Community Focus Report

Courtesy of Mary Kromrey-Executive Director of Ozark Greenways

This week on Making Democracy Work, we wrap up our series that dives deeper into individual aspects of the 2019 Springfield-Greene County focus report.  Today's discussion explores Red Flags and Blue Ribbons looking at recreation and green spaces.

Host Linda Regan speaks with Mary Kromrey, executive director of Ozarks Greenways.

Springfield Police Department

This week on Making Democracy Work, we continue our ongoing series looking deeper into individual aspects of the 2019 Springfield-Greene County focus report.  Todays’ discussion explores Red Flags and Blue Ribbons related to public safety.

Host Leslie Carrier speaks with Springfield Police Chief Paul Williams. 

Courtesy of Ozarks Transportation Organization

This week on Making Democracy Work, we continue our ongoing series looking deeper into individual aspects of the 2019 Springfield-Greene County focus report.  Todays’ discussion explores Red Flags and Blue Ribbons related to transportation.

Host Debbie Good speaks with Sara Fields, executive director with Ozarks Transportation Organization (OTO).

Courtesy of Debbie Shantz Hart / Co-owner and Developer with Housing Plus

This week on Making Democracy Work, we continue our ongoing series looking deeper into individual aspects of the 2019 Springfield-Greene County focus report.  Todays’ discussion explores Red Flags and Blue Ribbons related to affordable housing.

Host Maggie Castrey speaks with Debbie Shantz Hart, co-owner and developer with Housing Plus, who also serves on several non-profit boards in the housing field.

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This week on Making Democracy Work, the continuing series looking deeper into individual aspects of the Springfield-Greene County Focus Report.  Today’s discussion explores the impact on community health, particularly mental health and substance abuse. 

Host Lynn Howerton speaks with Harold Bengsch, Greene County Commissioner for District 1, and former director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

Courtesy of Mike Kromrey-Executive Director of Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

This week on Making Democracy Work, the continuing series looks deeper into individual aspects of the Springfield-Greene County focus report.  Today’s discussion looks at the natural environment chapter of the report.

Host Debbie Good speaks with Mike Kromrey, executive director of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks.

Courtesy of Missy Riley-Dirctor of Early Childhood Eduation SPS

This week on Making Democracy Work, the continuing series looking deeper into individual aspects of the Springfield-Greene County focus report explores the impact on early childhood education.

Host Hue-Ping Chin speaks this morning with Missy Riley, director of early childhood and Parents as Teachers with Springfield Public Schools (SPS).

Dr. John Jungmann
Springfield Public Schools

This week on Making Democracy Work, the series exploring the Springfield-Greene County focus report continues.  Host Linda Regan speaks this morning with Dr. John Jungmann, superintendent with Springfield Public Schools (SPS).

Today’s discussion explores the Red Flags and Blue Ribbons related to education in the recent report, and how SPS is addressing these issues.

Courtesy of Ryan Mooney-VP of Economic Development with Springfield Chamber of Commerce

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Ryan Mooney, senior vice president for economic development with Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

Today’s discussion kicks off a special series that will air throughout December and January, exploring the economic picture of Springfield-Greene County.

For the next several weeks, we will be individually examining many of the Red Flags and Blue Ribbons found int the recently released Community Focus Report.  

Springfield-Greene County Focus Report-Part II

Nov 4, 2019

This week on Making Democracy Work, Lisa Langley speaks with Bridget Dierks, vice president of programs with Community Foundation of the Ozarks, and Dr. Jonathan Groves, department chair of communications at Drury University.

This is the second of a two-part series exploring the Community Focus Report.  Today’s discussion digs into the statistics, analysis and how to put this information to work.

Comunity Foundation Of The Ozarks

Since the first Community Focus Report For Springfield/Greene County in 2004 and every edition since, Blue Ribbons have been awarded to the community for Continued Collaboration, and on this edition of KSMU’s Making a Difference, two former city officials and the head of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, share  memories and insights of Springfield Missouri as a collaborative community. 

Scott Harvey / KSMU

Officials hope to reduce the poverty level in Greene County to 15 percent by the year 2025. The goal was addressed Thursday as part of a series of presentations assessing the region’s health.

“The reason this is an ambitious goal is not only because we are proposing to reduce the amount of poverty by five percent over the next decade, but also because we are reversing a trend.”  

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris says that should the status quo remain, the county’s current 20 percent poverty level will continue to rise.

For KSMU I’m Mike Smith, and today on Making a Difference Where You Live, the 2013 Community Focus Report for Springfield and Greene County.

The average hourly wage in the Springfield metropolitan area was about 21 percent below the national average nearly a year ago. That’s according to May 2012 figures compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which were released Thursday. KSMU’s Scott Harvey has the details.

Seven Ozarks organizations are the recipients of a combined $50,000 to help support education of area youth. Specifically, the money will address the “red flags” related to early childhood issues.

“In this week of thankfulness and Thanksgiving, I am so thankful for the work you do to get our children off to a best and early start. That makes all the difference in a child’s life,” said Brian Fogle, president of Community Foundation for the Ozarks (CFO).