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Status Check: 20-Year Strategic Plan Shifts Focus to Housing

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield leaders get another glimpse into the city's future. Tuesday night, City Council and the Greene County Commission received updates on the Field Guide 2030, a 20-year plan.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield leaders get another glimpse into the city's future.

Tuesday night, City Council and the Greene County Commission received updates on the Field Guide 2030, a 20-year plan.

The community's strategic plan contains 13 chapters with four unifying themes: sustainability, civic engagement, regionalism and minimizing poverty.

It all started in 2010 when the City gathered information through listening tours, web surveys, and community report cards. What leaders found were 13 major themes the community wanted to see improved.

"A lot of good things have come from that," says Mark McMay, Field Guide 2030 co-chair. "We just decided it was time to take that to a new level, a more of a strategic plan and involve the community, the citizens and then the public officials to kind of keep us on track."

Tuesday's event was a study session for public leaders to understand how the field guide is developing.

Leah Hamilton and Emily Fox presented goals from the Arts, Culture & Tourism chapter; Dana Elwell discussed the Housing chapter.

The city says one of the goals in the Housing chapter is a pilot program for rental registration, which garnered praise from Larry Peterson with Habitat for Humanity. Peterson told city leaders one in every five households in Springfield earns less than $15,000 annually.
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