Ozarks Business/Economy

Scott Harvey / KSMU

A group of Springfield business leaders says voting not to repeal the city’s non-discrimination law next month means preserving and growing a strong business climate.

Roughly two dozen business owners and citizens gathered on the City Hall steps Thursday afternoon to express their opposition for the ballot measure as part of the No Repeal campaign. Tim Rosenbury is a business owner and past chairman of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce.

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The Missouri Department of Transportation’s regional engineer, Becky Baltz, told Springfield City Council during its weekly luncheon Tuesday how MODOT’s recently introduced 325 System Plan could impact roads and bridges in Southwest Missouri.

Members of Missouri’s Congressional delegation, dozens of the state’s lawmakers and statewide office holders, plus hundreds of citizens gathered at Fort Leonard Wood Monday to boost the credentials of the Army base and attempt to save it from potential job cuts.

Up to 5,400 civilian and military jobs could be lost by 2020 as part of a broader force reduction plan that would significantly draw down the Army’s personnel. The war-time high of 570,000 could be reduced to as few as 420,000 in five years.

The Economics Club of Missouri State University recently released its first annual summary of the newly created Student Pricing Index for Missouri State students. The purpose of this project is to estimate the change in prices for a group of goods that a typical MSU student would buy, much like headline CPI does for a typical consumer nationally.

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Missouri State University has more than 2,800 student employees across its system – which includes 300 federal work study participants - plus roughly 500 graduate assistants.

President Clif Smart says the biggest employers are in residence life, at JQH and Hammons Student Center, as well as Foster Family Recreation Center and the Bookstore.

He also wants you to know that while not all students are employed on campus, a large majority are working somewhere.

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