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Greene County leaders report slight increase in building permits

September 30, 2011|by Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News | areynolds@ky3.com

SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- While some experts believe the country might be headed toward a second recession, leaders here in the Ozarks are seeing growth -- the kind they believe will brace us for another economic storm, if that happens.  The housing market isn't anything like it was a few years ago, but it's also nothing close to a standstill.

The Greene County Mayors' Association finds the number of building permits issued overall here in the Ozarks is increasing slightly.

In Battlefield alone there are at least three new neighborhoods and just about half a dozen homes are for sale. Meaning people are not only building homes, but they are buying them.

Battlefield is the fastest growing city in Greene County.  The latest census concluded its population grew by more than 130 percent.

City leaders say, even though the economy might not be so great on a national level, here in the Ozarks this steady growth means stability.

"As the economy picks up nationwide, whenever that will be, the faster it picks up there the faster it will pick up here. I think we will stay ahead of the boom curve more than anyone else," said Rick Hess with the city of Battlefield.

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