Mary Lilly Smith

Leadership Team
Title: Director of Planning & Development
Phone: 417-864-1094

After 32 years in the City's Planning & Development department, Mary was named director in November 2014 after the announcement of former director Ralph Rognstad's retirement. As the City of Springfield's Planning & Development Development Director, she is responsible for managing the City of Springfield's development review activities. She previously served as Economic Development Director, and was responsible for development initiatives, including center city redevelopment, economic incentives, and coordination of the review of significant development proposals. Prior to that, Mary served as Principal Planner in the Neighborhood Conservation Office and was responsible for the City’s Capital Improvements Program. Mary serves on the board of directors of the Missouri Economic Development Finance Association as well as several Community Improvement Districts. She is a graduate of Leadership Springfield, a member of the Junior League of Springfield, and was named one of the 2006 Twenty Most Influential Women in Southwest Missouri by the Springfield Business Journal. 

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