Commercial developer and property broker Tom Rankin, left, on July 20 shares inside knowledge of the deal that brought e-commerce retailer Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) to the market. Rankin, who represented Drury University in selling the land for the development, was interviewed at Hilton Garden Inn by Springfield Business Journal Editorial Vice President Eric Olson for the 12 People You Need to Know series. The owner of Rankin Development LLC said the 1.3 million-square-foot distribution and fulfillment center at 3200 E. Sawyer Road in Republic is slated to open Aug. 1.
Provided by Gov. Mike Parson's office
Gov. Mike Parson, seated, on July 14 signs House Bill 432 into law. The legislation supported by Springfield Rep. Crystal Quade, second from right, includes a provision addressing the “cliff effect,” a term referring to a disproportionate loss in government assistance when a person receives a pay raise at work. The provision creates a pilot program in Greene and Christian counties to taper public benefits so that recipients will not lose them when they reach certain income levels.