Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

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The state of Missouri is hoping to create new jobs and revitalize communities by identifying new, so-called “Opportunity Zones.”

Missouri’s Department of Economic Development says a total of 161 “opportunity zones” will give incentives for private investors to bring their infrastructure, businesses, and housing projects to those zones. According to a press release from the City of Springfield, the goal of the program is to attract investors to areas that might not otherwise be considered.

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The City of Springfield wants your input in deciding who to choose for the next city manager.

The public will have a chance to meet the finalists over the next few months and to give feedback, according to city officials.  The goal is to have a new city manager in place by July.

The city hired Strategic Government Resources earlier this year to help city council recruit and screen candidates.  The application deadline was March 30.  An initial review of applicants is underway.

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The Grand Street Bridge west of the Grand and Kansas Expressway closes Monday morning, April 9, for approximately five months.  The bridge will be removed and replaced.

The bridge reconstruction is part of the larger Grand Street Bridge over Jordan Creek improvement project, which citizens said was their number one priority in need of improvement in the 2015 city-wide transportation survey.

The City of Springfield has named a new director of Environmental Services.  Errin Kemper will start the job on April 1.  He succeeds Steve Meyer who is retiring.

Kemper has been Assistant Director of Environmental Services at City of Springfield since January 2013 and worked for the City as a professional engineer for more than 10 years.

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For a fee, Springfield residents can soon begin recycling their old mattresses and box springs rather than sending them to the landfill.

Two City of Springfield recycling facilities will begin accepting those items tomorrow (3/23).

Mattress recycling services will be offered at the City’s Lone Pine Avenue Recycling Center, 3020 S. Lone Pine, and the Springfield Sanitary Landfill at a cost of $15 per piece.    

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