The measure would ask voters whether or not to continue a current level of p...

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Posted on: August 22, 2017

Scenic Avenue to close at railroad crossing north of Battlefield Road Aug. 21- 27

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Scenic Avenue will close at the MNA Railroad Crossing, north of Battlefield Road, beginning 6 a.m. Monday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, August 27, weather permitting.  The work will facilitate the replacement of the existing railr...

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Posted on: August 22, 2017

Safety improvements at two Battlefield Road intersections to begin Aug. 28

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Public Works has authorized Hunter Chase & Associates to begin nighttime construction of safety improvements at the intersections of Battlefield Road and Campbell Avenue and Battlefield Road and National Avenue beginning Monday, A...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: August 21, 2017

City to host public meetings to gather input for Kearney Street Redevelopment Plan

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With the completion of the Kearney Street Corridor Study by PGAV Planners in May, the City of Springfield is now seeking input for the redevelopment plan for the three-mile stretch of Kearney between Kansas Expressway and Glenstone Av...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: August 15, 2017

August sales tax revenues up 5% compared to budget, 6% YTD

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The City of Springfield’s August sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 5%, or $135,691, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $2,721,522, compared to the budgeted amount of $2,585,8...

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

BIRTHPLACE OF ROUTE 66 FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY AND PRE-PARADE PARTY

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BIRTHPLACE OF ROUTE 66 FESTIVAL OPENING CEREMONY AND PRE-PARADE PARTY

Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Staging begins at 4:30 p.m.

The Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park, located in the 1200 block of College, will serve as party central for the o...

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Posted on: August 9, 2017

Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights to host community meeting Aug. 16

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The eight members of the Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights and Community Relations will host a meet-and-greet and community input session at 5:45 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library’s C...

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Posted on: August 7, 2017

Frisco Lane officially on track following City Council approval

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Springfield City Council greenlit Frisco Lane at its Aug. 7 meeting with the passage of Council Bill 2017-196.

The ordinance approves the acquisition of about 67,000 square feet of open space and alleyway north of the buildings on the ...

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Posted on: August 7, 2017

Brendan Griesemer, AICP, named assistant director of Planning & Development

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Brendan Griesemer, AICP, has been named assistant director of Planning & Development for the City of Springfield, effective July 23. 

“I am honored to have been chosen for this exciting opportunity. I look forward to servi...

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Posted on: August 2, 2017

City to host public input meeting Aug. 9 to discuss next round of C-Street TIF projects

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Staff from the City of Springfield’s Planning and Development office and Zone 1 Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson will host a public input meeting about how to spend approximately $300,000 generated by the Commercial Street Tax ...

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

Sheriff to begin accepting City of Springfield municipal inmates

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The Greene County Commission, City of Springfield and Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott have reached an agreement that amends the 1997 Law Enforcement Sales Tax agreement and settles the lawsuits surrounding the use of the Justice Cent...

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: County, City, Sheriff’s Office to issue special announcement regarding the jail

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The Greene County Commission, City of Springfield and Greene County Sheriff's Office to issue special announcement regarding the jail

WHEN: Friday, July 28, 2017 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Public Safety Center, 330 W. Scott Street

Event to be live...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: July 27, 2017

Proclamation recognizes City Utilities’ commitment to renewable energy

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In recognition of City Utilities’ outstanding commitment to renewable energy, Mayor Ken McClure has proclaimed July 27, 2017 to be Focus on Renewable Energy Day. McClure, unable to present the proclamation in person, offered his congr...

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Posted on: July 7, 2017

July sales tax revenues up 6% compared to budget

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After five months of below-budget sales tax checks from the Missouri Department of Revenue, the City of Springfield’s July check is up 6%, or $283,141, compared to the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $4,662,889, compared to t...

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Posted on: July 5, 2017

Committee considers use of level property tax for unfunded needs

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Springfield City Council’s Finance & Administration Committee met Wednesday to discuss a possible continuation of the City’s level property tax levy (LPT) to pay for unfunded capital improvement needs. The continuation w...

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Posted on: June 29, 2017

Brigitte Marrs appointed executive director of Mayor’s Commission for Children

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The Mayor’s Commission for Children board announces the appointment of Brigitte Marrs as its new executive director. Marrs has served on the commission since 2013. She replaces former executive director Denise Bredfeldt.

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Posted on: June 27, 2017

City releases internal audit reports for cashier operations, accounts payable and cash disbursements

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Certified accounting firm RubinBrown LLP has completed audit reports of the City of Springfield’s cashier operations and accounts payable and cash disbursements processes. The reports include best practices, observations, recommendati...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 26, 2017

City seeking candidates for Board of Public Utilities

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The City of Springfield is seeking qualified candidates for the Board of Public Utilities. The Board has two immediate vacancies and will have three additional vacancies in December.

City Utilities of Springfield (CU) is a pr...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 23, 2017

Five honored, 22 others recognized at 26th annual Gift of Time luncheon

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Five volunteers were honored by the Council of Churches of the Ozarks and City of Springfield as Volunteers of the Year at the annual Gift of Time Awards Luncheon today at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. Twenty-two others – ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 15, 2017

Square sculpture to be tumbled Wednesday, June 21 in honor of Tom Billionis

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The public is invited to a special summertime rotation of the Park Central Square sculpture, the Tumbler, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21.

This is a unique tumble for Public Works crews as this quarterly event coincides with a celebration of the life of late ...

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View a video about the Tumbler. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 15, 2017

Square sculpture to be tumbled Wednesday, June 21 in honor of Tom Billionis

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The public is invited to a special summertime rotation of the Park Central Square sculpture, the Tumbler, at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 21.

This is a unique tumble for Public Works crews as this quarterly event coincides with a celebration of the life of late ...

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View a video about the Tumbler. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 12, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: Alliance continues work to house homeless from East Kearney Camps

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENEWS BRIEFING AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

11:30 A.M., Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Springfield-Greene County Public Safety Center Media Center , 330 W. Scott Street

 

The Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness (OAEH), One Door and other ...

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

City Council approves City budget; prioritizes public safety

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Springfield City Council approved the City Manager’s $348 million total balanced budget Monday night after five budget hearings over the past several weeks. The General Fund portion of the budget is roughly $83 mil...

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Posted on: June 12, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: Alliance continues work to house homeless from East Kearney Camps

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENEWS BRIEFING AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:

11:30 A.M., Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Springfield-Greene County Public Safety Center Media Center , 330 W. Scott Street

 

The Ozarks Alliance to End Homelessness (OAEH), One Door and other ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 7, 2017

Mayor Ken McClure testifies before governor’s committee in support of economic development tools

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Mayor Ken McClure testified this afternoon before the Governor’s Committee on Simple, Fair and Low Taxes in support of the various economic development tools used in Springfield to stimulate employment, incentivize redevelop...

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Posted on: June 7, 2017

June sales tax revenues down 10% compared to budget

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The City of Springfield’s June 2017 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 10%, or $437,409, compared to the amount budgeted.

 

The check reflects sales processed by the state in Ma...

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Posted on: June 6, 2017

Day 2 of MARC results in 54 new intakes

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Day 2 of a multi-agency response to Springfield’s largest homeless camp resulted in a total of 54 new intakes at the camp by 4 p.m., with 26 of those from the Kearney Street camp. With 56 intakes Monday, the number...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 6, 2017

Second Cruise Kearney! event this Friday

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Please include on community calendars:

Classic car cruising is back on Kearney Street. The Cruise Kearney! kickoff May 26 drew hundreds of cars to Kearney Street and organizers are hoping to do it all again each month. Rain or shine, 6...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 5, 2017

Day 1 of MARC a success

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Fifty-six homeless individuals in Springfield are one step closer to permanent housing today. As of 10 a.m., 28 individuals had received services at the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC), with 21 of those coming ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: June 5, 2017

Community Involvement Committee to hear presentations, panel discussion about substance misuse

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MEDIA ALERT

What: City Council Community Involvement Committee Meeting

When: 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Where: Busch Municipal Building 4th Floor Conference Room

City Council’s Community Involvement Committee will hear presentations from...

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

Mayor Ken McClure in State of the City address: SGF truly a great city

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In his inaugural State of the City address, held this morning at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield! program at Parkview High School, Mayor Ken McClure said Springfield is overall in good hea...

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Posted on: June 1, 2017

Mayor Ken McClure to present first State of the City address this morning

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure will present his first State of the City address at 7:30 a.m. this morning at the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce’s Good Morning Springfield! program at Parkview High School, 516 W. Meadowmere. McClu...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 31, 2017

Capital improvement grants awarded to eight neighborhoods through Neighborhood Works Program

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Eight registered neighborhoods in Springfield will soon be seeing improvements to their parks thanks to a competitive grant made possible through the voter-approved 1/4-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax.

In April 2016, Springfield vot...

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Posted on: May 30, 2017

City Manager wraps up annual budget workshop

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May 30, 2017City Manager wraps up annual budget workshopCity Council expected to make two amendments

City Manager Greg Burris wrapped up five weeks of budget workshops Tuesday, May 30, proposing a $348 million  balanced budget...

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Posted on: May 30, 2017

Rezoning request for former Palace Theater will not be heard at tonight's City Council meeting

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A request for a zoning change that would allow the former Palace Theater at 2220 W.  Chesterfield to be replaced by a church will not be heard by City Council at tonight’s meeting.

The issue is still being considered by the Pl...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 25, 2017

David Pennington to be sworn in as Fire Chief

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Springfield’s new Fire Chief David Pennington will take his oath of office at 1:30 p.m., Friday, May 26 at Fire Station #1, 720 E. Grand

A fire chief search committee comprised of City staff, Liberty Fire ...

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Posted on: May 23, 2017

Cruise Kearney kickoff event at 6 p.m. Friday

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!

The Cruise Kearney! kickoff event will be held Friday, May 26 beginning at 6 p.m. with a ribbon cutting at Kearney Street and Melville Avenue, just west of the Kearney and Kansas Expressway int...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 19, 2017

David Pennington named Springfield Fire Chief

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After a nationwide search, City Manager Greg Burris has named Assistant Fire Chief of Operations David Pennington fire chief effective May 28.

A fire chief search committee comprised of City staff, Liberty Fire Chief Mike Snider and lo...

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Posted on: August 23, 2017

TE Jefferson Avenue Footbridge Fundraising Art Show and News Conference Regarding Two Major Announce

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WHO: Commercial Club of Springfield, Eugene Field Elementary Students and Faculty and Drury On C-Street

WHAT: Two major news announcements will be made with a backdrop of over 100 vibrant oil pastel drawings of the Jefferson Avenue Foo...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: May 18, 2017

Meeting to discuss East Kearney homeless camp outreach moved to Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites

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MEDIA ALERT: Meeting to discuss East Kearney homeless camp outreach moved to Holiday Inn (North) Hotel & Suites

The Thursday, May 18 meeting to discuss a multi-agency outreach effort at a homeless camp on East Kearney has been moved to Holiday Inn Hote...

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Posted on: May 9, 2017

Mayor's Commission for Children announces results of 2016 kindergarten readiness study

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“Are we adequately preparing our children to enter school ready to learn, armed with the necessary skills needed to succeed?” The results of the Mayor’s Commission for Children’s 2016 k...

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Posted on: May 8, 2017

City budget workshops for Fiscal Year 2018 continue Tuesday

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City Manager Greg Burris presented a proposed $348 million budget to City Council Tuesday, May 2, at the start of a month-long series of budget workshops. The City consists of more than 20 diverse departments.

The City’s fiscal year ru...

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

Public invited to May 9 presentation of Hazelwood Cemetery Community Visioning findings

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Neighbors, patrons, historians and interested citizens are invited to attend a final presentation of recommendations stemming from the Hazelwood Cemetery Community Visioning Project at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 at the Schweit...

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Posted on: May 30, 2017

Gift of Time nomination deadline extended to Friday at midnight

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Volunteers are a vital part of delivering services to our community every day – from hunger to education; homelessness to advocacy; volunteers are there to give the most important gift – the gift of time.

To celebra...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 28, 2017

Doling, Bradford Park neighborhood cleanups rescheduled

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Update: Doling's has been rescheduled for May 13 and Bradford Park's has been rescheduled for May 20.

Due to the threat of severe weather this weekend, Doling and Bradford Park's neighborhood cleanups are can...

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Posted on: April 26, 2017

Council narrows field to six for open General Seat D

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Springfield City Council has narrowed down the field of applicants for Council’s open General Seat D to six finalists after an electronic meeting Wednesday, April 26. The position became available after Ken McClure won the m...

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Posted on: April 25, 2017

Planning firm presents key findings in Kearney Street corridor study at Council Lunch

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The City of Springfield is nearing completion of a corridor study for a portion of Kearney Street between Kansas Expressway and Glenstone Avenue. At the April 25 City Council Lunch, PGAV Planners presented ideas for the revitalization...

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Posted on: April 24, 2017

Developer requests zoning case be sent to Planning and Zoning Commission for reconsideration

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Developer requests zoning case be sent to Planning and Zoning Commission for reconsideration

 

A zoning case planned for City Council’s Monday, May 1 agenda is likely to be remanded (sent back) to Planning & Zonin...

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Posted on: April 21, 2017

City releases 2016 year in review report

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The City of Springfield has released an interactive Year in Review report that highlights community activities and accomplishments during 2016.

In his opening message, City Manager Greg Burris expresses gratitude that Springfield is a ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: August 23, 2017

Mayor Ken McClure testifies before transportation task force

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Mayor Ken McClure testified before the Governor’s 21st Century Transportation System Task Force Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017 in Springfield. The purpose of the Task Force is to evaluate the condition of our state transportation ...

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Posted on: April 17, 2017

Councilwoman hopes to see classic cars cruise Kearney again

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Zone 1 Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson is hoping to bring classic car cruising back to Kearney Street. Her requested resolution for Monday night’s Council meeting asked for fellow Council members to “support cruising...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 11, 2017

Ken McClure sworn in as Mayor of Springfield

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New Springfield Mayor Ken McClure took his seat at the dais after being sworn in during a noon City Council meeting in Historic City Hall April 11. Returning Council members General Seat A Councilwoman Jan Fisk; General Seat B Council...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 7, 2017

New Mayor Ken McClure to be sworn in Tuesday, April 11

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mayor-elect Ken McClure will be sworn in as Springfield’s Mayor at a Special City Council meeting at noon, Tuesday, April 11 in Historic City Hall Council Chambers. Mayor Bob Stephens did not run for reelection. Five additio...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: April 7, 2017

April sales tax revenues down 5% compared to budget

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The City of Springfield's April 2017 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 5%, or $164,348, compared to the amount budgeted.

 

The check reflects sales processed by the st...

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Posted on: April 3, 2017

AT&T service to 9-1-1 restored

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UPDATED: Service has been restored.

Some AT&T customers may not be able to call 9-1-1 from a landline phone in Greene County and possibly nationwide. Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Director Zim S...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 29, 2017

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

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The Missouri Association of Public Purchasing (MAPP) will host a "reverse vendor fair" in conjunction with its annual state conference 1-3 p.m., Thursday, April 20 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach.

Vendors will ha...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 21, 2017

Proposed program could help get panhandlers off the streets and into jobs

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In Albuquerque, they were searching for a “better way.” In Portland, they created an “Opportunity Crew”. And in Springfield, leaders are hoping to provide “Wheels to Work.&am...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 9, 2017

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partners announce 2017 event lineup

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Please mark your calendar to celebrate all things Route 66 Aug. 11-12 at the seventh annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield. Registration for the 2017 car and motorcycle show will open at route66festi...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 8, 2017

CANCELLED: AT&T confirms service to 9-1-1 restored

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***UPDATE: AT&T confirms service to 9-1-1 restored in Greene county ***

Many AT&T customers are not currently able to call 9-1-1 from mobile phones in Greene County, and possibly nationwide. Springfield-Greene County ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 8, 2017

AT&T customers unable to call 9-1-1

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Many AT&T customers are not currently able to call 9-1-1 from mobile phones in Greene County, and possibly nationwide. Springfield-Greene County 911 Emergency Communications assistant director J.R. Webb said he has recei...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 8, 2017

March sales tax revenues down 8% compared to budget; shortfall due to processing delays

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The City of Springfield's March 2017 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 8% compared to the amount budgeted.

The check reflects sales processed by the state in February from tra...

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Posted on: March 7, 2017

Francine Pratt to lead Prosper Springfield

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

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 7, 2017

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partners to announce 2017 event lineup

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Please join Birthplace of Route 66 Festival event partners KY3, Aaron Sachs & Associates, the Gillioz Theatre and the City of Springfield for a press conference at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 9 at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, as...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: March 7, 2017

REMINDER: Impacting Poverty Commission announcement today at 12:45 p.m.

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Please join the Impacting Poverty Commission for an important announcement regarding our collective goal to reduce poverty in the Springfield region at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 in the Busch Municipal Building main lobby.It is with great opti...

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Posted on: February 17, 2017

Darla Morrison named City Human Resources Director

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City Manager Greg Burris officially named Darla Morrison as the City’s Human Resources Director, effective Feb. 20. Darla has been serving as the Interim Human Resources Director since July 2016 when previous director Sheila...

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Download a head shot of Darla Morrison. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: February 6, 2017

February sales tax revenues down 4% compared to budget

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The City of Springfield's February 2017 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is down 4% compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in January from ...

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Posted on: February 2, 2017

Public invited to share ideas for the future of Springfield's Hazelwood Cemetery

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Neighbors, patrons, historians and interested citizens are invited to participate in a visioning process to develop a long-term plan for the future of Springfield’s historic Hazelwood Municipal Cemetery.

With the he...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 31, 2017

City Council presented with Jefferson Avenue Footbridge options

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City Council presented with Jefferson Avenue Footbridge options

 

City Council evaluated potential options for rehabilitating the 115-year-old Jefferson Avenue Footbridge at a City Council workshop Tuesday evening, he...Read on...

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Posted on: January 31, 2017

Springfield-Greene County 9-1-1 calls for service increase in 2016

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In 2016, the Springfield-Greene County 91-1 Emergency Communications department averaged nearly 22,000 9-1-1 calls per month with over 81% from mobile devices, says Director Zim Schwartze.

The 9-1-1 telecommunicators, housed ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 20, 2017

David Holtmann named City Finance Director

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City Manager Greg Burris officially named David Holtmann as the City’s Finance director, effective Jan. 23. Holtmann has served as interim Finance director since July, when previous director Mary Mannix Decker reti...

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

Roster for City Council candidates certified and submitted

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Springfield City Clerk Anita Cotter has certified 13 applicants to be included on the ballot for the April 4, 2017 election.

Five City Council Seats and the office of Mayor are open this cycle. Zone 2 Councilman Tom Prater mu...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 19, 2017

Impacting Poverty Commission issues one-year report

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When the Impacting Poverty Commission (IPC) issued a challenge to the community to help decrease the poverty trend in Greene County in October 2015, Mayor Bob Stephens proclaimed that the “consequences of doing nothing are j...

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View the report. City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 17, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: Council workshop rescheduled Jan. 31

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Due to clerical errors in the posting of tonight’s City Council workshop regarding the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, the meeting must be cancelled. It is rescheduled for 5:30 p.m., Jan. 31 at the Savoy on Commercial Street.

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 17, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: Council workshop tonight cancelled

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Due to clerical errors in the posting of tonight’s City Council workshop, regarding the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge, the meeting must be cancelled. It will be rescheduled at a later date. We apologize for any inconvenience t...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 17, 2017

Building Development Services proposes updates to housing code

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Building Development Services Director Chris Straw brought what he calls a “long overdue” set of clarifications to the City’s Nuisance and Housing Code (City Charter, Chapter 74) to City Council Tuesday, ...

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City of Springfield News Releases (General)
Posted on: January 13, 2017

MEDIA ALERT: City Council to discuss future of Jefferson Avenue Footbridge at Jan. 18 workshop

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Springfield City Council will hear the results of a recent public input process and discuss rehabilitation options for the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge at an evening workshop 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 at the Savoy B...

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Posted on: January 11, 2017

Public service agencies prepared for impending weather event

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Springfield’s public service agencies held a press conference Thursday about the forecasted ice event for Thursday night into Saturday.

“Although we don’t expect this event to come near the severity of the...

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Posted on: January 10, 2017

Mayor Pro Tem Ken McClure testifies on statewide TNC bill

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Mayor Pro Tem Ken McClure testified today at the Missouri House General Laws Committee meeting in support of House Bill 130, a proposed statewide measure to pave the way for transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber ...

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Posted on: November 14, 2017

City Manager Greg Burris to transition to new role

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Interviews with Greg Burris and Mayor Ken McClure, beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, can be scheduled by Cora Scott, 417-380-3352 or cscott@springfieldmo.gov.

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris has resigned his role as City Mana...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

January sales tax revenues up 5% compared to budget

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The City of Springfield's January 2017 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 5% compared to the amount budgeted. The check reflects sales processed by the state in December from t...

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Posted on: January 6, 2017

Public invited to discuss future of Kearney Street with City staff Jan. 12

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What does the future hold for Kearney Street? The City of Springfield is conducting a market study to look at current business patterns and future opportunities for retail and commercial development along the Kearney Street corridor (...

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