Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    Council to hear recommendations about C-Street TIF projects Monday night

    Staff from the City’s Economic Development office will present recommendations for how to spend the Commercial Street TIF revenues at Monday's City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Historic City Hall. Read on...
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    Fire Department partners with Parents as Teachers to provide families with fire extinguishers

    The Springfield Fire Department will give 270 fire extinguishers to Parents as Teachers participants. Families will also be eligible for free smoke alarms. The extinguishers and alarms are funded by grants from FEMA and the Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation. Read on...
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    Second- and third-graders to discover Treasures of the City Tuesday evening

    Second- and third-grade students will tour the City's Government Plaza while they treasure-hunt for knowledge of municipal government at the 27th annual "Treasures of the City" Partners in Education event Tuesday evening. Read on...
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    Students to make a difference in Zone 1 during Parkview Cares Day tomorrow

    Instead of spending the day in the classroom tomorrow, Parkview High School students will be volunteering at dozens of sites in Springfield as part of the third annual Parkview Cares Day. Read on...
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    Dr. Thomas Prater selected for Zone 2 City Council seat

    City Council has selected Thomas Prater, M.D., as the new Zone 2 council representative at a special City Council meeting Sept. 20. Read on...
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    Eight citizens apply for Zone 2 City Council Seat

    Eight Springfield citizens have applied for the vacant City Council Zone 2 seat. Justin Burnett resigned earlier this month after moving from Zone 2. The filing deadline was Friday, Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. Read on...
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    City’s Sustainability Officer Barbara Lucks announces resignation

    After 22 years with the City of Springfield, most notably as the City’s first sustainability officer, Barbara Lucks is announcing her resignation (effective in mid-October) to work full time as a private environmental consultant. Read on...
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    City PIO staff recognized with national award for walk-through model of downtown

    The City of Springfield’s Department of Public Information received a 2016 Savvy Award for its interactive walk-through model of downtown Springfield, with infographics, print pieces and a video illustrating the economic revitalization of the area. Read on...
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    Sept. 19 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 19. A written summary and video recording of meeting are available. Read on...
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    September sales tax revenues up 3% compared to budget

    The City of Springfield's September 2016 1% general sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is up 3%, or $156,197, compared to the amount budgeted. Read on...
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    Zone 2 Council seat open

    Justin Burnett’s Zone 2 Council seat is now vacant, following his move out of Zone 2. Burnett sent an email to City Council colleagues and members of City staff Thursday afternoon, with the announcement of his move to south Springfield. Read on...
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    Springfield Fire Department receives $27,000 for fire prevention

    Today, the Springfield Fire Department will be officially accepting a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help smoke alarms, fire extinguishers and escape ladders for the community. Read on...
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    City’s plan for continued sewer upgrades a sound investment

    City Council received a refresher course Tuesday on a long-term plan they approved in November 2014 for Springfield to reduce sewer system overflows and protect water quality. Read on...
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    City GIS staff create 80-stop virtual tour down Springfield’s stretch of Historic Route 66

    The City of Springfield’s Geographic Information Systems division has created an intensive 80-stop “story map” of Historic Route 66 through Springfield utilizing mapping software Esri. Read on...
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    New right-turn lane design to be piloted at Battlefield and Campbell

    Public Works will test out the safety benefits of a new right-turn lane design with a pilot study at the intersection of Battlefield Road and Campbell Avenue beginning Tuesday, July 26. Read on...
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    Zone Blitz initiative promotes community unity

    The City of Springfield, along with community partners and Zone 1 neighbors, officially launched the Zone Blitz, an initiative to improve quality of life in northwest Springfield, Monday morning at Nichols Park. Read on...
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    SGF named 11th Best City for Staycations in WalletHub.com study

    To help Americans find the best staycation spots in the U.S. ? and the ones worth leaving home for ? WalletHub¹s number crunchers compared the 150 largest cities across 28 key metrics. Read on...
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    SGF named 8th Best City to Start a Business in WalletHub.com study

    In order to determine the best cities for Hispanic entrepreneurs, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across two key dimensions, namely “Hispanic Business-Friendliness” and “Hispanic Purchasing Power.” Read on...
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    Ozark Workforce Development Board to launch free Multi-Trade Pre-Apprenticeship

    The Pre-Apprenticeship Multi-Trade Orientation (PAMTO) is a four week program that is offered at no charge to participants. It will allow them to gain experience and insight into the participating trades: Carpenters, Plumbers & Pipefitters, and Laborers. Read on...
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    SGF named 17th Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs in WalletHub.com study

    In order to determine the best cities for Hispanic entrepreneurs, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across two key dimensions, namely “Hispanic Business-Friendliness” and “Hispanic Purchasing Power.” Read on...
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    SGF named 5th Best City to Get Married in WalletHub.com study

    To help couples find the most wedding-friendly destinations, WalletHub's analysts compared 150 of the biggest cities across 18 key indicators of a cost-effective, convenient and enjoyable occasion. Read on...
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Mission Statement
We are committed to working with the community by providing timely and accessible city information using all relevant communication technologies to empower citizens and staff to participate in open and transparent government.

Purpose
The Department of Public Information provides information to the general public and media, and serves as a departmental resource to the community. Public Information also works with other city departments to plan special events, news releases, develop web site material, brochures, videos, and other informational materials about city government.

Services to the Community
  • CityView - Original programming related to city events, news, and issues, streamed online and broadcasts via Mediacom cable and AT&T Uverse; also broadcasts a rotating informational bulletin board.
  • Frequently Requested Contact Information - An online database of information to assist citizens in their search for city, county and state phone numbers.
  • News Releases - News releases announcing city events and issues sent to local media help provide information to the public.
  • Other Services include print pieces such as brochures and signage, citizen and employee surveys, and general information assistance.
  • Partners in Education (PIE) - Partnering with local schools, this program offers interaction between school children, teachers, and city officials, and helps teach young people about city government. By exposing children to local government at an early age they can grow up knowing about the services provided by the city and how each citizen can make a contribution to his or her community. Classroom materials, speakers, and special events are offered throughout the year, with a special emphasis for third grade students.
  • Service Requests - One of the department's most visible services, this program helps provide service or address problems by working with citizens, other city departments, and city council members to make citizens aware of action the city may be taking related to the request. Call 417-864-1011 for assistance. The Service Request Division also maintains the Citizen's Service Packet, a packet of information helpful to citizens with questions and concerns.
  • Special Events - The City of Springfield sponsors or cooperates in planning many special events, including ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings, legislative functions and community outreaches. The PIO assists city departments in planning special events, as well as in coordinating their promotions. The intent is for neighborhoods, civic organizations, and private individuals to have access to all the opportunities available from the city.
  • The SCENE - This award-winning monthly newsletter for employees and retirees of the City of Springfield provides benefit information, features on city employees, and information about city events.
  • Tours - Schools, businesses, and other interested groups may schedule tours of City Hall, the Busch Municipal Building, and other city facilities by calling 417-864-1010.
  • Website - The city's official website provides information, applications, forms, and interactive features such as maps.
Department Fast Facts
  • Employs about 12 people
  • Has an annual budget of about $800,000