Local Government

News covering policy and issues related to city and county governments 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.

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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.

Michele Skalicky

Greene County employees are playing a game and saving money in the process.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky tells us about a business model the county has adopted.

Each Tuesday, Greene County employees gather for what they call a huddle session.  There’s a presentation and usually information about finances during the 30 minute meeting.  This particular week, Becky Borthwick, associate circuit judge, talked about a typical day in her courtroom.

David Pennington
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

David Pennington has be tapped as Springfield’s interim fire chief. He temporarily replaces David Hall, who retired from the Fire Department last month to take a position with Missouri State University.

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