Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

Francine Pratt
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

Longtime community leader Francine Pratt is returning to Springfield to head a new, collective-impact-model initiative aimed at lifting people out of poverty.

The Impacting Poverty Commission announced on Tuesday that Pratt will oversee Prosper Springfield, which connects over 300 partner organizations in helping impoverished citizens measurably improve their situations.

Michele Skalicky

If you’re not registered to vote, and you’d like to cast a ballot in the April 4 Municipal Election in Greene County, you have until Wednesday (3/8) to register.

Greene County Clerk Shane Schoeller said mail-in registrations will be accepted as long as they’re postmarked by Wednesday.

When you go to register, take an acceptable form of identification such as a valid driver’s license, current utility bill or bank statement.

Michele Skalicky

United Airlines will offer new service from Springfield-Branson National Airport to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport beginning June 8.

Tom Babick, chairman of the airport’s board of directors, said the new service is the airport’s 13th nonstop destination.  The average number of nonstop destinations for a city similar in size to Springfield, according to Babick, is nine.

"This is another milestone in the history of the airport and the entire community," said Babick.

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A recent survey by the City of Springfield’s Center for Workforce Development sheds light on things like hiring trends and employer needs in the area. The companies questioned in the State of the Workforce Survey represented a variety of industries and seven counties in the Ozarks.

"To really understand what their needs are, how they view the workforce, how they view, you know, the workforce system and if it's working and producing qualified workers for their industry," said Mary Ann Rojas, the City of Springfield's director of  Workforce Development.

Ken Simonson
Scott Harvey / KSMU

The chief economist for The Associated General Contractors of America says the nation’s construction climate is poised for increased spending and employment, although qualified workers will remain hard to find. 

Ken Simonson offered remarks at the AGC’s annual convention in Branson Wednesday under the title Will 2017 Bring Prosperity or Peril to Construction?

“I think we’ve seen a huge growth in uncertainty since Election Day,” Simonson told KSMU, visiting the studio in Springfield shortly after his speech.

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