Ozarks Business/Economy


In 2014, Springfield’s Mercy Research & Development collaborated with the eFactory and the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce to create the SPIN66 Innovation Summit.

According to Dr. Cody Stringer, entrepreneurial specialist with Mercy R&D, the multidisciplinary research and development group within Mercy Health System was seeking to cultivate a community of innovators in southwest Missouri.

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A new report by a national transportation research group looks at the cost to Missourians of deficient and congested roadways.

In the Springfield area, the report by TRIP finds that 44 percent of major roads in the Springfield urban area are in poor or mediocre condition, costing the average Springfield motorist an extra $455 per year. 

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The City of Branson has developed preliminary plans for phase two of the downtown Branson Streetscape improvement project.  The Liberty Plaza Project includes the areas referred to as the Old City Hall parking lot, which is bounded on the west by Veterans Blvd., on the north by Pacific St. and on the south by College St.  It’s behind the historic Owen Theater.

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When it comes to starting a business, Springfield ranks third in the nation when compared to the 150 largest U.S. cities.


The debate on a rezoning case in southwest Springfield continues.  During last night’s Springfield City Council meeting, 13 people spoke for rezoning 39 acres of land at 3705 W. Sunshine from a county R-1 suburban residence district and general commercial district to a highway commercial district. Twelve people spoke against rezoning.  Menards wants to build a store on the site.  The Springfield Planning and Zoning Commission recommends denial and the staff recommends approval. Tyler Edwards spoke on behalf of Menards.