2021 State of the City - Year in Review

2020 was a year like no other in our living history. Through it all, our City and community came together to support each other and creatively adapt to all 2020 brought our way.

  1. Covid-19
  2. Maintaining essential services
  3. Council
  4. Climate
  5. Housing
  6. Homelessness
  7. community Safety
  8. Holiday Farm Fire
  9. Going Forward


With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Eugene, Springfield and Lane County all declared a state of emergency in mid-March.

Eugene swiftly launched its Emergency Operations Center, or EOC, to respond to the community’s needs and work with our lead agency Lane County Health and Human Services to “flatten the curve.”

Hundreds of City employees were redeployed to the EOC. The quick and capable work of the City’s Information Services Division allowed the EOC to promptly become virtual to improve safety and maintain communications and operations.

The EOC focused on reducing the spread of COVID-19, supporting vulnerable populations and maintaining essential services for the community. To maintain sanitation, dozens of portable handwashing stations and restrooms deployed throughout city.

Staff worked with social service providers to help unhoused community members shelter in place. Outreach teams ensured basic needs were met, and designated temporary shelter sites gave community members a safe place to stay.

The City formed a Business Help Team to support local businesses navigating COVID-19 restrictions by identifying resources and creative ways to keep businesses operating, including distributing masks to local businesses, designating curbside parking spaces for carry-out , launching the “Streatery” program to expand outdoor seating, and opening the Kesey Square Food Hall.

A team of Public Information Officers took the lead in keeping the community up to date on the latest guidelines, connecting people with resources and sharing critical public health messages.

In addition, Eugene’s Recreation Division partnered with the local YMCA to offer safe childcare for essential workers.

Despite the challenges of 2020, the compassion and creativity of Eugeneans was front and center. As a community we will continue moving forward together to restore and improve the health and prosperity of our city in 2021.