News Releases

Posted on: December 12, 2023

Missouri's first Buc-ee's opens in Springfield

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The City of Springfield and Buc-ee's cut the ribbon Dec. 11, 2023 on Missouri's first Buc-ee's location at 3284 N. Beaver Road (formerly Mulroy Road) off of Interstate 44 in northeast Springfield. T...

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Posted on: September 27, 2023

City Council hears update on transportation improvement projects at Sept. 19 Council Lunch

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City Council received an update on transportation and infrastructure improvements by Springfield Public Works, Greene County and MoDOT at a City Council Lunch Workshop presentation on Sept. 19. 

Engineers from Public Works pro...

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View the full project update presentation. Economic Vitality News
Posted on: October 26, 2023

Progress continues on Grant Avenue Parkway as construction extends north

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Progress continues on the Grant Avenue Parkway as construction extends north. Grant will close to one-way southbound traffic only between State and Walnut streets beginning Monday, Oct. 30 for utility work.

Grant Avenue Parkway improve...

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Learn more about the Grant Avenue Parkway project. Economic Vitality News
Posted on: October 27, 2023

City of Springfield releases results of housing study

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After two public meetings, a public survey and a driving assessment of nearly 48,000 housing structures, City of Springfield Planning & Development staff and APD Urban Planning + Management presented the findings of the Springfiel...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: November 30, 2023

Newly widened Republic Road now open to traffic east of Campbell Avenue

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Construction of widening project continues to progress west

All lanes are now open on the newly widened portion of Republic Road just east of the Campbell Avenue intersection as construction of the Republic Road Widening Proj...

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Learn more about the Republic Road Widening. Economic Vitality News
Posted on: November 14, 2023

Samantha Payne joins City of Springfield as development project facilitator

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Samantha Payne has recently taken on the role of development project facilitator at the City of Springfield, effective Nov. 6. In her new capacity, she oversees the progress of various development projects and collaborates directly wi...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: December 12, 2023

Restore SGF launches first round of programming to improve Springfield neighborhood conditions

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Residents of some of Springfield’s oldest neighborhoods will soon have the opportunity to get reimbursed up to $2,500 for sprucing up the outside of their homes – the only catch is that they have to work together t...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: December 12, 2023

City updating development codes to align with Forward SGF

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Following the November 2022 adoption of the Forward SGF Comprehensive Plan, the City of Springfield is updating a series of city codes that guide and regulate the use, design and installation of public and private development improvem...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: December 12, 2023

Possibilities for Lake Springfield include expansion, trail connection, improved water access

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Following months of economic impact analysis, hydrological and water-quality assessments and a robust community visioning and outreach process, the City of Springfield and City Utilities presented some innovative possibilities for a r...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: March 28, 2023

Hammons Field purchase official, City now owns Hammons Field and adjacent parking lots

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The City of Springfield is now officially the new owner of Hammons Field, following the final steps that included approval by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Kansas at Kansas City judge and the closing on the property. The combin...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: March 27, 2023

City awarded $3.7 million grant from Missouri Department of Economic Development

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The City of Springfield has been awarded a $3.7 million Community Revitalization Grant by the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED). The program, funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), is focused on investing ...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: February 28, 2023

City set to begin final phase of Republic Road Widening at Campbell Avenue in March

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Motorists can expect delays overnight due to intersection work

The City is set to begin the final phase of Republic Road Widening beginning March 13 providing traffic capacity and safety improvements along one of the busiest retail cor...

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Learn more about the Republic Road Widening. Economic Vitality News
Posted on: February 21, 2023

City of Springfield provides update on Grant Avenue Parkway construction progress

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Construction of the Grant Avenue Parkway improvements is progressing on schedule with work in Section Two of the Parkway route (Sunshine to Ildereen) nearing completion and construction in Section Three (Catalpa to Grand) and Four (Gr...

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Learn more about the Grant Avenue Parkway project. Economic Vitality News
Posted on: February 14, 2023

City Council approves purchase of Hammons Field, parking lots

Deal includes an agreement to keep SGF Cardinals for 15 years

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The City of Springfield is the new owner of Hammons Field. City Council voted to approve a combination $12 million purchase agreement that includes the stadium and parking l...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: November 3, 2022

Park Board kicks off $25 million in Cooper Park Sports Complex improvements

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board, in partnership with Lake Country Soccer, kicked off $25 million in sports facility renovations at Cooper Park, including artificial turf upgrades on 19 sports fields, Thursday, Nov. 3, at Lake Country Soccer Dome,...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: January 11, 2023

Restore SGF names board of directors

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Restore SGF, a nonprofit community initiative to improve housing conditions and raise residential property values in Springfield’s historic neighborhoods, has named 11 community members to form a board of directors. 

Restore S...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: December 15, 2022

City of Springfield receives $500,000 EPA grant to expand Green for Greene Program

The City of Springfield Department of Workforce Development has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to continue and expand the Green for Greene environmental job training program.

“We are incredibly grateful to ...

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Posted on: December 5, 2022

Danny Perches named City assistant director of Economic Vitality

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Danny Perches has been promoted to the role of Assistant Director for the City’s relatively new Department of Economic Vitality. Perches joined the City of Springfield in 2021 as the Development Project Facilitator, working out of the...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: November 22, 2022

City awarded $17 million in state Water Infrastructure Grants to help fund 14 stormwater projects

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The City of Springfield was recently approved for nearly $17 million in funding toward 14 individual stormwater improvement projects through the State American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Water Infrastructure Community Grant Program facili...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: November 17, 2022

City traffic engineers provide tips for avoiding Black Friday traffic congestion on Nov. 25

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City of Springfield staff at the Transportation Management Center of the Ozarks are prepared for Black Friday traffic on Nov. 25 with staff on hand to monitor and respond to traffic incidents and adjust signal timings where necessary ...

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Posted on: November 28, 2022

Council approves renaming Midfield Terminal after U.S. Senator Roy Blunt

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City Council approved a measure to rename the Midfield Terminal at Springfield-Branson National Airport to the Roy Blunt Terminal, in honor of U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. The airport will remain named Springfield-Branson National Airport ...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: November 10, 2022

APD Urban Planning + Management selected to perform Springfield housing study

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The City of Springfield will begin a housing-needs assessment and conditions study by the end of the year. 

“This will be a data driven study which will be used to identify citywide and neighborhood focused housing priorities ...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: November 9, 2022

City, CU to kick off Lake Springfield planning process Nov. 17

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The City of Springfield and City Utilities will host an event to kick off the Lake Springfield planning process 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Springfield Art Museum and livestreamed at LakeSGFPlan.com. The event was init...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: September 20, 2022

City to host public input meeting Sept. 28 to discuss next round of C-Street TIF projects

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Staff from the City of Springfield’s Economic Vitality Department will host a public input meeting about the Commercial Street Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Plan 5-7:30 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 28 at White River Brewing Co., 505 W. Comme...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: August 8, 2022

C-Street public parking lot at Robberson Avenue and Pacific Street to close Aug. 15 for improvements

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The public parking lot located at Robberson Avenue and Pacific Street in the Commercial Street Historic District will close beginning Monday, Aug. 15 for the construction of improvements.  

The project will include the reconfi...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: September 1, 2022

Bird E-scooter company to launch rental operations in Springfield beginning Sept. 1

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E-scooter rental company, Bird, plans to make electric scooter, or “E-scooter,” rentals available in Springfield beginning Thursday, Sept. 1.

Bird is an electric vehicle company “dedicated to bringing affordable, environmental...

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Learn more about E-Scooter operation in SGF. Economic Vitality News
Posted on: September 12, 2022

City, CU select firm to plan future of Lake Springfield area

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After a competitive procurement process, the City of Springfield and City Utilities have selected engineering and consulting firm Crawford, Murphy & Tilly as the consultant for the Lake Springfield Master Plan. The plan is project...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: March 3, 2022

Amanda Ohlensehlen named Springfield’s Director of Economic Vitality

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Missouri native Amanda Ohlensehlen has been named the City of Springfield’s Director of Economic Vitality, effective March 28. Ohlensehlen most recently served as the community & economic development manager for the City of New Be...

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Economic Vitality News
Posted on: February 16, 2022

City begins study of revitalization and economic development tools along Grant Avenue Parkway

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The City of Springfield has engaged planning consultants with PGAV to conduct a qualifications analysis of a portion of the Grant Avenue Parkway improvement corridor. The study is intended to help identify what areas qualify...

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Learn more about the Grant Avenue Parkway project. Economic Vitality News
Posted on: February 11, 2022

U.S. Dept. of Commerce invests $800K in plan redevelopment of former coal power plant site

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The City of Springfield will receive an $800,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) to conduct planning efforts for the redevelopment of the Lake Springfield area. This grant is fund...

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