Mayor Bob Stephens

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Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens says the lack of crises shelter facilities in the city is at a critical state, announcing Wednesday the formation of a task force to boost the short-term assistance options for families.

The Mayor’s Task Force on Crisis Sheltering consists of 13 community members, who are tasked with bringing back recommendations within 60 days of its first meeting.

Stephens says the city has 48 units available for direct placement into emergency or transitional shelter for families with children.

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The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in Springfield is now underway, with officials this afternoon formally kicking off the fifth annual event with a plaque dedication in honor of John T. Woodruff.

On April 30, 1926, a group of businessmen including John T. Woodruff sent a telegram from Springfield to the Bureau of Public Roads with a suggestion of “66” as the number for the then new Chicago to Los Angeles Road.

“On November 11, 1926, a returned telegram confirmed the name. Thus Springfield became the birthplace of Route 66,” said Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens.

Mayor Bob Stephens
City of Springfield

Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens today said that the city council will consider possible litigation against Greene County after the two sides have failed to reach an agreement over the jailing of municipal prisoners.

Stephens was joined by a coalition of mayors within the county. He said the council will meet to discuss the issue in closed session on Monday.

City of Springfield

Springfield’s Mayor Bob Stephens said the future of the city continues to be bright.  He delivered the State of the City Address this morning.  According to Stephens this has been a “typical year—full of successes and complete with challenges.”   Economic development is strong, he said.  According to Stephens, public-private partnerships and private development have accelerated this year.  He pointed to the renovation of the Heers Building on Park Central Square.

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Springfield-Branson National Airport says by November travelers can choose from an average of 25 daily departures to major hubs throughout the U.S. That’s thanks to a deal announced Thursday that adds Charlotte, North Carolina to the airport’s list of large city destinations.

The non-stop service will be offered American Airlines, whose connecting flights from Charlotte will also allow for international connectivity to destinations such as London, Paris, and Dublin.

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