Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

Springfield-Greene County Health Department

Due to budget constraints, in 2012 Greene County changed the area to which it responded to nuisance animal calls.  But after citizens approved a ½ of one percent sales tax in November 2017, animal control services were restored Sunday to the unincorporated urban service areas of the county.

According to county officials, around $200,000 a year will be used to fund one full-time and one part-time animal control officer and equipment. 

Michele Skalicky

The public will start to see tangible signs of work to expand the Greene County Jail starting Monday morning.  Buildings in the 900 block of N. Boonville (909 to 921) will be demolished to make way for the new jail addition, which will be located across the street from the current one.

Greene County Commissioner Harold Bengsch said there’s a lot that goes into planning a jail expansion, and that phase could extend into 2019.

Michele Skalicky

Sequiota Park, off Lone Pine Ave. in southeast Springfield, is a popular place to walk, bike or just hang out.  But in the summer, algae blooms on the lake can make the experience not-so-pleasant.

"The unsightliness of the algae just really detracts from what would otherwise be just a nice scenic view of some nice clear water," said assistant director of Springfield-Greene County Parks, Miles Park.

Michele Skalicky / KSMU

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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