Springfield Mayor Ken McClure

Michele Skalicky

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure told a governor’s task force Wednesday that infrastructure is critical to economic development, quality of life and public safety.

The 21st Century Transportation System Task Force was in Springfield for a public hearing.

According to McClure, a healthy infrastructure is one of the most important elements to the future of Springfield.

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Springfield Mayor Ken McClure Thursday designated July 27th Focus on Renewable Energy Day.  This proclamation came after Springfield City Utilities (CU) reported its use of renewable energy has quadrupled in recent years.

The city says by the end of 2017, 30 percent of CU’s energy will come from renewables, whereas in 2014 it was only eight percent. That’s available through new solar farms in Nixa and north of Springfield, and wind farms in Oklahoma and Kansas.

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The Springfield Regional Arts Council held a press conference Wednesday morning to announce the findings of a yearlong survey that documents the economic impact of the non-profit arts and culture industry in the Springfield area.

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Springfield’s new mayor, Ken McClure, was mostly positive as he gave his first State of the City address Thursday morning at Parkview High School. 

He acknowledged Springfield police officers as he said “they have our backs, and we have theirs as well.”  And he praised the work of the Springfield Fire Department.

According to McClure, public Safety will be City Council’s top priority over the next few months and years.