Community Focus Report

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Officials hope to reduce the poverty level in Greene County to 15 percent by the year 2025. The goal was addressed Thursday as part of a series of presentations assessing the region’s health.

“The reason this is an ambitious goal is not only because we are proposing to reduce the amount of poverty by five percent over the next decade, but also because we are reversing a trend.”  

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris says that should the status quo remain, the county’s current 20 percent poverty level will continue to rise.

For KSMU I’m Mike Smith, and today on Making a Difference Where You Live, the 2013 Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County.

The average hourly wage in the Springfield metropolitan area was about 21 percent below the national average nearly a year ago. That’s according to May 2012 figures compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which were released Thursday. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has the details.

Seven Ozarks organizations are the recipients of a combined $50,000 to help support education of area youth. Specifically, the money will address the “red flags” related to early childhood issues.

“In this week of thankfulness and Thanksgiving, I am so thankful for the work you do to get our children off to a best and early start. That makes all the difference in a child’s life,” said Brian Fogle, president of Community Foundation for the Ozarks (CFO).