Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.


Business Review
4:19 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

City Utilities Dedicates Largest Solar Farm in Missouri

The solar farm is off of Farm Road 112 in northeast Springfield
City Utilities

Springfield citizens and businesses may soon have another renewal energy option. City Utilities on Friday held a dedication ceremony for a 40-acre solar farm northeast of Springfield that officials say can power approximately 900 homes each year. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has details.

The site, which was constructed and will be operated by North Carolina-based Strata Solar, consists of nearly 22,000 panels, making it the largest solar farm in Missouri. The project was developed by St. Louis-based Solexus Development. It is capable of producing 4.95 megawatts of energy.

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Business Review
5:12 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Missouri State’s $22 million in FY 2014 Grants Marks Record

Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

Grants to Missouri State University increased nine percent in Fiscal Year 2014 compared to the previous year. The university’s Office of Research Administration announced this week that a total of 289 grants donated to faculty and staff set a new record of $22 million.

These externally funded grants are used for a broad spectrum of ventures at Missouri State, says Dr. Erin Parrish, director of Research Administration. One example, she says, is funding from the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which aids teaching training.

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Eye on the Community
3:21 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Park Board Implements New Photo Policy

Nathanael Greene Botanical Center is a popular photo spot in Springfield.
Credit KSMY/Taylor Vance

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has implemented a new photography policy outlining how photographers and videographers may operate in public parks. KSMU’s Taylor Vance has the story.

The policy is designed to help preserve the parks and help reduce potential damages that can occur from photography sessions.

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Engaging the Community
7:37 am
Fri July 18, 2014

President Smart: Outcome of Veto Session May Determine Mid-Year Tuition Increase

Lawmakers will return to the state capitol in September for its annual veto session.
Credit Scott Harvey / KSMU

The President of Missouri State University says the state legislature needs to work out its differences to avoid withholdings that are compromising school budgets.

Clif Smart recommended to the MSU Board of Governors in June to pass the Fiscal Year 2015 budget as is, noting that the school had a plan in place should certain monies be withheld.   

That plan is now playing out following Governor Jay Nixon’s recent announcement to withhold more than $1 billion from the state budget.

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Business and the Economy
2:39 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Ozarks Food Harvest has Record Year, But High Demand Remains for Food Pantries

Well of Life, located at 418 S. Kimbrough, stocks the pantry shelves with donations from churches, as well as partnering with Ozarks Food Harvest.
Credit Anna Thomas / KSMU

Ozarks Food Harvest distributed 12.5 million meals in its most recent fiscal year, a record in its 31 years in Springfield. The donations help local food pantries across region. KSMU’s Anna Thomas has the story of how one organization and its customers are benefiting.

“Well actually, this is the first time I’ve seen it this busy in here in a long time,” says one pantry patron, inside the Well of Life emergency food pantry at 418 South Kimbrough.

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