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Business and Economic Development
  • General Economic Development Inquiries: (417) 831-8400
  • Business and Economic Development Office: 2655 S Blackman Rd, Springfield MO 65809    (View Map)
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 551, Springfield MO 65801

Dean Thompson Dean Thompson
Associate General Manager - Business and Economic Development
(417) 831-8593
dean.thompson@cityutilities.net


Dean leads CUís Economic Development, Business Retention and Expansion, Key Accounts and Developer Services groups. He works with the City of Springfield, Greene County, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and other entities to coordinate economic development programs for the Springfield area.

Ben Jones Ben Jones
Manager - Business and Economic Development
(417) 831-8560
ben.jones@cityutilities.net


Ben is the primary contact for prospect inquiries on utility infrastructure availability, projected costs, as well as utility incentives for specific commercial and industrial projects. He works with CUís design engineers to assist prospective commercial and industrial customers with the coordination of electric, natural gas, water utility and fiber connectivity.

Robert Buerke Robert "Bob" Buerke
Key Accounts Manager
(417) 831-8355
robert.buerke@cityutilities.net


Bob serves as liaison and primary contact point for CU's major customers. As Key Accounts Manager, Bob is responsible for developing and enhancing a positive relationship with these customers by providing a high level of customer support in all areas of utility operations and customer service.

Mitzie Zerr Mitzie Zerr
Administrator - Business Retention and Expansion
(417) 831-8505
mitzie.zerr@cityutilities.net


Mitzie is responsible for the utilityís business retention and expansion program where she assists business customers with coordination of electric, natural gas and water utility services throughout the expansion process. She is also the primary contact for Springfieldís industrial parks and business customers providing industry news and assistance with utility-related requests for information.

Jenn Harrison Jenn Harrison
Economic Development Specialist
(417) 831-8819
jenn.harrison@cityutilities.net


Jenn Harrison assists in planning, organizing and marketing business development projects and preparing economic development proposals. She also helps with administrative duties of Industrial Parks. Jenn works with Economic Development and Developer Services staff to provide oversight for reporting, budgeting and presentations.