SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Wednesday night, the City of Springfield officially said, “Goodbye,” to 2012 and, “Bring it on,” to 2013. Mayor Christine Lundberg gave her State of the City address that evening at Springfield City Hall. While half of January is already gone, Wednesday night marked the beginning of a full four-year term for Mayor Lundberg, who said she is excited about what the year and her time in office could mean for the city.
Mayor Lundberg has a long-standing history with the City of Springfield. So it just made sense to her to continue to be a part of it all.
“I grew up here. I was born here. All of these places have a lot of significance to me and I love this community,” said Mayor Lundberg.
And she was not alone in that sentiment.
Fellow resident Evonne Merrill said, “It’s good to be here. I’ve actually been in Springfield…I came from Portland in ’72 and I’ve been here ever since. It’s a great city.”
And that night, they recognized that greatness. Wednesday night, the mayor and her fellow citizens reveled in their accomplishments.
City Manager Gino Grimaldi said, “The thing that sticks out the most this past year is the transformation of downtown. You can walk downtown and it’s comfortable. People are looking at downtown and actually doing things, making things happen, bringing new businesses in.”
Outside of the changes downtown, the Mayor noted the community’s efforts to make the city a better place with the fire merger between the cities of Springfield and Eugene as well as the passing of the Justice Center levy. Supportive members and groups were applauded and awarded for their efforts. The list of achievements seemed to invigorate the mayor and the crowd, making them eager to take on 2013.
Mayor Lundberg said to the crowd, “Let’s not settle for too little Springfield. We are headed in the right direction. And together we can do it.”
The mayor says one of her biggest goals is to continue work in downtown, specifically choosing and finishing at least one project in their Glenwood Refinement Plan.