Greg Burris

Community Foundation Of The Ozarks

As part of our ongoing series Making a Difference, produced in cooperation with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, we present another Conversation on Collaboration.  Today, we look at collaborative solutions put forth by the CFO, The United Way of the Ozarks, and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, to support local and regional COVID-19 coronavirus relief efforts.

Brian Fogle is president of the Community Foundation Of The Ozarks.

Comunity Foundation Of The Ozarks

Last month in Springfield, representatives of philanthropic, charitable, technological and governmental groups from around the country and here at home, gathered to share stories and ideas of how collaborative philanthropy has and can, transform communities.

“I would say collaboration means, bringing people together to achieve forward thinking, common good, and measureable outcomes,” says Jenna Manders, from The Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque.

Courtesy of Greg Burris, Executive Director of Give 5

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Leslie Carrier speaks with Greg Burris, executive director of Give 5, and recent graduate of program Ann Bagley.

Burris explains that thousands of Baby Boomers over 65 years old are retiring daily. Today's discussion explores the "new face of retirement" and what a "civic matchmaking" program like Give 5 has to offer retirees and the community.

Michele Skalicky

The training center at the O’Reilly Center for Hope in Springfield will be named for retired Springfield city manager, Greg Burris.  The Greg Burris Training Center will be the “heart” of the Center for Hope, according to Charlie O’Reilly, a member of the family the center is named after.

He credited Burris for standing up for those less fortunate and for creating awareness that the community must work together to address homelessness.

Greg Burris
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

This week on Making Democracy Work, host Lisa Langley talks with Springfield City Manager, Greg Burris, whose is resigning at the end of the month.

Today’s discussion reflects on Burris’ legacy in office, as well as a glimpse forward into his next  role in civic engagement.

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The City of Springfield wants your input in deciding who to choose for the next city manager.

The public will have a chance to meet the finalists over the next few months and to give feedback, according to city officials.  The goal is to have a new city manager in place by July.

The city hired Strategic Government Resources earlier this year to help city council recruit and screen candidates.  The application deadline was March 30.  An initial review of applicants is underway.

(Photo: Jessica Balisle)

Kenny Knauer, host of KSMU's "Friday Jazz Excursions" program, arrived at the station this morning in full St. Paddy's Day regalia. He was here to publicize the 38th annual Springfield St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday March 17th on Historic Commercial Street.

Springfield Art Museum
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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.

Greg Burris
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris is stepping down from the position effective June 30 to take a new role with the city.

Burris said in a statement Tuesday morning that “It feels like the right time to step aside and let someone else take our community to the next level.”

According to a news release, he’s likely to transition to executive director for the new Give 5 Program, which is designed to make Springfield-Greene County a top destination for retirees to engage in meaningful volunteerism.

Kevin Gipson
Submitted Photo / Springfield-Greene County Health Department

The director for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will soon retire after 13 years at the position.

Kevin Gipson announced Friday he’ll step down on Nov. 9. He’s been with the department for a total of 24 years and his public health career spans more than 35.

Dr. Roger Ray

Springfield City Manager Greg Burris says the State of Civility in our Community is "Improving, but we need to be watchful."

Last month, when City officials learned President Trump was to visit Springfield, August 30th, one of the first things Burris did, was to shoot off a letter to the editor of the Springfield News-Leader.  Burris asked citizens and visitors to the city, supporters and protesters of the President, to be civil, courteous and polite to each other.

Tim Smith
Submitted Photo / City of Springfield

Springfield’s deputy city manager says he’ll retire in December. Tim Smith joined the city in June 2014 after six years as Greene County administrator and over 20 total years with the county.

The city says Smith’s key duties have included completion of an integrated plan proposal for meeting environmental standards and providing direction to various departments, including Building Development, Public Works and Human Resources.

David Pennington
City of Springfield

Following a national search, Springfield has promoted from within in naming David Pennington the city’s new fire chief.

Pennington, currently assistant fire chief, will assume the new role on May 28. He replaces David Hall, who took an emergency preparedness role with Missouri State University earlier this year.

Tommy Pike
Danisha Hogue

Built in 1902, The Jefferson Avenue Footbridge crosses 13 tracks of the Burlington Northern rail yard. The structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, has become a tourism staple for Springfield.

It’s why many came to the bridge’s defense during a recent City Council session that explored plans for its rehabilitation.

“It’s a big part of Commercial Street and for the people who had to come across the tracks,” Pike said. 

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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