Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.


Eye on the Community
4:30 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Possible Impacts of MODOT's 325 System Plan in SW MO


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.

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Business Review
9:18 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Fort Leonard Wood Community, Officials Rally in Support of Army Base

An estimated 2,000 people attended Monday's listening session inside Nutter Fieldhouse on the base.

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.

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Missouri State Journal
8:36 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Economics Club Releases First MSU Student Pricing Index

Pictured, from left are Dr. Patrick Scott, Kohl Juranas, Connor Klein and Renee Sanders.

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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Engaging the Community
7:42 am
Fri February 20, 2015

80 Percent of MSU Students Working On Campus and Off

2014 MSU Student Employee of the Year Jacqueline Hampton.
Credit Missouri State University

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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Business Review
12:00 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

High Ranking USDA Official Visits Springfield, Discusses Potential Trade With Cuba

USDA undersecretary for farm and foreign relations, Michael Scuse

The USDA’s undersecretary for farm and agricultural services was in Springfield this week.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky caught up with him and has this story.

President Barack Obama recently announced his decision to normalize relations and ease trade restrictions with Cuba, a nation just off the coast of Florida.

During his visit to Springfield, Michael Scuse, the USDA’s undersecretary for farm and foreign agricultural services, addressed that topic and others.

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