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<br />. <br /> <br />.. <br /> <br />-. <br /> <br />"Thi s is the fourth time in three years that I I ve had the opportuni ty to stand <br />before you and assess the past and the present, as well as establish <br />milestones for the future. <br /> <br />"Before we look ahead--let's take time to celebrate the good things and the <br />successes that have come our way. <br /> <br />"Each of you--each citizen--that believed in this community during its darkest <br />hour--own a piece of the victory that we1re celebrating today. <br /> <br />"1987 was indeed a win for this community. The signs are now clear--you've <br />seen them--Eugene has established a firm footing on our climb to economic <br />stability. Once again, Eugene is moving in a positive direction. <br /> <br />"0ur population is at an all-time high. The construction industry is <br />rebounding dramatically. We will see two over-$100 million years of <br />construction back-to-back--both of them are records. Major businesses are <br />expandi ng, and 1 ast year was the bi ggest year we have ever had in the <br />convention and meeting business, with over 90,000 delegates. <br /> <br />"Certainly, an improving national economy played a role in this recovery. <br /> <br />"But it could not have happened without the partnership, the pride, and the <br />perseverance of the citizens, the people, of this community. <br /> <br />"Yes, 1987 was a win for each of you. We came from a desperate time to one of <br />optimism and one of performance. <br /> <br />"We are indeed coming of age as a regional center for business, for education, <br />for transportation, and health services. <br /> <br />"Last year alone: <br /> <br />-we broke ground on a major expansion at the airport. <br />-we rebuilt 6th and 7th Avenues. <br />-we began to restore Hayward Field to a world-class status. <br />-a master site plan was developed for the Riverfront Research Park. <br />-downtown came to life, with improvements on Broadway. <br />-and City beautification projects began to take effect. <br /> <br />"Each of these projects and accomplishments have required close partnership <br />with the State of Oregon, with our Congressional delegation in Washington, DC, <br />and our State legislators. All have worked hard for this community. <br /> <br />liThe University of Oregon, Lane County, Springfield have each played important <br />roles. <br /> <br />"And the people of this community, obviously, have played the most important <br />role. <br /> <br />"We joined together in an agenda that was common for our region--an agenda <br />that included transportation projects, economic development, and legislative <br />priorities. <br /> <br />MINUTES--Eugene City Council <br /> <br />January 4, 1988 <br /> <br />Page 2 <br />