Starting her 8th year as Springfield Mayor, Christine Lundberg wanted to do something different. So she “hit the road” to give her annual State of the City address at multiple locations. KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert asked Mayor Lundberg to explain why.
“I wanted to go out and actually talk to the community and get feedback,” Lundberg says. “Because that’s really how we’re going to make the changes and access whether or not we’re going in the right direction.”
KLCC is Lundberg’s 3rd stop so far. Her address gives a look back at what was accomplished last year, like completing an Urban Growth Boundary expansion in the hopes of growing the Gateway area.
Lundberg also highlights key issues for Springfield including business and economic development, affordable housing, transportation and public safety.
Lundberg says the city is starting an 18 month public outreach to discuss replacing its old library.
“It’s not a 21st Century library,” Lundberg says. “It doesn’t have the technology available, we can’t do the programming that we need to do... We already have a location for it we have a design for it.”
Lundberg envisions the new library coming out of a “public private partnership” with a retail component generating revenue for the public space.
Christine Lundberg’s next stop on her Springfield State of the City tour is January 23rd at the Hilton Garden Inn.
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