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Local Agencies, Institutions Launch Citizen Website

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Many of Springfield and Greene County’s major government and educational institutions have created a new website that they hope will keep citizens better informed and more involved with their community. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes has more.

The website, called “Springfield Source”, will send a newsletter to citizens on e-mail lists when any of the partnering organizations have upcoming events or news that might be of interest to the community.

Like similar websites, “Springfield Source” offers many updates including job postings, local news, and upcoming event calendars.

However, because it is so similar to sites like “Springfield.Net” it could leave many locals asking why they should choose it as a source for staying in the know.

Mike Brothers, who works in the City of Springfield’s Public Information Office, is the website’s Managing Editor, he says that unlike similar web pages, they are hoping this site will not only be informative, but also encourage citizens to get involved.

Each of the twelve organizations involved will have login capabilities to keep the page up-to-date. The Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce is providing most of the funding for the website.

Michelle West, Vice President of Communications for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce says that start-up costs were very minimal thanks to a local web site designer.

Each of the twelve organizations paid exactly $64.36 in start-up costs. After that, it will only cost around ten to fifteen dollars per year per organization to maintain the site.

For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.

www.springfieldsource.org