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Business and Economic Development
  • 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

Gary Gibson Gary Gibson
Associate General Manager - Economic Development & SpringNet
(417) 831-8755

Gary leads CU's Economic Development, Developer Services, SpringNet, AMI and GIS 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 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 CU’s 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

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 is responsible for the utility’s 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 Springfield’s industrial parks and business customers providing industry news and assistance with utility-related requests for information.