Business/Economy

Business and economy news and issues in the Ozarks.

Greene County Courthouse
Scott Harvey / KSMU

Residents in Greene County will soon have several opportunities to hear about new projects in the county—and also raise questions or concerns to county officials. 

Over the next few weeks, Greene County Presiding Commissioner Bob Cirtin plans to host a town hall meeting in every city in Greene County. According to a press release, Cirtin will use the town hall meetings to discuss new developments in Greene County and also listen to feedback from citizens.

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The City of Springfield’s February sales tax check from the Missouri Department of Revenue is 19 percent higher than the amount budgeted. The sales tax check was $3,717,693.  That’s $592,566 more than what was expected. 

The check reflects sales processed by the state in January from transactions made primarily in December. On a year to date basis, with February being the eighth month in the 2017-2018 fiscal year, revenues are up 1 percent compared to budget. 

Finance Director David Holtmann said this is a positive sign for the economy and the City.   

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This week on Making Democracy Work, host Ilga Vise speaks with Claudia Crighton, Coordinator of the Citizen’s Resource Center (CRC) for the City of Springfield.

The CRC is located in the Busch Municipal Building, and works to connect citizens and neighborhoods with available services that address area needs and concerns.    

Randy Scritchfield
Scott Harvey / KSMU

It’s an unseasonably warm 70 degrees in late November and I’m riding shotgun in a 1968 Plymouth GTX driven by Randy Scritchfield. We’re traveling eastbound on Kearney Street in Springfield, simulating a tradition that started in the 1950s and re-launched this spring after years of prohibition.

“Cruisers traditionally drive slow,” he tells me. “That way another cruiser might catch up to you.”

For the 64-year-old Scritchfield, cruising back in the early 1970s – when he started – meant driving from the Kearney Street McDonalds to Glenstone. 

Springfield Art Museum
Sarah Teague / KSMU

A new Springfield program connects retirees and senior citizens to local non-profit organizations for purposeful volunteerism.

City Manager Greg Burris said he hopes Give 5 will encourage nonprofits to “rethink volunteerism.” Burris, who is stepping down next year, is likely to take over as Give 5’s director, according to the city.

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