Springfield (KMTR) - Despite a bad economy, Springfield Mayor Christine Lundberg is positive about city's fortunes in 2012. Dozens of supporters heard her assessment during her State of the City address Wednesday night in Springfield’s Wildish Theater.
Lundberg admitted that financially it is not going to be an easy year. Despite that, she focused on the good that has transformed Springfield.
“Throughout Springfield we see strong neighborhood structures. Our community is like a quilt; our neighborhoods are the patches, stitched together by our strength and our spirit,” said Mayor Lundberg.
A video highlighted the accomplishments city can check off for the past year:
- Neighborhoods have become strong.
- NEDCO is expanding to bring a year-round farmer's market to town.
- Plans to buy property for a new downtown plaza are moving forward.
- And this summer, the city will put a new parking plan in place for downtown.
Looking ahead to 2012, the mayor aims to continue to improve public safety and expand the role social media plays. Springfield is the first city in the state to have an “app” for the police department.
Another goal for the coming year is to continue the merger of the Springfield and Eugene fire departments.