Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

Tim Smith
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Springfield’s deputy city manager says he’ll retire in December. Tim Smith joined the city in June 2014 after six years as Greene County administrator and over 20 total years with the county.

The city says Smith’s key duties have included completion of an integrated plan proposal for meeting environmental standards and providing direction to various departments, including Building Development, Public Works and Human Resources.

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A Greene County-owned building at the corner of Central and Boonville is being vacated.  County officials say they’re moving the Public Administrator’s Office and a day treatment center for youths in the Juvenile Office, the Greene County Youth Academy, which are currently in the Hogan Building.

Michele Skalicky

A public meeting in Springfield tonight (8/24) will allow you to chime in on how Kearney Street, between Kansas Expressway and Glenstone, should look.

The City of Springfield will hold the meeting at Doling Park’s Northview Center from 5:30 to 7. 

Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson says they’re “hoping to spur a business renaissance on Kearney Street.”

PGAV Planners completed a Kearney Street Corridor Study in May.

Temporary jail facility
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Greene County says it expects a temporary jail facility to open this November in order to house an influx of inmates and reduce the costs of transporting them elsewhere.

Greene County Commissioners announced Wednesday they finalized a lease last week for the temporary structure. It will be located next to its existing jail, which has a capacity of 601 inmates.

Springfield Fire Department
Danisha Hogue / KSMU

A new grant could allow the Springfield Fire Department to expand service to the city by adding more personnel. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program (SAFER) grant worth $654,505 means another seven firefighters.

“This grant gives us an opportunity to bring members on board and to enhance the delivery of services to the city we wouldn’t have otherwise,” Fire Chief Chad Pennington said.

The grant funding is incumbent upon approval by the Springfield City Council, which will consider the measure at its September 5 meeting.

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