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Springfield mayor puts focus on ‘vision, guts and gravitas’

There will be a meet and greet with city manager candidates from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 at City Hall.

Posted: Jan 13, 2020 11:23 PM
Updated: Jan 14, 2020 10:36 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – Mayor Christine Lundberg delivered her Springfield State of the City Address 2020 on Monday, putting a focus on “vision, guts and gravitas” moving into the future.

She said she wants everyone to have a chance to help shape the city’s vision.

SPIRIT OF SPRINGFIELD AWARDS

  • Vonnie Mikkelsen, president and CEO of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce was awarded the Spirit of Springfield Leadership Award. Lundberg touted Mikkelsen’s work with the WorkReady initiative, which helps support career and technical education programs in schools.
  • The Spirit of Springfield Small Business Award went to the Busy Bee Café, which has provided a free Thanksgiving meal for the community for 15 years.
  • Lundberg also announced that Wayfair would be recognized with the Spirit of Springfield Large Business Award. The company plans to reach more than 400 employees by early 2020.

“I want to emphasize we will have to take risks and be bold to get where we want to go,” Lundberg said.

And she also said city staff are serious about the decisions they will have to make.

Among the many points Lundberg discussed was the appointment of a new city manager. There will be a meet and greet with candidates from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 16 at City Hall.

In her speech, Lundberg highlighted the successes of Eugene Springfield Fire and Springfield Police Department in reaching out to the community. The American Red Cross Sound the Alarm campaign installed more than 450 smoke alarms, Lundberg said. And instructors with the police department led a Mental Health First Aid training for city employees.

Lundberg also highlighted successes in Springfield’s downtown, including the addition of 15 businesses in 2019 and the First Annual Block Party.

Regarding infrastructure, Lundberg said some projects funded by the recent road bond have already been completed and more on the way.

Numerous construction projects look to add more residential housing and apartments to the city, Lundberg said. And Homes for Good, Lane County’s housing agency, is working to create affordable housing by developing a 70-unit apartment complex.

Springfield resident, Kori Rodley, thinks the mayor needs to do more to address affordable housing and not just market-rate housing.

"There has not been too much focus on affordable and low-income housing," Rodley said. "One of the concerns that I have, if we're so focused there's a danger that we could leave people out of the future."

If you want to weigh in as the city looks to plan for the future, a community survey will be rolled out.

"This is an exciting time. Be part of the future of Springfield. Everyone is welcome," Lundberg said, closing her speech.

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