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Springfield Mayor Takes State Of The City Address On Tour

Tiffany Eckert

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.”

Credit City of Springfield
Mayor Lundberg envisions a new library in downtown Springfield.

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.


Extended interview with Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg on State of the City tour.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and has worked in a variety of media including television and daily print news. For KLCC, Tiffany reports on health care, social justice and local/regional news. She has won awards from Oregon Associated Press, PRNDI, and Education Writers Association.
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