November 2018 Newsletter

Masthead image for November 2018 Beyond the Finish Line newsletter with baton handoff

Forward Thinking for 202X


Have you wondered how 2021 connects to our ‘Organization 202X’ work? Listen to City Manager Jon Ruiz’s thoughts on how our preparation for this world-wide event fits with the type of organization we want to be – both now, and later.


"I value Thanksgiving as a special time to spend with friends and family, and to be introspective and give thanks for our many blessings.

Our busy, jumbled lives can consume our days and disrupt our nights, and it is easy to miss the small moments and gifts for which we are thankful. I am most thankful for the opportunity to work alongside a talented, dedicated, giving and resilient group of public servants. Every day you help create a safe, vital and livable community.


The eyes of the world will be upon Eugene as we host Oregon21 and leverage this event for the betterment of the community. 


We have many goals for Oregon21: 


  • to provide opportunities for community to engage in the event
  • to showcase Eugene’s unique identity and advance our community legacy
  • to build public trust and confidence through our open, coordinated approach and service ethos. 

We will also have the opportunity to showcase our resiliency and nimbleness through our organizational culture, which we’ve coined 202X – a way of reminding ourselves that we must consistently operate in the 'now' with an eye on the trends that will shape our 'later,' and allow us to respond to those trends.  


The Executive Team and I appreciate that as you move through your daily work, you also renew your commitment to our thriving community: investing in its successes, delivering on our promises, doing the right things for the right reasons, and engaging each other and the community in unexpected ways. Thank you for all you do both within our organization and within our community.


My wish is that each of you experience grace and kindness this season, and find joy and refreshment in family, friends and community."