Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

City of Springfield

The three-day Birthplace of Route 66 Festival is set for August 12-14 in Springfield.  Events Friday include a Motorcycle Village, the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Parade and performances by Tripwire, Sequel Dose, Anthony Gomes, the Baldknobbers and Machine Gun Symphony.  An ice cream social will be hosted by actor, Barry Williams. A concert at the Gillioz will feature Asleep at the Wheel with Rhonda Vincent &the Rage, and a drive-in movie will feature The Little Rascals. 

Frank Romines
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Springfield has hired Frank Romines as its new city attorney. Romines currently serves as senior corporate counsel for Jack Henry & Associates, Inc. He’ll begin his role with the city on July 13.

According to a news release from the city, Romines began his career as an associate attorney in Husch & Eppenberger, LLC’s Springfield office. He has also worked for Shughart, Thomson and Kilroy, P.C. as an associate attorney and Leggett & Platt, Inc., where he served as assistant general counsel.


The Greene County Commission has answered the City of Springfield’s questions regarding the proposed temporary jail.  The city is being asked to contribute $1 million for three years toward the facility.

The commission said in a letter the jail issue can’t be worked out until city officials drop their lawsuit against the county.

One question the city asked was “What assurances will the Greene County Commission offer to the Springfield City Council that any written agreement signed by the County Commission can and will be honored by the Greene County Sheriff?”

Bob Stephens
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Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens used his final State of the City address to discuss the ongoing dispute concerning the county jail.

Stephens spoke Thursday morning before some 300 people at Arch of the Ozarks, part of the chamber’s Good Morning Springfield! monthly gathering. He said beginning this week municipal prisoners can be housed in either Miller or Taney counties.

City of Springfield

The Missouri Job Center has received a grant that will help provide job opportunities in Springfield’s northwest quadrant.  The $200,000 grant, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be used to recruit, train and place local unemployed and underemployed individuals in full-time, sustainable, green jobs in a range of environmental fields, according to the City of Springfield.