Public Information & Civic Engagement

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    Source of green substance in Fassnight Creek confirmed

    City officials have confirmed that the green substance found in Fassnight Creek Thursday afternoon was a non-hazardous fluorescein dye. A nearby facility used the dye to determine where some patio drains at the facility were connected. Read on...
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    David Holtmann named City Finance Director

    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 retired. Read on...
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    Roster for City Council candidates certified and submitted

    Springfield City Clerk Anita Cotter has certified 13 applicants to be included on the ballot for the April 4, 2017 election. Read on...
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    Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

    During the fourth quarter of 2016, SPD reported an overall increase in crime by 18 percent. Read on...
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    City reports non-hazardous dye found in Fassnight Creek

    City Officials report that a green substance found in Fassnight Creek Thursday afternoon is most likely a non-hazardous substance such as fluorescein dye. Read on...
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    Impacting Poverty Commission issues one-year report

    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 just too great.” Read on...
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    Building Development Services proposes updates to housing code

    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, Jan. 17. Read on...
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    MEDIA ALERT: City Council to discuss future of Jefferson Avenue Footbridge at Jan. 18 workshop

    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 Jan. 18 at the Savoy Ballroom. Read on...
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    Public service agencies prepared for impending weather event

    Springfield’s public service agencies held a press conference Thursday about the forecasted ice event for Thursday night into Saturday. Read on...
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    Fire Department presents staffing and deployment recommendations to Council

    The Springfield Fire Department presented City Council with various options for staffing and deployment as a follow up to its presentation in December. Read on...
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    Jan. 9 City Council meeting summary

    Springfield City Council met at Historic City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 9. A written summary and video recording of the meeting are available. Read on...
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    Fire deaths continue to plague Springfield in 2016

    Despite a reduction in residential fires overall in 2016, Springfield's fire death rate continues to trend upward, as the Fire Department resolves to find new ways to address the issue. Read on...
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    January sales tax revenues up 5% compared to budget

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

    Springfield and surrounding community residents are invited to attend a public open house to talk about future development in the Kearney Street corridor 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at Library Station. Read on...
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    Thankful for a City of Action

    Springfield has been praised for being a city of action. Take a look at what we've been up to in 2016. Read on...
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    Missouri Job Center to offer funding for employee training

    The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and Missouri Job Center are offering funding to area employers for specialized employee training through the JET (Jobs, Education, and Training) program until July 30, 2017. Read on...
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    Springfield Police investigate officer-involved shooting

    Springfield police officers were dispatched to 1100 N. Hampton, Silver Springs Park, at approximately 3:21 a.m. on Jan. 1, in reference to a male suspect who was threatening to kill his wife and was armed with a gun. Read on...
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    Kidnapping charges filed in missing girl case

    A 13-year-old diagnosed with autism was reported missing just after 6 p.m. Tuesday evening. She had run away from her guardians while in the 500 block of E. Deerfield. Read on...
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    City seeks public input regarding trash and recycling collection

    Springfield residents are encouraged to complete an online public input survey regarding trash and recycling collection within city limits. Read on...
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    Accounting firm completes audit of Parks department

    Certified accounting firm RubinBrown LLP has completed an audit report of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board for transactions from Jan. 1, 2015 through May 31, 2016. Read on...
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    City Council receives independent audit report

    The Springfield City Council received an “unmodified” (the highest level given) opinion on the City’s financial statement audit from the City’s independent auditing firm, RSM. Read on...
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    Springfield named to best-performing cities list

    Springfield, Mo. ranks 53rd among the nation's "best-performing" cities according to the Milken Institute's annual Best-Performing Cities index for 2016. Read on...
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    Judge issues order on matters related to jail lawsuit

    Judge John D. Beger ruled Dec. 13 that the majority of the City’s statement of facts exist "without substantial controversy" and need no further adjudication. Read on...
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    Fire Chief David Hall announces resignation to join MSU

    Springfield Fire Chief David Hall has announced his resignation to join Missouri State University as its first emergency preparedness manager on Feb. 1, 2017.
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    City hosts dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for north SGF Job Center

    The Missouri Job Center hosted a two-part dedication and ribbon cutting for its new north Springfield location, located in the CoxHealth North Medical Tower, 1443 N. Robberson. Read on...
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    Springfield City Council approves jail agreement with Vernon County

    City Council unanimously approved an agreement with Vernon County officials to house inmates at the Vernon County Jail Facility in Nevada, Mo. Read on...
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    Springfield Fire Department shares study data

    The Springfield Fire Department is conducting a staffing and deployment study that could significantly improve its responses within the community.
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    Public Works prepared for impending winter season

    Public Works Street Operations division has been preparing for the impending winter season since September. Read on...
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    Springfield Firefighter receives Medal of Valor for water rescues

    The Springfield Fire Department is proud to announce Firefighter Michael Kuss is the recipient of a Medal of Valor for a swiftwater rescue incident to which he responded on May 29th, 2015.
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    City receives Distinguished Budget Award 10th year in a row

    For the 10th year in a row, the City has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. Read on...
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    Rating agency upgrades two of City’s bond issues

    Moody's Investor Service (one of the nation’s top three bond credit rating agencies) has upgraded the rating of two of the City of Springfield’s bond issues related to Jordan Valley Park’s Baseball Stadium Project. Read on...
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    Vacant structure fires both dangerous and costly

    A fire in a vacant structure last Tuesday night is symbolic of a problem Springfield Fire Chief David Hall says is both dangerous and costly. 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...

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

Special Events and Special Event Permitting - The Department of Public Information sponsors or cooperates in planning special events, such as the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, the Springfield Jazz Festival, the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony, the State of the City Address and the Partners in Education "Treasures of the City," event. The Department of Public Information also assists other City departments in planning and executing special events such as ribbon cuttings and dedications, as well as in coordinating their promotion. Public Information also oversees permitting special events in the city of Springfield. 

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.

Citizen Resource Center - 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 417-864-1010 for assistance. 

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.

Department Fast Facts


  • Employs about 12 people
  • Has an annual budget of about $800,000