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Vinis, Farr to share state of the city, county Jan. 8

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Local musician Geoffrey Mays will play at the Lane County event, and the city will recognize four local businesses committed to sustainability and community engagement.

City and county officials will host events Monday, Jan. 8 to look back at 2023 and look ahead to 2024.

The State of the County address will take place at 10 a.m. in Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Ave.

The State of the City event starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Hult Center’s Soreng Theater, Willamette Street and 6th Avenue.

Lane County Commissioner Pat Farr will share accomplishments of the past year and foreshadow the work for 2024 with a focus on the ongoing efforts to reduce homelessness in our community.

Eugene Mayor Lucy Vinis will deliver her annual State of the City speech reflecting on the past year and what’s to come.

Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend both events. Both events will also be broadcast on Comcast Channel 21 in the Eugene-Springfield area.

“The State of the County” will be livestreamed at www.LaneCountyOR.gov/webcasts.

“The State of the City” will be livestreamed at https://eugene-or.gov/3360/Webcasts-and-Meeting-Materials.

Local musician Geoffrey Mays will play during the Lane County event. The John Mambira Trio will perform at the Hult Center event.

Mayor Vinis will present three community service awards recognizing local individuals and groups who positively impacted Eugene in 2023. She will also announce this year’s winners of the city’s Bold Steps Awards, spotlighting businesses committed to sustainability and community engagement.

A committee of sustainability, business professionals, and the previous year’s winners choose two finalists from the large business category (20 employees or more) and two finalists from the small business category (19 employees or fewer).

Small business finalists include Foxbound Flowers and Thinking Tree Spirits.

Foxbound Flowers, a devoted floral studio committed to sustainability, has eliminated harmful floral foam and achieved zero waste status. Their focus on local sourcing and a made-to-order online system sets a new standard for environmentally conscious practices. Foxbound Flowers actively supports local nonprofits and encourages artistic expression among youth.

Thinking Tree Spirits, a women-led craft distillery, demonstrates profound commitment to sustainability. From their farm-to-flask philosophy and local farm partnerships to supporting environmental causes like the SAVE the BEE initiative, Thinking Tree Spirits actively engages in responsible business practices. They support local talent, contribute to philanthropy, and play a key role in education and mentorship in the community.

Large business finalists include Rosen Aviation and Oregon Community Credit Union.

Rosen Aviation, a provider of cabin electronics for aviation, exemplifies sustainability and community engagement. Their initiatives range from sustainable procurement practices to comprehensive waste recycling programs. Rosen Aviation actively contributes to biodiversity, resource efficiency, and community well-being through various programs, including school supplies donations and support for homeless initiatives.

Oregon Community Credit Union (OCCU), a member-owned financial cooperative, stands out for its environmental initiatives and community engagement. With landscaping modifications, water conservation efforts, and facility improvements, OCCU prioritizes environmental responsibility. Their unique Member Impact Loan Program, charitable giving, and active promotion of sustainability events showcase their dedication to community well-being.

All Eugene-based businesses certified through the BRING Rethink program are eligible to be nominated for the Bold Steps Award. BRING offers free on-site consultation to help businesses reduce waste and save money.

The 2023 winners were Threadbare and Forrest Paint. All finalists receive a professionally produced promotional video showcasing their sustainable initiatives.


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