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Seeking Solutions: The State of Our Homelessness Crisis

November 5, 2021

In August 2021, the number of homeless people in Lane County was counted as 3,115—but in that month, only 42 people were moved into housing. The local shelters could provide an additional 851 beds, but 2,222 people had nowhere to go. A circumstance in which 70% of a crisis goes …

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TrackTown Meets the World: What Oregon22 Can Mean for Eugene

October 29, 2021

There is no other place in sports quite like Hayward Field, and no city more in love with the human drama of track and field than Eugene…Every morning it seems this town awakens, puts on its running shoes and heads for the trails that wind through and past the city.  …

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Responding to Fires in the Western Cascades

October 22, 2021

2020 was yet another incredible year for wildfires in Western Oregon, with over 1 million acres burned, at least 11 deaths, and the loss of most of the towns of Detroit, Blue River, and Vida. The fires of 2021 are still burning over hundreds of thousands of acres. What has …

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A State of Immigrants: A New Look at The Immigrant Experience in Oregon

October 15, 2021

Take another look at the immigrant experience in Oregon in this City Club of Eugene program.


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The Aftermath of Great Loss: The Modoc People Persevere

October 8, 2021

The Modoc War, a conflict between the US government and the Modoc people, took place during 1872-73 in northern California near the Oregon border. The war was hard fought. The Modocs achieved initial victories despite being vastly outnumbered and outgunned, but in the end the US army won. The surviving …

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Oregon’s “Excess Revenue”: Refund or Reinvest?

October 1, 2021

In Oregon, when the actual tax revenue for a biennium exceeds the forecasted revenue by 2% or more, individual and corporate taxpayers get a rebate, which Oregonians call a “kicker.” The kicker policy was adopted by voters first in 1980, and in 2000 it was placed in the state Constitution. …

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The Knight Campus: How the Growth of a Research Juggernaut Can Change the World…and Eugene

September 24, 2021

In 2016, Phil and Penny Knight donated $500 million – the largest gift ever given to a U.S. public flagship university at the time – to launch the Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact at the University of Oregon. As described by UO, the goal of the Campus is to “fast-track scientific …

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Flexible, Adaptable, Visible: The Future of Working from Home: The Next Normal Series

September 17, 2021

The abrupt closure of office workplaces was a visible and dramatic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, millions of people continue to work from home as our unexpected global experiment continues—and recent surveys show that neither the workforce nor company executives want to simply return to pre-pandemic routines. “The Next …

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Visions for Post-Pandemic Eugene: The Next Normal series

September 10, 2021

In recent months, thought leaders across the political spectrum and across industry/academia have begun to discuss the what some call “New Normal” of post-pandemic America, from public health and the impact of technology to the nature of the workforce and beyond. As Eugene and Lane County emerge from the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, City …

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Prescription: Nature. Can Time in the Great Outdoors Save Your Life?

July 30, 2021

Can an hour a day keep the doctor away? After a year in the great indoors, no one can deny the therapeutic benefits of nature and wide, open spaces. America’s national parks other public lands are reporting record numbers of visitors for a second year in a row—but what about …

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