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Posted on: January 20, 2017

Source of green substance in Fassnight Creek confirmed

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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 we...

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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 retired.

“I am exci...

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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 must r...

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Posted on: January 20, 2017

Springfield Police Department releases Quarterly Public Safety Report

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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. This is in comparison to the crime statistics from October thro...

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Posted on: January 19, 2017

City reports non-hazardous dye found in Fassnight Creek

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City Officials report that a green substance found in Fassnight Creek Thursday afternoon is most likely a non-hazardous substance such as fluorescein dye.

At 2 p.m. the Springfield Fire Department received a call reporting a gree...

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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 just too gr...

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View the report.
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, Jan. 17. The workshop was info...

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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 Ballroom (2...

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Learn more about the evaluation report.
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 2007 event, our public servic...

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Posted on: January 10, 2017

Fire Department presents staffing and deployment recommendations to Council

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At the Jan. 10 Council Lunch, the Springfield Fire Department presented the City Council with various options for staffing and deployment as a follow up to its presentation in December. At the original presentation, the Fi...

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Posted on: January 9, 2017

Fire deaths continue to plague Springfield in 2016

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Fire deaths continue to plague Springfield

Springfield -- Despite a reduction in residential fires overall in 2016, Springfield's fire death rate continues to trend upward, according to a year-end report. Department statisti...

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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 transacti...

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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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Take the survey.
Posted on: December 30, 2016

Thankful for a City of Action

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by Greg Burris, Springfield City Manager

Springfield has been praised for being a city of action. While citizens from many other communities get stalled in analysis paralysis, Springfieldians pride themselves on being collaborators and on having a bias tow...

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View the 2016 in Review video.
Posted on: December 20, 2016

Missouri Job Center to offer funding for employee training

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The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board and Missouri Job Center are now offering funding to area employers for specialized employee training. The JET (Jobs, Education, and Training) program funds training for current, full-...

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Visit the Job Center's Web site.
Posted on: January 1, 2017

Springfield Police investigate officer-involved shooting

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Jan. 2, 2017 -- The deceased suspect was identified as James E. Lewis, 44 (4-17-72). Next of kin has been notified.

Jan. 1, 2017 -- Springfield police officers were dispatched to 1100 N. Hampton, Silver Springs Park, at approximately 3...

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Posted on: December 22, 2016

Kidnapping charges filed in missing girl case

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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.

At approximately 11 a.m. Wednesday as officers were still actively ...

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Posted on: December 22, 2016

City seeks public input regarding trash and recycling collection

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Springfield residents are encouraged to complete an online public input survey regarding trash and recycling collection within the city limits. This survey seeks to gather information on current collection services offered as we...

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Visit www.springfieldmo.gov/trashstudy.
Posted on: December 21, 2016

Accounting firm completes audit of Parks department

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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.

The City hired RubinBrown in 2014 to create a three-year audit ...

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Download the Parks audit report.
Posted on: December 20, 2016

City Council receives independent audit report

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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. The firm indicated that the audit showed no material weakn...

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Posted on: December 19, 2016

Springfield named to best-performing cities list

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Springfield, Mo. ranks 53rd among the nation's "best-performing" cities according to the Milken Institute's annual Best-Performing Cities index for 2016.

Every year, the economic n...

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Judge issues order on matters related to jail lawsuit

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Judge John D. Beger has issued rulings regarding the ongoing City-County jail dispute. As a result of these rulings, the lawsuit will move forward. 

Judge Beger ruled Dec. 13 that the majority of the City’s (Plaintiff's) sta...

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Posted on: December 15, 2016

Fire Chief David Hall announces resignation to join MSU

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Springfield Fire Chief David Hall has announced his resignation from the City of Springfield to join Missouri State University as its first emergency preparedness manager on Feb. 1, 2017. He will manage planning, budgeting, trai...

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Posted on: December 12, 2016

City hosts dedication ceremony and ribbon cutting for north SGF Job Center

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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.

The idea for a north Springfield satellite office for the ...

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Posted on: December 12, 2016

Springfield City Council approves jail agreement with Vernon County

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City Council unanimously approved an agreement with Vernon County officials to house inmates at the Vernon County Jail Facility in Nevada, Mo. Sheriff Jason Mosher approached Springfield’s Police Chief Paul Williams, after hearing abo...

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Posted on: December 6, 2016

Springfield Fire Department shares study data

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The Springfield Fire Department is conducting a staffing and deployment study that could significantly improve its responses within the community by moving personnel and equipment currently assigned to two slower stations to oth...

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View the PowerPoint.
Posted on: December 5, 2016

Public Works prepared for impending winter season

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Long before temperatures begin to drop, Springfield Public Works department is preparing for the impending winter season.

Superintendent of Streets Ron Bailey reports the Street Operations division has been preparing for the snow...

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View a map of City snow removal routes.
Posted on: November 30, 2016

Springfield Firefighter receives Medal of Valor for water rescues

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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. During the incident, FF Kuss, along with Res...

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Posted on: November 29, 2016

City receives Distinguished Budget Award 10th year in a row

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For the 10th year in a row, the City has received the Government Finance Officers Association’s Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its budget. The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the h...

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Posted on: November 29, 2016

Rating agency upgrades two of City’s bond issues

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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.

The two issues, Spri...

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Posted on: November 7, 2016

Vacant structure fires both dangerous and costly

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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.

The Fire Department responded to a fire at a vacant single-family house at 11:30 p.m...Read on...

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Posted on: July 11, 2016

Zone Blitz initiative promotes community unity

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What began 18 months ago as a look at crime statistics, has turned into a multi-pronged initiative that City leaders believe has the ability to unite Springfieldians in a common crusade to improve quality of life through the simpl...Read on...

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Posted on: June 1, 2016

SGF named 11th Best City for Staycations in WalletHub.com study

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Springfield was named the 11th Best City for Staycations in a recent study by WalletHub.com.

To help Americans find the best staycation spots in the U.S. ? and the ones worth leaving home for ? WalletHub¹s number crunchers com...Read on...

View the study results.
Posted on: May 9, 2016

SGF named 8th Best City to Start a Business in WalletHub.com study

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Springfield was named the eighth Best City to Start a Business in a recent study by WalletHub.com.

In order to identify the best cities to start a business, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities acro...Read on...

View the study results.
Posted on: April 28, 2016

Ozark Workforce Development Board to launch free Multi-Trade Pre-Apprenticeship

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Springfield, Missouri - The Ozark Region Workforce Development Board is releasing a Pre-Apprenticeship program in May to assist individuals with gaining experience while working towards a Registered Apprenticeship in the Construc...Read on...

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Posted on: April 27, 2016

SGF named 17th Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs in WalletHub.com study

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Springfield was named the 17th Best City for Hispanic Entrepreneurs in a recent study by WalletHub.com.

To help Hispanic entrepreneurs find the most fertile ground for their enterprises, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 l...Read on...

View the study results.
Posted on: February 8, 2016

SGF named 5th Best City to Get Married in WalletHub.com study

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Springfield was named the 5th Best City to Get Married in a recent study by WalletHub.com.

To help couples find the most wedding-friendly destinations, WalletHub¹s analysts compared 150 of the biggest cities across 18 key indi...Read on...

View the study results.